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Guide To Anguilla


 

Description

The island of Anguilla, which also comprises the island of Sombrero and a number of smaller islands and cays, is small and secluded; ideal if you want to get away from it all. 35 square miles surrounded by turquoise waters and 33 uncrowded, beautiful white sand beaches, Anguilla is truly a tropical paradise. A leisurely exploration of the idyllic shoreline is thus recommended.

Accommodation ranges from 5 star luxury hotels to guest-houses, apartments, villas and cottages. Many establishments are situated on the beach and offer boating, snorkelling, fishing and scuba-diving equipment. Restaurants offer a mixture of Continental, American and Anguillan dishes with the emphasis on seafood, including lobster, conch and a variety of fish. The nightlife is centred on the hotels and the tourist areas and visitors will be glad to find the atmosphere relaxed and friendly. Anguillians are warm and friendly people who will quickly become friends.

Getting There

There are a number of options available for getting to this idyllic island. Visitors can fly directly into Anguilla's Wallblake Airport from Puerto Rico via American Eagle/American Airlines and LIAT, or opt to fly directly to St. Maarten, Antigua, St. Thomas or St. Kitts for easy transfer to Anguilla:

San Juan via American Eagle and LIAT

St. Thomas via American Eagle, LIAT, TransAnguilla and WINAIR

St. Maarten/Martin: St. Maarten via scheduled and chartered air with WINAIR, LIAT,
TransAnguilla and Island Charters. St. Martin (Marigot Bay) via regularly scheduled ferries.

Antigua via LIAT and Caribbean Star

St. Kitts via LIAT and Caribbean Star

Ferries: Anguilla / St. Martin
Ferries are a popular way to travel between Anguilla and St. Martin. No reservations are necessary. Between 7:30AM and 6:15PM, ferries run at approximately 30 minute intervals between Blowing Point, Anguilla and Marigot Bay, St. Martin. Last ferries of the day are the 6:15PM from Anguilla and the 7:00PM from Marigot Bay, St. Martin. Ferry crossings are $10 each way, plus $3 departure tax. Ferries are also available for charter.

Wallblake Airport:
American Airlines, WINAIR & LIAT

Local Air Charter Services:
Tyden Air, Air Anguilla & Trans Anguilla

Nearest International Gateways:
San Juan & Antigua (1 hr. flight); St. Martin, (7 minute flight).

American Airlines
LIAT
WINAIR



Ferries: Anguilla / St. Martin
Ferries are a popular way to travel between Anguilla and St. Martin. No reservations are necessary. Between 7:30AM and 6:15PM, ferries run at approximately 30-45 minute intervals between Blowing Point, Anguilla and Marigot Bay, St. Martin. Last ferries of the day are the 6:15PM from Anguilla and the 7:00PM from Marigot Bay, St. Martin. Regular one-way fare is US $15 or EC $40 for adults and children six years and older. Children 2 to 5 years old are US $10.

 
Entry Requirements

Travel Documents You'll Need
A valid passport is required by all visitors to Anguilla. Visitors are required to have a return or onward ticket. Additionally, citizens of certain countries below will also need entry visas.

Green card holders must have a valid green card and valid passport from their country of origin.

Nationals of the following countries require a visa to enter Anguilla:
Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Angola, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Belarus, Benin, Bhutan, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Burkina, Burundi, Burma, Cambodia, Cameroon, Cape Verdi, Central African Republic, Chad, China, Columbia, Comoros, Congo, Croatia, Cuba, Djibouti, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Fiji, Gabon, The Gambia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Guyana, Haiti, India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jamaica, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kenya, Kirgizstan, Korea (North), Kuwait, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Macedonia, Madagascar, Maldives, Maki, Mauritania, Mauritius, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, Mozambique, Myanmar, Nepal, Niger, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, Peru, Philippines, Qatar, Romania, Russia, Rwanda, SaoTome & Principe, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Surinam, Syria, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Togo, Trinidad and Tobago, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Yemen, Yugoslavia, Zaire

Nationals of the following countries require
Direct Airside Transit Visas (DATVs):
Afghanistan, Colombia, Croatia, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Nigeria, People's Rep of China, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Slovakia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Turkey, Uganda, Yugoslavia, Zaire.


Helpful Visitor Information

Taxis are readily available to and from the airport or Ferry Dock. They are also available for island tours. Rates are preset, there are no meters.

Driving
Driving is on the left and the speed limit is 30 mph. To rent a car you'll need your valid driver's license from your resident country, and $20 to purchase a temporary Anguilla driver's license. Temporary Anguilla driver's licenses are available through car rental agencies. Well-maintained rental cars and jeeps are readily available. Car seats are available at rental agencies. Reservations for 'in season' car rentals and children's car seats should be made in advance.

Two Wheeled Rentals
Many visitors to sightsee on a bike or scooter. Bikes are available from about $10 per day, scooters from about $20 per day.

Money Matters
US currency is widely accepted throughout the island. Prices on menus, in hotels and for activities are generally quoted in US dollars. ATMs on Anguilla accept international bank cards. Currently there are five ATMs located conveniently throughout the Island: one each at National Bank of Anguilla (NBA), Scotia Bank, Caribbean Commercial Bank, and Ashley & Sons Grocery.

Electricity
110 AC voltage, the same as in the USA

Water
The water is safe to drink, however bottled water is available at hotels and convenience stores.

Dress
Attire is casual. It is generally advisable to bring a light sweater or wrap for evenings. There are no nude/topless beaches on Anguilla; keep your clothes on!

Safety
There is very little crime in Anguilla; however, travelers should take normal precautions such as locking doors and securing valuables.

Activities and Attractions

There are many activities in addition to diving that you will enjoy on Anguilla. The following is just a sample of what you can find.

Horseback riding through trails and along beaches is a great way to discover Anguuilla.

Parasailing provides breathtaking island views for those not faint of heart.

Paddleboating and kayaking allows you to enjoy the tuquoise waters at your own pace.

Windsurfing is an exhilarating experience, gliding across the waters. Lessons are available if you would like to learn.

Try your luck for the big game fish found off the coast of Anguilla - including Tuna, Wahoo, Marlin and more. Charters are readily available.

Explore the underwater world from total comfort. The surrounding reefs come alive in glass bottom boat tours.

Want to just enjoy a day in the warm, tropical sun? Boats of various sizes are available for charter. Cruise the crystal clear waters, snorkel swim or have a picnic on a secluded beach.

Hiking is another great way to discover the island and enjoy the bounty of nature here. Miles of trails tred, including a small, but beautiful rainforest.

Not up for hiking? How about a casual and relaxing bike ride. The flat terrain of Anguilla makes it easy and fun.

Anguilla's Art Galleries provide your senses with the tropical colors of the Caribbean.

Discover the past with with a museum tour. More than 3000 years of heritage on display.

Who thought dining could be so much fun? With more choices per acre than New York City, the gourmet choices will turn on your taste buds.

You will not find sprawling department stores for shopping in Anguilla. What you will find are small shops and boutiques, offering local paintings and crafts, spices, tropical clothing, island music, antiques, curios and other souvenirs.

 
 

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