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YOUR COMPLIMENTARY ISLAND GUIDE

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contents 8 General Information The information you need to plan your trip to Anguilla.

28 People Visitors and locals share their Anguilla love stories.

36 Beaches

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They won’t disappoint—Anguilla boasts 33 of the best sandy white beaches in the world.

50 Accommodations Find the best places to stay no matter your budget or needs.

66 Food Amazing seafood and roadside barbecue are just a few of the tasty ways to savor a trip to Anguilla.

82 Activities Don’t just lie on the beach— challenge yourself to one (or more) of our daily itineraries that will take you east to west and all points in between. Includes shopping!

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110 Liming Where, when and how to hang out and party in Anguilla.

120 Weddings We show you why Anguilla is one of the world’s leading wedding and honeymoon destinations.

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132 Live the Dream Stay longer - information on purchasing property and living in Anguilla.

146 Final words Acknowledgements, credit and thanks.

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Introducing Anguilla’s first (and only) luxury Private Residence Club

CeBlue combines an idyllic, relaxed Anguillan lifestyle with luxurious fivebedroom villas and resort style amenities. Dramatically situated on one of Anguilla’s most coveted locations overlooking the sublime and sparkling Crocus Bay. Shared ownerships starting from $200,000. 1.800.710.5507 | 1.264.462.1000 www.CeBlueAnguilla.com


our team UK-native Trudy has lived and worked in Anguilla for 10 years. A previous Executive Director of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA), she now runs True Communications, a PR and Marketing Consultancy. “I first came to Anguilla in 2001, fell in love with the island and plotted my return single-mindedly until my persistence paid off and I landed a job and ultimately moved to live and work here. I’ve held onto my ‘inner tourist’ and enjoy the many pleasures Island life has to offer. My idea for True Anguilla was simply to write about the things that made this tourist fall in love with Anguilla and its people.”

Trudy Nixon, Publisher

TRUE ANGUILLA MAGAZINE 2013-2014 Cover shoot credits Girls running on Shoal Bay West © Susan Croft Photography www.AnguillaEscape.com Photography Risée Chaderton Susan Croft Josveek Huligar Trudy Nixon Derrys Richardson Justin Sihera Chris Werner Orrett H. Wynter Contact The Valley, Anguilla, BWI E-mail: info@trueanguilla.com web: www.trueanguilla.com www.facebook.com/trueanguilla www.twitter.com/trueanguilla Advertising Inquiries info@trueanguilla.com / trudy@trueanguilla.com www.trueanguilla.com/advertise Read Online www.trueanguilla.com/digital TRUE Anguilla Magazine is published yearly and is distributed at hotels, villas, restaurants and ports of entry in Anguilla. This publication has been compiled and reproduced with the utmost care to ensure that the information is up to date and accurate. However, the information may contain inaccuracies or typographical errors. The publisher accepts no responsibility for such typographical or other errors. No part of TRUE Anguilla Magazine may be reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written consent. The views expressed by the contributors are not necessarily those of TRUE Anguilla Magazine.

A passing remark by a long-time friend about the beautiful villas in Anguilla led Jamaica-born Orrett Wynter to launch Design Anguilla Magazine in August 2012. The magazine, a quarterly publication, and the island’s first dedicated to architecture, interior design and visual arts is a project for him to explore his passion for design in all forms. Slowly discovering his inner-tourist, Orrett has loved the opportunity provided by True Anguilla to explore the island and enjoy the relaxed lifestyle that Anguilla offers.

oRRETT H. WYNTER, Publisher

CHERECIA LEWIS-ROGERS, Sales Cherecia began her career in Sales and Marketing at the Caribbean Commercial Bank in 2007 when she secured the post of Public Relations Officer. This was shortly after completing her studies at Florida International University in Miami, Florida where she obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing. She currently holds the post of Corporate Loans Officer at the bank but enjoys utilizing her Sales and Marketing skills in her spare time. Having worked on the sales teams of other magazines, Cherecia has developed her skills in this field and further strengthened her passion for sales. Cherecia’s deep rooted love for marketing, coupled with her readiness to embrace challenges motivated her to join the True Anguilla’s team.

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hen you ask visitors (and we do, often) what keeps them coming back to Anguilla, they

want to get a quick fix of our island’s many delights, where to stay, how to enjoy a day off the beach, which activities there are to do once you’re here, what festivals and events you should plan to come back for, and of course, practical information about getting married, or even coming to live here. And underlying every-thing that we show you will be those three things… the people, the beaches, the food. We hope you truly enjoy Anguilla. 2013-2014

say one, or a combination of these things: the people, the beaches and the food. So in this guide, we give those things lots of attention. We’re also going to dedicate plenty of pages to other useful things —what to do if you’re coming here for just one day and

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The two groups were a huge success! Let’s do it again. Mercedes Benz USA. Your expertise on Anguilla is unmatched. GSFS Group. We are so thankful for your assistance in planning our special day. Everything was so beautiful… you will come highly recommended by us to our friends and family. Mr & Mrs Horner.


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island map & useful information info 14 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) Electricity: 110 Volts AC, same as the U.S. Currency: The Eastern Caribbean Dollar is the official currency of Anguilla, the US dollar is widely accepted across the island. Driving: Driving is on the left-hand side of the road, and a driver’s license is required. Entry: A valid passport (with at least six months before expiration) and return or onward ticket(s) are required for all visitors to Anguilla. Visas: For the latest information on nationals requiring visas to enter Anguilla, please contact the Dept. of Immigration. If you require a visa, please contact the nearest British consulate for visa applications. Customs & 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 SANDY GROUND SOUTH HILL ROAD SALT POND

contact and clear Customs & Immigration at Sandy Ground. For more information, contact the Dept. of Customs. Departure Tax: $20 for all tourists departing from Anguilla, by plane or ferry. 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. LIMESTONE BAY

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Police/Fire/Ambulance Princess Alexandria Hospital Police Headquarters Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport Blowing Point Ferry Port Anguilla Tourist Board Dept of Immigration Dept of Customs General Post Office

911 264.497.2551 264.497.2333 264.497.2384 264.497.6070 264.497.2759 264.497.3444 264.497.2513 264.497.2528

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calendar of events info NOVEMBER Valley Street Festival/Tourism Week Dominoes, face painting, live music, games and a cycling competition for Primary school students..

NOVEMBER Optimists’ Race against AIDS Public awareness campaign to raise funds for AIDS related services.

february Moonsplash Hosted by Bankie Banx around the first full moon before Easter, the weekend of concerts features artistes from around the world.

MAY Anguilla Lit Fest, a ‘literary jollification’ international, regional and local writers gather for presentations and workshops.


may Anguilla Day The most significant holiday on the calendar. Culminating in the round-theIsland boat race.

may Welches Fest Held at the ball field in Welches Village on Whit Monday. All things are of yesteryear including food, toys and games, and music.

JULY-AUGUST Anguilla Summer Festival Celebrating the national sport, Boat Racing by day, and Carnival activities by night: Pageants, Calypso competitions, Band Clash, street dancing and revelry.


getting here: by air info Minneapolis Toronto Chicago Montreal Boston Newark New York Philadelphia Washington, D.C. Charlotte Atlanta Fort Lauderdale Miami puerto rico St. Maarten Antigua Panama City

Anguilla is the northernmost island in the Leeward Island chain, just north of St. Maarten. It is easily accessible by sea or by air on commercial and private airlines, the Anguilla ferry, and charter and scheduled private boat services.

Services (see page 23), Trans Anguilla or private executive charters. From Antigua’s VC Bird International Airport (ANU) it is a 50-minute scheduled flight with Liat or private executive charters. Destination Management Services

Airline Service to Anguilla From Puerto Rico’s Luis Muñoz Marín International Airport (SJU), Anguilla’s Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (AXA) is just a one-hour flight with Tradewind Aviation (see page 25), Cape Air or Anguilla Air Express. From St. Maarten/Martin’s Princess Juliana International Airport (SJU) Anguilla is a short seven-minute flight with Anguilla Air

If you are travelling with a large group or would like assistance to travel to Anguilla, we recommend contacting one of Anguilla’s Destination Specialists, who can help with arrangements and make your trip as comfortable as possible. Contact Blue Sea Anguilla (page 12), Luxury Lifestyle Professionals (page 26) or Malliouhana Travel & Tours (page 26).

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getting here: by sea info ANGUILLA Blowing Point Marigot Princess Juliana Airport

ST. MARTIN/ SINT MAARTEN Simpson Bay

Charter and Scheduled Boat Service There are several options for transfers to Anguilla’s Blowing Point Port of Entry, from Princess Juliana Airport in St. Maarten either on a scheduled sea shuttle or private charter. Prices and times vary seasonally, so it’s always best to check the individual operators: GB Express (page 21) Garfield’s Sea Tours (page 23), and Sea Pro Charters (page 27) . Other operators include Link Ferries, Funtime Charters, No Fear Charters and Calypso Charters.

Ferry Service to Anguilla Travel between St. Maarten and Anguilla via ferry is simple and reasonable. No reservations are required. Ferries operate daily between 8.15am and 7.00 pm at 45-minute intervals, and the crossing takes approximately 20 minutes. (Anguilla to St Martin ferries first depart at 7.30am, and the last one is at 6.15pm) At the time of writing, ferry cost is $15 per person each way plus taxes of $5 from St Martin to Anguilla and $8 from Anguilla to St Martin ($43 round trip).

All travel information correct at time of going to print. For full listing of travel options to Anguilla please visit the Anguilla Tourist Board website www.ivisitanguilla.com

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day tripping Anguilla offers the perfect day-tripping experience for visitors to, and residents of Saint Martin (SXM) and Saint Barths. Our proximity and wide range of easy and affordable transportation options make a day trip from one island to another a must. Come visit us in Anguilla for a day, it’s easy as can be.

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Public ferry Jump on the public ferry from Marigot (US$43 roundtrip, including taxes). The first ferry departs at 8.15am and then every 45 minutes. The last one back to SXM is at 6.15pm. Arrive in Anguilla 20 minutes later, and take an island tour with a taxi driver or rent a car to explore solo (you may arrange on arrival or book in advance). Suggestions for a perfect day out in Anguilla can be found in pages 94 to 101.

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boat Charter a boat and come ashore for a day of complete relaxation at one of our fine oceanfront restaurants or beach bars, many of which feature live music on Saturdays and Sundays and offer complementary loungers with lunch (see pages 66 to 79 for dining recommendations). Alternatively, visit one of our pristine offshore cays (see page 101). Charter a plane (some seat up to 9) and whip through our tiny airport and into your air-conditioned limo. Take a leisurely tour followed by lunch at one of our 5-star hotels or restaurants; or enjoy a round of golf at our beautiful Greg Normal Signature Golf Course.

Any of Anguilla’s destination management specialists mentioned on page 26 would be happy to arrange your trip from Saint Martin or Saint Barths.

editors’ tip Don’t forget that you are travelling to a different country—even if it’s only for a day! Remember your passport and that you will be expected to clear customs and immigration. See island information on page 14 or visit the Anguilla Tourist Board website www.ivisitanguilla.com for more information.

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Let Experience Take You There → → → → → Medical transport to any island in the Eastern Caribbean Daily scheduled flights between Anguilla and St. Maarten Charter flights to any Caribbean destination Daily schedule flights between Anguilla and St Barths Day trips to St Barths

FOR RESERVATIONS Office: 264 498 5922 • Fax: 264 498 9921 • Cell: 264 235 7122 Email: info@anguillaairservices.com • Web: www.anguillaairservices.com


getting to anguilla info “It’s fun and easy to pop over to Anguilla for the day on the ferry. Normally I have a round of golf – then afterwards have time to meet up with friends for lunch – often at Straw Hat on Meads Bay- before coming home.”

