Anguillians take pride in their island, heritage and unique identity as one of the smallest inhabited Caribbean



The people of Anguilla

Most Anguillians are of mixed West African, Irish, English, or Welsh heritage. Anguillians identify with both Great Britain and the Caribbean; the official language is English.

Visitors and Anguillians alike describe Anguilla as a friendly place where daily ‘hellos’ display genuine pleasure in sharing the island with visitors. Industriousness and harmony is the vibe all over the island.

Peace, a soulful joie de vivre, and a respect for their rich history, including their status as a self-governing, British Overseas Territory, give the island a uniquely warm and welcoming ambience.

Locals & visitors observing the fishermen spoils at Festival Del Mar Photo: Rudy Webster

The people of Anguilla are a great part of what makes our island such a magnificent place. Gentle and gracious, we take pride in our home and pleasure in sharing it with visitors from around the world. Guests and Anguillians say friendly “hellos” as we encounter each other across the island, and it’s not long before we know each other by name.

On our island we share a reverence for family, love, community and God. Peace, individualism and a soulful understanding of the joys of life create a home that is warm and welcoming, filled with joy and light.

The island’s rich history and personality is embodied in its culture and heritage. From the ancient Amerindian settlements, through European colonization, to the 1967 revolution, these and other events are woven into the tapestry of Anguillian life today.

Anguilla Day #50 Boat Race Photo: Rudy Webster

Industrious and resourceful, resilient and innovative, Anguillians have excelled in a variety of fields from music to sports to the creative arts. Legendary artist and musician Bankie Banx; international cricketers Cardigan Connor, Jahmar Hamilton, Chaka Hodge and Omari Banks; Olympian medal winner (long jump) Shara Proctor, Top Cylist Hasani Hennis, Anguilla British based Sprinter Zharnel Hughes and top Anguillian chef Kerth Gumbs, a star on the London culinary scene, are just a few of the iconic Anguillians who have made their mark far beyond the island’s shores.


Worship with us

Christianity is the dominant religion in Anguilla, with the following denominations represented: Anglican, Baptist, Church of God, Methodist, Roman Catholic, and Seventh Day Adventists. There are also several Pentecostal and Jehovah’s Witness communities. Rastafarians meet for worship. And Anguilla’s only mosque is located off the Jeremiah Gumbs Highway.