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    A warm and welcoming island destination tucked away in the northern Caribbean. Embraced by unrivaled white beaches and breathtaking turquoise seas, Anguilla is casual and easy, a unique blend of high style and low-key elegance, and the best of the good life set to a slow and casual island tempo. Anguilla is an experience that captivates visitors and creates friendships and memories that last a lifetime.

    Come visit Anguilla and enjoy our endless summer with near perfect weather, blue waters and balmy trade winds. Quiet and low key from the end of August to October, the island is yours to explore and experience.

    Tucked away in the Eastern Caribbean, Anguilla is the most northern island in the Leeward Island chain. It is less than ten miles north of St. Martin and 200 miles east of Puerto Rico, which are two of its major gateways. Anguilla is located just a small step off the beaten path, which helps to protect Anguilla’s character and exclusivity, while offering travelers convenience in getting there by air or by sea. From the U.S. East Coast, travelers can leave in the morning and arrive mid-afternoon in time for a swim and to catch the sunset.

    Approximately 16 miles East End to West End and 3 miles at its widest point, Anguilla is flat, low-lying and comprised of coral and limestone, covered mostly with rock, sparse scrub oak, few trees and some salt ponds.  One main road runs through the center of the island, making Anguilla easy to traverse by car in less than a half an hour.

    Envied for its pure, pristine white sands and wrapped in brilliant turquoise waters, Anguilla boasts well over 33 of the most beautiful beaches in the world. Beach access is public, and beaches are uncrowded. Dusty roads that branch off of the main road lead to quaint villages, majestic hotels, romantic restaurants and, of course, amazing beaches.

    The people of Anguilla are a great part of what makes the island such a magnificent place. Gentle and gracious, we take pride in our home and pleasure in sharing it with visitors from around the world. Guests and Anguillians say friendly “hellos” as they encounter each other across the island, and it’s not long before they know each other by name.

    On our island we share a reverence for family, love, community and God.  Peace, individualism and a soulful understanding of the joys of life create a home that is warm and welcoming, filled with joy and light.

    The island’s rich history and personality is embodied in its culture and heritage. From the ancient Amerindian settlements, through European colonization, to the 1967 revolution, these and other events are woven into the tapestry of Anguillan life today.

    A British Overseas Territory, English holidays such as the Queen’s Birthday, Whit Monday and others are celebrated, but English-speaking Anguilla maintains a unique balance of historic influence that helps to create a truly individual island nation.

    Culture and History
    Around four thousand years ago, the history of our island began. It was then that Amerindian peoples first arrived from South America. Living off the sea and the land, they established farms and villages on Anguilla.

    Over the following three thousand years, a succession of tribes and cultures called our island home. One such group was the Arawak people whose deep religious beliefs were based on the sun, moon and two sacred caverns, from where all mankind originated. The caves, Big Springs at Island Harbour, and The Fountain at Shoal Bay, remain to this day. The Fountain cavern is the Eastern Caribbean’s most intact ceremonial site from this period and features petrogylphs, offering bowls and a stalagmite carved in the likeness of Jocahu, the Supreme Deity of the Arawak people.

    In 1650, English settlers arrived and colonized Anguilla. They established plantations where corn and tobacco were grown. The settlement survived for six years until Indians from a neighboring island came and destroyed it.

    In 1666, the French temporarily took over the island for a brief period of time.  However, it was returned to Britain the following year under the Treaty of Breda.

    By the 1800s Anguilla was thriving as a plantation economy like most of the Caribbean. Rum, sugar, cotton, indigo, fustic and mahogany were its chief exports. Eroding soil and unreliable rainfall made conditions for farming unfavorable. As a result, the size and strength of these plantations dwindled, and fewer people were employed. Eventually, these people established their independence through private proprietorships or by becoming fishermen or sailors.

    By 1958, St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla became part of the Federation of the West Indies. This Federation collapsed in 1962 and as a result most of the islands developed individual constitutions. St. Kitts, Nevis, and Anguilla together were made an associated statehood — a political decision that sparked the Anguilla Revolution because Anguilla desired its independence from the state.