“There are no direct flights to Anguilla from the U.K. and Europe, but there are international flights into Antigua and St Maarten. Onward connections from Antigua are with inter islands carrier LIAT and Anguilla’s excellent charter operators who offer firstclass, one-to-one service for visitors. From St Maarten, there is option of a brief flight or a charter boat from the airport dock; or local ferry from Marigot which takes about 15 minutes. There is also the option of connecting through Puerto Rico from USA gateways.”

Carolyn brown , Anguilla’s UK Marketing Rep.

“Getting to Anguilla is part of the adventure! The last time I visited, I flew from New York into St Maarten and had a comfortable transfer on GB Express—they had a rep meet me at the airport and escort me to the boat. The journey was very quick, I had great views of Simpson Bay lagoon and was offered cold drinks. On the way home, I decided to fly with Anguilla Air Services—it was fabulous. Inexpensive, really quick and I went straight through customs into the departure lounge without having to go into the airport.”

Sidsel Jacobsen, St. Maarten

Andrew Fleming , New York/London

editors’ tip Taxis are available at both Air and Seaports. All are registered, and the rates are set, so you can check your fare with the dispatcher. It is also easy to hire a car, and Anguilla is enjoyable to drive around. You will need to purchase an Anguillian Drivers License for $20. A hire car company such as Triple K Rentals (see page 27) or M&S Services (see page 26) can arrange this for you. Anguilla does not have a public bus service.

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Anguilla Air Services Getting to Anguilla has just gotten easier! We offer executive charters and scheduled flights to Anguilla. No more standing in long lines, we will meet you at the transfer information desk as soon as you get off your flight, handle immigration, customs and also your luggage transfer. T: 264.498.5922 / 235 7122 E: info@anguillaairservices.com www.anguillaairservices.com

Blue Sea Destination Management Services Bonjour, I’m Mimi Gratton. My passion is Anguilla and our company’s hallmark is delivering unforgettable Anguilla Experiences. We offer transportation management, event planning, marketing, public relations, decor production, sports marketing and corporate hospitality management. T: 264.498.2583 E: info@blueseaanguilla.com www.blueseaanguilla.com

Blue Sea Film Production Services Hi, I’m Shayne Thompson. Anyone in the film game will tell you that location shoots are much more than a beautiful beach and gorgeous sunsets (although Anguilla has that covered!). Let us take the hassle out of planning your next film production or photo shoot. T: 264.498.2583 E: info@blueseaanguilla.com www.blueseaanguilla.com

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Blowing Point Whether you need a charter, a shuttle between Anguilla and St. Maarten, a day trip to St. Barths, or an excursion around Anguilla, Prickly Pear or Sandy Island, you are in good hands. 264.235.6205/7010 (axa) 264.584.6205/7010 (axa) 011.599.581.3568 (sxm) E: afscs@anguillanet.com www.anguillaferryandcharter.com

Gotcha! Garfield’s Sea Tours We pride ourselves in offering charters to fulfill your boating needs. We deliver the best service through professional management and our courteous and qualified crew are guaranteed to make your time on board very special. T: 264.497.2956 / 235.7902 E: gotcha@anguillanet.com www.gotcha-garfields-sea-toursanguilla.com

Luxury Lifestyle Professionals A Destination Planning/VIP Concierge Service. Air Land and Sea Adventures and more… AXA: 264.476.1115 / 584.1115 SXM: 721.559.6223 USA: 407.418.8650 E: gillian@luxurylifestyleprofessionals.com luxurylifestyleprofesssionals.com

Malliouhana Travel & Tours Why not contact Malliouhana Travel & Tours Ltd. for all your airline, cruise, and destination management services, we will make your experience impeccable. T: 264.497.2431 / 497.2348 E: mtt@anguillanet.com

Maurice and Sons Exquisite Services For All Your Transportation Needs. Car rentals, Taxi Services & Shuttle Trips, Transportation to & from Social Events, Seaports Transportation, Airport Transportation, Historic & Cultural Tours Island Tours T: 264.235.2676 / 264.582.2399 264.476.0468 maurice.taxiservices@gmail.com www.msexquisiteshuttle.com Facebook.com/maurice.hodge.773

Peters Agency/ANG Express Ocean freight from Miami, FL., shipping small packages to Anguilla. No registration fees. In-house customs clearance service & cargo delivery to door. T: 264.476.6077 / 264.584.2634 264.584.7266 E: petersshipping@gmail.com / tightteam2008@gmail.com

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people We all agree, it is the people that make a place. This section introduces you to a few of our special people and tells you what their favourite things are to do here in Anguilla. We also visit and ask a few people to share just what it is they love so about Anguilla.


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British Accent rmel Harrigan is famous. She has fans all over the world and regularly receives invitations to vacation in America and Europe. She’s spent a week with Jay-Z and Beyonce. She’s been handed the keys to a car—free. People have sent her children everything from Ninja Turtle Backpacks to iPads.

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Someone sent her a foot brace because he or she “didn’t want her feet to hurt.” But what is Armel famous for? Is she a TV or Radio personality? A writer? A famous singer? No. Armel Harrigan is a waitress at Meads Bay’s popular Straw Hat Restaurant—a very good waitress who’s worked in some of Anguilla’s most popular tourism establishments and who has created a fan base aspiring pop stars would envy. People tell us that ‘the people’ are the reason they keep coming back to Anguilla, and Armel is definitely one of those ‘people’. Born and brought up in the UK, she came ‘home’ to Anguilla when she was 21 to work at the recently opened Malliouhana Hotel. She moved on to one of Anguilla’s first restaurants, the Fish Trap in Island Harbour, and she was subsequently poached by friends Tom and Julie to work at Arlo’s until Hurricane Luis wiped it out in 1995. Armel stays close with her friends from those early days, including Bryce and Nancy Bugg, who have supplied her with a most essential and intimate item ever since they met: “I haven’t had to buy a bra for 30 years,” Armel says, ”not that you can find a 44DD Bra in Anguilla.” We talked about the friends she made over the years. “I have so many stories... so many friends, I can’t mention them all, but I’ve met some dear, dear people…. when

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I’m on vacation, I will meet up and stay with them or go to dinner. When my mother was sick, friends helped me get back to the UK. I’ve never asked, but people are so generous—they bring me gifts and stuff for my kids, and people come back every year to Anguilla, sometimes just to see me. My friend Mary Stevens says a year without Anguilla and Armel is like a year without sunshine.” Armel spent 7 years at Ripples Restaurant, crediting owner Jacquie Ruan with turning her into “a proper waitress” before moving to Straw Hat, where she’s been since it opened 16 years ago. Peter Parles, who co-owns the place with his wife Anne, tells us, “Most people love her and can’t get enough of that British accent.” When he first approached Armel about joining them, she apparently drawled, “Oh, darling… you can’t afford me!” We assume he must have come up with the money, because that same British accent still lilts through their daily specials! One guest once said, “Woman, you make that food sound so seductive, I want to try all of it.” Armel clearly loves what she does. Warm, unique, opinionated, and flamboyant, she offers advice, greets guests as “Darling”, and calls colleagues her “Straw-Hat Family”. After 30 years of working in tourism, she is an expert on Anguilla and the experience visitors have here. Finally, we asked her, “What makes Anguilla a special destination?” “The way people treat you. You’re not an anonymous tourist: you’re a person...you will be remembered when you return.”

Armel’s Rent a car! Explore— but when driving, I always say, “Stay on the same side as your steering wheel!”

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ANGUILLA CULTURE Make sure you visit Colville Petty’s Heritage Collection Museum in East End. It won’t disappoint. Watch a boat race. Get on a motorboat and follow the action—I am a die-hard UFO fan. Oh, and make sure you come back for Carnival (the first 10 days of August) and Festival del Mar (Easter Saturday and Sunday).

LIMING SPOTS I really enjoy going to Da Vida in Crocus Bay and listening to Banko (Omari Banks and his 11 Band), who play there every Sunday, lunchtime. I also like Timmy’s place (On da Rocks) in Island Harbour and Bankie’s (The Dune Preserve) , but call first to check it’s open.

e’S oVEN I really love Vernon’s food at E’s Oven. He cooks with a lot of love. I especially like the Goat Curry In the little ceramic pot. I also adore Roy’s Roast Beef on a Sunday!

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why we love anguilla people “I was drawn to Anguilla by its beautiful beaches - I kept returning because I loved the peace and quiet, the friendly people and wonderful restaurants. I have been all over the world and nothing has compared. There’s no one person or place, it is a culmination of everything: the beaches, the people who stop to chat on their morning walk, the restaurant and store owners who remember us, and the bands who acknowledge our presence when we walk in. I guess it is the feeling of belonging. We can hardly wait to get there and never want to leave.”

Ellen Garland, Anguilla Visitor and TripAdvisor Destination Expert

“When you visit Anguilla, you are not visiting a resort: you are visiting an island. Don’t miss the best part... go out and explore!”

“I was born in mid-August, just after the peak of the Anguilla boat racing season. No surprise then that I love the sea. One of the best ways to enjoy Anguilla is by boat. Boating gives a perspective of the island you can’t capture from shore. A boating excursion can include snorkeling, swimming, private sunbathing, and even sports fishing. You can lunch at the cays’ restaurants, visit St Barth’s for a Caribbean Riviera experience; explore St. Martin’s coastline in the daytime and enjoy its nightlife in the evening. The colour blue is born here; each sunrise brings a new aquamarine or turquoise or teal. Come boating in Anguilla and find your shade of heaven.”

Jo-Anne Mason, Author: Paddy the Goat That Saved Anguilla

Garfield Richardson, Gotcha! Garfield’s Sea Tours

Why I love Anguilla? Sunrise on the beach; Sunset on the beach Sunshine as it glistens on the sea Moonglow as it lights my way at night Starry nights so full you can reach up and grab a handful Full moons so bright you believe the streetlights are on Leisurely strolls along Rendezvous Bay Beach; Power walks along Rendezvous Bay Beach Great Friends; Good Music Dancing at Johnno’s, Dancing at Pumphouse, Dancing at Smokey’s Boat rides to….anywhere Waking up to the sound of rain on the roof Falling asleep with the sound of rain on the window panes My Anguilla passport

Mimi Gratton , Blue Sea Anguilla

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“My favourite thing about Anguilla is that it is untouched. It allows for a very relaxed atmosphere that matches my personality perfectly. It’s the best place to leave all your stress and to enjoy doing nothing. I really enjoy the sports and recreation. This little island breeds athletic talent. It’s very easy to get involved and participate just for fun or exercise. I cannot forget our beautiful beaches. Fun fact: We are 35 square miles and have 33 beaches, imagine that! Shoal Bay is probably the most popular, however, all of the beaches are worth visiting, even just to sit and listen to the waves. It’s worth it! Finally, you have to try our delicious cuisine. Our people are dedicated to great eating. From local BBQ to haute cuisine, almost all Anguillian restaurants are bound to please. After all, we have to keep people like Ellen Degeneres and Denzel Washington coming back right?”

“I’m from Sandy Ground and I love it here. It’s grown from a quiet fishing village and small Caribbean port, into a dynamic hub of activity. Once, large coconut trees lined the sand road on the sandbar separating the salt pond from the bay, and the only sound at night was crickets. Now, Sandy Ground is home to art galleries, boutiques, a wide variety of restaurants and the best nightlife in Anguilla. Our best kept secret is probably our beautiful half mile long, white sand beach which, while left mainly to itself during most of the year, hosts the largest annual beach party in the Caribbean on the first Monday of every August! For me, Sandy Ground holds the pulse of Anguilla, and I love being in the heart of it.”

