Festival Del Mar
The Festival Del Mar, Island Harbour
This Easter all roads lead to Island Harbour as Anguilla celebrates the island’s seafaring heritage in the colorful Festival del Mar. Sponsored jointly by the community of Island Harbour, the Anguilla Tourist Board and the Ministry of Youth & Culture, Festival Del Mar serves a dual purpose, providing our people with the opportunity to celebrate our history with generations to come whilst offering our visitors a window into our unique cultural traditions.
Island Harbour should always be a stop on any Anguilla itinerary. The small village, which is located on the eastern tip of the island, has remained largely untouched by tourism development and still maintains its local vibe. Colorful boats bob in the blue harbor and a fishing pier juts out to catch schooners and fishing boats, much as it was in the early 1900s. Domino games under sea grape trees, children diving and fishing off the dock, mothers with children on their hips waiting for the day’s catch to be brought in…this is a fishing village, the way it used to be.
Festival Del Mar celebrates all things of the sea, with traditional cooking and culinary competitions (seafood recipes only!), swimming races, fishing tournaments, boatracing and more.
This year’s itinerary (subject to change) includes:
Saturday, March 30th
5:00 am – Deep Sea Fishing Tournament
10:00 am – Model Boat Race (Small boats needed to assist with race)
11:00 to 11:30 am – Kiddies Fishing Competition
11:00 am – Sunfish Exhibition Island Harbour (one race for everybody)
1:00 pm – B-Class Boat Race (Island Harbour to Black Garden and back)
2:00 pm – Volley Ball Competition
4:30 pm – Deep Sea Fishing Weighing
6:30 pm – Opening ceremony
7:30 to 11:30 pm – Special Entertainment
Sunday, March 31st
10:00 am – Swimming Competition (Relay teams of two I-H beach to Scilly Cay and back)
1:00 pm – Volley Ball Exhibition
1:00 pm – Optimist Dingy Exhibition
2:00 pm – Culinary Competition: Judging
- Best Seafood Soup
- Best Seafood Salad
- Best Local Seafood dish
- Best Roasted Seafood
- Best Grilled Seafood
2:00 pm – Elliot Webster Memorial A-Class Boat Race (Sandy Ground to Island Harbour)
3:00 pm – Crab Races
Come join in the fun!
CATCH OF THE DAY
The Deep Sea Fishing Tournament is one of the highlights of the Festival Del Mar. The fishermen take off around 5:30am and return to the pier in the afternoon. It is an exciting time to visit Festival Del Mar.