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.
You will discover an abundance of beaches to enjoy on the island. Whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you'd rather find a more secluded spot, you should be able to find just the right beach. Just click on each beach name to read a detailed article concerning that individual beach.
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 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.
These are just a few of your choices. You can go to this page if you want more specifics.
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 like to learn about unfamiliar places and cultures, you should consider visiting a museum during your time on Anguilla.
If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit 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 landmark worth visiting is Heritage Museum Collection. It is Island Harbour, in northeastern Anguilla. More of a people's history than the history of the island itself, this museum focuses on important figures from the past and the perseverance of the local people through adversity, endemics, and hurricanes. Exhibits include photographs, artifacts, and archaeological finds, but the owner, Mr. Petty is the most impressive feature.
The chart below has some details regarding some the museums you might enjoy on the island.
|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 exploring the historical roots of foreign countries? If that's the case, you should consider visiting one or two of these historical attractions while on vacation in Anguilla.
A landmark worth visiting 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.
Many travelers also choose to visit 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.
Look through the table below for a listing of historical 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|
Even though most tourists are attracted by the beautiful coastline, that isn't the only way to experience the natural beauty of the land. Anguilla offers some great choices, including a couple of caves.
The table right below offers more details regarding caves.
|Cave||1.9 mi. South West of Central East End|
|Cave||2.9 mi. Northeast of Central East End|
Guests can visit the local park on Anguilla.
|Park||The Valley, Central Anguilla||Anguilla|
Another fun idea is to go see some of the more popular area land formations. Other types of natural attractions on Anguilla are summarized here:
|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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