    May 30, 1967 is celebrated annually as Anguilla Day, commemorating the repulsion of the Royal St. Kitts Police Force from the island. Britain intervened and a peacekeeping committee was established. Debates over Anguilla’s secession continued to be negotiated for over a decade, and on December 19, 1980, Anguilla became a separate Dependent Territory with some measure of autonomy in government.*

    Anguillians today celebrate their independence and their heritage of strength, survival, and determination with Church services, uniformed parades, cultural performances and, of course, the traditional round-the-island boat race. *Adapted from the works of Colville Petty O.B.E and Nik Douglas.

    Tourist Office
    For more information about events, promotions and things-to-do in Anguilla, click here for the Tourist Office Page or visit the official Anguilla Tourist Board website .

    Note: Information provided on this page were derived from a combination of internal research and readily-available outside sources, such as destination tourism offices, official press releases and marketing media kits.

    Fast Facts

    Language: English

    Government: British Overseas Territory

    Capital: The Valley

    Size: 35 square miles; 16 miles long by 3 miles wide at widest point

    Population: 14,886 (according to last census)

    Location: Eastern Caribbean, most northerly of Leeward Islands

    Motto: "Strength and Endurance"

    National Song: God Bless Anguilla

    Anthem: God Save the Queen

    Rainfall: 35 inches per year: rainy season is usually September through October, driest months are February and March

    Electricity: 110 Volts AC, same as the United States

    Currency: While the Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency of Anguilla, the US dollar is widely accepted across the island.

    ATMs: ATMs can be found in many convenient locations throughout the island. We recommend withdrawals by Friday should you be staying the weekend.

    Water: Water is potable. Bottled water is also available at most hotels and convenience stores.

    Driving: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and a driver’s license is required.

    Rentals: Car, jeeps and bike rentals available

    Dress Code: Casual, but in good taste (short shorts, bikinis, bra-type tops and toplessness in both men and women are undesirable in public places; nude and topless swimming and/or sunbathing are not permitted). All beaches are public.

    Climate: 63º East, 18.5º North, Anguilla enjoys warm and sunny days and star-filled nights, with an average temperature of 80ºF and gentle trade wind breezes year round.   Rains typically fall in September and October, but usually not all day; and February through March is the dry season.

    Water temperatures range between 70ºF and 80ºF, perfect for swimming.  Most beaches are placid and calm with gentle shoals; occasionally, the Atlantic side of the island can produce some surf. This generally happens in the winter months when swells move off the East Coast of the United States.  Surfers can’t be guaranteed waves, but wind and kite surfers find Anguilla to be heaven.

    Ferry: Ferry transportation to and from Anguilla is convenient, simple and inexpensive. Ferries begin operation at 7:30am and run regularly at 30-45 minute intervals up until 7:00pm from Marigot, St. Martin, and the trip takes about 25 minutes. The last ferry of the day from Anguilla leaves Blowing Point at 6:15pm. The last return ferry to Anguilla departs St. Martin at 7:00pm.  The crossing is about 20 minutes. Regular one-way fare is US $15 or EC $40 for adults and children six years and older. Children 2 to 5 years old are US $10. Private ferries are also available. Fares vary with providers. Charter service is also available from Blowing Point to the Princess Juliana Airport and Simpson Bay.

    Ferry Departure Tax and Immigration: Departure tax applies to all tourists 12 years and older departing Anguilla through the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal. The departure tax for day trips is US $5 or EC $13.40. Residents of Anguilla and residents of St. Martin/St. Maarten, 12 years and older, are also subject to a US $5 departure tax through the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal. Departure tax from St. Martin is US $5. For departing tourists, the tax is US $20 or EC $53.60.  Rates are subject to change.

    Ferry to Dutch St. Maarten: An alternate, some ferries travel from the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal to the airport on the Dutch side of St. Maarten.  The fare for this trip is $45 one way/$75. round trip for a Child 1-11 years, and $55 one way/$90 round trip for an adult.  All prices in USD. Departure times are approximately 7:30am., 9:30am., 12:30pm and 4:30pm and at any time upon request.  More details on the time and frequency of this trip can be obtained by calling the individual ferry companies listed below. Rates are subject to change.

    Charters: Boats are commonly used as ferries and as charters.  When used as public transportation at regularly scheduled times this is referred to as ferry service, whereas when scheduled upon request they are considered charters.

