Anguilla Vacation Packages
More than 30 soft, silver-white beaches dot Anguilla's shores. With scant rainfall and temperatures rarely leaving the 80-degree range, Anguilla is the ultimate escape of days spent mesmerized by the gentle lapping of crystal-clear surf. Denizens of the deep will marvel at the rainbow-colored marine life darting through the coral reefs just offshore. Those with sophisticated palates will delight in the array of haute cuisine presented by superior chefs, who have migrated to the island to create their signature dishes.
Beyond all, Anguilla is the ultimate place to experience a Caribbean vacation like no other, the beaches are the stuff of fantasies, and nary a soul to distract from the island's exotic escapes.Package Includes:
- Choice of accommodations
- Hotel taxes
- Roundtrip transfers between airport and hotel
Frequently Asked Questions
Who should go?
Anguilla's beaches have been the principle draw of jet-setters for years, lining the entire coast and fringing a host of offshore islands and outer cays.
Divers and snorkelers
Most of Anguilla's coastline is edged by coral reefs. Its underwater world is alive with brilliantly colored fish, giant stingray, coral gardens, and underwater caves. Anguilla has helped to enhance its natural reef system—by intentionally sinking vessels offshore, creating nurseries for fish and lobsters. Just off the northeast coast, explore the ruins of a Spanish ship sunk in the 1700s.
What's the climate like?
Water temperature ranges from 80°F in the summer to 65°F in the winter, with an average of 78°F year round.
How do I get around town?
Transfers from the St. Martin/St. Maarten airport to the Anguilla ferry and to your hotel are included with your air and hotel vacation. It will take about 40 minutes to travel between the airport and Blowing Point Ferry Terminal on Anguilla, and another 15 minutes to get to the hotels.
Taxis are the form of transportation that most vacationers are familiar with and are available throughout the island.
Travelers that want to explore Anguilla on their own will delight in the fact that Avis rental car agency services all points of the island. Many rental agencies on the island can issue a mandatory Anguillan driver's license, which is valid for 3 months. Drivers should take a little time to familiarize themselves with British
What kinds of dining and nightlife are available?
Dining on Anguilla is sure to tempt even the most sophisticated palette. From upscale restaurants in fine hotels, catering to the celebrity jet set, to the intimate beachside grill, serving up distinctive takes on fresh seafood, there are myriad possibilities for the foodie to get their fix.
The brainchild of Bob and Melinda Blanchard, this elegantly casual, albeit extremely stylish restaurant attracts its fair share of celebs. The likes of Robert De Niro and Janet Jackson have been seen savoring Blanchard's sophisticated food with Caribbean flair, and enjoying their 3,000 bottle wine cellar, the best in the Caribbean.
This restaurant is the place for some of the best deals on the island. On the beach, a short walk from Blowing Point ferry pier, it features some fabulous French favorites, as well as some more expensive shellfish options.
Gwen's Reggae Grill
Situated on Upper Shoal Bay, and on arguably the whitest sand in the Caribbean, this place has a full bar and features Gwen Webster's barbecue, along with live reggae performances, usually on Sundays.
This fantastically romantic eatery is housed in a historic home, a former sugar plantation Great House from the 1790s. Haute French chefs work to create first-rate international dishes, as well as inspired island fare.
Mango's is a delightful choice for the health-conscious food consumer. The fresh fish, meat, and produce are grilled with a minimum of added fats and calories. Visit this northwestern restaurant for their made-fresh daily array of breads, desserts, ice creams, and sorbets.
Set in a restored clapboard house, this restaurant has a much more casual, everyday feel, than a lot of the more upscale dining establishments. A crowd of local regulars feasts on a number of beer battered specialties and local seafood dishes.
The nightlife in Anguilla is varied and typically situated around hotels and lounges. A number of beach bars offer live music at night, along with a full menu, while music pumps from places like the Red Dragon Disco and musician Bankie Banx's famous Dune Preserve restaurant and lounge, in The Valley.
Where should I go shopping?
Shopping in Anguilla is somewhat limited, with most shoppers taking the ferry to visit the large stores in Marigot, on French St. Martin. Smaller shops and boutiques exist on Anguilla, but the better merchandise and larger selection are worth taking the ferry. On Anguilla, a notably fun shopping experience is at World Art & Antiques Gallery, where you can browse a fine array of collectibles from around the world.
When are the local events?
May. A major event for sailing aficionados, as scores of multi-million dollar sailboats pass the island through the blue Caribbean waters.
Anguilla Summer Fest
August. Annual National Holiday commemorating the beginning of the Anguillian Revolution, which took place on May 30, 1967. Celebrations include a parade, a boat race, church services, teen competitions, and more.
August. A festival marking the Emancipation Day when all of the African slaves were freed. Celebrations include several boat races and parties day and night.
March. A 3-day Caribbean music festival at the funky Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay.
Tranquility Jazz Festival
November. The Caribbean is one the most jazz-friendly places in the world, with myriad festivals throughout the islands. The Tranquility Jazz Festival hosts local as well as world-renown musicians.
What are my sports and recreation options?
The calm, sky-blue waters around Anguilla are the ideal place to kick your feet up on the wale of a fishing boat and drift slowly, or for the more adventurous, the ideal place to set the stage for an epic battle between angler and oceanfish.
Diving and Snorkeling
Conditions for underwater adventure in Anguilla are ideal, with warm waters and an abundance of marine life. Adventurers can explore the reef system circling the island not far from shore, taking in a kaleidoscope of undersea creatures.
Bankie Banx's at the Dune Preserve
Bankie Banx is regarded as the Bob Dylan of reggae, and he performs most nights in this pristine spot on Rendezvous Bay. The Dune Preserve is constructed from old sail boats, fishing boats and driftwood into an ever-expanding work of island art. It embodied green architecture before anyone on Anguilla had ever heard of green architecture. Nestled amongst the trees, it is barely visible from land and sea. Food is served and sandwiches are tasty.
Look for a boatman in Island Harbor to take you to Scilly Cay (pronounced Silly Key) a 500-foot sand bar off of the island's northeastern shoreline. There is a small café and bar serving fresh lobster expertly grilled while you wait.
The Fountain Cavern
The Fountain Cavern is a large limestone cavern located on a ridge at about 70 feet above sea level. Anguillians have known the Fountain Cavern for many years and many can recall climbing down the roots of the tree at the entrance of the cave. However, it was not until the late 1960s that it was recognized as an archaeological site. The site contains Amerindian petroglyphs. Archaeologists who have visited the site have indicated that it is one of substantive regional importance.
Good to Know:
|Princess Juliana International Airport
SXM (on St. Martin/Maartin)
|The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the official currency of Anguilla, although U.S. dollars are widely accepted. The exchange rate is permanently fixed at EC$2.70 to US$1.
|English is spoken on Anguilla.
|Anguilla is on Atlantic Standard time, usually 2 hours ahead of Central Time—except when the U.S.A. is on daylight savings time, it is 1 hour ahead.
|Government legislation requires all people traveling via air to and from the United States and Canada to have a valid passport. For details on passports, visas, and health requirements, see Entry Requirements.
|Usually 15 – 20% is acceptable when tipping—many restaurants and hotels automatically add a 10% service charge to your bill, so make sure to check.
|Casual dress is accepted for daytime wear, while elegantly casual wear would suit the evenings. Swimwear should only be worn at the beach, not while shopping or going out.