From one end of Anguilla to the other, sightseers discover Anguilla’s natural beauty, evidence of the island’s history and cultural landmarks. The island offers points of interest that can be encountered during your everyday travels, as well as hidden gems that are slightly off of the beaten path. Maps of Anguilla, available at most hotels and at the Anguilla Tourist Board, highlight areas of interest — but guided tours are often the best way to experience these places. Whether history, nature, photography, art or culture peak your interest, our island has some unique offerings.
Private tours are available; most tours are intimate in size.
Anguilla Access Tours
Take the 3 hour tour on the well maintained 15 passenger van with its fully stoked water bar. They will keep the AC down to remind you that you are in a tropical paradise. Carry your towel and just enough extra money to buy food and some of the local gems.
Ride with Anguilla Access Tours for:
Island Heritage, Local Art & Craft, Pristine Beach & Shorelines, Delightful Local Cuisine, Authentic Night Life, *No two tours are the same*
Tel: 264-772-9827 or 264-584-6498
Web Site & Booking: www.anguillaaccess.com
Email: [email protected]
Anguilla National Trust Heritage Tour
1. The ANT Heritage Tour catered to the interests of the visitor(s), but generally includes stops at:
· Big Spring Heritage Site
· Valley Well
· Ebenezer Methodist Church
· Koal Keel
· The Old Court House
· Sandy Ground
· Wallblake House/property
Additional sites that we can also be included within this visit are:
· East End Pond Conservation Area
· Sandy Hill Bay
2. The ANT Amerindian Settlement Site Tour, generally includes stops at:
· Sandy Hill
· Big Spring
· Fountain Cavern location (but not the actual cave)
· Forest Bay, Sandy Ground
· stop at ANT office to look at artifacts.
This tour is more informative – we provide the history and significance of the sites.
3. Walking Tour of the Historical Lower Valley. This tour begins and ends at the ANT Office. We walk along Coronation Avenue to the top of Crocus Bay Hill. We then walk through Sacchasses and back down to the office. We talk about all of the significant historical sites and buildings along the way.
4. Birding Tour. The sites that we visit on these tours depends on the time of year.
5. Big Spring Heritage Site.
In terms of cost, a visit to Big Spring only is US$10/adult; US$5.00/child (12 and under). This tour usually takes about 20 minutes.
The longer tours usually last between 2-3 hours, depending on the number and type of stops. Costs of these tours are:
US$50/adult – discounted to US$40/adult for groups of 6 or more
US$30/child (12 and under)
We can fit four people comfortably in our vehicle. If it is a larger group, then we can provide extra vehicles at an additional cost of US$50/vehicle. If the visitors have their own vehicle, they may prefer to use it instead of paying the additional cost.
Water is provided.
Contact Tel. 1 (264) 497-5297 or [email protected]
Conchshell Environmental Tours
Conchshell Envrionmental Tours offers professional tour guide services for historical tours, bird watching tours at the salt ponds, garden tours and art gallery tours. For more information contact Tel. 1 (264) 583-4410 or [email protected]
Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse
In a time before a tourism economy existed on Anguilla, salt mining was our main industry. The Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse at Sandy Ground are a reminder of a time gone by. The tour takes visitors through the Pumphouse and explains how the mining of the adjacent salt pond was carried out from both a mechanical and human viewpoint. Photos illustrate how salt was picked from the pond flats, carried and stored for exportation. Tours are given on Thursdays at 10 a.m. by appointment only. Contact Sir Emile Gumbs, Tel. 1 (264) 497-2711. [email protected]
The Heritage Collection
The Heritage Collection is a museum that archives some of the island’s most important examples of our historical and cultural heritage. A unique collection of photographs, documents and artifacts span our entire history from the Arawak Indians to present-day political campaign materials. The museum’s curator, Colville Petty, O.B.E., is Anguilla’s leading authority on all things pertaining to the history of our island home. For more information contact Mr. Petty at The Heritage Collection, Tel: 1 (264) 497-4092, [email protected]
The Sandy Ground Village Tour
A combination of the Manse and The Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse, this tour continues with a comprehensive look at the area including the ecology of the salt pond and bird watching, and an in depth look at the salt industry and how the ponds were harvested. Proceeds from the tour go toward the work of The Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society. $20 adults/children free -– Contact Sir Emile Gumbs.
Tel: 1 (264) 497-2711, [email protected]
Naturalists and animal lovers alike will welcome this unique and wonderous opportunity to spy on and potentially see the nesting and hatching of sea turtles in the wild. From April through November, many of Anguilla’s beaches become the nesting grounds for leatherback, green and hawksbill turtles. The best beaches for viewing the turtles are Maundays Bay, Meads Bay, Captains Bay and Limestone Bay. Contact the Anguilla National Trust, Tel. 1 (264) 497-5297 or [email protected]
Wallblake House Tour
The Wallblake house is Anguilla’s only surviving plantation house. Built in 1787 and fully restored in 2003, the Wallblake House is one of the few houses in the Caribbean where the entire complex of buildings including the kitchen, stable and workers’ quarters remain intact. Located in The Valley next to historic St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church, the Wallblake House is open for tours Monday, Wednesday and Friday, from 10 a.m.–2 p.m. Admission: $5.
If you are lucky enough to be visiting Anguilla during a holiday, be sure to catch our boat races. It is one of the most spectacular sights to see.