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Whilst certain islands fall to the hand of high-rise resorts & tasteless condominiums, Anguilla has appeared to have kept the charm of an old-world Caribbean feel. An island of just 35 square miles, this dinky limestone dab in the Caribbean Sea has kept its local, laid-back vibe of limin’ on one of its truly special beaches, with a rum punch at hand to the full.
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.
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.


Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Anguilla. Call us on 01778 382764.