Anguilla is a picturesque island nation, situated in the sunny Caribbean. It offers much in the way of nature, hiking, island tours, drinking, festivals, and sport. English is the language of Anguilla and you will find everyone speaks it. It’s important to note that most of the islands are uninhabited and workers come in during the day to staff the few islands with foot traffic. Most foods besides sea food are flown in because the soil in Anguilla is poor and not good for growing. Also remember that credit cards may be accepted in restaurants and hotels, it won’t be taken everywhere so have some cash on hand; you can get cash at a bank or the airport.
Most things you will see will be on the main island of Anguilla. Here you will find hiking, Horseback Riding at Cliffside Stables and Seaside stables. Tennis, gold and spas can be found in the pricey West End. Remember to take a glass bottom boat tour, where a guide will take you to the best swimming and snorkeling spots. If you visit during the winter, attend the Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree in Anguilla, it’s not to be missed.
In the West End, visit the Hydroponic Farm and Organic Gardens, to view the modern marvel of agriculture on an island with no soil. The West End can be a little pricier, but it’s worth it. Here you can find many pubs, restaurants and world class hotels; with night clubs like the Dune Preserve and Ko Ko’s Beach bar.
Sandy Ground is a village, and excellent for people wanting to explore Anguilla on a moderate budget. Visit the Old Salt Flats, with excellent restaurants like Uncle Ernie’s BBQ nearby.
Anguillita is a small desert island off the western tip of Anguilla, but no one visits it. Here you can take a sea kayak tour, and it’s great for diving, caving and snorkeling. Animals like barracudas, turtles, and stingrays can be found off the rocky cliffs and tows.
Prickly Pear Cays
Prickly Pear Cays is a great place to visit during the day (it’s not staffed at night) and here you can see an abundant variety of marine life and seabirds. You can reach these islands from Saint Martin and even island hop from here if you want.
Sombrero Island is great for day trips, and the newly discovered dwarf gecko is widespread and special to this island, so if you want to see a rare species of gecko you should pay a visit. You can also spot Masked Boobys, Brown Boobies, Brown Noddys, and Sooty Terns here. Be aware this island is largely uninhabited save for a few biologists and ecologists studying the local wildlife.