Anguilla, known for its stunning beaches, exclusive resorts, and tranquil atmosphere, is located in the northeastern Caribbean, specifically in the Leeward Islands. It is east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and north of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten.
Anguilla boasts some of the most breathtaking and unspoiled beaches in the Caribbean. Shoal Bay Beach, with its powdery white sand and crystal-clear turquoise waters, is often hailed as one of the world’s best beaches and was voted #1 in the Caribbean recently by USA Today. Meads Bay, Rendezvous Bay, and Maunday’s Bay are also popular choices, providing an exquisite setting for group activities including water sports.
The island offers superb opportunities for snorkeling, scuba diving, sailing, night kayaking, and deep-sea fishing. Little Bay, with its stunning coral reef, is a popular spot for snorkeling and diving enthusiasts. Yacht charters and private boat excursions are also available for those seeking a bespoke experience on the water. Horseback riding along beach trails or exploring the island on ATVs or Mini Mokes are other group favorites.
Beyond its renowned beaches, Anguilla invites travelers to explore its charming villages. The Valley, the island’s capital, showcases colorful Caribbean architecture and local markets. The Heritage Collection Museum provides insight into Anguilla’s history and culture.
Anguilla has established itself as a culinary paradise, attracting discerning palates from around the world. The island boasts exceptional seafood including its succulent and flavorful grilled lobster, seasoned with herbs, garlic and butter. Crayfish, red snapper, and conch are also found in abundance, with conch fritters being a favorite snack or appetizer. A traditional Anguillan dish, saltfish with Johnny cakes, combines salted codfish with fluffy fried dough. The saltfish is soaked, boiled, and then sautéed with onions, peppers, and seasonings. It is typically served alongside Johnny cakes, which are soft, slightly sweet, fried bread rolls. Coconut shrimp never disappoints, especially when made from local coconuts.
Travelers visiting Anguilla have the option to embark on island-hopping adventures. St. Barths, a neighboring French island known for its glamorous appeal, is a popular choice. A 7-minute plane trip or 25-minute boat ride from Anguilla allows visitors to explore St. Barths’ designer boutiques, upscale restaurants, and beautiful beaches. St. Martin/St. Maarten also offers a unique fusion of French and Dutch cultures, providing additional opportunities for exploration.
For groups that like to offer opportunities to find local treasures to take home, be sure to allow time to explore local boutiques and artisan shops. Favorite keepsakes include hand-created sand, shell and coral jewelry, locally produced rum, and hot sauces and spices that will add a dash of Anguillan heat once travelers are back home.
Luxury accommodations in Anguilla are renowned for their opulence, privacy, and world-class amenities. The island offers an array of high-end resorts, such as Malliouhana, Zemi Beach House, the Four Seasons, Frangipani Beach Resort, and Belmond Cap Juluca. These resorts provide luxurious suites and villas, spa facilities, gourmet dining options, and personalized services, ensuring a pampered and indulgent stay for incentive winners. Hotels range in size from 19 rooms to 181 and the furthest drive from the airport or ferry dock is just 20 minutes.
On average, a non-stop flight from Miami to Anguilla takes approximately 3 to 3.5 hours. However, it’s important to note that most flights from Miami to Anguilla require a layover or a connecting flight, which can extend the total travel time. Perhaps a shorter trip might be to fly from the East Coast of the US to Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten and then enjoy a public or private 25-minute ferry ride across the channel to Anguilla, or a 7-minute flight. Of course, charters are an option.
The dry season spans from December to April during which time temperatures range from the mid-70s to the mid-80s. Sunny, warm days make this time of year perfect for beach activities and water sports. There is a higher chance of rainfall and tropical storms during the summer months but they are still enjoyable, with plenty of sunshine. It is necessary to keep in mind that hurricanes are a possibility during the late summer and fall months.