Laurie Gumbs , Pumphouse & Tradition

shara proctor, Olympic Long-Jumper

“Go down a little road, find a small store, and be truly welcomed by the proud proprietor – with joy and concern for your well-being. Note, as you drive along, the sound of a quick tap on the horn isn’t to tell you to hurry up or move over: It’s just, “Hello, friend!” I encourage you to try it: wave as you go by, and you will get a wave and a smile back. This is Anguilla, the real heart of a place I came to and now call home.”

Sherry Edelstein , First visit:1990; built a house: 2003; back too many times to count!

“Anguilla is more than Sun, Sea and Sand – it offers unique experiences to freely explore the island, its culture, its festivals, and to meet wonderful, friendly people. Stay in the finest resorts and enclaves, affordable hotels and villas or the smallest of inns. Eat great food from vans to gourmet restaurants, and “lime” at some of the best, most funky beach bars in the West Indies. Do retail therapy at art galleries and small boutiques. Tranquillity wrapped in blue, so many different shades!”

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beaches All Caribbean islands have beaches, right? Not like ours. We may seem boastful, but we can back it up. Did you know there are 33 beaches within half an hour of ANYWHERE you stay on the island? That all our beaches are public? That often, you can have a beach to yourself? That most have pure white sand (the rest gold or pink)? And on many, you will find the kind of laid-back, charming beach bar you only thought existed in your imagination (or in a Jimmy Buffet song).


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Denis the taxi man was waiting under the tamarind tree to take us on an ‘island tour’. What followed was a taxi trip like no other. The man had the biggest grin I had ever seen. He talked nonstop about the island, his famous brothers, the music, and beaches, beaches, beaches. Everyone we passed he hailed, beeped, high fived or pointed out during the short ride. But it was hot on that little bus, and much as I enjoyed his Anguilla 2013-2014

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world-famous beaches. It was midday. I walked down the little hill towards a blaze of turquoise and white— squinting, curious, and hot. It drew me. I passed between two brightly coloured buildings, slipped off my sweaty Birkenstocks, and put my toes into caster sugar. Right there - at the public entrance - I stood

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Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation Take a Loving Part of Your Anguilla Visit Back Home With You! Adoptions to the USA and Canada are easy. Visit us at our Adoption Center in Sandy Hill. Please support AARF, a non-profit, volunteerrun organization. Donations are tax-deductible in the USA. Our programs include adoptions, veterinary care, spay/neuter and education. For more information: www.aarf.ai or aarfinfo@aarf.ai Find AARF merchandise at:  AARF Adoption Center and Shelter  SeaSpray Boutique – tee shirts  Petals Boutique – bandanas


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bikini. Enough of the white—I turned to the blue. Flat, calm, sparkling—tempting me. I moved swiftly now, impatient to get in. With a moan of pleasure, I sunk into turquoise, submerged my head, and cooled my brain and my racing blood. Pure, blue beauty surrounded me. Clear, pristine colour was everywhere. It was cooler than I thought it would be, but so refreshing.


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“. . .lots of beautiful beaches and we all have our favorites as it is difficult to choose just one. One of mine is Sandy Ground - just enough activity with the supply and cargo carriers coming and going, local fishermen, sailing school activities, vacationers on their luxurious sailbaots etc. to keep one interested and amused at times. One of the best “shows” is the launching of the Anguilla sailboats for Easter week races. . .well worth the price of admission! Plus you have ten or so bar/restaurant establishments all within walking distance once your car is parked. Some of the many reasons we love Anguilla: her beaches, her people and why we return each year, visit and now call home...”

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“ I love Rendezvous Bay in the early mornings—I enjoy the nice breeze and the beautiful light and often you are the only one there. I love the view over to St Martin, sometimes it looks so close. I sit under the trees at the Anguilla Great House and enjoy an espresso or a fresh coconut water.”

Nathalie Le Senechal, Les Grands Vins de France

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“We like to go as a family to Junks Hole in the early evening as the sun goes down - to do a little exercise - take a walk or a swim. It’s a long stretch of beach and so peaceful.”

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“THIS is paradise,” my family and I thought when we stepped foot on Barnes Bay, the first beach we visited in Anguilla. The clear turquoise water, the white sand, and more often than not, we only shared the beach with a handful of people at most. Shoal Bay East remains the most iconic in our books, with its strip of laid-back beach bars and pockets of pure, unmarked, natural beauty. Anguilla’s beaches have all the elements that make them world-class beauties. What is that one extra-special ingredient that truly sets them apart? An air of unpretentiousness. Anguilla is not the land of the see-and-be-seen scene. Here, I feel at home.”

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“My three favourite beaches in no particular order are: Rendezvous Bay - its vast expanse of white sand and blue sky and sea entices me; Little Bay – Sense of exclusivity and adventure and I recently discovered for myself that it is great for snorkeling and scuba diving; and Crocus Bay – evokes many childhood memories and I embrace its rustic simplicity & rich history.”

Shellecia Brooks-Johnson, MyAnguillaExperience.com

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ANGUILLA, BRITISH WEST INDIES

Meads Bay, AI-2640 Anguilla Phone: 264-497-6881 Reservations Only: 866-270-3764 e-mail: carimar@carimar.com www.carimar.com CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE

If you like the beach, you’ll LOVE Carimar.


stay in Kevin Bacon, Beyoncé and Jay-Z, Mariah Carey, Robert Downey Junior, Janet Jackson, Michael Jordan, Paris Hilton, Shaquille O’Neil, Kyra Sedgwick, Uma Thurman, Sofía Vergara, Denzil Washington…


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paparazzi. Famous guests can keep a low profile in Anguilla, unnoticed and undisturbed by our laid-back locals and chilled-out visitors. It’s not unusual to spot a movie star or famous athlete walking our beaches, visiting a local art gallery or having a drink in Sandy Ground. So, must you have an A-list income to


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visit Anguilla? No. Our accommodations suit most pockets and most expectations. We say most pockets because although our small hotels, guest houses and villas offer excellent value for money, we don’t have budget accommodations. And we say most expectations because although we have vilAni Villas

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las and hotels that offer packages, we don’t have the standard ‘all-inclusive’ packages found on many islands. Anguilla has a thriving restaurant scene, and most accommodations encourage their guests to go out and sample our amazing culinary diversity during their stay. Rates in our hotels fluctuate depending on the season. “High” season in Anguilla is between December and Easter; “Low” season is after Easter to mid-November. “Festive” refers to the two weeks around Christmas and is the most expensive time to come to Anguilla. Demand is high, as many guests rebook every year, so if you want to come for Christmas, reserve accommodation early. Year round, Anguilla has something for everyone. Many love Festive, as it is as busy as Anguilla gets. The top restaurants require advance reservations, and the island is busy with celebrities and families who return year after year in private jets. High season is popular, because our guests often come from cold places. Low season is quieter, but the weather is still perfect and the rates are excellent. It’s the ideal season for a destination wedding or special event. The most important aspect of your accommodation choice (after you’ve set your budget) is to decide if you want a full-service experience or a more ‘do-ityourself’ approach. You may think that hotels

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Welcome to your ultimate Anguilla retreat

Sunrise to sunset enjoy the views, space, peace and privacy of Ultimacy Villa Retreat. Overlooking one of the world’s best beaches - Shoal Bay East, this 8 bedroom, classically Caribbean villa sleeps 16 and is a luxurious choice for large family groups, special occasions or weddings. Our friendly team will help plan your perfect family vacation, wedding, friends gathering or girlfriend getaway. Packages including transfers, Chef and car hire available. Reduced rates for smaller parties. For further information contact the owners at info@ultimacyvilla.com

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• Villa Rentals for all budgets • Villas, Land and Commercial Property for sale • Property Management • 5 Star Service

Island Dream Properties offers a comprehensive suite of professional real estate and villa rental services. Our services are designed to fullfull the unique needs of both home owners and visitors. We offer the assurance of a fulltime, dedicated and professional staff with more than 30 years experience.

Tomac Plaza, Anguilla, British West Indies [Phone] (264) 498-3200 [Email] sales@islanddreamproperties.com [web] www.islanddreamproperties.com

Experience the spirit and tranquility of Anguilla at the island’s premier boutique resort.

Decidedly luxe. Quintessentially Anguillan.

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would offer more in the way of services, but as most of our villas come with staff (housekeeping and villa managers are standard, and concierge, chefs and butlers are optional), villas like the stunning Bird of Paradise or spacious Ultimacy provide the private resort experience. Beach Escape Villa

stay in Carimar Beach Club Lloyd’s Bed and Breakast Anacaona Boutique Hotel

A large, luxury hotel like CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa gives you the best of both worlds. It combines standard hotel rooms with villa accommodations and exceptional facilities: the choice of four restaurants or room service, a world-class spa, tennis, golf and shopping. You may also choose one of our small luxury beachfront properties like Frangipani, which includes watersports, an infinity pool, and the on-site restaurant Straw Hat. The suites are spacious but still maintain an intimate feel, and if taken over for a wedding or event, one of these can feel like your own private resort. Reasonably priced Villa/Condo resorts like Carimar Beach Club on Meads Bay and Shoal Bay Villas on Shoal Bay East are extremely popular. They offer lots of space and a practical combination of bedroom, kitchen, living and dining areas. They open directly onto the beach. Beautifully appointed Villas like Ani, Beach Escape, Ce Blue, Bird of Paradise, and Ultimacy, with their secluded pools and spacious entertaining areas, offer complete privacy and lots of room to relax and unwind. They make wonderful retreats from the world and allow you to dine in or eat out. Charming Boutique Hotels and Guest Houses like Anacaona, Anguilla Great House, Lloyds, La Vue and Paradise Cove offer

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RICKETTS LUXURY

LLOYD’S BED & BREAKFAST Lloyd’s Bed & Breakfast is located on Crocus Hill, three minutes walk to Crocus Bay. Lloyd’s is elegant with a repetition of architectural detail patterns, creative airflow and strong relationship between indoor/ outdoor spaces. The subtle hand craftsmanship seen thoughout the property is engaging. Clear, cozy, crisp, classic - this is what you will find. “A modern take on the 1950’s”. It is always our pleasure to serve you at Lloyd’s. Ph: 1.264.497.2351 Fax: 1.264.497.3028 Email: lloyds@anguillanet.com

Villa Rentals & Real Estate Hotel & Villa Development & Management

Robin & Sue Ricketts & their team have over 25 years experience creating extraordinary vacation experiences. Sue Ricketts is a Condé Nast Traveler worlds top villa specialist with a portfolio of over 80 dream retreats in Anguilla.

www.rickettsluxury.com (264) 497 6049 villas@rickettsluxury.com If it’s Anguilla think Ricketts Luxury


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stay in reasonably priced, chic accommodations, allowing your budget to stretch a little further and giving you an intimate connection with the island. So, how do you go about booking your next visit or getting advice on where to stay? The website www.affordableanguilla. com offers a range of reasonably priced properties to browse. Alternatively, you can book directly with the accommodations or speak with one of the Villa Rental experts listed on pages 64 to 65; they will all be happy to advise you. You may also join our mailing list at www. trueanguilla.com for news and offers from properties in Anguilla.


