Anguilla

Anguilla

Things to do - general

Hidden away in the northern Caribbean is Anguilla. A flat, low-lying island of coral and limestone in the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is directly north of Saint Martin. Anguilla is beautiful, surrounded by gorgeous white sand beaches lining the turquoise blue water of the Caribbean sea.

Anguilla is noted for its spectacular coral reefs and beaches where snorkeling or scuba diving is a prime attraction to be able to experience the magnificent marine Eco-systems based in Anguilla.  Apart from the main island of Anguilla itself, the territory includes a number of other smaller islands and cays that are only a short sail away and is perfect to spend a day to have the island to yourself.

Anguilla is the Perfect destination for beach goers and tourist that just want to relax.

 

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Country Anguilla
Population13,452
Visa requirements

No Visa Required

Languages spokenEnglish
Currency usedEastern Caribean Dollars (XCD) $1 USD - $2.70 XCD
Area (km2)91 km²; (35 sq mi)

Nightlife info

Even though Anguilla is a small Caribbean Island, there are still things to do at night. Many Resorts and Bars will have live music, where you can choose to either "Mellow out" by sitting at the bar sipping on some rum punch listening to some good jams, or you can choose to shake a leg and Boogey all night.

A key location for much of the nightlife in Anguilla is Sandy Ground. Sandy Ground is home to bars such as.

  • Dad's Bar
  • Elvis Beach Bar
  • Sand Bar

Dune Preserve Located on Rendezvous Bay is also a major attraction for nightlife on the island. Rated #1 Beach Bar in the world By CNN. On Wednesdays, Fridays and Sunday Nights , one can listen and groove to world class singers like Banki Banx, Jimmy Buffett, Marcia Griffiths and Gregory Issacs.

Some More Bars one can visit in Anguilla are.

  • Beach Shack
  • Blue Bar
  • Corner Bar and Pizza
  • D'Sand Pit
  • Falcon's Nest Bar
  • Gwen;s Beach Bar
  • Lobby Bar
  • Nats Bar
  • Red Dragon Disco
  • Serenity Beach Bar
  • Sunset Bar

Culture info

Culture

The island's cultural history begins with the Taino Indians. Artifacts have been found around the island, telling of life before European settlers arrived.

As throughout the Caribbean, holidays are a cultural fixture. Anguilla's most important holidays are of historic as much as cultural importance - particularly the anniversary of the emancipation (previously August Monday in the Park), celebrated as the Summer Festival. British festivities, such as the Queen's birthday, are also celebrated.

The Culture of Anguilla is rich. Anguillians have a mixture of influence from British, African, Spanish, French and Caribbean Culture, this can be seen in various aspects of the island’s history, holidays and events. Many local items are made available by skilled crafts men on the island. Another Facet of the Anguillian Culture is the popular Barefoot dancing, why not kick your shoe’s of, join in on the fun and express yourself on Sandy Ground Beach.

The atmosphere becomes even livelier during the moth of May when the boat regattas are being held, as well as the summer festivals held in August where there are musical performances by established Calypsonians and Soca artists.

Cuisine

As Stated before Anguilla has a wide mixture of cultural influences, because of this Anguillian cuisine has a unique taste. There are over 70 restaurants on Anguilla, so you have ample opportunities to tickle and entice your taste buds with the Anguillian flavor of foods, such as Coconut crusted french toast with caramel sauce and bananas or creole mahi mahi.

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History

The history of Anguilla runs from the beginning of human habitation, probably via settlement from South America, through its colonization by the English in the early modern period, to the present day. Following a series of rebellions and a short-lived period as an independent republic during the 1960s, Anguilla has been a separate British overseas territory since 1980.

