Miss Anguilla

Miss Anguilla welcomes you to this idyllic island

Welcome to Anguilla

Welcome to Anguilla, a small island with a huge reputation. A British overseas territory tucked away in the Eastern Caribbean, Anguilla consisting of 35 square miles of magic, history and beauty. So what’s unique about it? Aside from 33 pristine, powder-white sand beaches considered to be among the best in the world, Anguilla deliberately shied away from over-development and mass tourism.

Welcome to Anguilla, an island of 13,000 residents exudes warmth and a welcoming population that gives visitors a somewhat secluded vacation option. There’s no problem scheduling a fishing boat, snorkeling or SCUBA diving among the outstanding reefs. When you find the perfect spot on a beach, it feels like it belongs to you.

The relaxing atmosphere make Anguilla a great choice for travelers who want to avoid big developed harbors, big cruise ships and crowds. And yet its tranquility includes over 100 fine dining and local restaurants. With only one major festival exception each year, rarely will you experience lines or loud music. This idyllic island is wisely limited to discreet upscale hotels and elegant resorts, luxury villas, guest houses, self-catering apartments, spas, and cottages to suit a variety of different tastes and budgets.

For active travelers, Anguilla offers a Greg Norman signature 18-hole golf course, a tennis academy, boat racing and horseback riding. On other days, consider perusing the chic art galleries and varietal evening entertainment.

The most unique Reggae Festival in the Caribbean takes place each year under the first full moon in February 2013. Moonsplash, which is the brain-child of internationally-acclaimed recording artiste, Bankie Banx, brings together celebrated artistes and headline acts from around the Caribbean for four exciting, fun-filled evenings of cool classic Caribbean reggae rhythms set against the backdrop of stunning Rendezvous Bay at moonlight. Moonsplash All-stars appear each year.

The first Moonsplash was held on Anguilla, then evolved into a regional Caribbean festival, with a performance held each night first in Anguilla, then Sint Maarten, and finally in St. Barths. It resettled solely at the Dune Preserve on Anguilla in 1995. Crafted from driftwood, retired racing boats and seashells, the Dune’s funky eclectic ambiance plays a large part in the success of Moonsplash.

In this what-you-see-is-what-get island, the only caution is to avoid the middle of Hurricane Season. But that’s easy enough to plan around. If you are a frequent Caribbean traveler, next time you think of a tropical getaway, maybe you’ll make a Moonsplash.

In spite of its many villas, resorts, beaches, events, and attractions, this cozy island in the Eastern Caribbean seems quite content to remain off the beaten path for travelers. At least for now. The airport is just big enough to accept Boeing 737 flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico. And the neighboring island of Sint Maarten offers another route via a seven-minute flight or a twenty-minute ferry from Marigot Bay to Anguilla.

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