    Cruising/Bareboating: All boats cruising in Anguilla waters need to have an Anguilla Marine Agent for cruising, customs and immigration assistance. The Customs & Immigration entry port for private boats landing in Anguilla is located at Sandy Ground, and is open from 8:30am — 12:00pm, and 1:00pm to 4:00pm.   For communications with the Sandy Ground Customs & Immigration port, boats need to tune into VHF channel 16.

    Pets: Anguilla is pet-friendly, so there is no reason to leave Fido at home. Visitors interested in bringing their pet along for the vacation need to contact the Agricultural Department at (264) 497-2615 or email agriculture@gov.ai for a pet importation form.

    The information that the Anguilla Agricultural Department will require is:

    - Name of person traveling with animal

    - State/Country from where traveling

    - Breed of dog

    - Health Certificate

    - Dog must be vaccinated against rabies more than one month but less than one year prior to travel

    - Permit expires one month after date of completion

    - US $15 for processing fee and to have permit faxed to traveler

    Travel Information
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    Clayton J. Lloyd Airport is situated on the immediate outskirts of The Valley, the island’s main administrative and commercial centre. The runway is 5,440 feet and can accommodate small to medium size aircraft including the Dash 8, Super ATR 72, and most corporate jets. A locally owned licensed fixed base operation, service is available providing aircraft refueling, ground handling and full concierge services.

    International Gateways
    The nearest international gateways are St. Maarten/Martin (7 minute flight), San Juan, Puerto Rico and Antigua (1 hour flight).

    By Air
    Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is easily accessible by air, through our main gateways Puerto Rico, St. Maarten/Martin, Antigua and St. Kitts.

    From Puerto Rico, Anguilla is just a one-hour direct flight via Cape Air or Rainbow International Airlines. Our closest gateway is St. Maarten/Martin.  From here Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is just a seven-minute flight via Trans Anguilla, Anguilla Air Services or private charter (See also ferry service).

    St. Maarten is serviced by most major international carriers including American Airlines/American Eagle, Continental Airlines, US Airways, United, Delta, Jet Blue, Air Canada, Air Transat (charter), Sky Service, West Jet, Air France, KLM, Virgin Atlantic, Copa, Corsair, and more.

    From Antigua, LIAT provides one scheduled flight per day into Anguilla.  Private air charters are also available to and from Antigua, St. Kitts and from various islands throughout the Caribbean.

    Entry Documentation
    Passport: A valid passport (with at least six months before expiration) and return and onward tickets are required for all visitors to Anguilla.

    Green Cards
    Green card holders must have a valid green card and valid passport from their country of origin.  In some cases, visas are still required for entry into Anguilla. Please see the list of countries from which visas are required below.

    For the latest information on Nationals requiring visas or Direct Airside Transit Visas to enter Anguilla please click here.

    Customs and Immigration
    All persons traveling to and from Anguilla must clear Customs & Immigration at either the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal or at Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport.  Persons traveling by private boat must contact and clear Customs & Immigration at Sandy Ground.

    Each visitor is allowed to bring food for his or her own consumption onto the island, plus one bottle of spirits, duty free.

    Departure Tax A US $20 departure tax applies to all tourists departing from Anguilla, whether by plane or ferry. There is no charge for children under twelve years old. The departure tax for day trips to surrounding islands is US $5 for trips through Blowing Point Ferry Terminal ONLY. Residents of Anguilla and residents of St. Martin/St. Maarten are also subject to a US $5 departure tax through Blowing Point Ferry Terminal.

    Ferries begin operation at 7:30am and run regularly at 30-45 minute intervals up until 7:00pm from Marigot, St. Martin. The last ferry of the day from Anguilla leaves Blowing Point at 6:15pm. The crossing is about 20 minutes. Private ferries are also available. Fares vary with providers. Charter service is also available from Blowing Point to the Princess Juliana Airport and Simpson Bay.

    Passport and return or onward ticket(s) required. Contact the Agricultural Department (264-497-2615) for information regarding pets, animals and seeing-eye dog importation.

    Useful Links

    UK Consulate office: British Foreign & Commonwealth Office


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