Anguilla is a sliver of paradise. With a 16×3 mile long shape geographically depicting an eel, the island’s shape inspires its name from the Spanish word for ‘eel’. Anguilla is a small but perfectly formed Caribbean island with 33 pristine white beaches and lush green palm trees, surrounded by turquoise waters and electric blue sea. Naturally well-endowed with sunshine, beaches, turquoise water and soothing winds; it is paradise found.
It has an authentic character. Cruise ships are kept away as the forever friendly locals won’t sell their soul to tourism. This is not a place to be seen — it’s one not to be.
It’s always been quiet and low-key, but go after peak hurricane season (August and September) and before high season (December to April) and you’ll have it practically to yourself. This means you’ll get cheaper rates, the island is quieter, and the weather is usually a blissful 80 degrees or so. The only tough decision is which beach to hit first.
Getting to Anguilla is not as difficult as it may seem. Anguilla uses the international airport in St Maarten for daily access to the US, Canada and Europe. You can find the shortest/cheapest/best flight to the Princess Julianna International Airport in St. Maarten and catch the 20-minute ferry or take a quick 10-minute flight to Anguilla. The local airport is used mainly for private jets, you can also fly to Puerto Rico and take an approx. 55-minute flight directly to Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport in Anguilla.