Attractions in The Valley

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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 a large selection of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Regardless of whether you enjoy people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you can find a beach that appeals to you. You can click on the name of the beach to get additional information about that specific beach.

Attractions Map

Sandy Ground Beach: Sandy Ground Beach is located just west of the airport down The Valley Road, and if you head this way you should have not problem spotting the signs for Sandy Ground.

Another location for beach-goers to consider 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: 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.

The island offers plenty of other beaches. If interested, you can find more details by going to 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.

Museums

Assuming you like to explore other people and places, you should consider visiting a museum while on vacation on Anguilla.

A common landmark for vacationers 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.

Another interesting landmark worth visiting is 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 enables you to learn some key facts regarding some available museums on Anguilla.

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 immerse yourself in the history of foreign countries, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical sites while on vacation in Anguilla.

An interesting landmark worth visiting is Old Factory. It is found 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 moment to look through the chart below for a list 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

Visitors can discover some other interesting landmarks on Anguilla.

Other kinds of landmarks on the island are provided down 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

...Many bird species live on Anguilla......

 

While Anguilla's dry conditions limit the island's flora and fauna, they do provide the right environment to nurture a natural beauty all its own. Windswept trees sculpted by the prevailing breezes lean permanently to one side. Vividly colored flowers, tropical fruits, and cactus all thrive in Anguilla's climate. Many bird species live on Anguilla, and migratory birds visit during their travels. Anguilla's fondness for goats means you will likely see some of these friendly animals roaming in search of tasty grass.

Anguilla's small national park features a cave with a natural spring, and a few other small caves and holes dot the island's landscape. In a hole near the shore, the sea crashing up from the bottom creates a dramatic show. To really get in touch with your inner Robinson Crusoe, take a day trip to explore one of the nearby uninhabited islands. Click here to read about Anguilla's ferries.

Caves

Even though most visitors have heard about the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Anguilla offers multiple choices, including a couple of caves.

The following table summarizes some key facts 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 popular naturally occurring land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Anguilla are listed in the following chart.

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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