Affordable Chic on Anguilla Best Value Boutique Hotel in the West End

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Anacaona Boutique Hotel is a small, value-oriented hideaway a few paces from one of Anguilla’s most ravishing beaches, Meads Bay. It has 27 air-conditioned rooms and suites & Firefly gardenpoolside restaurant and bar. What makes Anacaona the fun place to be on Anguilla is its role as the unofficial cultural entertainment center of the island, presenting local music, dancing, dinner theater and other diversions. www.anacaonahotel.com info@anacaonahotel.com Tel: 264.497.6827 Reservations toll free: 877.657.4736

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staying in anguilla stay in “Guests like the family-owned and run establishments where they get the Anguillian experience—the friendly staff, personalized service and attention to detail. These properties offer excellent value for money without compromising the standards expected from hotels on Anguilla. Our guests are like family and truly enjoy a home-away-from-home. “The luxury villa experience is marked by the budding relationship between the guests and the villa manager and villa staff. Prior to arrival, important information is exchanged from food allergies to overall preferences and tendencies. This information is used to create a unique and unforgettable experience. Guests are then able to enjoy the privacy and exclusivity of the villa in a setting conducive to the ultimate in pampered service.”

Sherille & frankie Hughes , Ultimacy Villa & Paradise Cove

Felix Pina, Ani Villas

“The most common misconception is that Anguilla is too expensive. The airfare to St. Maarten is one of the most reasonable in the Caribbean, and there is a place to stay in Anguilla for all budgets. My friend Kirk Hughes just added rooms to his LaVue boutique hotel that are quite reasonable. For those with higher budgets, there is always CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa and Ultimacy.”

Brenda O’Neale , Travel Agenct & Anguilla Travel Connoisseur

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Affordable Anguilla Dot Com Anguilla luxury on a budget! Dynamic website showcasing the affordable side of Anguilla’s beach front and beach view accommodations, car rentals, dining, weddings and activities. T: 264.498.2583 E: info@affordableanguilla.com www.affordableanguilla.com

Anacaona Boutique Hotel

Meads Bay, West End Affordable Chic on Anguilla. Anacaona Boutique Hotel is a small, value-oriented hideaway a few paces from one of Anguilla’s most ravishing beaches, Meads Bay. It has 27 air-conditioned rooms and suites & Firefly garden-poolside restaurant and bar. T: 264.497.6827 Reservations toll free: 877.657.4736 E: info@anacaonahotel.com www.anacaonahotel.com

Anguilla Great House Beach Resort The Anguilla Great House, with its easy atmosphere and gingerbread laced cottages, is centered right in the middle of Anguilla’s most perfect beach, Rendezvous Bay. Barefoot elegance and true Caribbean hospitality provide an intimate and casual ambiance. T: 264.497.6061 F: 800.583.9247 E: info@anguillagreathouse.com www.anguillagreathouse.com

Anguilla Villa Company Anguilla Villa Company specializes in the management and rental of vacation homes on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Each of our featured rental villas offer unique, relaxing respites and we offer personalized services to meet each guest’s requirements. T: 264.498.2741 F: 264.497.2741 C: 264.476.3178 E: anguillavilla@caribcable.com www.anguillavillacompany.com

Beach Escape Villa Beach Escape Villa is beachfront luxury, a two-bedroom main house and three, one-bedroom guest suites. You rent only the bedrooms you need; the others are closed off during your stay so the entire property is your private paradise. E: beachescape@gmail.com www.beachescapevilla.com

Bird of Paradise

Sandy Hill Bay Bird of Paradise overlooks a perfect crescent beach. Stunning views. Two pools, four master suites, office/5th bedroom, and multiple living/dining exp eriences, including an exterior living area with fireplace. An award-winning villa with a long list of amenities. US: 414.791.9461 E: anguillabird@yahoo.com www.anguillabird.com

Carimar Beach Club

Meads Bay On the water’s edge on Meads Bay, this exceptional beachfront property includes 24, 11,000 sqft. beachfront and beachview suites with all the comforts of home ,full modern kitchens, Wi-Fi, air-conditioned bedrooms, balcony or patio views of colourful gardens and the ocean. T: 264.497.6881 866.270.3764 E: carimar@carimar.com www.carimar.com

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CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa

Crocus Bay Dramatically situated hillside overlooking the pristine beaches of Crocus Bay, these five-bedroom en-suite villas have private pools, a spa and fitness center with Italian cuisine and a lively night scene at the Blue Bar. Rates from $1,600 per night. T: 800.710.5507 E: info@ceblueanguilla.com www.ceblueanguilla.com

Rendezvous Bay An intimate and sophisticated oasis of beachfront luxury encompassing world class cuisine, the award winning Venus Spa, and Anguilla’s only 18 Hole Greg Norman Championship Golf Course. T: 264.498.2000 E: reservations@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

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Frangipani Beach Resort

Meads Bay Enjoy the intimacy, luxury, and service of Anguilla’s premier boutique resort. Experience a quintessentially Anguillian getaway amidst the white sands of Meads Bay and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Come as a guest, leave as a friend. T: 264.497.6442 877.583.8788 E: info@frangipaniresort.com www.frangipaniresort.com

Island Dream Properties

Island Dream Properties is a Real Estate, Villa Rental and Property Management Agency on the island of Anguilla. We represent villas of all types for both short term and long term rentals. Our real estate listings also range from the fixer upper to a waterfront estate. T: 264.498.3200 sales@islanddreamproperties.com www.islanddreamproperties.com

La Vue Boutique Hotel

Back Street, South Hill We offer all our guests the experience of a home away from home. At La vue, we’re not just friendly, but all friends. Wev’e become friends and family! There’s no differentiation. We appreciate and look forward to everyone who will have this ongoing experience. T: 264.497.6623 / 462.6623 E: info@lavueanguilla.com www.lavueanguilla.com

RICKETTS LUXURY Little Butterfly One bedroom luxury apartment offers complete privacy and every imaginable convenience: Full sized modern kitchen, spacious king bedroom with en suite bathroom and Jacuzzi tub, open-plan living and dining areas and a private deck with sea and mountain views. Perfect for the solo traveler or a couple. C: 264.235.3666 T: 264.497.3666 E: info@sunsethomesanguilla.com www.littlebutterflyanguilla.com

Paradise Cove An all-suite, full-service resort set in beautiful gardens, bordered by the golf course and 500 yards from stunning Cove Bay beach. Our 29 fully equipped studio, one and two bedroom suites provide all the comforts and amenities for a relaxing vacation. Make us your island home. T: 264.497.6603/6957/6959 F: 264.497.6927 E: para-cove@anguillanet.com www.paradisecoveanguilla.com

Ricketts Luxury Villa Rentals & Real Estate, Hotel & Villa Development & Management. Robin & Sue Ricketts & their team have over 25 years experience creating extraordinary vacation experiences. Sue Ricketts is a Condé Nast Traveler worlds top villa specialist with a portfolio of over 80 dream retreats in Anguilla. www.rickettsluxury.com T: 264.497.6049 E: villas@rickettsluxury.com

Shoal Bay Villas Nestled beneath the swaying palms in the middle of one of the world’s best beaches, each of our 23 comfortable apartments includes a fully equipped kitchen, balcony or porch with views of our freshwater pool or the exquisite dazzling white sand and pristine turquoise waters of Shoal Bay East. C: 264.497.2051 T: 264.497.3631 E: sbvillas@anguillanet.com www.sbvillas.ai

Spyglass Hill Villa Private four-bedroom luxury villa poised on a ridge overlooking charming Road Bay. Great indoor-outdoor living experience inspired by indoor open air courtyard. Captures the very best views on the island and enjoys steady cool tradewinds. Perfect for a couple, family or group of friends. C: 264.235.3666 T: 264.497.3666 E: info@spyglasshillanguilla.com www.spyglasshillanguilla.com

Ultimacy Villa Retreat Overlooking Shoal Bay East Beach. Perfect for large families or special occasions. 8 en-suite bedrooms, heated pool with Jacuzzi, luxurious lounge and bar areas, gym. Packages including car rental, transfers and Chef available. From $1,200 a night. T: 264.497.6603 E: info@ultimacyvilla.com www.ultimacyvilla.com 2013-2014

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eat out In Anguilla dining out is (almost) a national sport (alongside the more traditionally acknowledged national sport of Boat-Racing). Tourists and locals alike can be seen eating out in our many and varied restaurants. It’s what we do. In Anguilla, you can enjoy exquisite international cuisine, authentic Caribbean cooking, funky fusion, simple BBQ—basically, whatever your tummy desires.


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Our repeat guests usually arrive on island with a list of favourite spots to revisit and eagerly ask what’s new. On the beach, around the pool, and over meals, the most popular topic of conversation is “Where shall we make a reservation tomorrow?” When making new friends on island, most people swap must-go and do-try lists. Certain parts of Anguilla have a greater density of places to eat: think of Meads Bay, where you can walk from your hotel or villa to a range of restaurants; ditto Sandy Ground, the nightlife capital of Anguilla, and The Valley. A visit to Island Harbour

33 square miles. The island is safe and fun to explore, and no restaurant is more than half an hour away. The quality of our local chefs is outstanding. Most have trained in our luxury hotels - apprenticing under international chefs who have shared their skills and experience. Combine their skill with our passion for food and flavor, and you get tasty, interesting food wherever you go.


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also exposes a choice of venues for tasty seafood, and if the time is right (Easter), dig into the Festival del Mar, when the whole village is given up to the pleasure of eating seafood for two days. Wherever you stay, fine food is nearby. While you’re here, we recommend you feast on seafood. Try our local (indigenous) crayfish, spiny lobster, conch, or if you are lucky enough to be offered one, the slipper lobster (a.k.a. ‘sea louse’) is a great delicacy. Fresh snapper, wahoo, mahi-mahi, and tuna are some of the fresh fish caught daily in our waters and brought ashore in Island Harbour, the Cove or Sandy Ground. Be warned: Anguillians like their fish whole, so make sure you request a fillet if you prefer the simpler approach to eating fish. Another must-try are our locally grown tomatoes, eggplants and peppers – as sweet and delicious as those from the Mediterranean. The most popular way to prepare and eat meat is Barbeque, much of it roadside. All over the island and recognizable by the clouds of fragrant smoke and cars parked higgledy-piggeldy near a battered tent, vendors normally sell chicken, pork ribs and garlic bread. Sometimes, you can pick up conch soup, whole fish, local pork and rice ‘n’ peas – ask what they have when you arrive. Then, grab a cold drink from the cooler, sit on anything you can, and join in the chat and lime with the locals. During the day, eat lunch on the beach. Many of our well-known fine dining restaurants are reminiscent of beach

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clubs during the day, offering lunch or snack menus, frosty drinks and complimentary beach chairs. They’re a great way to discover a new beach every day without the hefty entrance fees you would find in the South of France or other famous beach spots. Truly extraordinary is the quality of the food that comes out of the smallest beach bars, found on quiet beaches and offshore cays. You will be delighted by the tasty home cooking served in a place that looks like a shack. You may have to wait a while, but relax, enjoy the view, or have another swim—it’s worth it. At night, our hotels and independent restaurants pride themselves on their dining choices. You can enjoy most types of international cuisine as well as Caribbean and Caribbean fusion. Although they have excellent wine lists and serve exquisite cuisine, most of our restaurants require only the relaxed dress code that suits most of the island. Dress up if you want to, but don’t feel pressured. Memories are made and romance comes easy when you sip your aperitif under the stars or share a dessert listening to the waves breaking a few feet away. As much of Anguilla’s nightlife revolves around dining out, most restaurants host entertainers on select nights. These include single performers and entire bands, playing original and international music that sometimes leads to dancing. I am always surprised by the range of talent I can find on the island. Finally, Anguilla doesn’t have ‘fast food’. You won’t find any of those chain restaurants you’ve seen in the rest of the world. If you are looking for something quick, easy and light on the wallet it is easy to pick up a ‘take

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CHEF CARRIE BOGAR presents

Cuisine of the Sun Voted Restaurant of the year 2010 by the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association

Beautiful ambiance & flavours from around the world. • Live music • Select cocktails

Starters Crispy Calamari vietnamese Style • nuoc cham Moroccan Spiced Shrimp Cigars roasted tomatoes • spicy apricot sauce Main courses Vanilla Cured Duck Breast guavaberry sauce • sweet yams spiced pecans Grilled Jerk Spiced Tuna rum-coffee glaze • caramelized pineapple fried plantains Five Spiced Roast Pork Tenderloin carrot sauce, raita, pickled onion Desserts Warm Chocolate Cake roasted • banana ice-cream caramelized bananas Moist Coconut Cake dates • coconut-caramel sauce vanilla bean ice cream

Closed Sun | Live Music Tue, Thur, Fri & Sat

Sandy Ground T. 1 264 498 VEYA (8392) www.veya-axa.com

Dinner Theatre & Dancing in the West End

Featuring one of Anguilla’s oldest cultural groups specializing in song and dance featuring centuries of Anguillian History. Then dance to true West Indian music by the Mayoumba Strings. Enjoy a traditional Anguillian dinner buffet with dishes like Pigeon Pea Soup, Goat Meat, Curried Conch, Fish, Chicken, Ribs and Anguillian Bread Pudding with lots more! Join us for a great family night at Anacaona Boutique Hotel, West End, Anguilla Dinner Buffet served from 7:15 pm, music at 8:00 pm and show begins at 8.30 pm Dinner Buffet and Show US$45 a person plus 15% Service Charge and 3% Environmental Surcharge.

