Anguilla (‘eel’ in Spanish) owes its name to Christopher Columbus, who thought the island’s long thin shape looked like the eponymous fish. It’s not an entirely flattering – or accurate – description of one of our favourite islands in the Caribbean, which boasts more than thirty different beaches, a lovely laidback vibe, and some of the region’s finest cuisine. The island’s long beaches are interrupted here and there by small intimate coves where sit some fine hotels and restaurants. Given Anguilla’s diminutive size it’s easy to explore by bike or boat and pretty soon you may find yourself lulled into a different, and much slower, pace of life. Your Anguilla travel guide is the perfect preface to an unparalleled island stay.