When chartering in St. Martin, include a short sail to the island of Anguilla, a place that captures the heart of all who visit. You will find friendly people, 33 separate beaches with the finest sand and clearest azure water in the Caribbean. You will find causal beach bars and bistros as well as fine cuisine restaurants. All this in an island that has balanced preservation of its heritage with the development of tourism.
No buses, trains or subways clutter up Anguilla. To get around, you can take a bus, wait for a taxi or rent a car. Taxi drivers are friendly and will happily spend the day with you, taking you anywhere you want to go. Most will give you a tour of the island. The downside? They are expensive.
Many Anguilla visitors prefer to rent a car and travel the 16-mile length of the island by themselves. If you do this, relax. You won’t get lost since there is only one main road. The small island is only three miles wide with only six stop lights on the entire island.
You will be struck with the beauty of the flat desert terrain speckled with palms and scrubs and roaming goats. You won’t see mountains, restaurant chains, casinos or shopping complexes. There are no strip malls with duty-free jewelry or electronic shops. You will enjoy shopping when you return to St. Martin. Even so, according to the New York Times, “fabulous Anguilla is home to some of the region’s toniest resorts, epicurean eateries and breathtaking beaches.”
Anguillans are a laid-back, trustworthy, friendly group. You can feel safe wherever you go on the island. While you should not leave a pile of cash sitting in the back seat of your unlocked rental car when you go in to dine, for the most part, you can trust the island folks to take good care of you. Cruise ships do not stop here and no jumbo jets land, so while you will encounter tourists who are staying at the resorts, you will not be overwhelmed with thousands of people who have disembarked or landed for a day and most of your encounters will be with native Anguillans.
Some say that Anguilla provides the perfect combination of beaches, weather, food and friendly people. It gives visitors a sense of peace and tranquility. Part of the calmness is due to the trust visitors have that they are safe. Anguillans are genuinely ready to help you at any time for no reason other than you need help. Many visitors leave Anguilla saying they have made life-long friends.
There are 33 different beaches. You can seek the privacy of a secluded cove that can only be reached by boat. One beach is Big Spring, a protected area, where you can visit prehistoric petroglyphs. ISLANDS Magazine has named Anguilla beaches as the best ones in the Caribbean. The magazine says, “if beaches were the measure of an islands wealth, Anguilla would be one of the richest places in the West Indies.”
Food, Drink and Nightlife
One visitor reported that eating in Anguilla is “an experience. It is relaxing, calming, an event that can last an entire afternoon, or go on all night.” Eating and drinking can begin while sunning or playing on the beach. Many beach bars line the shores and offer up casual food, like barbecue ribs, chicken or tapas. You can order a $20 Manhattan or $1 beer. Anguilla is famous for its rum drink. Try one. Fine dining with haute cuisine also exists on the island and are found in the best resorts. Some meals are specially prepared and flown in. You can easily find restaurants that serve fresh seafood, locally grown vegetables, and imported wines. Choose from elegant gourmet to casual dining.
If you are a lover of nightlife, there are places where you can dance all night, even to the music of a live band. Other places, in keeping with Anguilla’s laid-back attitude, you will find live music with people sitting around the sand dance floor sipping their drinks.
At Saint Martin Yacht Charters, we give you all the information you need to make your sailing trip to Anguilla the best it can be.