Anguilla is a small island encircled by shimmering white-sand beaches and gently bobbing sailboats. It is the perfect blend of luxury and laid-back Caribbean lifestyle. The unblemished crystal clear water, world-class golf and spas, fine dining and vibrant music and art offer the ultimate getaway for everyone from couples to families to friends. Its pristine natural environment and lack of casinos or cruise ships, gives the island a sense of exclusivity that is unparalleled in the Caribbean.

Pronounced An-gwi-lla, the island is a British Overseas Territory located in the Eastern Caribbean. Its bare and flat landscape is punctuated by a series of picturesque white-sand beaches and emerald green cays that are fringed with palm trees. The island is a flat, low lying island only 16 miles long and 3 miles wide (about 2.5 times the size of Manhattan) with a remarkably calm sea.

The island is known for its incredibly friendly people and warm, relaxed culture. Visitors are welcomed with a smile, a friendly wave and a helping hand. Guests are offered the finest cuisine from a variety of restaurants, including amazing seafood and Moroccan, Italian, French and other foods. The island is renowned for its spectacular sunrises and sunsets, which can be seen from many places on the island.

While the economy is primarily service-based, the financial sector has grown rapidly, as offshore banking became increasingly popular. Agriculture is of minor importance, and the economy depends heavily on imports of food and consumer goods, as well as remittances from workers abroad.

Tourism and the financial services industry are the most important sectors of the economy. In recent years, the number of tourists has increased dramatically. Consequently, there are many new hotels and guesthouses being constructed. Nevertheless, unemployment remains high.

Anguillans are proud of their rich cultural heritage and the strong connections they have to the ocean. Their oral traditions of storytelling and history have contributed to their sensitivity toward the environment and the need for respect between people and with nature.

The Anguillian National Trust recently produced a documentary to raise awareness about the island’s maritime history. The film features a balanced marriage between an understanding of the need to give and take from the sea, as well as the sacrifices that Anguillians have made to make life on the island possible.

The Anguillian National Trust would like to thank everyone who has made this documentary possible. The Trust is also grateful for the support received from sponsors, as well as local organizations and individuals who have partnered with us to make this project happen.

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