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.

There are an abundance of beaches to enjoy on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer being around other people, or you prefer having more of the sand to yourself, you can find what you want. Just click on each beach name for a detailed article concerning that section of the coast.

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 alternative to 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: 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.

Anguilla has several other beaches to choose from. Make your way to this page if you want to learn some more facts.

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

Assuming you enjoy learning about other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on Anguilla.

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

Many travelers also choose to visit Heritage Museum Collection. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. The museum is open from Monday through Friday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The table below has more details concerning 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

If you like to experience the history of foreign countries, you might enjoy visiting a few of these historical sites during your vacation.

A landmark that often intrigues visitors is Old Factory. It is located in the Valley, in central Anguilla. While most of the original ginning machinery was lost after the Old Factory was closed, what remains has been put on display for guests visiting the Tourist Office to peruse.

Another popular destination is Warden's Place. It is found 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.

Take a minute to read this table for a listing of historical sites 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

Vacationers will experience some other worthwhile places worth visiting on Anguilla.

The other types of landmarks on Anguilla are displayed below.

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 people visiting the area have heard about the beaches, those aren't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Anguilla offers multiple choices, including a couple of caves.

The table right below lists a few 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

Travelers can visit the local park on Anguilla.

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

Land Formations

Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting area land formations. Other options like these on Anguilla are shown in the table 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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