Spotlight on Anguilla
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
BY - Tim Latimer, 22 August 2019, ARTICLES
The Caribbean island of Anguilla may be small, but what it lacks in size it more than makes up for with stunning beaches, an abundance of excellent restaurants and a laid back atmosphere that’s near impossible to tear oneself away from.
With 33 beaches those looking to while away the days in the sun will be spoilt for choice here.
Shoal Bay East on the northern shore is consistently ranked as one of the best beaches in the Caribbean with its pink hued sand and impossibly turquoise water. It is certainly one of the most popular on the island and has a multitude of eateries, including Uncle Ernie’s with its fantastic (and rightfully popular) rum punch, but we think you’d missing out by not checking out some of the other spectacular options below.
Little Bay in the northwest of the country is one of the islands most special beaches. It offers secluded coves and great swimming. It’s only accessible by boat from Crocus Bay, and well worth getting there early to beat the crowds.
Alternatively head to the much-loved Meads Bay on the north shore. This is one of the ‘big three’ beaches, however you may enjoy a much more secluded day here, the mile long beach is less busy than Shoal Bay East and Rendezvous and is perfect for those looking for a relaxing day of sunbathing and swimming.
For an even more tranquil experience take a boat trip from Sandy Ground to Prickly Pear Cays, two uninhabited islands, where you can explore the rocky coastline and spot the numerous nesting birds. Snorkel amongst the Coral Reefs, take a stroll on the beach, cocktail in hand or simply relax and enjoy fresh Lobster in the Prickly Pear Bar and Restaurant.
Make the most of the breathtaking views between Shoal Bay and Island Harbour with a stay at Villa Marlin, one of the largest and most beautiful luxury properties around, with a pool pavilion complete with Jacuzzi, daybeds and a full wet bar.
For those looking for a bit more activity on their holidays, there are wonderful snorkeling and diving possibilities available. Snorkelers will find they are spoilt for choice with excellent access from all the beaches. Head out from Crocus Bay and you may be lucky enough to see a Hawksbill Turtle or Giant Manta Ray. Those wishing to explore further afield can book onto a dive boat and explore one of the seven marine parks around including Stoney Bay Marine Park and the sunken boat The El Buen Consejo.
Stay on the south coast of Anguilla and enjoy the sleek and fresh Villa Bianchi. This exclusive luxury villa has plenty to keep all ages entertained and even has private access to two beaches.
Or for what can only be described as truly spectacular views over Little Bay beach, Ani Villas won’t dissapoint. Perched on a cliff top these two luxury villas are beautifully contemporary in style and offer some of the highest levels of service. Whether you choose to relax in the villas’ pool, hot tub, roof deck or lounge we promise you will never tire of admiring the turquoise waters and sandy beaches below.
Music and food are the two real draws of Anguilla and Rendezvous Bay is the spot to go for the former. Head to the beachside restaurant Dune Preserve to listen to Island star Bankie Banx on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday afternoons or for those lucky enough to be on the island in March, Rendezvous Bay and Dune Preserve is where the annual music festival Moonsplash takes place and is an event that should not be missed!
For late night entertainment make your way over to Sandy Ground, home to the main harbor. This is where you will find the weekend action at popular beachside bars The Pumphouse, The Sand Bar, and Elvis’ Beach Bar, and the location for dancing the night away to the best live music in the Caribbean.
After a day exploring the island you’ll be positively spoilt for choice when it comes to eating out. With over 100 restaurants and offerings ranging from roadside barbecues to fine dining establishments foodies will be in their element here. For 5* dining in an exquisite setting head to The Restaurant at Malliouhana and enjoy pan roasted snapper or Caribbean Triggerfish while overlooking the beautiful Meads Bay or for something a little different try Chef Joe Richardson’s Japanese offerings at Tokyo Bay, and while away the evening feasting on fresh sushi.
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