Anguilla, the slender strip of coral and limestone fringed with green in the northern Caribbean, is an oasis of untrammeled tranquility. It has a secluded feel that keeps visitors coming back for more, and is the perfect place to lose yourself amongst its soft sands, turquoise seas and pristine reefs.

A popular tax haven, Anguilla is free of capital gains, estate and profit taxes. Its economy has diversified to include offshore banking and tourism. Anguilla’s climate is tropical, with warm air and sea temperatures year round. Hurricanes are a risk in the summer, and have contributed to significant erosion of some beaches.

The island’s early history is closely linked to Saint Kitts and Nevis, and English settlers began arriving from 1650. The plantations that grew cotton, tobacco and then sugar, required labor, which was supplied mainly by slaves from Africa. Emancipation took place on August 1, 1834, which is celebrated as a public holiday to this day.

Today, Anguillans are an independent nation within the British Commonwealth. The economy is primarily service based, with tourism and offshore banking the most important sectors. The island imports almost all its food supplies and consumer goods, but the export of fish, lobster and a variety of other agricultural products provides significant foreign exchange revenue.

Anguillans are generally friendly and welcoming to visitors. English is the primary language, though a number of local dialects are also spoken. The majority of Anguillians are Christian, with most identifying as Roman Catholic, Anglican or Methodist. Other religions are represented as well, including those who practice Judaism, Islam, and Hinduism.

From gourmet dining by world-class chefs, to casual beachside cuisine, Anguilla’s top restaurants serve up a delectable assortment of foods to enjoy after a long day on the island. You can expect a wide selection of seafood dishes, such as salt fish (shredded and tossed with onions, sweet peppers, oil and hot pepper) or spiny lobster bisque. Other culinary treats include johnny cakes (tastes between bread and cake) and tamarind balls.

The best way to experience Anguilla’s culinary scene is to dine at Veya Restaurant, located in The Valley. Chef Carrie Bogar has crafted an incredible menu to satisfy your palate, while a curated wine list and live music will add to the experience. This restaurant opened in 2007 and has become the ideal destination for enjoying delicious food and a relaxing atmosphere. It is a must-visit when you are in the mood to enjoy the finest cuisine that Anguilla has to offer.

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