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Travel Tips

 

Anguilla is a friendly, English-speaking island located in the northeastern Caribbean.  A safe and peaceful community, Anguillians are gracious and hospitable, warm and welcoming.  Our island home is easy to explore with wonderful places and people to meet from end to end.

Our beautiful sand, near perfect weather and delightful water temperatures make it nearly impossible to leave your spot on the beach, but we hope you get the chance to explore the island and become a part of our community during your stay.

Language: English

Government: British Overseas Territory

Capital: The Valley

Size: 35 square miles; 16 miles long by 3 miles wide at widest point

Population: 14,886 (according to last census)

Location: Eastern Caribbean, most northerly of Leeward Islands

Climate and Temperature: 80°F monthly mean temperature, water temperatures generally range between 70°F and 80°F

Rainfall: 35 inches per year: rainy season is usually September through October, driest months are February and March

Electricity: 110 Volts AC, same as the United States

Currency: While the Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency of Anguilla, the US dollar is widely accepted across the island.

ATMs: ATMs can be found in many convenient locations throughout the island. We recommend withdrawals by Friday should you be staying the weekend.

Water: Water is potable. Bottled water is also available at most hotels and convenience stores.

Driving: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and a driver’s license is required.

Rentals: Car, jeeps and bike rentals available

Airport: Clayton J. Lloyd Airport is situated on the immediate outskirts of The Valley, the island’s main administrative and commercial centre. The runway is 5,440 feet and can accommodate small to medium size aircraft including the Dash 8, Super ATR 72, and most corporate jets. A locally owned licensed fixed base operation, service is available providing aircraft refueling, ground handling and full concierge services.

International Gateways: The nearest international gateways are St. Maarten/Martin (7 minute flight), San Juan, Puerto Rico and Antigua (1 hour flight).

Ferry: Ferries begin operation at 7:30am and run regularly at 30-45 minute intervals up until 7:00pm from Marigot, St. Martin. The last ferry of the day from Anguilla leaves Blowing Point at 6:15pm. The crossing is about 20 minutes. Private ferries are also available. Fares vary with providers. Charter service is also available from Blowing Point to the Princess Juliana Airport and Simpson Bay.

Entry: Passport and return or onward ticket(s) required. Contact the Agricultural Department (264-497-2615) for information regarding pets, animals and seeing-eye dog importation.

Departure Tax: A US $20 departure tax applies to all tourists departing from Anguilla, whether by plane or ferry. There is no charge for children under twelve years old. The departure tax for day trips to surrounding islands is US $5 for trips through Blowing Point Ferry Terminal ONLY. Residents of Anguilla and residents of St. Martin/St. Maarten are also subject to a US $5 departure tax through Blowing Point Ferry Terminal.

Dress Code: Casual, but in good taste (short shorts, bikinis, bra-type tops and toplessness in both men and women are undesirable in public places; nude and topless swimming and/or sunbathing are not permitted). All beaches are public.

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We often overhear visitors debate the pronunciation of our island. Anguilla is in fact a Spanish word that means eel, so often people mistakenly use the Spanish pronunciation. As Anguilla is an English-speaking island, we use the English pronunciation: An-gwil-a, like vanilla – the color of our sands.