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.
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 visit on the island. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. You can click on the name of each beach to read a detailed article concerning that specific beach.
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 worth considering is Junks Hole. On the eastern end of Savannah Bay, Junk's Hole boasts wonderfully calm waters and soft sand. It's a less crowded Beach on Anguilla, but it's becoming increasingly popular.
Sandy Island Beach: Barbecues, cabanas, cold drinks and the sun are what defines Sandy Island Beach. While the island was once known only to a few lucky travelers, the addition of some low impact tourist development has made this into a must do for guests who can make their way here.
These are only some of what's on the island. Read this article if you're seeking some more specifics.
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.
In case you like to expand your knowledge of other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation on Anguilla.
A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Wallblake House. It is found in the Valley, in central Anguilla. Wallblake House is the oldest and most intact plantation house on Anguilla, built in 1787. The entire complex of buildings is intact, including kitchens, worker's quarters and stables.
Another landmark worth visiting is Heritage Museum Collection. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. Now a site of historical significance that is part of the Anguilla Heritage Trail, this private museum is run by a local writer who is also a huge wealth of knowledge regarding history and culture of the island. The property details the fascinating history of the island's people, from the British settlement and importation of slaves to averting plans to depopulate the island.
The table just below provides some key facts concerning some the available museums on the island.
|Heritage Museum Collection||(264) 235-7440||1.1 mi. North of Central East End|
|Wallblake House||(264) 497-6613||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
In case you like to immerse yourself in the historical roots of a foreign place, you might want to visit a few of these historical attractions while on vacation in Anguilla.
One popular destination is Old Factory. It is located within the Valley, in central Anguilla. One of the major businesses in Anguilla for a time was the exportation of cotton to England. Old Factory is a still standing reminder of this trade, serving as the historic spot where a great deal of the island's cotton was ginned.
Another landmark that often intrigues visitors is Warden's Place. It is located within 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.
Take a look at the table just below to learn more about historical sites on the island.
|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|
Although most people visiting the area have heard about the beautiful water and coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Anguilla offers some great options, including two caves.
The following table offers a few details concerning caves.
|Cave||1.9 mi. South West of Central East End|
|Cave||2.9 mi. Northeast of Central East End|
Visitors can spend some time in the local park on Anguilla.
|Park||The Valley, Central Anguilla||Anguilla|
Another idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Anguilla are displayed here:
|Bay||0.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Meads Bay|
|Bay||2.1 mi. North-Northwest of Central the Valley|
|Bay||1.6 mi. Northwest of Central Blowing Point|
|Cove Pond||Pond||0.8 mi. South of Central Meads Bay|
|Pond||1.5 mi. South West of Central Meads Bay|
|Grey Pond||Pond||1.0 mi. Northeast of Central East End|
|Bay||2.0 mi. Northeast of Central East End|
|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|
|Bay||0.3 mi. North-Northwest of Central Meads Bay|
|Pond||0.3 mi. East of Central Meads Bay|
|Bay||0.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Blowing Point|
|Pond||Sandy Ground Village, Central Anguilla|
|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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