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Anguilla

Sandy Island Anguilla

Mr. Harper's Travel Guide

This British Overseas Territory remains a low-key place, with narrow roads and few large buildings. A tranquil speck in the Leeward Islands, Anguilla is 16 miles long, three miles wide and home to about 16,000 inhabitants. The landscape is flat and scrubby, but the ...

This British Overseas Territory remains a low-key place, with narrow roads and few large buildings. A tranquil speck in the Leeward Islands, Anguilla is 16 miles long, three miles wide and home to about 16,000 inhabitants. The landscape is flat and scrubby, but the sea is a luminous turquoise, and the white-sand beaches are among the best in the Caribbean. Perhaps because of its proximity to the French islands of St. Martin and St. Barths, Anguilla boasts a surprising number of excellent restaurants. Most visitors arrive either by plane from Puerto Rico or by private hotel cruiser from St. Martin (35 minutes). For the more adventurous, there is an entertaining public ferry. 

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

Passport. Visit travel.state.gov, and for travelers’ health information, cdc.gov.

WHEN TO VISIT

There is little variation in the year-round temperature, and rainfall is light. The most pleasant time to visit is January-June.

bird icon Recommended Luxury Hotels in Anguilla

All Andrew Harper-recommended hotels offer impeccable accommodations and high levels of personal service. Only the best of the best make our list, so we rate them on a scale from bird icon 90 to 100.
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Best Restaurants in Anguilla

This restaurant has moved to the Frangipani Beach Resort on Meads Bay from its original home on Forest Bay because of uncertainty over a development project. I have always been a fan, my preferred meal being the seafood spring rolls with refreshing ponzu dipping sauce, and Anguillan grilled crayfish (little cousins to the spiny lobster).

Meads Bay Anguilla

If you ever think of chucking it all to open a beach bar, be sure to read “A Trip to the Beach,” Bob and Melinda Blanchard’s tale of their lives as Vermont-based entrepreneurs who did just that in 1994. I have enjoyed innumerable happy evenings in Blanchards. The more formal dinner venue offers great shrimp and lobster cakes, and delicious blackened snapper on polenta, while the Beach Shack next door, which debuted in 2011, is ideal for an informal lunch. I greatly enjoyed my black beans and rice followed by an excellent rendition of a grilled Cubano sandwich with roasted pork, ham, Swiss cheese and a zippy chipotle mayo.

Meads Bay Anguilla
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