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.
There are a large number of beaches to enjoy on the island. Regardless of whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you'd rather find a more secluded spot, you're likely to find what you want. Just click on the name of each beach for a detailed review of that specific beach.
Sandy Ground Beach: Due to its popularity, Sandy Ground Beach is pretty well maintained; so expect the sand to be both clean and spot. Interestingly, unlike most beaches, the majority of the coast at Sandy Ground Beach is elevated above the water, so waves will not actually hit the sand.
Another location worth considering is Junks Hole. Nestled in Savannah Bay, Junk's Hole is the calmer, eastern side of the Bay, with crystalline turquoise waters lapping blissfully upon powdery sand.
Sandy Island Beach: Sandy Island Beach stretches along the coast of the small Sandy Island. With not much else here than sand and cabanas, you can expect to feel in paradise.
These examples are just a few of your options. For more information about this topic, see 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.
In case you enjoy learning about other places and cultures, you might enjoy visiting a museum while on vacation on Anguilla.
An interesting landmark worth visiting is Wallblake House. It is located 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.
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 just below summarizes some details regarding some museums on Anguilla.
|Heritage Museum Collection||(264) 235-7440||1.1 mi. North of Central East End|
|Wallblake House||(264) 497-6613||The Valley, Central Anguilla|
Do you enjoy discovering the historical roots of countries you visit? If that's the case, you might enjoy visiting one or two of these historical sites while vacationing in Anguilla.
One popular destination is 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.
If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, visit Warden's Place. It is found 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 minute to read the following table to read more about historic 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|
Travelers will experience some other worthwhile sites worth visiting on Anguilla.
Some of the other types of landmarks on the island are displayed in the table below.
|Attraction||0.5 mi. South of Central Blowing Point|
|Attraction||0.9 mi. Southeast of Central Meads Bay|
Although most tourists are attracted by the beaches, that isn't the only way to enjoy the natural wonders available. Anguilla offers multiple options, including a couple of caves.
The following chart lists more details on caves.
|Cave||1.9 mi. South West of Central East End|
|Cave||2.9 mi. Northeast of Central East End|
Travelers can enjoy a park on Anguilla.
|Park||The Valley, Central Anguilla||Anguilla|
Another fun idea is to visit some of the more interesting naturally occurring land formations. Fully natural attractions like these on Anguilla are shown in the following table.
|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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