Getting Around Anguilla
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.
Keep in mind there are no direct flights into Anguilla from the United States. If you arrive at AXA, it will most likely be on a connection from Puerto Rico's San Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU). You can also fly to Anguilla from Cyril E. King Airport (STT) on St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, and occasionally from V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) on Antigua or Robert L. Bradshaw International Airport (SKB) on St. Kitts.
|Car||Renting a car is more cost-effective than taking a taxi everywhere. But to drive on the island, visitors must be issued an Anguillan driver's license, which you can acquire at most car rental agencies, ports of entry or at the police headquarters in The Valley. It's a fairly affordable exchange -- after you present them with a one-time fee of $20 USD and let them see your valid U.S. license, you can leave with a new license and a rental car. But be prepared for driving island style, meaning many of the roads are poorly paved, the street names are nonexistent and driving is on the left.|
|Taxi||Unlike some Caribbean islands, taxis on Anguilla are metered. But they're also expensive. Typical rates are above $20 USD one-way. But considering how nerve-wracking driving in an unfamiliar place can be, this might be your best option. And on the plus side, the taxi drivers are excellent tour guides. You'll have your choice of taxis from the ferry dock or at the airport; otherwise, you can call ahead for one from a hotel or restaurant.|
If you're not prone to seasickness, you should seriously consider taking the 25-minute ferry ride to St. Martin/St. Maarten for one day. Boats leave from Anguilla's Blowing Point dock three times a day day, and you'll pay between $10 and $20 USD one-way. The last boat of the day leaves from Marigot in St. Martin at 6 p.m.
Entry & Exit Requirements
A valid travel document, preferably a passport, is required to visit Anguilla. You'll also need to present proof of return flights or continuing travel when you arrive, and you should expect up to $20 as a departure tax when leaving. Occasionally, officials will also ask to see proof of sufficient funds to cover your visiting expenses. Visit the British Embassy's website for the latest information on foreign entry and exit requirements.