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Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – wedding bells immediately come to mind, but what about Anguilla? As rabid consumerism devours many
Caribbean hot spots, this little limestone bump in the sea has, thus far, maintained its
charming menagerie of clapboard shacks (something old) while quietly weaving stunning
vacation properties (something new) into the mix. Visitors will discover a melting pot of
cultures (something borrowed) set along mind-blowing beaches (something very blue).
One of the most intriguing things about little Anguilla is that it’s hard to decide whether
or not the island is grossly underrated or if it actually garners more buzz than it deserves.
Supporters cite the refreshing lack of development relative to neighboring islands (no casinos, nightclubs etc), and an earnest local vibe that remains very much intact. But on the
other hand, extreme price hikes have turned the island into St-Barthélemy’s stunt double
for jetsetters.
While the debate will no doubt rage for years to come, most agree that the island’s best
feature (besides the oh-so-blue sea) is its malleability – Anguilla is a blank canvas, allowing
visitors to design any vacation they please. Those seeking opulence and privacy can rent
one of the many rambling villas, while those looking to dive headfirst into the gritty island
culture will be sated with cold beer, reggae beats and nightly gatherings around smoky
BBQs. And what’s more satisfying than discovering a hidden local haunt which serves fresh
lobster and big smiles for half the price of those big-name joints down the street?

FAST FACTS
„ Area 35 sq miles
„ Capital The Valley
„ Country code

%264

„ Departure tax US$20 airport & ferry

terminal ($5 if returning the same day)
„ Famous for Perfect beaches
„ Language English
„ Money Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$);

EC$1 = US$0.38 = €0.24 = UK£0.19
„ Official name Anguilla
„ People Anguillians
„ Phrase Limin’ (hanging out, preferably on

a beach with a rum punch)
„ Population 13,677
„ Visa Not necessary for most nationalities;

see p432

ANGUILLA

Anguilla

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HIGHLIGHTS
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Beaches (p430) Indulge in Anguilla’s one
true claim to fame – emerald waters and
powder-soft sands ripped straight from
the pages of your favorite travel magazine. Try the popular Shoal Bay East or
the quieter windswept Junk’s Hole
BBQ Tents (p423) Devour succulent ribs
with loca...
ANGUILLA
© Lonely Planet Publications
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue – wedding bells im-
mediately come to mind, but what about Anguilla? As rabid consumerism devours many
Caribbean hot spots, this little limestone bump in the sea has, thus far, maintained its
charming menagerie of clapboard shacks (something old) while quietly weaving stunning
vacation properties (something new) into the mix. Visitors will discover a melting pot of
cultures (something borrowed) set along mind-blowing beaches (something very blue).
One of the most intriguing things about little Anguilla is that it’s hard to decide whether
or not the island is grossly underrated or if it actually garners more buzz than it deserves.
Supporters cite the refreshing lack of development relative to neighboring islands (no ca-
sinos, nightclubs etc), and an earnest local vibe that remains very much intact. But on the
other hand, extreme price hikes have turned the island into St-Barthélemy’s stunt double
for jetsetters.
While the debate will no doubt rage for years to come, most agree that the island’s best
feature (besides the oh-so-blue sea) is its malleability – Anguilla is a blank canvas, allowing
visitors to design any vacation they please. Those seeking opulence and privacy can rent
one of the many rambling villas, while those looking to dive headfirst into the gritty island
culture will be sated with cold beer, reggae beats and nightly gatherings around smoky
BBQs. And what’s more satisfying than discovering a hidden local haunt which serves fresh
lobster and big smiles for half the price of those big-name joints down the street?
Anguilla
FAST FACTS
Area 35 sq miles
Capital The Valley
Country code
%
264
Departure tax US$20 airport & ferry
terminal ($5 if returning the same day)
Famous for Perfect beaches
Language English
Money Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$);
EC$1 = US$0.38 = €0.24 = UK£0.19
Official name Anguilla
People Anguillians
Phrase Limin’ (hanging out, preferably on
a beach with a rum punch)
Population 13,677
Visa Not necessary for most nationalities;
see p432
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