Bermuda, Martinique, the Exumas, and Barbados may “grab” the spotlight, when it comes to Caribbean travel, though there is one island, that tends to be less in the spotlight, that when you visit, will discover is more like that person you didn’t realize you’ve fallen for until it was too late.
There’s nothing flashy or brash about this little island paradise. An understated, discreet and charming feel pervades the culture. Anguilla has managed to keep a relatively low profile while offering some big time attractions.
Here are just 8 of the many that will silently seduce you.
1. A cool vibe without trying.
When you arrive, your first drive unveils a flat landscape of palms and scrub. It’s quite unassuming and leaves you no clues that this may well be the best island in the Caribbean. You’ll soon discover the beauty of no crowds, no cruise ships or hordes of spring breakers and the reason you escaped life to visit paradise.
2. No shopping to speak of. This place is real and the food is to die for.
The people are genuine and so is what you find. There are no lines of duty free stores. Actually, you won’t find any big time shopping at all. What you will find are some of the most exquisite restaurants in the Caribbean – with not a single restaurant chain.
3. From $25,000 a night villas to $99 B&Bs.
Anguilla is eclectic in many ways and this is just one.
4. The beaches are exquisite.
Thirty-three beaches are here, and each is sugar-white, with many stretching for miles or more. Shoal Bay, in the northeast of the island, is a two-mile stretch that’s consistently been voted one of the best beaches in the world. Condé Nast Traveller describes Shoal Bay as ‘truly amazing… it manages to feel alive and animated without being in the least crowded or overbuilt.’
5. An island perceived as uber-high-end and perhaps the reason many stay away, is the reason you should visit.
There are more billionaires per square foot who moor their yachts here and a number of them have their homes too. So while you’re likely to find yourself next to a celeb, you’re also not likely who it is, and that’s the reason they come here.
6. Idyllic weather.
Many islands are mountainous, which means clouds and rain. Being flat, Anguilla has a much more level climate with less rain and plenty of sunshine.
7. World class snorkeling and diving.
The clear, azure waters offer up a large varieties of sea life to explore. There are six marine parks and nine wrecks to dive, including that of a Spanish galleon.
8. Friendliest people on earth are said to live here – and why not?
When you leave Anguilla you’ll very likely depart taking along new friends for life.
There’s little question that you’ll come up with many more reasons that make Anguilla one of the most beautiful, appetizing, relaxing, and friendly Islands in all the Caribbean. So, if you’re interested is piqued and you’re looking for a Caribbean getaway, check out some of the villas and homes available in Blowing Point, Shoal Bay, Meads Bay or Rendezvouz Bay located on Anguilla’s southern coast home to the countries’ largest and most visited national park, spawning over 5,000 acres, it is an internationally renowned spot and one of the sailing world’s premier ports of call. At the centre lies Rendezvous Bay, an untouched paradise that is visible only to those who sail by and perhaps by you.
.Photos Copyright the Anguilla Tourist Board