Compared to some Caribbean islands masquerading as tourist traps, you'll find something a little more authentic on Anguilla. There's an embargo on cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels, but a surplus of clear, coral-filled waters, unmarked and unpaved roads, and low-key beachfront villas. Pampering is also at a premium, from the grandiose resorts to the sophisticated al fresco dining. With little to do but relax, the days here are long. But once the ... continue»
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The best time to visit Anguilla is between May and August, that's when you stand the best chance of getting a good package deal and also avoiding the worst of the hurricane season. Hotel prices are fabulous from September to November, but selection is sparse -- many properties close down. The most expensive time to visit (and also the most perfect weather) would be the early winter until spring.Best Times to Visit Anguilla»
The low-lying limestone island of Anguilla is small and serene, a perfect spot for vacationers looking to enjoy the privacy of small-island life. Just 16 miles long and three miles wide, Anguilla is associated with fine dining, luxurious hotels and brilliant beaches. Vacationers more interested in shopping or activity should make the 10-mile trip south to St. Martin/St. Maarten.
Anguilla's capital and main administrative hub, The Valley, is located in the center of the island. With popular sites like the ruins of the Old Factory and the Wallblake House plantation home, the capital city features several examples of colonial architecture. The Valley is also home to the airport, with the ferry harbor Blowing Point just southwest.
Anguilla is one of the safest islands in the East Caribbean. The same general tips that apply to any beach vacation -- such as using the hotel safe to guard your valuables instead of bringing them with you to the shore -- apply to enjoying your time here as well.
Many resorts have a physician on call should you feel ill. Otherwise, Anguilla's main hospital is centrally located in The Valley. Serious medical emergencies generally require emergency evacuation to another island.
The best way to get around Anguilla is in a taxi, as the island is too spread out to explore on foot. You'll find the drivers make excellent tour guides, and driving yourself around town could be problematic, given the unpaved roads and virtually nonexistent street signs. Both taxis and rental agencies are easy to find at the Wallblake Airport, or AXA, although you're more likely to fly into the Princess Juliana Airport (SXM) on St. Martin/St. Maarten and then ferry over.Getting Around Anguilla»