Pre-Columbian Anguilla

The earliest inhabitants of Anguilla were Amerindian people from South America, commonly (if imprecisely) referred to as Arawaks. These people travelled to the island on rafts and in dugout canoes, settling in fishing, hunting and farming groups. Forty Arawak villages have been excavated, the largest being those at Island Harbour, Sandy Ground, Sandy Hill, Rendezvous Bay, and Shoal Bay East.[1] The Amerindian name for the island was Malliouhana. The earliest Amerindian artefacts found on Anguilla have been dated to around 1300 BC, and remains of settlements dating from AD 600 have been uncovered. Religious artifacts and remnants of ceremonies found at locations, such as Big Springs and Fountain Cavern, suggest that the pre-European inhabitants were extremely religious in nature. The Arawaks are popularly said to have been later displaced by fiercer Carib, but this version of events and characterisation is disputed by some.[2]

Colonial Anguilla

The European discovery and renaming of the island is uncertain. Some[who?] claim it had been sighted by Columbus; others[who?] credit it to the French explorer René Goulaine de Laudonnière during his voyages in 1564 and 1565.[3]

Anguilla was first conquered and colonised by English settlers from St. Christopher beginning in 1650. A local council was formed, overseen by Antigua. Six years later, natives from another island attacked, killing most of the men and enslaving the women and children.[1] In 1666, 300 Frenchmen attacked the island, driving the settlers into the forests.[1] It was subsequently returned to the English by the terms of the 1667 Treaty of Breda. The French and Irish together attacked in 1688, driving the English off the island to Antigua, and periods of drought during the 1680s left conditions so poor that many Anguillians left for St Croix and the British Virgin Islands in 1694.[1] In 1724, the population had rebuilt to 360 Europeans and 900 Africans.[4]

In 1744, during the War of the Austrian Succession, 300 Anguillians and 2 privateers from St. Christopher invaded the French half of neighboring Saint Martin, holding it until the 1748 Treaty of Aix-la-Chapelle.[1] Two French frigates landed 700[1] or 1000[4] men at Crocus Bay on Anguilla in 1745 but were repulsed by 150 militiamen under Governor Hodge.[1]

In 1796, amid the Napoleonic Wars, 2 French warships landed 400 Frenchmen at Rendezvous Bay under Victor Hugues.[4] These were able to destroy the villages at South Hill and The Valley, but the local British regrouped on the Long Path before Sandy Hill Fort. The HMS Lapwing, sailing from St. Christopher under Captain Barton,[4] was able to defeat the French ships and the assault again ended in failure.[1]

Attempts were made to develop Anguilla into a plantation-based economy employing enslaved Africans, but the island's soil and climate were unfavourable and the plantations were largely unsuccessful. Anguilla's population is estimated to have fallen from a peak of around 10,000[citation needed] to just 2000.[citation needed] In 1819, there were 360 Europeans, 320 free Africans, and 2451 slaves.[4] The British abolished slavery in their colonies during the 1830s. While the plantation owners returned to Europe, the freedmen continued to eke out livings on Anguilla as subsistence farmers and fishermen. There were droughts and famines in the 1830s and 1840s. The British government attempted to send the entire population of the island to Demerara in British Guiana (modern Guyana) but most remained.[1] In the 19th century, the large lake in the center of the island was exploited for salt exported to the United States; around 3,000,000 bushels were produced each year.[4] This formed the island's principal trade, although sugar, cotton, and tobacco were also produced.[5]

In 1871, Anguilla was forced into a federation with St Kitts; the next year, the islands petitioned the British colonial office to permit separate and direct rule. Around this time, the population had risen to 3000.[5] In 1882, Nevis was added.[1] The population had risen to 3890 by the time of the First World War.[6] By that time, charcoal production had essentially deforested the entire island, but the expanded pastureland permitted export of cattle to Saint Thomas. Phosphate of lime was also produced.[6]

It was not until 1951 that Anguilla had a greater say in its administration, the British colony of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla, itself part of the Federal Colony of the Leeward Islands. Between 1958 and 1962, the tri-state was part of the West Indies Federation.[1]

