Guest post: 12 Things you should do when visiting Anguilla

Today’s blog post is written by Sam, a talented travel writer and someone who knows a LOT about Anguilla. I’ve never been there myself, so it’s exciting for me to read Sam’s tips for things to do when you’re travelling to this Caribbean island and it’s making me want to take a holiday! Hope you enjoy… 

This island may be a small Caribbean island but don’t let its size fool you. At 15 miles long and 3 miles wide Anguilla boasts no less than 33 beaches! It’s a perfect place for your Caribbean holiday, as there are plenty of things to do in Anguilla. It is one of the least populated islands in the Caribbean with only 13,000 residents. Below are some of my suggested things to do in Anguilla and I can guarantee you’ll have an unforgettable experience on this beautiful island…

1. EXPLORE THE BEACHES

With 33 beaches in Anguilla, it’s up to you which ones you’d like to explore. Most of these beaches are not too populated – even the most popular beaches, such as Shoal Bay East, are relatively quiet. You can rent a car or stay in the nearby beachfront homes in Anguilla to easily explore the beaches of this island. Caribbean island hopping and exploring the beaches of Anguilla are a top notch way to spend your days.

2. TRY THE CRAYFISH

Crayfish in Anguilla are nothing like the crayfish you’d see elsewhere. These crayfish are really huge – prawn size. All locals of Anguilla will agree that crayfish are better than lobster. Try it and you’ll see why. A plate of crayfish will cost you around $40. There is no official season for crayfish, but most of the restaurants in Anguilla have it on their menu. One of the highly recommended restaurants for the best crayfish in Anguilla is the Pimm’s.

3. GO SAILING

Spend your entire day sailing on a boat with Tradition Sailing. This is one of the top activities on this island that you shouldn’t miss. The trip sails to Little Bay and is only accessible by boat.

4. VISIT SANDY ISLAND

A visit to the beautiful Sandy Island is one of the best things you shouldn’t miss when visiting Anguilla. This island is just a boat ride away from Sandy Ground and will cost you only $10. Aside from the sand, it has several restaurants that serve up some ice cold drinks and fresh seafood. To experience the best of Sandy Island, spend your entire day here and don’t forget to try their grilled Caribbean lobster and Anguilla crayfish.

5. LOCAL STREET FOOD

If you’re craving for some island BBQ, Ken’s BBQ in The Valley is the perfect place to go for some delicious chicken and good ribs. It is located right off the Valley Rd where you can easily find it, as you’ll see a line of people around a smokey grill. It’s a good sign that they serve the best when it’s packed with diners!

6. HAVE A RUM PUNCH

For some good live reggae music, go to Gwen’s Reggae Grill located near Shoal Bay. You’ll surely enjoy the Sunday night music along with its famous rum punch.

7. ROAD TRIP AROUND THE ISLAND

Who doesn’t love a good road trip? Here at Anguilla, you can spend a day getting lost and looking for deserted beaches. It would be better to rent a car for a hassle-free travel visiting the best places around Anguilla.

8. VISIT LITTLE BAY

Just before DaVida’s beach club is the Crocus Bay, where you can see a sign for Little Bay boat for just $15 per person. This boat will bring you over to Little Bay from Crocus Bay. You can also rent a kayak from DaVida’s beach club so you can kayak to Little Bay.

9. EXPLORE PRICKLY PEAR CAYS

From Sandy Ground, hop on a boat and witness one of the most beautiful and charming beaches of the Caribbean. Prickly Pear Cays are two small uninhabited islands. Having shallow, calm swimming waters and adorable canaries and finches, this area has become a favourite destination for visitors especially families. You’ll see several beach chairs for rent on the cays and restaurants that offers refreshments, and island’s best food.

10. VISIT ONE OF THE OLDEST BUILDINGS

Wallblake House is one of the oldest buildings on Anguilla where you can find in the capital city of The Valley. Many opt to forego visits to this now tiny complex, but other tourists and visitors agree that it worth a visit especially if you’re into history. It is the only standing plantation home left on the island of Anguilla. You can visit Wallblake for free, but donations are encouraged for the preservation of the house.

11. ENJOY THE PICTURESQUE SHOAL BAY EAST

Out of 33 beaches in Anguilla, one of the standouts is the Shoal Bay East. It offers different activities to entertain visitors. There are tons of restaurants and bars, rental equipment for scuba diving, parasailing, and snorkelling. Just like other beaches on Anguilla, Shoal Bay East is free to enjoy and is easy to find available parking on the main road.

12. EXPERIENCE DUNE PRESERVE

If you haven’t heard the famous musician Bankie Banx, consider making a trip to Rendezvous Bay and visit Dune Preserve, a beachside restaurant and lounge. Two to three nights a week, Bankie perform in Dune Preserve to entertain his patrons. There are some nights where he is joined on stage by some famous performers like Marcia Griffiths and Gregory Issacs. A lot of visitors say that Dune Preserve is worth a visit. You can catch Banx and other famous performers every Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday.

I hope you enjoyed today’s guest post by Sam. Sam is a writer, blogger and world traveller that loves nothing more than being outdoors, and I these tips and advice from someone who’s travelled extensively will help you to plan your own Caribbean trip of a lifetime! Let me know if you’ve already visited Anguilla and share your ideas for places to go in the comments below.

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