Reservations are suggested. For more information call (264) 497-6827

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Valley Bistro At the Historic Old Factory

“Oooooh La La, Mon” Fine French Food with a Hip West Indian Vibe

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away’ from one of our independent pizza or burger restaurants. You can also visit local restaurants and food stands, where you can find a selection of soups, pastas and hot meals to go. With so many restaurants to sample, we urge you to get out there and explore the culinary delights Anguilla has to offer. You won’t regret it. For a list of recommended restaurants, please see page 79-81. Situated next door to the Valley Bistro - Experience our magnificent collection of light filled “Plein Air” paintings by celebrated Caribbean Impressionist Sir Roland Richardson and other Caribbean Artists. Open 9:00 - 5:00 Monday to Friday

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Crocus Bay has long been one of Anguilla’s best kept secrets! Now you can discover this tranquil, secluded getaway. Enjoy the zen atmosphere at da’ Vida Crocus Bay. Indulge in our Asio-Caribbean fusion, unwind at the Bay Side Bar and Grill. Be caressed by the cool tropical breezes, lounge on the beach,kayak to Little Bay and capture our breathtaking sunset. OPENING HOURS AND & CALENDAR OF EVENTS Main restaurant opens Tuesday to Sunday. Dinner 6:00 - 9:30 pm Tapas at da’Vida lounge 5:00 - 9:00 pm Happy hour Thursday thru Saturday 6:00 - 7:00 pm Live entertainment at da’Vida Lounge Friday and Saturday Bayside Bar and Grill opens daily from 10:00 am - 5:00pm Tel: 264.498.5433/5434 • Fax: 264.498.5435 info@davidaanguilla.com • www.davidaanguilla.com Take advantage of our kayak rentals. After your meal, kayak to Little Bay, just around the bend and capture our breathtaking sunset

Caribbean Asian

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RESTAURANT Breakfast: Tues. - Sat. 7:00 - 9:30am Dinner : Mon. - Sat. 6:30 - 10:00pm Events Thurs. - Jazz in the Garden 7:30 - 10pm Live Entertainment, Discounted Cocktails & Canapes Served Poolside Fri. - All You Can Eat Steak-Out Night Happy Hour @ 6:00pm - $5.00 cocktails Open Salad Bar!! Ribs! Chicken! Pork! Steak! Price $35.00 per person plus 15% Service Charge Live Dj Entertainment

FLAVOURS

FLAVOURS RESTAURANT At La Vue Boutique Inn, Back Street, South Hill

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anguilla dining eat out “When my guests want local cuisine, I recommend Andy’s, and for a great day out with the kids, Sandy Island.”

Kathy Haskins, Shoal Bay Villas

I am an avid food lover, which explains what I love to do on my day off. Dining in Anguilla has become a keen interest of mine, that is why Flavours Restaurant is not just a business, it is also a hobby. I find great pleasure in exploring the different cuisines the island has to offer and spending time with my very supportive family and friends.

Kirk hughes , La Vue Boutique Hotel & Flavours Restaurant

“Conch Soup from Hungry’s Food Van in the Valley across from Wallblake House. Tuna Nicoise from Valley Bistro. Seafood Quesadilla at Hank’s on Shoal Bay. Plantation Sandwich from Papa Lash’s food truck (In the Valley by Ronald Webster Park).”

Carrie Bogar, Veya Restaurant

“Dining on Anguilla is such a great experience, one that you could not have even in a major city. There are choices from roadside food vans and carts to 5-star dining, and you don’t have to take the subway to get there!”

“In season, we don’t get out much, but when we find ourselves with a day off, we really enjoy going to Johnno’s for steamed snapper and fungi. And nothing beats a day out at Prickly Pear!”

Frank Pierce , Anancaona Boutique Hotel & frequent Anguilla visitor

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AXA Pizza

Meads Bay, West End Eat in or take out. Make your own pizza or choose one of our “House Specials”. Call & order yours today! Open daily from noon - 9:30pm. Closed on Thursdays. T: 264.497.6827 www.anacaonahotel.com

Blue Bar at Ce Blue

Crocus Bay Enjoy Anguilla’s finest pizza overlooking Crocus Bay. The brick pizza oven imported from Napoli, Italy produces natural and flavorful pizzas including the popular Margherita and the Quattro Stagioni and daily specials including Baked Ziti and Fresh Fish. Reservations not required. T: 264.462.1000 www.ceblueanguilla.com

da’Vida Restaurant & Spa

Crocus Bay Be Intentional - Celebrate Life! That’s what daVida is all about from morning to midnight. This internationally acclaimed beach-side restaurant in Crocus Bay, Anguilla is a must experience for locals and visitors alike. T: 264.498.5433/5434 F: 264.498.5435 E: info@davidaanguilla.com www.davidaanguilla.com

da’Vida Bayside Grill

Crocus Bay daVida’s Bayside grill is an easy going groove haven for locals and tourists alike. Beach service is not just offered, its encouraged. Our service is first class, our staff is friendly and we offer great food at great prices. T: 264.498.5433/5434 F: 264.498.5435 E: info@davidaanguilla.com www.davidaanguilla.com

E’s Oven

South Hill At E’s Oven enjoy local cuisine with a fine touch, with the culinary experience of chef Vernon Hughes. Lunch and Dinner. Closed on Tuesdays. T: 264.498.5433/5434 F: 264.498.5435 E: info@davidaanguilla.com www.davidaanguilla.com

Firefly Restaurant & Bar

Meads Bay, West End Garden-poolside restaurant and bar. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Home of the Mayoumba Folkloric Dinner Theatre every Thursday and “AXA Pizza”. Bar snacks menu available throughout the day. T: 264.497.6827 www.anacaonahotel.com

Flavours Restaurant Flavours combines the best of Caribbean fusion cuisine with today’s more casual restaurant ambiance. Our reputation for consistently creating fresh, flavourful Caribbean cuisine precedes all. We strive to bring you the very best to satisfy your perfect Anguilla dining experience. T: 264.497.6623 / 264.462.6623 E: events@lavueanguilla.com

Iced ‘n Easy Smoothies

South Hill Roundabout Cool down after a warm day at work or at the beach with a delicious tropical smoothie or the island’s best rum punch...beer, soft drinks also available. Sip while shopping at SeaSpray Boutique located right next door at the South Hill Roundabout T: 264.236.1650 F: 264.498.1650 E: pmiller@anguillanet.com

Italia

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Indulge in traditional Italian specialties in a magnificent setting with stunning views of the golf course and sea. T: 264.498.2000 E: concierge@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

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Johnno’s Beach Stop

Sandy Ground Sandy Ground’s original beach bar and live music destination. Open daily for lunch and dinner with a mix of casual fare and top-notch local dishes. Try the whole steamed snapper and fungi (foon-jee)—And don’t miss the legendary live Jazz for lunch on Sundays! T: 264.497.2728 E: johnnosanguilla@yahoo.com Facebook: Johnno’s Beach Stop

Johnno’s on the Cay

Prickly Pear Cay Spend the day on Prickly Pear Cay, Anguilla’s not-to-be-missed offshore treasure. Known by seasoned visitors as Anguilla’s “vacation within a vacation”. Soak up the sun, splash in the pristine water and enjoy cool drinks and a hearty lunch served up by Anguilla’s beach bar pioneer. T: 264.497.2728 E: johnnosanguilla@yahoo.com

Kel’s Candy & Ice Cream

North Hill Village If you like sweet things you’ll love Kel’s Candy & Ice Cream! Wide assortment of candies, best tasting Ice Cream, delicious hot-dogs, fresh popcorn, kiddie’s playground, family-day Sunday movies and so much more. Kel’s, it’s a sweet thing... T: 264.498.3349 / 264.235.1833 Facebook: kelscandyicecream

Le Bistro at Santorini

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Anguilla’s only AAA Four Diamond restaurant presents innovative cuisine infused with local and Mediterranean flavors, combined with fresh ingredients from the Resort’s Hydroponic Farm. T: 264.498.2000 E: concierge@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

Nico’s Restaurant

The Valley Nico’s Restaurant is a casual setting and is conveniently located at a stone’s throw from the Airport. We offer local and Caribbean cuisine for breakfast and Lunch that is both quick and tasty so come and eat where all the locals eat. T: 264.497.2844

Prickly Pear Bar & Grill Experience the deserted island feel of warm crystal clear waters and powdery white sand. Relax in our sun loungers under tiki shades while sipping tropical drinks. Dine on delicious Caribbean food and allow Allan and Sue to cater to your every need. Open Tues-Sat. Lunch only. T: 264.235.5864 / 264.476.5864 E: pricklypearanguilla@yahoo.com www.pricklypearanguilla.com

The Pumphouse

Sandy Ground Open 7 Days a Week, 11 am and into the night. Now open for Lunch as well as Dinner. Enjoy Sundowner Specials, Daily Dining Specials, a Late Nite Pub Menu on Thursdays to Saturdays, and our always popular Live Music Nights. Catering available. T: 264.497.5154 E: pumphouse@anguillanet.com

Roy’s Bayside Grill

Sandy Ground Roy’s Bayside Grill has been serving guests for over 30 years! Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner, Happy Hour daily 4-6PM & Fridays 5-7PM. Beach chairs are FREE for guests dining at Roy’s & Wi-Fi is always FREE. T: 264.497.2470 F: 264.498.1650 www.RoysBaysideGrill.com

Beautiful Sandy Island Escape, Relax, Indulge, Enjoy. Fresh lobsters and rum punch served daily. Sea shuttle leaves from the small pier in Sandy Ground daily November 1 to July 31 beginning at 10am. Open by reservation only August 1 to October 31. T: 264.476 .6534 E: mysandyisland@hotmail.com www.mysandyisland.com

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Scilly Cay

Island Harbour Experience Anguilla’s first authentic Japanese restaurant offering delectable sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, and omakase in a sleek, seductive setting. T: 264.235.5000 E: gorgeous@anguillanet.com www.scillycayanguilla.com

Straw Hat Restaurant

Frangipani Resort, Meads Bay Situated on beautiful Meads Bay. Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner. Seven Days a Week. Beach service, chairs and umbrellas available for guests who are dining with us for breakfast or lunch. T: 264.497.8300 www.strawhat.com

Tokyo Bay

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Experience Anguilla’s first authentic Japanese restaurant offering delectable sushi, sashimi, teppanyaki, and omakase in a sleek, seductive setting. T: 264.498.2000 E: concierge@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

The Valley Bistro At the Historic Old Factory

Veya

The Valley Serving fine food at fair prices. Oooooh La La, Mon’ Open for Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner Live music Fridays from 5:30 - 7:30 T: 264.498.5100 E: valleybistro@anguillanet.com Facebook: Valley Bistro

Sandy Ground CHEF CARRIE BOGAR presents “Cuisine of the Sun”. Beautiful ambiance & flavours from around the world. Live music. Select cocktails. Dinner only. Closed Sun. Live Music Tue, Thur, Fri & Sat T: 264.498.VEYA (8392) www.veya-axa.com

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go. see. do. But what is there to do in Anguilla beyond the beaches? Those that love Anguilla often quote the things it doesn’t have – things like casino’s, theme parks, multiplexes, jet ski’s, chain stores and fast food franchises - as one of the reasons they love it so. Sometimes people make the mistake of thinking because we don’t have those things there isn’t much to do – well, they are wrong – there’s plenty.


