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

    This British Overseas Territory boasts over 30 amazing beaches that many rate as the best in the world and most certainly in the Caribbean. Each is special in its own way, from Shoal Bay East with its mile of soft sand, to the serene Little Harbor and the seclusion of Captain's Bay, reached only by a narrow gravel track.

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

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

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

    Renowned as the wreck diving capital of the Caribbean, there is a number of shipwrecks in the azure waters around the island of Anguilla waiting to be explored by divers. The wrecks provide a showcase for a variety of coral and marine animals, from angelfish and barracuda to sharks and turtles, while the Spanish galleon El Buen Consejo lies offshore.

    The waters around the island are calm without strong currents, and the surrounding reefs feature both hard and soft coral providing a spectacular array of gorgeous colour, ideal for snorkellers and a perfect location for beginner scuba divers. Sport fishing is also serious business on Anguilla. A number of charter companies offer whole or half-day fishing expeditions for prizes such as dorado, sailfish, marlin, barracuda, and grouper.

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

    The Valley
    Sunset in nearby Cap Juluca Sunset in nearby Cap Juluca tiarescott

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    English Pronounciation

    The island experiences average temperatures of around 80°F (27°C), with the trade winds providing a constant warm breeze. With no high mountains to block the sun's rays and in the absence of the type of vegetation that attracts rain clouds, Anguilla is a sun-worshipper's paradise. The average rainfall per year measures 35 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 The Valley.
    Time: Local time is GMT -4.
    Getting to the city: There is no public transport available from the airport, but some hotels may be able to arrange a transfer. Otherwise, taxis are available to destinations around Anguilla.
    Car Rental: Car rental is available at the airport.
    Airport Taxis: Taxis are readily available.
    Facilities: Facilities are limited, but there is a restaurant and a gift shop.
    Parking There is a car park at the airport.

    The East Caribbean dollar (XCD) is the official currency of Anguilla, although US dollars are widely accepted, with prices on menus etc. generally quoted in American dollars. There are several ATMs throughout the island and one at the airport. Credit cards are accepted at most establishments.


    English is the official language in Anguilla.


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

    Entry Requirements:

    US nationals: A valid passport, USA birth certificate, voter's registration or a government-issued photo ID, such as a driver's license, is required. US nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. Passports and other identification documents must be valid on arrival.

    UK nationals: UK citizens do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

    CA nationals: Canadian nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

    AU nationals: Australian nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

    ZA nationals: South African nationals require a valid passport and a visa for Anguilla, unless holding a valid visa for the United Kingdom, the USA, or Canada for a maximum of three months.

    IR nationals: Irish nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of three months. A valid passport is required.

    NZ nationals: New Zealand nationals do not require a visa for a maximum stay of 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 of their stay. As part of the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI), all travellers travelling between the United States and Canada, Mexico, Bermuda, and the Caribbean region are required to present a passport or other valid travel document to enter or re-enter the United States. If departing from the USA, a valid passport will be required. Proof of a yellow fever vaccination is required for those arriving from infected areas.

    Travel Health:

    Travellers over a year old arriving from infected areas require a yellow fever vaccination certificate. Hepatitis A vaccinations are recommended for all travellers as well as polio and tetanus vaccinations. Mains water on Anguilla is chlorinated, but bottled water is available and recommended for visitors. All food on the island is safe to eat. There are three private medical clinics and a small hospital, which can deal with minor emergencies, but serious cases are transferred to neighbouring islands or the USA mainland. Adequate medical insurance is therefore strongly advised.


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

    Safety Information:

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

    Local Customs:

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


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


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

    Duty Free:

    Goods that may be brought into Anguilla without paying duty are 200 cigarettes or 225g of tobacco and 1.14 litres of spirits.

    Useful Contacts:

    Anguilla Tourist Board, The Valley: +1 264 497 2759 or

    Foreign Embassies in Anguilla :

    United States Embassy, Bridgetown, Barbados (also responsible for Anguilla): +1 246 227 4000.

    British Government House, The Valley, Anguilla: +264 497 2621.

    Canadian High Commission, Bridgetown, Barbados (also responsible for Anguilla): +1 246 429 3550.

    Australian High Commission, Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago (also responsible for Anguilla): +1 868 822 5450.

    Anguilla Emergency Numbers : 911 (General Emergency Helpline)