Anguilla – For Those Who Love To Celebrate
Anguilla, located in the Caribbean, is an overseas territory of Great Britain and is extremely popular for its stunning beaches, beautiful coral formations and an eternal atmosphere of celebration all round the year.
The Amerindians were the original inhabitants of Anguilla. Saint Kitts’ English settlers were the first to colonize Anguilla in 1650. It was temporarily controlled by the French in 1666. The English administered the island till the early 19th century when it was merged with the Saint Kitts and Nevis British dependency against its inhabitants’ wishes. After the failure of several separation attempts, Anguilla finally seceded from the joint dependency in 1971 and got a formal recognition of a distinct British dependency in 1980.
Popular Places and Attractions
Anguilla’s beaches are its biggest attraction with Rendezvous Bay beach being considered its best for its beautiful calm waters and beachside entertainment. The underwater corals and silver-white sands of Shoal Bay make it a popular snorkelling destination. Shoal Bay is also popular for its underground cave, The Fountain, having a constant fresh water supply. Similarly, Maundays Bay also has some great snorkelling and swimming facilities along with it being a sailing and windsurfing hotspot too during windy days. Road Bay and Island Harbour beaches are also popular for their water sports and peacefulness respectively.
The National Trust Museum has with it a rich collection of historic relics providing information about pre-colonization life on the island. It is also known for arranging tours. Visitors can tour the Sandy Ground for its Old Salt Mine, Pumphouse and Salt Ponds. Some other popular attractions are St. Gerard Catholic Church, Dolphin Discovery, Sandy Hill’s Dutch Fort and Governor Richardson Tomb, Savannah Gallery, Loblolly Gallery, Scrub Dog, Sombrero Island lighthouse, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear Islands and the Wallblake House which is actually a plantation house more than 220years old.
Taxis, ferries and rented cars, bikes and mopeds are the various modes of transportation available for getting around Anguilla, a good guide is to have some small notes handy to pay for your journey.
Places for Entertainment
Dance clubs, beach bars, live bands, restaurants, open-air parties, grills and discos are the usual places for entertainment in Anguilla. Adventure lovers can opt for snorkelling, swimming fishing, hiking, horseback riding and glass-bottom boating. Anguilla’s festivals are also very colourful. Summer Festival, Yacht Regatta, Tranquility Jazz Festival, Flower and Garden show, Festival del Mar and Moonsplash are few popular celebrations of Anguilla. Visitors can also visit The Valley’s Agriculture Department for seeing, learning or buying a bit of Anguilla’s rich flora and fauna.
Resorts, budget hotels, bed & breakfast, motels, youth hostels, villas, apartments, guesthouse, inns and beach clubs are available in Anguilla for looking after the accommodation requirements of tourists.
The East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) is the official currency of Anguilla. U.S Dollars, credit cards and traveller’s cheques are also widely accepted but change is always given in local currency. 1 U.S Dollar can be exchanged with 2.7 XCD, for the latest exchange rates check the news and internet.
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