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Tips on What To Do in Anguilla

Anguilla's main attractions are the many beaches that ring the island; each beach offers various water activities, such as snorkeling and water skiing. A few museums, including the Heritage Museum Collection, also dot the island. And the Prickly Pear Cays, a small set of uninhabited islands, provide ample opportunities for marine mammal and bird sightings.

  • The best way to get an overview of the island (if you don't have local friends) is on a taxi tour. In about 2 hours, a local driver (all of them are guides) will show you everything for around $60 (tip expected). The driver will also arrange to let you off at your favorite beach after a look around, and then pick you up and return you to your hotel or the airport. " -- Frommer's
  • Visitors tend to stay put on the beaches fronting their hotels. After a few days, however, adventurous types will want to rent a car to explore the 35-square-mile island's other resorts, restaurants, shops, and pristine white-sand beaches." -- Sherman's Travel
  • Skip the tourist shops -- for the best souvenirs hit Anguilla's post office, which sells colorful stamps that celebrate everything from the island's cultural heritage to Princess Diana." -- Travel and Leisure

Beaches

It's Anguilla's alabaster beaches that make the strongest argument for visiting the tiny island, and luckily, all are free to the public. Many say Shoal Bay East, two shimmery miles of sand on the northeast coast and convenient to several affordable hotel options, is the most popular. Moving southwestward, Sandy Hill Bay is good for snorkeling, and farther southwest, Maundays Bay has calmer waters ideal for water skiing and sailing.

  • There are at least 33 talcum white beaches encircling the 35 square miles of Anguilla, but even at the height of the tourist season, you'll find dozens of deserted strands and a beach for every mood: long for walking, calm for snorkeling, secluded for snuggling, quiet for meditating." -- Concierge.com
  • The beaches here are public, and although some resorts make non-guests park some distance away from their manicured beaches, many of the best beaches are ones you'll discover yourself." -- Frommer's

Nightlife

Anguilla wouldn't have a nightlife scene worth reviewing at all if it weren't for its reputation as a great place for live music. Along Rendezvous Bay you'll find a must-do for any music lover -- Dune Preserve. This bar and restaurant is owned by Anguilla's most famous resident, reggae star Bankie Banx, who treats nightly crowds to impromptu concerts while also relying on musical favors from some of his famous friends. Dune Preserve is also the site of the annual Moonsplash Music Festival in March.

Travel writers also suggest you check with your hotel to see what nightly entertainment is offered. Many resorts host local calypso or string bands to entertain their guests.

  • For a small island -- only sixteen miles long and three miles wide -- Anguilla has an amazingly active music scene. Don't miss the island's own reggae star Bankie Banx, who has played with such legends as Bob Marley, Jimmy Cliff and Jimmy Buffett." -- Concierge.com
  • Many hotels and many restaurants offer live entertainment in high season and on weekends, ranging from pianists and jazz combos to traditional steel and calypso bands. Friday and Saturday, Sandy Ground is the hotspot; Wednesday and Sunday the action shifts to Shoal Bay East." -- Fodor's
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