A British overseas territory in the Caribbean, Anguilla (named the Spanish word for Eel because of the island’s shape) is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, lying east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin. The territory consists of the main island of Anguilla, approximately 16 miles (26 km) long by 3 miles (5 km) wide at its widest point, together with a number of much smaller islands and cays with no permanent population.
Fringed by shimmering, white-sand beaches that stretch for miles and shaded by coconut palms and sea grape trees, Anguilla is a Caribbean dream come true. Visit colorfully painted, open-sided beach bars serving feisty rum punches while live reggae tunes play in the background. Or take a dip in its crystal-clear waters and vibrant reefs that offer spectacular snorkeling, glass-bottomed kayaking, and sailing to tiny islets and atolls scattered offshore. Swim and sunbathe all day—and all year round—while feeling the breezes from Trade Winds brush over you. At the end of the day, witness some of the best sunsets ever with direct westerly views of the Atlantic Ocean. And unlike many nearby islands, the flat terrain makes it easy to get around by car, bicycle or quad bike.
But Anguilla is best known for its privacy and intimate feel. You’ll not find cruise ships docked here nor hear the buzz of jet-skies flying by, or the revelry of late night party-goers. Anguilla likes to be kept a little-known secret of tranquility and modesty and truly is an oasis of calm and natural beauty. Families flock to the island to experience the peaceful yet abundant vibe of local culture and all things paradise can offer!
Direct flights are available from most major cities in the US and Europe to St Martin (SXM) with a quick 30 minute ferry service or 5 minute regional flights to Anguilla (AXA). Connecting flights through San Juan (SJU) to Anguilla (AXA) are also offered on a code sharing basis on major airlines through Seaborne Airlines and Tradewinds Aviation .
The US dollar is accepted at most establishments throughout the island. You do not usually need to exchange currency before coming. The local Anguilla currency, the East Caribbean dollar (EC), is fixed to the US dollar at US$1 = EC$2.70. Visa and MasterCard credit cards are also widely accepted.