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Explore the Sea: Everything revolves around the sea in Anguilla so no trip to our island is complete without a day out on a boat (see our Spend a day off shore on page 100). There is also FANTASTIC fishing for the enthusiast (charter one of the professional sports fishing boats ) or amateur (ask your boat charter to provide lines when booking). There are no jet skis in Anguilla but you can water-ski and tube and hire small speedboats. Luxury Hotels have their own water sports teams offering Hobie Cats and instructors. DaVida in Crocus Bay hires out kayaks and paddleboards, and the calm bay with its proximity to Little Bay makes the perfect place for water sports of all kinds. Anguilla’s diving is excellent (particularly between March and August) . PADI instructors including Shoal Bay Scuba (see page 87), Special D and Vigilant Divers offer diving for all levels, including a selection of wreck dives. You can get certified in Anguilla and a number of accommodations offer dive packages. There is also great snorkeling all around the island – often just off our most popular beaches. With the kids: Anguilla is the perfect place to spend quality time with your family just hanging out on the beach. However if you need a little me time, hotels offer activities and clubs and private villas will arrange childcare to suit your brood (villas are often well equipped for children with lots of games, a media rooms and sports equipment). Professional babysitting and childcare services are widely available through companies like Travelite - who also do baby equipment hire. Time for a treat? There are a number of ice cream and candy spots to head to if the little ones need a sugar rush. Kel’s Candy in North Hill has a great selection and holds regular movie nights or, listen for the Tropical Treats ice cream van that 2013-2014

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tours the island or, pass by the Smoothie Shop for a fruity one for the kids and a rum punch for you. Most of the activities described below are child friendly as are the restaurants which often have a kids menu or can arrange smaller portions on request. History and Heritage: If you are interested in the history of our island make sure you pay a visit to the Heritage Museum in East End and take a tour and talk to the proprietor and author Colville Petty - a wealth of information on Anguilla. Or visit the Rebel Marine boatyard and chat with David Carty, a boat builder and historian and the producer of the DVD ‘Nuttin Bafflin” a fascinating documentary about Anguilla and its national sport Boat Racing. Explore the island: Despite our small size and tough terrain there are a number of tours and walks that you can enjoy inland. Nature Explorers offer wildlife and birding tours, Anguilla Access offer unique cultural experiences that include night tours. Blue Sea Anguilla can organize a range of activities including heritage tours and trips to the Katouche area with its small rainforest and ancient caves. You can ‘do it yourself’ by following the clearly marked Heritage Trail. The Anguilla National Trust, situated in the Valley can provide information about the preservation of Anguilla’s natural, cultural, and historic heritage. Art: Anguilla has a thriving arts community and many practicing artists have their own shops/studios with work to browse and buy. Look out for Lynn Bernbaum’s showroom in Sandy Ground (where actor Robert Downey Junior was spotted buying lots of work last year); Tanya Clark ‘s Phoenix Gallery in South pmiller@anguillanet.com

Stop + Sip + Shop = FUN! • Anguillian arts and crafts • T-shirts • Handcrafted Jewelry • Gifts • X-mas ornaments • AARF merchandise • Refreshing tropical smoothies • Delicious rum punches

Take a bit of Anguilla home with you! Look for “the colours” at the South Hill Round about

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Get ZaZaafied! ZaZAA Boutiques are unusual, eclectic and fun. Filled to the brim with clothing & accessories, beachwear, jewelry, local art & crafts, T-shirts, Anguilla memories and much more. St Barths shopping in Anguilla! Look out for a boutique near you: ZaZaa Beach | Shoal Bay East (entrance on the beach at Maderiaman) 7 days 10am-4pm including public holidays ZaZaa Central | Lower South Hill (West end road follow the signs) Mon – Sat 11am-5pm including public holidays ZaZaa Treasures | The Valley (in The Valley Bistro) Mon – Fri 8 – 8, Sat 8 – 3, closed Sun ZaZaa West | Flagship Store - West End (Beside front entrance Anacaona Boutique Hotel) 7 days 10am-6pm including public holidays 497 6049 | info@zazaaboutique.com

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Hill, the Stone Cellar Art Gallery which features work by Caribbean Impressionist Sir Roland Richardson, and many other local artists; the Savannah Gallery & the ALAK Gallery. Art enthusiasts should grab a copy of the Anguilla Art Map which shows all the galleries from one end of the island to the other. See our Day out on page 96 for a fun art, history and shopping filled day. Shopping: Anguilla’s shopping scene is best described as boutique, unique and colourful. Typically you will find independent shops that are packed with charming gifts, “must have” jewelry, pretty clothes and beautiful beach wear. Drive around the island and you will find brightly painted shops that combine fashion with Anguilla memories. Shops like the Rasta hued Irie Life (Back Street and Sandy Ground), fairy

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Professional, certified and friendly therapists and technicians will take care of your needs in the privacy and comfort of your villa or hotel room.

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light festooned Bijoux (also in Sandy Ground) the ZaZaa Boutiques (distinctive purple and white chattel house in the West end) the multicoloured Sea Spray Gift Shop (on the roundabout), pretty in pink Petals Boutique at Frangipani and the famous green and white Anguilla Drug Store in the Valley. Good for you: There is no excuse to break from your fitness routine even if you are on vacation!. We have a fabulous champtionship golf course, great tennis facilities and coaches , attractive running & cycling routes, state of the art gyms, world class fitness instructors that offer classes to suit everyone and a huge range of spa and wellness options – including impressive facilities like the Venus Spa. Or try the super relaxing experience of having massage or other treatments in the comfort and privacy of your own hotel room or villa – arranged by a spa concierge service such as Body and Soul (see page 89) Hi Octane: No bunji jumping or extreme sports are available in Anguilla, but you can hire ATV’s for the day, or visit the Dolphinarium. There is a small but enthusiastic Kite surfing community and the conditions are fantastic. We suggest that if you are looking for an adrenaline rush there are thrills a plenty to be had climbing down the rope ladder at Little Bay, swimming out to and climbing up “the rock” then jumping off. And the biggest thrill of all – if you are lucky enough to be invited to crew on one of the Anguilla Racing Boats – be prepared for a long, hard, exciting ride and to emerge from a day on the water battered, bruised and thoroughly exhausted! TSHIRTS COLORFUL CLOTHING BEACHWEAR

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nspired by the whitewashed architecture of the Mediterranean, CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa is an award-winning oasis of luxury nestled in the gentle curve of Anguillaยนs Rendezvous Bay. Lush gardens wind their way past the infinity pool to luxurious beachfront suites and six villas with private pools. The award-winning Venus Spa is the ultimate retreat to rejuvenate, with healing aquatherapy and treatments designed to restore body and soul. A myriad of culinary options await from our four restaurants and the Beach Grill, where the sounds of the sea are the perfect dining accompaniment. CuisinArtยนs 18-hole Greg Norman Signature Design Championship Course provides challenging play, and includes a stunning Clubhouse, restaurant and pro shop.

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Reservations and information 800.943.3210 or 264.497.4900 www.CuisinArtResort.com

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number of spectacular beaches in close proximity. Most days spent in Anguilla’s West End will consist of enjoying a sumptuous breakfast, followed by a day of sun worshiping on the

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nguilla’s west end is best known as the home of many of our exquisite luxury hotels and villas. It boasts a large

beach and swimming in our crystal blue seas. Finally, enjoy a relaxing dinner under the stars. We would like to stress there is nothing wrong with that agenda– indeed we highly recommend it. But one day you might like to do something a little different and here are a few suggestions for a great day out in the West.

editors’ tip: alternative beach day A lovely and unique day can be had by simply packing your beach bag and driving from beach to beach and taking a swim on each one. They are so close you can do it in a day. We suggest east to west in this order: Rendezvous, Cove, Maunday’s, Shoal Bay West, Barnes Bay and finishing at Meads Bay for the sunset. All of them have fabulous restaurants/beach bars for refreshment stops.

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8 am After breakfast, head to CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa on Rendezvous Bay. Spend the morning getting pampered in their state-of-the-art Venus Spa, and choosing from a breathtaking array of spa services in the Venus Spa . Alternatively, enjoy a round of golf on the Greg Norman-designed course with friends or get lessons from the resident pro. The course boasts spectacular views of the neighboring islands and West End beaches, a fully stocked pro shop and a handy trolley service – enjoy a frosty one, or two, while you play. 12:00 pm For lunch, take the 5-minute drive over to Mead’s Bay, a spectacular mile and a half of white sand. Choose from a range of lovely beachside restaurants that serve lunch and provide beach club facilities. We suggest Straw Hat , located at the Frangipani Resort, where they serve hearty sandwiches, fresh salads and other delights. Cool down in the Meads Bay waters, and enjoy their complimentary beach chairs while you snooze off your lunch. Time to leave, but not before popping into Petals Boutique to enjoy a little light shopping for clothes, jewelry and local gifts. Another 5-minute drive takes you to Seaside Stables. Saddle up and enjoy the most romantic horseback ride of your life along the pristine sands of Cove Bay at sunset. Head onward over to Anacaona Boutique Hotel, situated at the West End of Meads Bay, for the Mayoumba Folkloric Dinner Theatre at Anacaona event (every Thursday). Sample delicious local food buffet style; then, enjoy some rousing dinner theatre. The energetic, cultural performance tells the story of Anguilla’s History through song and dance, and afterwards, the energetic can join in.

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he central area of the island is the most densely populated, and home to Anguilla’s Capital and commercial

Many of the most important sites mentioned in the “Anguilla Heritage Trail” can be spotted as you drive around this area (look out for large, local stone boulders and descriptive plaques). This is a great day out for those who would like to see a different side of Anguilla and mix a little history, shopping and art into their day (don’t worry – we threw in a beach stop as well). Oh, and be warned: it also includes all three of Anguilla’s roundabouts!

centre, The Valley; Blowing Point, the island’s main point of entry and the second largest village and the historic fishing/salt picking village of Sandy Ground. By day the largest harbor for visiting boats, by night the nightlife capital of Anguilla.

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9 am Enjoy breakfast and a stunning vista from Flavours Restaurant on Back Street, the only one-way street in Anguilla. The views over Sandy Ground Village, Road Bay and the offshore Cays are simply the best. Drive towards the Valley and, on the way, stop at Tanya Clarke’s charming Phoenix Gallery—easily spotted because of the colourful flowers that decorate its walls. Next stop is SeaSpray (also colourful), on the roundabout, which sells reasonably priced, locally made gifts, art and, if you are thirsty, yummy fruit smoothies for the road.

