Anguilla, pronounced ANG’-uh-wil’a, is one of the Caribbean’s most beautiful islands, boasting white-sand beaches, crystal clear waters and a world-class culinary scene. The island is a British Overseas Territory, located east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands, and directly north of Saint Martin. It is also home to many historic plantation houses and a variety of limestone caves.
The people of Anguilla are warm and welcoming, always greeting visitors with a smile or friendly wave. This close-knit culture, combined with the fact that the island is so small in terms of both its size and population, contributes to a sense of safety and security, allowing visitors to explore Anguilla without feeling intimidated or unwelcome.
Anguillian culture is a rich mix of influences, including the early Amerindian settlements, European settlers and African slaves who built the plantations here. The history is woven into everyday life, celebrated with Church services and uniformed parades, and articulated through the songs and rhythms of Anguilla.
With its pristine natural beauty, the island is a popular spot for nature lovers and outdoor enthusiasts. Whether you want to swim around the coral gardens and spot sea turtles or enjoy a scenic cruise around the island, there is plenty to do.
There are also many museums, historical sites and heritage trails to visit. A highlight is the Wallblake House, a restored 18th-century plantation house, which offers insights into Anguillan history and culture. Other interesting sights include the historic Warden’s Place, the oldest surviving plantation house in the Eastern Caribbean.
The Anguilla Archipelago has a rich history of maritime exploration, and its unique marine environment is a big draw for snorkelers and divers. Its deep blue waters are filled with sea life, and its reefs have a surprisingly diverse array of species.
The Anguilla Museum of Art and History is an important cultural center in the island, with a collection that spans 4,000 years. The museum showcases local art and artifacts, as well as exhibits from throughout the region. It also hosts many cultural events and performances throughout the year.