Modern Anguilla

On 27 February 1967, Britain granted the territory of Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla the status of "associated state", with its own constitution and a considerable degree of self-government. Many Anguillans strenuously objected to the continuing political subservience to Saint Kitts, and on 30 May (known as "Anguilla Day"), the Kittian police were evicted from the island.[1] The provisional government requested United States administration, which was declined. On 11 July 1967 a referendum on Anguilla's secession from the fledgling state was held. The results were 1,813 votes for secession and 5 against.[1] A separate legislative council was immediately declared. Peter Adams served as the first Chairman of the Anguilla Island Council. After eight days of negotiation on Barbados, on July 31, Adams agreed to return Anguilla to the Anguilla-St. Kitts-Nevis federation, in exchange for granting Anguilla limited self-rule similar to that enjoyed by Nevis.[7] Adams agreed to support this pact in principle, but the Council rejected it, replacing Adams as Chairman with Ronald Webster.[8][9] In December, two members of Britain's Parliament worked out an interim agreement by which for one year a British official would exercise basic administrative authority along with the Anguilla Council. Tony Lee took the position in January 1968,[1] but by the end of the term no agreement have been reached on the long-term future of the island's government.

On February 7, 1969 Anguilla held a second referendum resulting in a vote of 1,739 to 4 against returning to association with Saint Kitts. At this point Anguilla declared itself an independent republic, with Webster again serving as Chairman. A new British envoy, William Whitlock, arrived on 11 March 1969 with a proposal for a new interim British administration. He was quickly expelled.[1] On 19 March, a contingent of 2nd Battalion, the Parachute Regiment, and 40 Metropolitan Police officers peacefully landed on the island, ostensibly to "restore order". That autumn the troops left and Army engineers were brought in to improve the public works. Tony Lee returned as Commissioner and in 1971 worked out another "interim agreement" with the islanders.[1] Effectively Anguilla was allowed to secede from Saint Kitts and Nevis, receiving its first constitution on February 12, 1976. It was not until 19 December 1980 that Anguilla was formally disassociated from Saint Kitts to become a separate British dependency.[1] While Saint Kitts and Nevis went on to gain full independence from Britain in 1983, Anguilla still remains a British overseas territory.

In recent years Anguilla has become an up-market tourist destination, and tourism is one of the mainstays of the economy. Fishing is another important economic activity, and a financial services sector is also being developed. The modern population of Anguilla is largely of African descent, with a minority having European (mainly English) ancestry.[10]

 

Taken From Wikipedia at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/History_of_Anguilla

Nature

Anguilla, being a smaller, non-volcanic island, does not have much of a rain forest or a habitat for terrestrial wild life. What Anguilla does have though is a vibrant and thriving marine Eco-systems teaming with sea life. Making the Beach, Snorkeling and Scuba Diving some of the best things to do to enjoy the sea-life on the island.


Caves

Anguilla a number of caves on the island. That is an ideal attraction for spelunking enthusiast. Dropsey Bay Cave is a small cave which boasts an underground bridge and pool where ones can snorkel and be awestruck by it's beauty.

 

Diving

Anguilla has a vibrant under-water community, the sea’s around Anguilla is teaming with sea life and snorkeling can be done on many of the beaches. While swimming get up close and personal with Blue Tangs, Parrot fish and even green turtles enjoying their natural habitat.

Snorkeling is not the only way to observe life under the sea in Anguilla,Scuba Diving is also a main attraction to Anguilla. Anguilla is home to seven (7) marine parks including :-

  • Dog Island
  • Prickly Pear
  • Seal Island Reef System
  • Little Bay
  • Sandy Island
  • Shoal Bay Harbor Reef System
  • Stony Bay Marine Park

These Marine parks offer spectacular diving experiences including wall dives, ledge dives wreck dives and much much more.

