Although this minuscule British overseas territory is small in size, Anguilla certainly packs a punch and is brimming with beautiful things to do and see, much like its larger Caribbean counterparts. Having become something of a hangout for the rich and famous in recent years, including Beyonce, Paul McCartney and Denzel Washington, Anguilla has all the glitz and glam while still keeping some old island charm. If you fancy spending a few weeks tucked away in the Eastern Caribbean on the island described by many as ‘tranquillity wrapped in blue’, then take a look at our guide of things to know before travelling to Anguilla…

Climate and Weather in Anguilla

Anguilla’s climate is typically tropical, with high humidity and temperatures that often flirt with the 30s. Although on the drier side by Caribbean standards, this little island does get some rain, but these periods are sporadic and rarely reach high values. February and March are the driest months of the year and also the sunniest, averaging nine hours of sunlight a day. The rest of the year also averages at eight hours per day, so you won’t be caught short catching the rays during the other months. The sea is warm enough to swim all year round, reaching temperatures of around 28°C between July and October and temperatures of around 26°C from January to April, so it’s not exactly chilly. Be aware that Anguilla does face a hurricane season between June and November, so if you don’t fancy any rain, we’d recommend venturing to the tiny island between December and March for guaranteed good weather.

Food and Drink in Anguilla

Anguilla is thought to be the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Alongside the traditional Caribbean delicacies that you would expect to find on this tiny island, Anguilla boasts a whole host of other exciting cuisines and gourmet gastronomic dining experiences. From relaxed barbecue hotspots to the most upmarket restaurants with Michelin-starred chefs, Anguilla’s cuisine offers something for everyone. While many ingredients are imported, the staples of local fish, lobster Anguillan crayfish and local crops are used in abundance. Most locals pair their delicious, freshly prepared dishes with mauby, a soft drink made from tree bark, that is typical of the island and is found in most bars. For a stronger kick, treat yourselves to a taste of the Caribbean’s iconic rum punch, made with a blend of pineapple, orange, guava and lime syrup and, of course, a hearty splash of home-grown rum.

Language in Anguilla

The official language of Anguilla is English, and it is spoken by 99% of the population, although other languages spoken include Spanish and Chinese. Businesses and locals use English so you can put Google Translate away as communication in Anguilla won’t be an issue.

Health and Safety in Anguilla

Anguilla has been categorised as having a risk of Zika virus transmission which is transmitted by mosquitos during daylight hours and is common in towns and cities. Using mosquito repellents is recommended. Crime levels are low in Anguilla, but taking the usual sensible precautions is recommended, including locking doors and windows at night, avoiding isolated areas and beaches after dark, and leaving valuables and travel documents in a safe.

Things to do in Anguilla

With only 40 square miles to its name, Anguilla isn’t hard to get to know. Its name, meaning ‘eel’ in Spanish, refers to this sandbank island’s long, thin shape. Although it doesn’t have a particularly flattering name, Anguilla is home to 33 of the most simply stunning beaches in the Caribbean and thanks to its slim shape, these are all uber accessible. Of course, Anguilla is made for relaxation. Think endless white sand expanses, glassy aquamarine seas and palms waving in the warm breeze - all the tropical travel cliches basically - but Anguilla really is that spectacular. If you’re looking for a little more adventure, the Upper Cove is a particular highlight amid the peace and quiet. The area is filled with snorkel and dive spots which in turn are brimming with coral reefs, shipwrecks and a seemingly endless number of species to discover. Ram’s Head is also a great dive spot, but best left to those with a little more experience. Horse riding is also a popular pastime for travellers wanting to explore on land. Gallop down empty beaches (or plod along at a more leisurely pace if you are less confident) and even lead your horse into the sea for a refreshing dip to cool off. And don’t miss the chance to hop aboard a chartered cruise at sunset, a breath-taking way to get to know the Caribbean Sea. Watch as the setting sun makes the water surface shimmer, turning bronzed faces a glorious shade of gold as you ‘cheers’ the end of the day with a glass of fizz.

Additional Information

Here are a few tips and tricks for making the most of your Anguillan adventure…

- There is no public transport on the island except taxis. Cars drive on the same side as the UK, on the left, but you will need a local driving license to hire a car which can be obtained at any car rental agency on the island.

- There are no cruise ships in Anguilla, so it is the ultimate place to get away from the crowds that arrive on big boats on other Caribbean islands.

- The currency in Anguilla is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, but US dollars are widely accepted.

- The drinking age is 16.

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