Attractions in Anguilla

There are plenty of attractions for Anguilla's visitors to explore

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Beach-going is the main draw for many of Anguilla's visitors -- in fact, many consider Anguilla's beaches to be among the most beautiful in the world. Its dazzling white sands and turquoise seas attract visitors to this tiny island paradise, but other interesting attractions add to Anguilla's interest.

Beaches

Sandy Ground Beach

There are over 30 beaches in Anguilla, all of which are open to the public. Though many would agree that there is no such thing as a "bad" beach in Anguilla, if you want to know how to spot one of the best beaches, be on the lookout for a string of high-end resorts right along the shore line. The presence of these resorts will be a good indication that the beach front property is some of the most sought after on the island. Animal-lovers may be lucky enough to see turtles laying their eggs on the beach, but if not, crabs and lizards also abound. A few beaches also display striking stone formations, built by the waves as large pieces of coral wash ashore.

You'll find a large number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Whether you enjoy people watching, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. Just click on each beach name for more information concerning that particular stretch of sand.

Attractions Map

Sandy Ground Beach: Sandy Ground Beach is one of the most popular beaches in all of Anguilla. This strip of sand is busy day and night with its many piers and just as numerous bars and nightlife options.

Another option that beach-goers can consider is Junks Hole. Junk's Hole is easily accessible by road. It's fairly isolated once you're there, but there is a nearby bar.

Sandy Island Beach: There is only one way to reach Sandy Island, and that is by boat.

These examples are only a few of the places worth checking out To see our page about beaches, check out this page.

Although much of Anguilla is only lightly developed, you can still get a sense of its history. Several small museums and a few private collectors welcome visitors to view their artifacts. Anguilla's past is full of intriguing stories. There is only one surviving plantation house that shows what life was like in the 18th and 19th centuries. But other historic buildings have also been restored, with some of them now home to small businesses, including a famous restaurant. At the Old Salt Factory and Pump House, tours demonstrate the inner workings of this once-important island industry.

Museums

If you like to explore other places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on Anguilla.

One popular destination is Wallblake House. It is located in the Valley, in central Anguilla. Tour hours are Tuesday and Friday, 10:00 am - Noon.

Another common landmark for vacationers is Heritage Museum Collection. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. More of a people's history than the history of the island itself, this museum focuses on important figures from the past and the perseverance of the local people through adversity, endemics, and hurricanes. Exhibits include photographs, artifacts, and archaeological finds, but the owner, Mr. Petty is the most impressive feature.

The chart directly below provides you with more information on some the available museums on the island.

Museums On Anguilla
Name Phone Location
Heritage Museum Collection (264) 235-7440 1.1 mi. North of Central East End
Wallblake House (264) 497-6613 The Valley, Central Anguilla

Historical Sites

Old Fort at Sandy Hill

Like discovering the historical roots of the places you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical attractions during your stay.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit Old Factory. It is located in the Valley, in central Anguilla. The Anguilla Tourist Office, and thus the Old Factory, is open from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., closing from noon to 1:00 p.m.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is Warden's Place. It is located in central Anguilla. Just like many of the Caribbean Islands, Anguilla depended, in part, on the sugar trade. Warden's Place was once a sugar plantation that was built in the 1790's.

Old Fort at Sandy Hill: Overlooking Sandy Hill Bay, this old fort was the colonist and British took their final stand against an invading French Force in 1796. In the end, the French were defeated and thanks to "The Battle of Anguilla", the island remained part of the British Empire.

Glance through the following table to read more about sites of historical interest on the island.

Historic Sites On Anguilla
Name Phone Location
Old Factory (264) 497-2759 The Valley, Central Anguilla
Old Fort at Sandy Hill -- 1.8 mi. South West of Central East End
Old Salt Factory and Pump House (264) 497-2711 Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla
Warden's Place (264) 497-2930 Central Anguilla

Miscellaneous Landmarks

Visitors may discover some other worthwhile sites on Anguilla.

The following chart summarizes a few details concerning other kinds of sites of interest to visitors.

Miscellaneous Landmarks On Anguilla
Name Type Location
Dolphin Discovery Attraction 0.5 mi. South of Central Blowing Point
The Anguilla Aqua Park Attraction 0.9 mi. Southeast of Central Meads Bay

Caves

Although most visitors are attracted by the beautiful coastline, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Anguilla offers some great options, including two caves.

The chart below summarizes some details regarding caves.

Caves On Anguilla
Name Type Location
Dropsey Bay Cave Cave 1.9 mi. South West of Central East End
Goat Cave Cave 2.9 mi. Northeast of Central East End

Parks

Visitors can visit a park on Anguilla.

Parks On Anguilla
Name Type Location Island
Coronation Park Park The Valley, Central Anguilla Anguilla

Land Formations

Another idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Other options like these on Anguilla can be seen down below.

Land Formations On Anguilla
Name Type Location
Barnes Bay Bay 0.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Meads Bay
Benzie's Bay Bay Central Anguilla
Black Garden Bay Bay 2.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central the Valley
Bucks Bay Bay 1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Blowing Point
Cove Pond Pond 0.8 mi. South of Central Meads Bay
Golf Pond Pond 1.5 mi. South West of Central Meads Bay
Grey Pond Pond 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central East End
Junk's Hole Bay Bay 2.0 mi. Northeast of Central East End
Katouche Bay Bay Central Anguilla
Long Bay Bay 1.0 mi. Northeast of Central Meads Bay
Long Pond Pond 1.8 mi. South West of Central East End
Maundays Bay Bay 1.4 mi. South-Southwest of Central Meads Bay
Meads Bay Bay 0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Meads Bay
Meads Bay Pond Pond 0.3 mi. East of Central Meads Bay
Pelican Bay Bay 0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Blowing Point
Road Bay Bay Central Anguilla
Road Salt Pond Pond Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla
Seafeathers Bay Bay 0.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central East End
Sherrick's Bay Bay 0.4 mi. West-Southwest of Central Shoal Bay West
West End Pond Pond 1.6 mi. South West of Central Meads Bay

Visitors seeking to escape the everyday in a world-class, stunning setting will be thrilled to discover Anguilla.

 

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