Take a deep breath in. If the air isn't warm, fresh, and filled with the scent of white cedar, you probably aren't outdoors in Anguilla enjoying all the natural sites the island has to offer.
Tourists who yearn to get outside and explore have a number of hiking trails to venture out on, the possibility of saddling up and going on a horseback tour, and the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity of watching the nesting habits of a variety of sea turtles.
Anguilla has an interesting collection of caves that are known for their mysterious nature that tourists simply can't resist. Each cave is unique. Dropsey Bay Cave is a small cave with an underground bridge that is inviting to snorkelers, while Goat Cave is better for non-swimmers. Take a look below for the locations of these underground wonders.
|1.9 mi. (3.0 km) South West of East End|
|6.5 mi. (10.5 km) Northeast of the Valley|
|Northern part of Island Harbour|
|Northern part of The Valley|
Because Anguilla is only 17 miles long at its greatest length, hiking to see the sites is a very real possibility. There are numerous locations along the coast line where projects to create new real estate began, but were never completed, and these paved paths make for excellent hiking locations.
In 2010, the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society, Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association, Anguilla National Trust, and the Anguilla Tourist Board joined forces to create the Anguilla Heritage Trail. Though other sites will be added to the trail in the future, when the Anguilla Heritage Trail had it's grand opening, there were ten sites marked along the trail. These sites are all historical and important to the island's culture, and include Crocus Hill, the Factory, Heritage Collection, Katouche Bay, Old Valley Well, Pumphouse, Rendezvous Bay, Sandy Ground, Wallblake House, and Wardens Place. Along with these sites are 30 directional signs to guide hikers and drivers along the trail.
Other hiking trails throughout the island include the following:
|Crocus Hill to Limestone Bay||The Valley||Blackgarden Bay, Roaches Hill, Little Bay|
|Island Harbour through Brimegin||Near The Valley||Pitch Apple Hole, Shole Bay, goats|
|Katouche Valley||Katouche Valley||Forest lands, beach|
|Savannah Bay to Mimi Bay||Between Junks Hole and East End Village||Salt pond, Caribbean Sea rock formations|
|Windward Point||Island Harbour||Captains Bay, Abadam Hole, view of St. Barts, view of Scrub Island, view of Little Scrub, goats, lizard, birds|
Always be sure to wear clothes that are light weight, but cover your body to protect you from bugs, and hiking boots to protect your feet. You'll also want to be sure to bring plenty of water along with you.
...swim on horseback...
If equine exploration is your thing, Anguilla is a great choice in the Caribbean. There are a few stables and tours that allow tourists to traverse the island on horseback. Seaside Stables, for example, takes guests out on rides along the beach. Options include daylight and moonlight rides, and some guests are even permitted to swim on horseback. Tours within the interior of the island are also available. Prices range from $60 to $85(USD) an hour.
Between the months of April and November, visitors have the opportunity to view a rare, and wondrous site. It is during this time of year that the green, hawksbill, and leatherback sea turtles makes the beaches of Anguilla their nesting grounds. The Anguilla National Trust can direct you on the proper course of action to take to properly view the nesting grounds without interfering with the sea turtles natural process. Some of the best beaches to do this include Captains Bay and Meads Bay.
|Cove Pond||Pond||Cove Bay|
|Grey Pond||Pond||4.8 mi. (7.7 km) East-Northeast of the Valley|
|Long Pond||Pond||2.3 mi. (3.8 km) East of the Valley|
|Maundays Bay||Bay||Maundays Bay|
|Sherrick's Bay||Bay||4.7 mi. (7.5 km) West of Blowing Point|
|West End Pond||Pond||West End|
The outside world of Anguilla offers visitors a variety of opportunity to get out and explore.
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