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    Tranquillity reigns supreme on the Caribbean islandof Anguila, situated in the British West Indies about 150 miles(241km) east of Puerto Rico. Unspoilt beaches spill down fromdiscreet resorts into the beautiful waters of the crystal-clearsea. Small with scrubby vegetation, the main island is surroundedby a collection of low islets and coral cays.

    This British Overseas Territory boasts over 30amazing beaches that many rate as the best in the world and mostcertainly in the Caribbean. Each is special in its own way, fromShoal Bay East with its mile of soft sand, to the serene LittleHarbor and the seclusion of Captain's Bay, reached only by a narrowgravel track.

    Some of the most popular beaches include Cove Bay,which offers waterside horseback rides and weekend barbecues withlive bands; and Maundays Bay, home to some of Anguilla's premierresort hotels. The beaches, together with a set of stylish villas,resort hotels, and delicious cuisine served up in a large number oftop class restaurants, have made Anguilla a favourite hideaway forcelebrities, particularly movie stars, as witnessed by the privatejets often parked on the airport runway.

    Anguilla is the perfect retreat for an indulgent,exclusive getaway for the discerning traveller dedicated to thesimple pleasures of basking in the sun, taking sunset strolls,sailing on the azure waters, and snorkelling in the world-classcoral reefs. It is also a popular venue for weddings andhoneymoons.

    Anguilla is known for its spectacular beaches,sparkling white sand, and crystal-clear blue water. This makeswatersports and other aquatic pastimes popular activities inAnguilla. One of the most popular activities is sailing, butwindsurfers and kayaks are also available.

    Renowned as the wreck diving capital of theCaribbean, there is a number of shipwrecks in the azure watersaround the island of Anguilla waiting to be explored by divers. Thewrecks provide a showcase for a variety of coral and marineanimals, from angelfish and barracuda to sharks and turtles, whilethe Spanish galleon El Buen Consejo lies offshore.

    The waters around the island are calm without strongcurrents, and the surrounding reefs feature both hard and softcoral providing a spectacular array of gorgeous colour, ideal forsnorkellers and a perfect location for beginner scuba divers. Sportfishing is also serious business on Anguilla. A number of chartercompanies offer whole or half-day fishing expeditions for prizessuch as dorado, sailfish, marlin, barracuda, and grouper.

    On land, there are plenty of things to see and do inAnguilla. The island is well-supplied with walking trails, fromWindward Point in the north, along the rocky coastline, to the rainforest route at Katouche Bay. Anguilla is also a birdwatcher'sparadise, with more than 100 species of bird life to seek out. Theisland's salt ponds attract dozens of varieties, from herons tosandpipers.

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    The island experiences average temperatures of around 80°F(27°C), with the trade winds providing a constant warm breeze. Withno high mountains to block the sun's rays and in the absence of thetype of vegetation that attracts rain clouds, Anguilla is asun-worshipper's paradise. The average rainfall per year measures35 inches (889mm), much of it arriving in short cloud bursts.Hurricane season extends from June to November.

    Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport
    Location: The airport is situated one mile (2km) south of TheValley.
    Time: Local time is GMT -4.
    Getting to the city: There is no public transport available from the airport, butsome hotels may be able to arrange a transfer. Otherwise, taxis areavailable to destinations around Anguilla.
    Car Rental: Car rental is available at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are readily available.
    Fascilities: Facilities are limited, but there is a restaurant and a giftshop.
    Parking There is a car park at the airport.
    Money:

    The East Caribbean dollar (XCD) is the official currency ofAnguilla, although US dollars are widely accepted, with prices onmenus etc. generally quoted in American dollars. There are severalATMs throughout the island and one at the airport. Credit cards areaccepted at most establishments.

    Language:

    English is the official language in Anguilla.

    Electricity:

    Electrical current in Anguilla is 110 volts, 60Hz withflat blade attachment plugs and flat blades with round groundingpin plugs in use.

    Entry Requirements:

    A valid passport, USA birth certificate, voter's registration ora government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, isrequired. US nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay ofthree months. Passports and other identification documents must bevalid on arrival.

    UK citizens do not require a visa for a maximum stay of threemonths. A valid passport is required.

    Canadian nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay ofthree months. A valid passport is required.

    Australian nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay ofthree months. A valid passport is required.

    South African nationals require a valid passport and a visa forAnguilla, unless holding a valid visa for the United Kingdom, theUSA, or Canada for a maximum of three months.

    Irish nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay ofthree months. A valid passport is required.

    A valid passport, USA birth certificate, voter's registration ora government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, isrequired. US nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay ofthree months. Passports and other identification documents must bevalid on arrival.

    New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stayof three months. A valid passport is required.

    Passport/Visa Note:Visa:

    All visitors require all documents needed for next destination,a return or onward ticket, and sufficient funds for the duration oftheir stay. As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative(WHTI), all travellers travelling between the United States andCanada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region are required topresent a passport or other valid travel document to enter orre-enter the United States. If departing from the USA, a validpassport will be required. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination isrequired for those arriving from infected areas.

    Travel Health:

    Travellers over a year old arriving from infected areas requirea yellow fever vaccination certificate. Hepatitis A vaccinationsare recommended for all travellers as well as polio and tetanusvaccinations. Mains water on Anguilla is chlorinated, but bottledwater is available and recommended for visitors. All food on theisland is safe to eat. There are three private medical clinics anda small hospital, which can deal with minor emergencies, butserious cases are transferred to neighbouring islands or the USAmainland. Adequate medical insurance is therefore stronglyadvised.

    Tipping:

    A service charge of 10% is generally added to restaurant andhotel bills in Anguilla, and any tipping over and above this isdiscretionary.

    Safety Information:

    Visits to Anguilla are trouble-free. The crime rate is low, butit is wise to take sensible precautions with valuables. Hurricanesusually affect the island between June and November.

    Local Customs:

    In Anguilla, skimpy dress in public is frowned upon and nudityon beaches is not permitted.

    Business:

    Business in Anguilla is centred on tourism and the financialservices, as it is a zero-tax environment and an offshorejurisdiction. Due to the balmy climate, lightweight suits or abuttoned up shirt are sufficient for business meetings. Businesshours are Monday to Friday from 8am to 4pm.

    Communications:

    The international dialling code for Anguilla is +1 264. Theisland is well covered by a GSM mobile network. An internet serviceprovider is operating on the island with easy access in the resortsand large cities.

    Duty Free:

    Goods that may be brought into Anguilla without paying duty are200 cigarettes or 225g of tobacco and 1.14 litres of spirits.

    Useful Contacts:

    Anguilla Tourist Board, The Valley: +1 264 497 2759 orwww.anguilla-vacation.com

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