When To Visit

Anguilla is a tropical island like the rest of the islands in the Caribbean which means they experience just 2 seasons per year. The rainy season which runs from June to December and the dry from January to May. So really anytime is perfect to visit Anguilla, it just really depends on what events you are visiting Anguilla to attend. May to August, to us and many others, seem to be the ideal time to visit Anguilla as you will have the highest concentration of events happening around that time of year.

Events

January1st : New Years Day
20th - 28th : Anniversary of Police Week
February11th : Miss Talented Teen Pageant.
23rd - 26th : 4th Annual Anguilla Fashion Expo
25th : Annual Flower and Garden Show
March2nd : James Ronald Webster Day
4th : 34th Annual St. Gerard’s Garden Party
5th - 12th : Annual Women’s Week
9th - 12th : 27th Annual Moonsplash Music Festival
TBA : Agricultural Open Day
April14th : Good Friday
15th - 16th : 10th Annual Festival Del Mar
17th : Easter Monday Boat Race
TBA : Taste of Anguilla
TBA :
May1st : Labour Day
12th - 15th :Annual Anguilla Yacht Regatta
18th - 21st : 6th Annual Anguilla Lit Fest: “A Literary Jollification”
30th : Anguilla Day Celebrations
31st : Around-the-Island Boat race
June5th : Welches Fest
11th - 18th : 4th Annual Men’s Week
19th : A Village Ting
23rd - 25th : Chamber of Commerce Sponsored Cuisinart Golf Resort & Spa Anguilla Open Golf Tournament
24th :Fisherman’s Day
July16th : 18th Annual John T. Memorial Cycling Race
16th : 16th Annual Miss “Tiny Tott” Pageant
30th : Peter Perkins Boatrace
August3rd - 13th : Anguilla Summer Festival
5th : South Valley Community Street Fair
6th : Heineken Boatrace
7th : August Monday J’ouvert Morning, Emancipation Day
8th : August Tuesday Boatrace
9th : NCBA Boatrace
10th : August Thursday
11th :Grand Parade of Troupes (Constitution Day)
13th : Champion of Champion Boatrace
20th : Captains Cup
TBA : International Tennis Federation (ITF) Junior Championships Games.
September*Nothing To See Here*
October*Nothing To See Here*
November24th - 26th : “Livin in the Sun” Presented by Sandy Island
25th : Valley Street Festival (as part of Tourism Week)
26th : Tourism Week
TBA : Anguilla Hotel & Tourism Gala
December10th : 5th Annual Fundraising Golf Tournament
TBA : Festival De Noel

Things To Do

Shoal Bay East
Photo by Oreste under license

Two-miles of sandy shores, lapped by turquoise blue water. Shoal Bay is a destination you will want to visit in Angilla. Shoal bay is also a site for many other activities including snorkeling, kayaking, diving. and host many resteraunts and hotels.


Rendezvous Bay
photo by Therelaxalady under license

Rendezvous Bay is a spectacular sweep of surf and sand. Over the surf, St.Martin Sails in the distance. Rendezvous Bay in the place to be


Sandy Ground

Looking for fun? Sandy Ground is the beach to be. Sandy Ground is always bustling, lined with many restaurants, and always visited by foreigners. On Sunday Evenings the sound of Jazz can be heard.


Meads Bay Beach

image by Christine under License

Located on the western coast Anguilla, Sheltered in the Caribbean sea is Meads Bay.The sand is smooth and white, water aquamarine and calm, the view is just simply gorgeous.


 Wallblake House

Wallblake House is one of the oldest buildings on Anguilla. Wallblake is the only standing plantation home left on the island and is a worthwhile visit.


Prickley Pear Cays

A short boat ride from Sandy Ground lies the Prickly Pear Cays. The Prickly Pear Cays are two small uninhabited islands about 6-miles from mainland anguilla. Beautiful, shallow waters and amazing wildife awaits you.


Diving Sites
photo by Mark under License

Anguilla is littered with Dive locations from six (6) marine parks and nine (9) Dive wrecks, as well as a variety of coral reefs to explore.