Transportation Options for Blowing Point

The sooner you reach Blowing Point, the better. Right?

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Set on the southern coast of Anguilla and home to the island's ferry terminal, Blowing Point is known as the “French Riviera” of this British isle. Pretty beaches dot the landscape and gourmet French cuisine is not hard to come by. This unique setting is frequented by tourists looking for peace, quite, and quirkiness.

Getting There

Because Blowing Point is home to the island's ferry terminal, it is easy to assume that most tourists arrive to this small village by ferry. This is not always the case. Air travel is actually more popular a means of getting to Blowing Point, and sailing and cruising are two other options that see their share of use as well.

Air Travel

Less than 10 minutes away from Blowing Point by car is the Clayton Lloyd International Airport (AXA), formerly known as the Wallblake Airport. Although it has recently been renovated so that it can accommodate commercial jets, only regional airlines and small charters make the journey. This means that in order to get to your final destination in Blowing Point by plane, you will have to plan a connecting flight through the airport on either St. Maarten or Puerto Rico.

Although this may seem like a hassle for those who prefer to fly direct, the second flight will rarely last over an hour so if you plan your flights accordingly, you'll still make great time. You'll find greater details on flying to Anguilla when you click here..

Sailing

Sailing is deeply entrenched in Anguilla history and culture. However, it is mainly used for fishing, trade, and generally enjoying the water. Luckily, anyone visiting Anguilla hoping to partake in day sails, fishing trips, or excursions will find the island more than accommodating, with the only difficulty being the lack of a centralized marina.

Cruises

Blowing Point Ferry Terminal is home to Anguilla's cruise ship port, which means that when a cruise comes to call Blowing Point reaps most of the benefits. If you're hoping to make Blowing Point one of the stops on your Caribbean cruise, look for cruise lines that specialize in smaller liners, such as Compagnie des Iles de Ponant, Crystal Cruises, SeaDream Yacht Club, StarClippers, and Windstar.

The harbour is small and not very deep, so huge liners like Carnival and Celebration simply cannot risk docking here. When you arrive in Blowing Point, however, you will find it easy to find a cab to take you around the village. It's $10(USD) for each trip, or you can ask your driver if he'd be willing to take you on a tour.

Rental Cars

...sidewalks are few and far between...

 

When you rent a car in Blowing Point, there are a few things to keep in mind. First, driving is done on the left side of the road like in Europe. Second, sidewalks are few and far between, so always be on the lookout for pedestrians; and third, unless you're driving on a main road, you'll probably want to be in possession of a vehicle with good suspension and four-wheel drive. Although there have been many improvements with regards to the infrastructure in Blowing Point and around the island, many roads remain at best full of pot holes, and at worse completely unpaved.

To avoid finding yourself stuck in the mud, read more tips about driving and renting a car in Blowing Point here.

Taxis

Taxis in Blowing Point are known for their friendly drivers, but also their high prices. Most seasoned tourists will recommend that you rent a car rather than take a taxi everywhere you go, but chances are you'll still hail a cab at least once. What is important to know about taxis in Blowing Point is that they are unmetered, and rates are set based on a zone system.

The island is split up into 10 specific zones, and you pay a set price to get from one zone to another. You'll pay anywhere between $10 and $38(USD) for a one way trip based upon which zone you are trying to get to. For more information about the zone system and a complete price listing, check out our guide to Taxis in Blowing Point.

Ferries

If you've originally flown into St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport, you have the option of taking a ferry to Blowing Point, Anguilla. There are several ferry services that operate every day of the week with continuing service so that no matter when you arrive you'll be able to catch a ferry for just $20 (including the departure tax of $5(USD)) for adults and $15(USD) for children between the ages of five and 12. The ferries run between the hours of 8:40 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., leaving approximately every 30 minutes for a trip that lasts about 25 minutes.

Be sure to take a look at our specialized Blowing Point Ferry Guide to learn all about your maritime travel options.

 

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