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 Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA), although you're more likely to fly into the Princess Juliana International 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 the Anguilla airport, it will most likely be on a connection from Puerto Rico's 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.
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 pay a one-time fee of EC$53.76 ($20) and show your valid U.S. license, you can leave with a temporary driving permit 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.
Unlike some Caribbean islands, taxis on Anguilla are metered. But they're also expensive. Typical rates are above EC$20 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, and you'll pay EC$54 ($20) one-way. The last boat of the day leaves St. Martin at 7 p.m. On top of the fare, you'll also pay a departure tax of EC$53.60 (about $20) and a security fee of EC$8 (approximately $3).
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