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Anguilla offers beautiful beaches in a Caribbean paradise.

If you’re looking for beautiful beaches and friendly locals to welcome you to a charming Caribbean island, Anguilla has just what the traveler ordered.

 

A Little Piece of Paradise – Anguilla 

 

 

Anguilla boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean

Anguilla boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean

 

If escaping the rigors of the world to hide away on a relaxed island is your dream, make Anguilla your destination.  It’s a hidden holiday gem many North American travelers have yet to discover.

Just five kms across at its widest point and 26 km long, this tiny piece of paradise, the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, is a British territory.  Once Canadian tourists adjust to driving on the left side of the island’s one major thoroughfare and smaller side roads (no need to panic – the speed limit is just 30 kms/hr.), they feel immediately at home with the friendly, English-speaking islanders who want nothing more than the opportunity to welcome visitors tired of the more hectic pace of neighboring islands.  The population is small – approximately 13,500 – and not particularly entrepreneurial.  You could wander forever on the beaches of Anguilla and never have anyone try to sell you anything – in fact, you’d be hard pressed to find a t-shirt shop if you were desperate!

This is an island of beautiful, largely deserted sandy beaches – 33 of them in total – where the weary vacationer can set up a sun chair and bask in uninterrupted seclusion. 

 

Take snorkeling cruise and discover some of the friendlier denizens of the deeps!

Take snorkeling cruise and discover some of the friendlier denizens of the deeps!

 

If you really must… 

If you feel that you have to add more to your holiday schedule than hours of relaxing by crystal blue waters on silky sand beaches, Anguilla is ready to accommodate.  Nearly as beautiful beneath the waves as it is above, Anguilla is a favorite destination for both snorkelers and SCUBA divers.  You’ll find plenty of boats with captains eager to show you the island’s popular marine parks: Sandy Island, Dog Island, Prickley Pear, Little Bay, Seal Island Reef System and the Shoal Bay Harbour Reef System.  The sites offer not only mini wall dives and heritage dives, but also shore and wreck dives as well as the island’s most exciting attraction, El Buen Consejo, a 960-ton Spanish galleon, which rests in the waters of the award-winning Stoney Bay Marine Park. 

Prefer your sight-seeing to take place on dry land?  Birders enjoy visiting Anguilla’s salt ponds to train their binoculars on the variety of feathered visitors who flap by, while gourmet travelers rave about the outstanding cuisine offered at many of the island’s hotels and restaurants where the food is first-rate, the service is outstanding and making reservations is never a problem. 

Bankie on It 

No visit to Anguilla is complete without an evening – and perhaps a day as well! – spent at the Dune Preservation Retreat at Rendezvous Bay, listening to the original reggae rhythms of owner and singing sensation Bankie Banks.  Banks is as integral a part of the character of Anguilla as Bob Marley is of Jamaica.  The difference is, he’s still very much alive and singing his heart out in his beach-side bar, built to feel as whimsical as the Swiss Family Robinson’s tree house. Go in March and be part of Moonsplash, Bankie’s own musicfest that draws thousands of visitors from around the world, or choose a quieter month, when you can relax in the bar after the show and share a beer with the great man himself. 

Getting There 

Paradise shouldn’t be too easy to reach…so getting to Anguilla takes an extra little step.  Canadian travelers can fly Sunwing to St. Maarten and then take a short ferry ride to the secluded shores.  It’s the shortest and most exotic little commute you’ll ever exp

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