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10:30 am Drive into the Valley and park at Wallblake House. Tour this historic Plantation House and the neighbouring Catholic Church. Walk across the road to the “Old Factory” complex, where commerce in Anguilla began. Visit the Stone Cellar Art Gallery, and be amazed at the beauty of the Plein Air paintings by famous Caribbean impressionist Sir Roland Richardson. Afterwards, pop next door to the buzzy Valley Bistro to enjoy a rejuvenating Lavazza coffee and a browse through ZaZAA Treasures. Make your way through the historic Upper Valley, towards Crocus Bay looking at the picturesque caribbean buildings. Drive down Anguilla’s steepest hill to peaceful Crocus Bay, where you can sit under the tamarind tree a while and watch the locals play dominoes. Head to the stylish da’Vida’s Bayside Grill for lunch. Enjoy frosty drinks, attentive beach service and fabulous views of pelicans as they cruise the bay.

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3:00 pm If you have the energy, snorkel the reefs and fan gardens at the east of the bay, or rent one of da’Vida’s kayaks and head over to Little Bay. If you are feeling too lazy to paddle yourself at this moment, get Calvin (ask under the tree) to take you in his boat for a small fee. Drive back up the hill, turn right, and drive over the island’s highest point towards North Hill Village and then on to Sandy Ground . Arrive in Road Bay and pop into Roy’s or Johnno’s in time for a Sundowner (the best places in Anguilla to spot the elusive ‘Green Flash’ during the sunset). Then, a little light shopping at Bijoux or Lynn Bernbaum’s Art Gallery before heading back up the hill to enjoy “Cuisine of the Sun” at Veya.

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ore rugged than the West, Anguilla’ East End is home to the island’s biggest fishing village, Island

Here, you will find both the most remote, deserted beaches (Captains Bay/Windward Point Bay/Savannah Bay) and Anguilla’s busiest and most famous beach, Shoal Bay East. The area also boasts a number of Salt Ponds, miles of undeveloped scrub land and some of our best snorkeling. Go east to enjoy the island in its natural state.

Harbour, as well as several points of cultural interest including the Heritage Collection Museum and the Fountain

alternative day trip Experience the East End’s natural wonders up close and personal by going on a Nature Explorers Tour. Guide, and wildlife photographer, Jackie will pick you up from your hotel and take you on a 3-hour guided tour of Salt Ponds, Scrub and Wetlands. She will supply binoculars and water. EARLY START!

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9 am Drive to Island Harbour and visit island institution French/Caribbean bakery Le Bon Pain for some delicious French pastries. Enjoy them either on their small tree-shaded deck or pop them into the car for a breakfast picnic. Drive along Harbour Ridge Drive in an easterly direction (past Hibernia Restaurant & Art Gallery) and head out into the bush to join Windward Point Drive, enjoying spectacular views of Scilly Cay, Island Harbour and the pristine Captain’s Bay. 10 am Breathe deeply of fresh ocean air and relax a while at Windward Point Bay, where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea. Take in the views of Scrub Island just half a mile away, beachcomb and enjoy the wild natural beauty. Head west along sandy tracks until you see tall trees and signs for Nat’s Palm Grove, a sign that you are close to Savannah Bay/Junks Hole. Enjoy close-to-shore snorkeling and shell collecting on the pinks sands, and look for kitesurfers on the horizon. Dry off and head west to East End Village. Spend an enjoyable, informative hour at the Anguilla Heritage Collection, a small museum packed with thoughtful exhibits illustrating the island’s history. Please ask your concierge to confirm opening times for the Heritage Museum the day before. Drive through the middle of the island to the North Coast, arriving at Shoal Bay East , which is justifiably famed as one the world’s best. Pick one of the restaurants on the nearly 2 miles of sugarwhite sand. Enjoy a swim or offshore snorkel, and make sure you walk to ‘The Point’, Anguilla’s most iconic beach experience. Leave the beach and drive along Bay View Road to Island Harbour to Everett’s Beach Bar. As the light fades and the stars come out, watch the fishermen on the Cay and the Pelicans diving in the Bay. Enjoy cold beer, sand between your toes, the hum of soca music and the buzz of chatter as the locals and the tourists mix at this friendly little bar.

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o vacation in Anguilla is complete without a visit to one of our off-shore Cays – small islands that can be reached only by boat. Everyone has a favourite: some are quicker to get to than others, another is close enough to swim to, and some have restaurants. All are adventures.

editors’ tip Local motor boat charter services such as Gotcha, GB Express, Sea Pro Charters, Shoal Bay Scuba, and sailing charters like Chocolat and Tradition provide lunch-inclusive packages at most of the Cays. Make sure you ask your concierge to check opening times, when planning your trip.

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Closest is Scilly Cay. As the owner “Gorgeous” Eudoxie Wallace says, all you have to do to hitch a ride is to walk onto the dock at Island Harbour and “wave your arms like a madman.” Then, someone (usually one of his sons) will come get you. The free boat ride takes less than five minutes. Alight on a tiny island with a small sandy beach, Tiki huts and conch shell walls. They serve any combination of grilled lobster, crayfish and chicken. Beware the famously lethal Rum punch, and enjoy dancing to the band on Sundays. Sandy Island is the next closest. Get there on “Happiness”, the sea shuttle that departs daily (in-season for a small fee) from the pier next to Johnno’s in Sandy Ground. It’s a beautiful, sandy islet set in sparkling turquoise waters. It has a few palm trees and a cool bar/restaurant serving a range of fresh fish, crustaceans, BBQ, drinks and, sometimes, live music. There’s not much shade, so bring waterproof sunscreen and enjoy swimming and snorkeling with panoramic views of Anguilla. Prickly Pear Cay is a longer boat ride, but worth it. On arrival, the sweeping lagoon will take your breath away. The mile-long beach is a wonder. Choose between two restaurants: Johnno’s on the Cay (under the palms to the east; boat transfers on request) and Prickly Pear Bar & Restaurant (a colourful place to the west; with beach chairs for rent). Both serve lunches and price their beverages reasonably. Snorkel, line fish, and watch the local fishermen coming ashore to grab a beer and pop their catch on the coals after lunch service. Want adventure? Dog and Scrub Islands are even more remote with no restaurants or facilities. The only way to visit is by private charter. Both make ideal picnic and ‘desert island’ experiences: you’re likely to have them entirely to yourself. Expect a full day in the sun, and bring adequate shade and plenty of provisions. Your boat charter is likely to drop you off in the morning and not return until the afternoon!

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island and get a ‘quick fix’ of a different culture and experience. Anguilla is perfectly positioned to do this as our closest neighbor (just 20 minutes and $43 incl. tax round trip by local ferry) is the busy, buzzy, diverse island of Saint Martin/Sint Maarten one of the smallest places divided between two nations. The island is divided roughly 60/40 between France and the Kingdom of the Netherlands. The southern Dutch part comprises Sint Maarten and the northern French part comprises the Collectivity of St. Martin. Saint Martin/Sint Maarten has developed a very different type of tourism

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ne of the many advantages of a vacation in the Caribbean is that it is often easy to visit a neighboring

to Anguilla and a trip to our neighbor is likened (by locals) to a trip to the big city. The twin nation island boasts lots of duty free shopping, fine dining (including some great French restaurants) and a wealth of fast food outlets. You can also partake in a slew of activities that are not possible in Anguilla— such as jet ski-ing, zip-lining, gambling at one of their many Casinos, going to the movies or dancing into the wee hours at international night clubs. It is very easy to take a day trip to Saint Martin/Sint Maarten– for sightseeing, shopping and lunch. Please see the section marked getting to Anguilla for information on our local ferry service and charter services that will be happy to take you. For your enjoyment we have outlined some suggested activities for a fun day out.


Take a 20-minute ride on the local ferry to Marigot (French side capital). Rent a car from one of the many local operators (they drive on the right!) or ask a taxi driver to give you an island tour. Take the road through Sandy Ground and the Lowlands—cross into the Dutch Side and pass the new development, Porto Cupecoy. Visit the neighboring Blu Mall—SXM’s largest, and newest mall for some shopping. Continue through the Maho area with its golf course, nightclubs and casinos, past the airport and on to Simpson Bay. Stop in at the Yacht Club for coffee—the perfect place to view the lagoon and all the mega yachts passing through. Venture over the hill towards Philipsburg (Dutch-side capital), and take in amazing views of both sides of the island and neighboring islands from the hilltop lookout. Once in ‘town’, pick up dutyfree bargains at the jewelry and fine goods shops that line Front and Back Streets. Alternatively, stroll the boardwalk and enjoy views of the cruise ships in Great Bay. Drive north towards Orient Bay (You’ll cross the border again!). Pick one of the fabulous French restaurants along the island’s most infamous beach (there is a naturist club at one end, so expect to see naked people walking by!) and enjoy a leisurely lunch. Pass through the charming “GastroVillage” of Grand Case and on to Loterie Farm on Pic Paradis. The energetic can zip-line through the tropical rain forest; the less-so enjoy late afternoon refreshment in their restaurant.

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6 pm Complete the circle; drive back into Marigot in time to catch the last Ferry back to Anguilla at 6:30pm.

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Don’t want to rent a car or get a taxi? Enjoy a walking tour of Marigot! 8:15 am Catch the morning Ferry. Walk and browse the colourful tourist/craft market set up on the waterfront. Close to the market you will find Sarafina’s and La Sucrière, two excellent Patisseries choose one and enjoy a Café au lait and their spectacular display of fresh pastries and cakes. Watch the locals and visiting ‘yachties’ come in to stock up for the day. 11 am Continue on to Rue du General de Gaulle —Marigot’s premier shopping street. Stop in at Jewels by Love and pick up a choice timepiece from a luxury watchmaker or shop for that stunning engagement ring she isn’t expecting. Pass into the Marina Royale for even more shopping. Walk the boardwalk at the Marina and take your time choosing the perfect spot for lunch. Enjoy French and International Cuisine and views of the yachts and lagoon. Sip a glass of perfectly chilled rose—and make believe you are in the South of France for the day. After lunch head for famous Caribbean Impressionist Sir Roland Richardson’s Art Gallery on #6 rue de la Republique . His “Plein Air” canvases are full of Caribbean colour, light and charm and are displayed in a perfectly restored “Gingerbread” house with pretty gardens. A pleasant place to spend some time before heading ‘home’ to Anguilla on the Ferry. Leisurely make your way back to the Port, indulge in a little more shopping or an aperitif on the way but make sure you are in time to catch the last Ferry back to Anguilla at 7.00!

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“You can find good stuff (and great deals!) in Anguilla. From chic boutiques with designer beachwear to colorful art studios and shops bursting with local handicraft, the island has “shopportunities” for every vacationer at every price point. You just have to know where to look!” © Seaside Stables

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“For my teenager, it’s paradise. Everything revolves around the sea: the sailing school, fishing from the dock, wakeboarding and diving.”

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“I like to go to Little Bay, because I love the adrenaline rush of climbing down the rope.”

Trevor Lake, Anguilla

Elaine Hearn, Properties in Paradise

“My wife and I love horseback riding at sunset with Seaside Stables at the Cove. On my days off, I enjoy ATV rides around the island with Freedom Rentals.”

