Your Anguilla vacation - enjoy the tranquility

23.08.2010 In: Travel destinations

Serene and secluded – these are just three words that describe Anguilla and will give you a hint as to why this island in the Caribbean is an idyllic one for a vacation. The island is relatively flat and the white sandy beaches around the coast, no less than 30, are shaded by sea-grape trees. This island is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands that gained its independence in 1980. English is the predominant language, since it was part of the British Empire and the influences of this heritage can be seen all over Anguilla.
The weather is mainly cool and dry with an average temperature of about 27 degrees. There is no system of public transportation on the island, but there are lots of taxis and places where you can rent a car. In keeping with the British tradition, drivers must drive on the left on Anguilla.

History of Anguilla

The earliest inhabitants of Anguilla were Indians who travelled to the island from South America. Archaeologists have unearthed artifacts dating back as far as 1300 B.C. and the earliest evidence of settlement dates to 600 A.D. It is not clear which explorer first discovered this island jewel, but the first European settlers were English from the neighboring island of St. Kitts. It was a French colony for a short time in its history, but remained British from 1667 onwards. In the 19th century, it was part of a federation administered by St. Kitts. In 1967, it was renamed Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla as part of a new federation, but this did not sit well with the residents of the island. It reverted to its former name of Anguilla when it achieved independence in 1980.

Fun things to do on Anguilla

The interior of the island is rather barren, but the beauty of Anguilla beaches certainly makes up for it. All of these locations have luxurious Anguilla vacation rentals to suit all tastes and budgets. Rendezvous Bay is the most famous beach that stretches for about 2.5 miles. The waters here are very calm and shallow, making it the perfect choice for families with small children. Maundays Bay Beach is undoubtedly one of the favorite destinations with exceptional swimming and snorkeling opportunities.
Anguilla snorkeling is some of the best in the Caribbean due to the calm waters that support marine life in a veritable rainbow of colors. In fact, scuba diving and snorkeling conditions are ideal on this island with coral reefs fringing the coastline. For those who want to indulge in wreck diving, Stoney Bay Marine Park is the site of a sunken Spanish ship.
Take an Anguilla ferry to one of the other Caribbean islands or cruise to a secluded beach where you can pretend you are on a deserted island and have the world at your feet. Many visitors who want to indulge in shopping do take the ferry to St. Martin where the choices are virtually unlimited. Some of the major stores do have branch outlets on Anguilla but the selection is not as large.
The hotels and resorts provide the nightlife for the island where you can enjoy a barbecue, parties in West Indian style and a variety of musical performances.

Accommodations on Anguilla

Anguilla vacation rentals can be found on all the beaches of the island and in a range of choices to suit all interests and budgets. This island is one of the favorites with newlyweds who want to have an Anguilla honeymoon, but it is also well-suited for those renewing their vows or for celebrating retirement. If you want to stay right on the beach, you won’t have any problem finding what you want in a vacation.
Meads Bay Hideaway is one of the newest resorts on Anguilla. Here you can reserve a penthouse suite where you have your own rooftop getaway complete with umbrellas for shade. There are no phones in the rooms allowing you complete privacy when you want to get away from it all.

Dining on Anguilla

Splurge when on vacation on Anguilla and sample the fine cuisine of the Malliouhana Restaurant. Here you will experience the finest in French and Caribbean cuisine while enjoy the spectacular views of the sea. The evening meal brings candlelight to your table along with French crystal and China dishes. This is fine dining at its best. For the best in Asian cuisine, you just have to dine at the Straw Hat from which you have a view of St. Martin. There are also traditional Caribbean dishes served here and fresh seafood is always on the menu.
At Sandy Ground you will find the largest collection of bars and restaurants on the island. Drop into any one of them and you are sure to come out refreshed and replenished with the culinary delights each one offers. Come and enjoy Anguilla, the small island secret of the Caribbean.