Anguilla: The Caribbean's Chic Island Getaway

  • Sailing Anguilla

    Alluring Anguilla

    The white sands and turquoise waters of Anguilla's beaches could easily fill the pages of a calender. While other Caribbean destinations have been overrun with cruise ships dumping hundreds of passengers, nightclubs blasting techno late into the night and casinos squeezing guests for every last dollar, the island nation of Anguilla remains refreshingly quiet.

    Photo courtesy of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

  • Maundays Bay

    Relax on Muandays Bay Beach

    For a bit of quiet seclusion on the sands, it doesn't get much better than Muandays Bay, the mile-long stretch of beach just in front of Cap Juluca resort. If you need a little help unwinding, stop in for a massage at one of the resort's beach-side tents.

    Photo courtesy of Anguilla Tourism Board

  • East Shoal Bay

    Shoal Bay East, One of Anguilla's Prettiest Beaches

    Touted by many as one of the world's most picturesque beaches, 2-mile long Shoal Bay East offers both plenty of activities and seclusion if you want it. The stretch of white sand is lined with beach bars serving tropical cocktails and renting loungers by the day. Come to Shoal Bay East for glass bottom boat tours, scuba diving excursions and snorkeling.

    Photo courtesy of axalady/Flickr

  • Leatherback Turtle

    Anguilla's leatherback sea turtles

    The leatherback sea turtles of Anguilla have made the island their home for centuries, and if you're lucky, you just might get to see a mother laying her eggs in the sands where she was born or a baby hatchling heading out to sea for the first time.

    Photo courtesy of Florida Fish and Wildlife/Flickr

  • Golfing Anguilla

    Play a round of 18 in paradise

    Golf enthusiasts will find well over 18 beautiful holes to play on Anguilla Island. Follow in the footsteps of former President Bill Clinton at the Temenos Golf Course, or play alongside salt ponds, mangroves and the Caribbean Sea at the CuisinArt Golf Club, both designed by professional golfer Greg Norman.

    Photo courtesy of CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

  • Bougainvillea

    The perfect winter getaway

    Anguilla's tropical climate means warm weather throughout the year, but the best time to visit is during the winter and early spring after hurricane season has ended. From December to April, average temperatures top out in the 80s each day and rain is scarce. The period from May through August sees fewer visitors, which translates to good deals on hotels.

    Photo courtesy of Alan Sunners/Flickr

  • Pool by the sea

    Seek out a spa

    There's nothing quite as relaxing as a beach-side massage with the cool Caribbean breeze caressing your face, and no matter where you are in Anguilla, you won't have to go far to find a resort or day spa offering a comprehensive treatment menu. If you're having a hard time pulling yourself away from the sand, don't fret. Many of the resorts lining the coast have massage tents right next to the water.

    Photo courtesy of Malliouhana Hotel & Spa

  • Horseback riding on the beach

    For something different, try horseback riding

    Ever been swimming on horseback? In Anguilla you can. The Anguilla Seaside Stables pair guests with one of their eight gentle animals for strolls on the beach followed by a little swimming for beginning to advanced riders. Want to crank up the romance factor? Try a full moon ride along the shore.

    Photo courtesy of Seaside Stables Anguilla

  • Underwater reef

    Explore Anguilla's colorful reefs

    The view beneath the waters just off Anguilla is just as good as the view from the beach. A shore lined with reefs, top-notch visibility and plenty of flora and fauna make for ideal scuba diving and snorkeling conditions. Expect to see turtles, stingrays, tropical fish, lobsters and sunken ships.

    Photo courtesy of Shoal Bay Scuba

  • Caribbean Dining

    Fill up on fresh seafood

    You'd be hard-pressed to find a match to Anguilla's dining scene anywhere else in the Caribbean. Seafood is the star here, with locally-sourced lobster, crayfish, snapper, yellowfin tuna, mahimahi and grouper making frequent appearances on restaurant menus. Be sure to reserve a romantic seaside dinner at least once, but for fresh seafood on the cheap, try the roadside barbecue stands scattered throughout the island.

    Photo courtesy of Malliouhana Hotel & Spa

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