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Anguilla - General Overview

It’s amazing that such a small island, approximately 16 miles long, is home to more than 30 stunning and beaches.  The beaches and pleasant climate of Anguilla support the Wall Street Journal’s report that “Americans are flocking to the Caribbean in record numbers this month to get married.  The appeals of the Caribbean are many.  It costs less to combine a wedding and honeymoon in one trip, the settings are magnificent and the distance cuts down on the guest list.”

Restaurants in Anguilla – plentiful and revered by visitors – offer a wide range of cuisine, even for the pickiest of eaters! 

Anguilla is a petite, secluded gem of the Caribbean and a perfect location for starting the rest of your lives together.

Most Popular Beaches

Even though Anguilla is very small, it boasts more than 30 spectacular beaches.  All beaches are public beaches; however some can only be accessed by walking through hotels.  The most popular beaches can get crowded, but you'll find the majority to be very tranquil.  There are bars and restaurants aplenty so beach-goers can stroll right from lounge chair to dining chair.

On the west side Anguilla, you'll find the island's finest beaches, lined by the finest resorts.

Traveler Facts

Travel & Transportation – Anguilla is located in the Eastern Caribbean, just one-hour east of Puerto Rico and seven minutes north of Dutch St. Maarten by air; and 20 minutes north from French St. Martin by ferry.

There are a number of options available for getting to Anguilla.  Visitors can fly directly into Anguilla's Wallblake Airport from Puerto Rico, or opt to fly to St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Thomas or St. Kitts and make an easy transfer to Anguilla:

Ferries are a popular way to travel between Anguilla and St. Martin.  No reservations are necessary.  Between 7:30 a.m. and 7:00 p.m., ferries run at approximately 30 minute intervals between Blowing Point, Anguilla and Marigot Bay, St. Martin.  Ferry crossings are $12 each way, plus $3 departure tax.  Last ferries of the day are 6:15 p.m. from Anguilla and 7:00 p.m. from Marigot Bay.

Entry Requirements - A valid passport (with at least 6 months before expiration) is required by all visitors to Anguilla.  Visitors are required to have a return or onward ticket.

Languages Spoken / Official language – English is the official language of Anguilla.

Currency – Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the currency of Anguilla however, U.S. currency widely accepted.  ATMs on Anguilla accept international bank cards.

Tipping – On most Caribbean Islands, gratuities have become a tradition and are expected. Anguilla is a little different than the majority of these islands in that tipping is not required. But like the locals on other Caribbean islands, the income of many of Anguilla's local people is supplemented by the generosity of others.

If you're uncertain about whether or not you should leave a tip for the bellhop or chambermaid, ask hotel management if gratuities are appropriate, or just give in to your giving nature, especially if someone has performed outstanding services during your stay, like carrying all of your extremely heavy luggage to your room.

Like hotels, restaurants in Anguilla also include a 10 percent service charge on your final bill.  Again, it may be unclear whether all of the restaurant employees receive a portion of this charge, so additional tipping is left up to your discretion.  The standard tip for waiters and waitresses is about 15 to 20 percent of the cost of the meal, depending on the quality of the service you received.

Another service you may call upon while vacationing on Anguilla is a taxi cab.  Cab fares are generally reasonable, and for the most part follow set rates.  You driver may also act as your island tour guide and be of great assistance in loading and unloading heavy luggage.  Tipping cab drivers is very common, and the standard amount is usually around 10 percent of the total cab fare.

When planning your vacation to Anguilla, you should consider gratuity and tipping as a part of their travel budgets.  You're not just giving someone a handout; you're providing a supplement to their income and reward for a service well done.  So, while enjoying an amazing escape on the island of Anguilla, remember that good service merits a good tip.

Taxes – While staying at one of Anguilla's hotels or resorts, you should expect to pay an 8 percent government tax as well as a 10 percent service charge, which is usually added to the final bill. 

Electricity - 120V 60 Hz; 2 parallel flat prongs

Other (immunizations, health issues) - Travelers aren't required to receive specific vaccinations prior to visiting Anguilla. If visitors are currently taking medications, they need to be sure to bring an adequate supply in clearly labeled original containers.

Be sure to check the Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web site for current travel notices that are in effect.

Marriage Requirements, Licenses & Wedding Information

Couples wishing to marry on the island of Anguilla need to obtain a license application from the Judicial Department, usually open weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m.

The following are required as well for getting married in Anguilla:

• Both parties must present proof of identity (valid passport, birth certificate etc).
• If divorced, the original decree must be presented.
• If widowed, a copy of the deceased spouse’s death certificate must be presented.
• A Marriage License must be purchased at a cost of $284 (including stamp duty) if one partner has been on the island for less than 15 days, or $40 if the stay is longer.  At least 48 hours is required to process the license application.
• Two witnesses must be present during the wedding ceremony.

