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Anguilla is a friendly, English-speaking island in the northeastern Caribbean.


A safe and peaceful community, the island is easy to explore with wonderful places and people to meet from end to end. Beautiful sand, near-perfect weather and delightful water temperatures may make it nearly impossible to leave your spot on the beach, but taking the time to explore the island (there are 33 beaches, after all, each more beautiful than the previous), meeting locals as you go, is guaranteed to enhance your stay.

Accommodations

Anguilla offers a range of accommodations, from world-class hotels and luxury resorts to luxury villas, guesthouses, self-catering apartments, and cottages, to suit a variety of tastes and budgets. The “Charming Escapes Collection” is comprised of select hotels, villas and inns.


Activities

All manner of watersports – diving and snorkeling; sport fishing; sailing; windsurfing, kitesurfing, paddle boards and kayaking.A variety of land sports – bird watching; golf, tennis, horse riding, cave treks, art gallery hopping and sightseeing historical sites and natural attractions


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 most corporate jets.


ATMs

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


Beaches

There are 33 pristine beaches.


Capital

The Valley


Cuisine

With more than 100 fine dining and local restaurants, Anguilla is an epicurean’s delight. Caribbean flavors have been fused with international cuisines to create a wide range of dishes. Seafood features heavily on Anguillan menus, with local crayfish and whole lobster or grilled snapper, swordfish and mahi mahi among the specialties.


Currency

While the Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency of Anguilla, the US dollar is widely accepted across the island. The exchange rate is US$1.00 = EC$2.68..


Departure Tax

A departure tax of US$20 is charged at the airport; US$23 at the ferry port on the French side; US$28 at the ferry port on the Dutch side. See “How to Get to Anguilla”


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.


Driving

Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and a valid driver’s license and a temporary Anguillian driver’s license are required.


Electricity

110 Volts AC, same as the United States


Entry

Passport and return or onward ticket(s) required. Nationals for some countries may require a visa. Click here for full listing.


Ferry

All ferry services from St. Martin/Maarten operate into the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal in Anguilla. See “How to Get to Anguilla”


Government

Self-governing, British Overseas Territory


Getting Married

A special license that costs US$284 is required to get married on Anguilla, which takes just 48 hours to process; this is also the minimum residency requirement.. The couple must provide proof of identity and, if divorced, must have the original decree. If either partner is widowed, a death certificate must be provided for the deceased.


International Gateways

See “How to Get to Anguilla”


Language

English


Location

Eastern Caribbean, most northerly of Leeward Islands


Pets

Contact the Agricultural Department (264-497-2615) for information regarding pets, animals and seeing-eye dog importation.


Population

14,886 (according to last census)


Rainfall

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


Rentals

Car, jeep and bike rentals available


Size

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


Water

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

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