For those that want to relax
1. Shoal Bay East – Pristine clear blue sea meets bleached white sand, Shoal Bay is perfect for those who just want to do nothing. You can easily spend the day sun bathing, chilling with a beer or rum punch in hand and when the mood suits you do a bit of swimming.
2. Sandy Island – Sandy Island is a small cay off the coast of Anguilla about 10 minutes away. To get there you normally need to book a speed boat from Sandy Ground costing $10 USD for a return This tiny cay literally only has a small restaurant entrapped in a sandy white sand beach hence the name Sandy Island and is the perfect way to be in seclusion away from it all. Anguilla already comes with the whole getaway from it all vibe but Sandy island is just that extra step further!
3. Rendezvous Beach – This beach is very popular with locals and families as the sea is particularly calm and shallow. There are also restaurants like Coconuts Beach bar and grill and The Place serving delicious local and international cuisine so whatever your hunkering for they probably serve it.
1. The Pumphouse – styled in an old traditional Caribbean rum warehouse The Pumphouse is a great spot for hanging out with friends, singing your heart out on karaoke nights and dancing the night away to live Caribbean music. Tuesday nights (Ladies night) is the best night to go as there is live band music and if your a lady like myself half off on drinks what's not to love!
2. The Dune Preserve – A long favourite with locals and tourist The Dune is a great authentically Anguillian establishment owned by local musician Bankie Banx. It’s a bit more chilled out here however still a great place to listen to Anguillian folk and reggae music played by musicians like Omari Banks. If you are lucky enough to be in Anguilla in March The Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Beach comes alive as it plays host to one of the regions biggest Reggae festivals Moonsplash.
3. Scilly Cay – Pronounced silly key this is indeed a good place you can be a bit silly. Scilly Cay is a small cay containing a restaurant only. It is located near Island Harbour village at the Eastern part of the island where from a dock facing the cay you flail your arms to beckon your ride over to the this unique mini island. Along with eating your body weight in lobster you can bust out your best moves on the dance floor to a soca and calypso tunes. Scilly cay is also known for its rum punch so might want to get yourself that however beware they mix them strong here I had one and I was slurring my words in no time.
For those who like culture
1. Heritage Collection Museum – The Anguilla Museum is located in East End Village and is owned and operated by local historian Colville Petty. Here you will be able to understand more about the islands past from slavery times, the revolution with St Kitts in the 70s and British invasion formally making Anguilla a British overseas territory. There you will also see a collection of ancient artifacts made by Arawaks the first people to have lived on the island. It’s fascinating to see through remnants of the past how life was for Anguillians showing just how resilient the Anguillian people have been and from humble beginnings they have formed a beautiful island nation. Entrance only costs $5 USD
2. Devonish Art Gallery – If you are into art you should definitely check out Devonish Art Gallery located in The Cove. You will find sculptures made from stone and wood all sourced from Anguilla and beautiful paintings usually depicting some part of Anguillian life. Everything is all hand made here so if you decided to buy anything it will be one of a kind.
3. Carnival – Carnival would appeal to those who like to party and those who like culture so for those of you who like both your in for a treat. Carnival in Anguilla celebrates the end of slavery and generally starts at the end of July and ends in the first week in August. For two weeks you will be entertained by local and regional calypsonians at concerts and tuck into local cuisine from vendors whom are always a fixture at events. Besides all the partying and regretful mornings after a night of drinking and dancing why I chose Carnival as a cultural experience is because of boat race. Boat race is an absolute Anguillian passion and everyone seems to have their favourite who they support. As Anguillians have a history as seafarers and fisherman boat racing grew from local fisherman racing these hand made wooden boats pulled through the sea at speed by massive sails. Nothing is more fundamentally ingrained in Anguilla's culture as much as boat racing and particularly during Carnival period draws a crowd on the beach cheering on their favourite boat and crew.