Tourism Office Information

The Anguilla Tourist Board
Coronation Avenue
The Valley, Anguilla, BWI
Tel: 264-497-2759
Fax: 264-497-2710

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Climate Information & Best Time for Travel

Weather - Anguilla's year-round temperatures hardly ever get below a lovely 70 degrees Fahrenheit, even in the winter time.  Travelers can expect highs lingering in the mid 80's on toasty summer days.  Because of its location near the equator, temperatures in Anguilla don't vary drastically throughout the year.

High & Low Season for travel - The high season for tourists in Anguilla runs from mid-December to mid-April.  Ultra-high season runs the week or two around Christmas and New Year, when prices can more than double.  Rain is heaviest between August and November, so those wanting to avoid both bad weather and high prices might want to schedule their holidays for mid-November to mid-December or in late April or May. 


Map of Anguilla

Local Attractions & Must Do’s

Anguilla's honeymooners and couples seeking a special, romantic getaway find a small island with more than 30 of the best beaches in the Caribbean.

Take an afternoon beach stroll and leave only two sets of footprints on the stunningly white, exquisitely soft white sands.  Bask in the sun, swim, snorkel, sail, and scuba; windsurf to your heart's content.  Explore Anguilla by car, taxi or bicycle (one main road and a handful of traffic lights make it easy).  Visit an Anguilla art gallery and take home an original watercolor for a permanent memory of the most romantic time of your lives.  Discover Anguilla's rich history and culture - visit museums, historic sites, and the many unique churches that dot the island.

Savor outstanding gourmet cuisine, touched with Caribbean spices and flavors; enjoy fine wines in a host of delightful restaurants overlooking the sea.  Sip a rum punch while taking in a magnificent sunset.  Dance to the romantic and sensual sound of Caribbean music.

Enjoy the warmth of the sun, cooling ocean breezes, lazy beach days or invigorating daytime activities; evenings of dancing and camaraderie - or tranquil serenity, alone together.

Most Popular Hotels

With its beautiful Mediterranean architecture and lush gardens, the CuisinArt resort offers the type of setting that even the most discriminating traveler is looking for. Designed as a showcase for the natural marriage of cuisine and art, the property does indeed live up to its name – offering some of the finest dining in the Caribbean as well as an impressive collection of fine art. {Source - Brntwd Magazine}

Insulated from the outside world, yet only minutes by air or motor launch from St. Maarten, Cap Juluca resort is a private self-contained enclave along two miles of the best pristine white-sand beaches in the Caribbean.Cap Juluca features a comprehensive array of entertainment amenities, including a fully equipped fitness center, private golf carts and bicycles, aqua golf driving range, bunker and putting green, croquet lawn, Junior Olympic-size swimming pool, a library, tennis courts with a full-time resident pro, and water sports, including snorkeling, wind surfing, water skiing, and sailing.

Malliouhana Hotel & Spa is situated at the west end of Anguilla, seven miles or 15 minutes drive from Wallblake Airport. The hotel is perched atop a panoramic bluff overlooking the azure blue waters of the Caribbean sea and reaching down to the fine, white sands of Meads Bay and Turtle Cove beaches.  Choosing the most romantic setting for your ceremony may be as difficult as choosing the menu from our award winning cuisine. Malliouhana Hotel & Spa can arrange a discreet ceremony for the Bride and Groom or a lavish celebration for 100 guests.

The Altamer Resort is located directly on the Caribbean Sea on the secluded island of Anguilla. Private, secure and inviting the resort tempts its guests to indulge in the luxury of the villas or experience the world class cuisine and service at Anguilla’s finest restaurant which is open to the public. The Altamer strives to ensure that its guest’s expectations are exceeded in experiencing the service, cuisine, and the relaxing environment that Anguilla has to offer.

, which means ‘sacred place’ in the Arawak Indian language, is close to Fountain Cave, one of the most important Indian ceremonial grounds in the Eastern Caribbean.  The all-suite hotel is on Shoal Bay East, a two-mile beach of powdery white sand.  Its informal chic was designed with the young and young-at-heart in mind. Widely recognized as one of the world’s best beaches, Shoal Bay East provides excellent snorkeling and diving at Kú’s doorstep by day, and is conducive to dining and dancing barefoot under the stars by night. The hotel has 27 suites, a lively beachfront restaurant and bar, large beach front freshwater pool, delicatessen, spa, gym, dive shop and boutique.