A CHARMING OLDE-WORLD CARIBBEAN ISLAND
Its tendency to welcome the home-run guest houses & boutique apartments has earned the island its accolades, perfect for a family holiday, or a private getaway for couples. Either way, Anguilla can be whatever you want it to be, its flexibility is what makes the place unique. The retention of its history & personality has given its benefits, with the island passionate about music (and a good lively party), jam to some of the fantastic reggae beats or smooth jazz sessions always taking place around the island. And who’s to say the locals don’t love a good meet around a musky barbecue on the beach?
First settled by the Arawak people from South America well over 3,000 years ago, the island was named ‘Malliouhana’, which meant ‘Arrow-shaped Sea Serpent.’ Still to this day, you can find artefacts & petroglyphs in many of the caves, (thanks to the Limestone composition of the island). 30th May is marked as Anguilla Day, when the unpopular authority of St Kitts & Nevis was forced off the island by the revolt of the Anguillan people in 1967, and as a result, has been a British Overseas Territory ever since.
The one thing for certain that puts the island in the spotlight is the amount of pristine, almost airbrushed beaches. The scene is certainly set for a flawless wedding venue and honeymoon, and with the first-rate hotels, villas, guesthouses & inns, who would argue against it?
Flight Time: There are no direct flights to Anguilla from the UK. best option is either via Antigua (approx 8 hours) and then a 40 minute onward flight, or via St Maarten (flights with KLM via Amsterdam) and then you can catch a ferry across.
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
Language: English & Creole
Currency: The Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Area: 35 square miles
Total Coastline: Approx 40 miles
Population: Approx 16,000
Capital: The Valley
Anguilla’s average annual temperature is 27°C and the average annual rainfall is 35 inches, with the hottest weather occurring during the hurricane season from June to November. June, July and August, however, are known to be rather pleasant. The driest time is usually from February to April and the wettest from October to December, with February seeing the most visitors.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Anguilla is between December to July, although you can travel anytime. In the wetter months of July to November you will find the prices very attractive but you are likely to experience heavy showers, although these are often just short and sharp.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Anguilla.