Kenroy Herbert, Ricketts Luxury

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Anguilla Drug Store & T-Shirts Plus

Bijoux Boutique

The Valley T-shirts. Resort wear. Hats. Sunscreen. Beach stuff. Pharmaceuticals. Postcards. Souvenirs. Magazines. T: 264.497.2738 E: dolphinsaxa@yahoo.com

Sandy Ground French fashion in Anguilla. Browse our collection of original silver jewelry; our exclusive line of women’s and children’s clothes and much, much more at our pretty well stocked shop in Sandy Ground. T: 264.498.5558 E: pierantonithomas@yahoo.fr Facebook: Anguilla Bijoux

Blue Sea Anguilla The Anguilla Experience - Unique Tours & Activities. From Pirate Parties to Beach Olympics and Cultural Tours . let us to put together the best activities and tour package for you that will introduce you to the REAL Anguilla. T: 264.498.2583 E: info@blueseaanguilla.com www.blueseaanguilla.com

Body & Soul

Professional Spa Concierge Massage – fitness - yoga & pilates – beauty - private and mobile in-villa services. Professional, certified and friendly therapists and technicians will take care of your needs in the privacy and comfort of your villa or hotel room. T: 264.235 .8399 E: bodysoulaxa@caribcable.com

Boutiques at CuisinArt

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa BOUTIQUE BLU presents fashions for the beach, as well as casual and evening wear and CAPRI tempts with designer jewelry and hidden treasures. T: 264.498.2000 E: concierge@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

Caribbean Soaps & Sundries

Little Harbor Our products are made locally and use only NATURAL fragrances and ingredients sourced in the Caribbean. The items are very relaxing and helps one to remember the feel and smells of the Caribbean. Experience it today wherever you are! T: 264.729.3678 E: carrann@msn.com caribbeansoapsandsundries.com

CuisinArt Golf Club

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa The Caribbean’s ultimate golf experience features the challenging 18 Hole Greg Norman Signature Design Championship Course with breathtaking views, the Clubhouse Grill for lunch and the Golf Shop. T: 264.498.5602 E: golf@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

da’Vida Kayak Rentals

Crocus Bay Take advantage of our kayak rentals. After your meal, kayak to Little Bay, just around the bend and capture our breathtaking sunset. T: 264.498.5433/5434 F: 264.498.5435 E: info@davidaanguilla.com www.davidaanguilla.com

InStyle Boutique & Gift Shop Cove Road, West End Designer Clothing, Shoes & Bags, T-Shirts & Hats, Fashion Jewelry, Swimwear, French Perfumes, and many more. T: 264.583.1769 E: gumbsdonie@hotmail.com

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Irie Life

Back Street, South Hill We offer an abundant collection of the coolest t-shirts, caps, beachwear and colorful clothing available in Anguilla. You can find the perfect gift or memento for a great vacation and you’re sure to find the perfect item for every family member. T: 264.497.6526 / 498.6526 E: irielifeaxa@yahoo.com www.irielife.com

Jo-Anne Mason Books Jo-Anne Mason writes and illustrates books about the Caribbean. Fun, fanciful books about the creatures that live on the islands. Living on Anguilla gives her a broad base for new ideas. Her books reflect the unique charms of each island. T: 264.235.7202 E: caribtales@gmail.com www.jo-annemason.com

La Severine Fitness La Severine Total Fitness & Massage Services, owned by Fitness Instructor & Massage Therapist Joseph Pradel. Joseph has over 15 years of experience in Fitness and Massage. Prior to starting his own practice he worked at one of Anguilla’s top hotels, Mallouhana Hotel & Spa, as their head of Fitness and Massage. T: 264.772.7948 M: 264.582.8838 E: realfriend722000@yahoo.com www.laseverinefitness.com

Les Grands Vins de France

South Hill Plaza The largest importer of Wine and Champagne into Anguilla for 20 years. Open Mon. to Sat. 9.30 am - 6.00 pm T: 264.497.6498 F: 264.497.6152 nathalielesenechal@anguillanet.com

Sandy Ground Open Wed.—Sat. 4:00-8:00pm T: 264.497.5211 C: 264.476.5211 www.lynnebernbaum.com

Nature Explorers Anguilla Join Nature Explorers Anguilla, the island’s first ecotourism company, on a journey through Anguilla’s wildlife rich wetlands. Both birdwatchers and photographers alike will experience the wilder side of Anguilla with intimate customized tours for guests of all ages. T: 264.584.0346 jackiec@natureexplorersanguilla.com www.natureexplorersanguilla.com

Phoenix Gallery THE FRAME SHOPPE fine art fine framing

Paramount Pharmacy Emergency-24 hours Prescriptions, Supplies, Pharmaceuticals, Cosmetics, Baby Products, etc. paramountpharmacy@hotmail.com Water Swamp Mon-Sat 9:00 am to 7:00 pm Sun 2:00-4:00 pm T: 264.497.2366 Lower South Hill: Mon-Sat 8:00 am to 4:00 pm T: 264.498.2366

Petals Boutique

Frangipani Beach Resort, Meads Bay Discover one-of-a-kind jewelry and handbags from around the world, plus designer beachwear and locally made finds. Enjoy Anguilla’s premier boutique and take a piece of the island home with you. T: 264.497.6442 www.facebook.com/PetalsAXA

Upper South Hill T: 264.235.7036 E: tanyaclark99@gmail.com

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Seaside Stables Anguilla Have you ever dreamed of riding along a deserted white sandy beach and into the turquoise blue sea? Join us for an idyllic riding experience. We offer private guided horseback riding tours. Horseback swims, sunset and moonlight rides available. T: 264.235.3667 E: seasidestablesanguilla.com seasidestablesanguilla.com

SeaSpray Boutique

South Hill Roundabout Fun, Funky, and Affordable! Anguillian handcrafted and embellished gifts, jewelry and artwork T-shirts. AARF (Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation) items available Grab a smoothie next door at Iced ‘n Easy and start your shopping experience! T: 264.236.1650 F: 264.498.1650 E: pmiller@anguillanet.com Visit SeaSpray on Facebook

Stone Cellar Art Gallery At the Historic Old Factory Situated next door to the Valley Bistro. Experience our magnificent collection of light filled “Plein Air” paintings by celebrated Caribbean Impressionist Sir Roland Richardson and other Caribbean Artists. Open 9:00 5:00 Monday to Friday T: 264.498.3576 E: stonecellar@profgroup.com www.stonecellaryartgallery.com

Tradition Sailing Charters Experience a True Caribbean Adventure on our Classic West Indian Sloop. Tropical Cay Lobster Lunch Cruises, Sunset & Tapas Dinner Cruises & Exclusive Private Escapes. With space for twelve people, we can create a unique and intimate celebration for any occasion. T: 264.476.7245 E: traditionsailing@gmail.com www.tradition-sailing.com

Venus Spa at CuisinArt

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa The award winning Venus Spa presents unique, restorative treatments bathed in the elements of the sun, sea, wind and earth, plus Aquatherapy, the Rusk Salon, the Boutique, and the Fitness Center. T: 264.498.2000 E: spa@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

ZaZaa Boutiques ZaZAA Boutiques are unusual, eclectic and fun. Filled to the brim with clothing & accessories, beachwear, jewelry, art, gifts, Anguilla memories and much more. Look at our ad on page ? for locations & opening times for a boutique near you. T: 264.497.6049 E: info@zazaaboutique.com

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liming Liming later? During your time in Anguilla, you’ll hear this question often. Liming is a Caribbean* thing. It means hanging out in a public place with friends, enjoying the scene. We like to lime in Anguilla. Come lime with us. *Used mainly in the Leeward Islands. Urban Dictionary defines Liming as: “any leisure activity entailing the sharing of food and drink, the exchange of tall stories, jokes and anecdotes etc., provided the activity has no explicit purpose beyond itself.”


anguilla summer festival and boat racing (a.k.a. the ultimate lime)

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Anguilla Summer Festival and boat racing (a.k.a. the ultimate lime): if you love Anguilla, love to party and want to know more about how we cut loose and relax, make sure you visit during Anguilla’s colourful and friendly Carnival, which always takes place the first 10 days of August. Highlights include local boat racing (Anguilla’s national sport— find out more by watching the wonderful

documentary “Nuttin Bafflin”), ‘getting on bad’ or simply watching the wonderful spectacle of our sunrise jam, J’overt, which is followed by the Caribbean’s biggest beach party at Sandy Ground. Both activities take place on “August Monday”, the first Monday in August every year. For a full list of Summer Festival activities, visit the Anguilla Tourist Board website www.ivisitanguilla.com.

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live music liming Anguilla’s Liming scene revolves around listening and dancing to live music at a bar or restaurant. Artists often perform a combination of international hits, dancehall, soca and reggae covers (check out the Musical Brothers, who perform every Thursday at the Pumphouse). Anguilla is also home to a cadre of songwriters, so expect to hear original music from artists like British Dependency, Bankie Banx, and his son Omari Banks & 11 Band; Panther Vibes Intl., Exodus, Infusion, True Intentions...the list goes on. At most establishments, the live music is free as long as you eat or drink there. Some bands and venues charge a small cover. Schedules change, but your concierge will be happy to tell you about the most popular regular limes.


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festivals liming Anguilla comes alive with striking festivals, such as the Festival del Mar (Island harbor on Easter Saturday and Sunday every year), a two-day lime inspired by everything from the sea. Join locals feasting on delicious seafood and live music, and watch or participate in fishing, swimming and crab racing comnights. Other village festivals to look out for are Welches (cultural displays and old time local delicacies), South Valley Community Fair (local food, cooking competitions and music) and the Anguilla Lit Fest (3 days of literary jollification in May). 116 www.trueanguilla.com All Photos: Š Josveek Huligar/anguilla access

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roadside limes liming We discuss the quality and appeal of Anguilla’s roadside BBQ’s and local food stands on page 70 of this magazine. These casual joints are also inexpensive and authentic places to lime, as is having a drink and watching the very noisy domino players who gather roadside all over the island. 118 www.trueanguilla.com All Photos: © Josveek Huligar/anguilla access


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“Smokey’s is a great for a beach party. The atmosphere is great, and we always get a good spot on the beach, thanks to Felix & Desiree. The Musical Brothers play live music on Saturday afternoons, and you’ll see tourists and locals dancing or sipping cocktails. The Sunset Lounge at the Viceroy is a favourite. We like to order cocktails and sushi and then kick back and take in the breathtaking sunset views. After dinner, we head down to the Dune Preserve, an amazing wooden labyrinthine created by legendary Reggae star Bankie Banx, and listen to his son Omari and his band, Banx Eleven perform.”

“I’ve been a DJ in Anguilla for years, and I play all over the island; some regular nights (Monday’s at Viceroy Sunset Lounge), private parties, weddings and events. I play a mix of local and international music – I usually start off with some Reggae then watch the crowd… then mix it up. I love it when I have everyone on the floor dancing. People love to dance when they come to Anguilla.”

DJ Sugar, Anguilla

NAOMI CAMBRIDGE, Lisa Basire and Natalie FitzpatriCK , Zemi Beach, Anguilla “I like Friday nights in the Valley. Late afternoons and early evenings at The Valley Bistro for drinks or early food – it’s a good way to catch up with people and wind down. Then, move on to the Blue Bar at Ce Blue – excellent pizza, Italian food, and good music, too.”

“For dancing, I like the Pumphouse on a Thursday or Friday. It’s casual and fun. I also love to go to Straw Hat restaurant and have a drink at the bar with friends. Kerry the bartender mixes great drinks.” Marisol Alfaro, Anguilla

John Connor, Anguilla

editors’ tip Regular limes: Johnno’s (Sun lunchtime); Da’Vida (Sunday lunchtime); Veya (Mon, Tues, Fri & Sat); The Pumphouse (Tues, Thurs, Fri & Sat); Elvis’ Beach Bar for late nights with a DJ and big screen sports (except Tuesday), The Dune Preserve (Wed’s, Fri), Scilly Cay (Wed & Sun lunchtime); On Da Rocks (Sun night) Tokyo Bay, DJ (Fri), Smokey’s (Sat lunch & most nights in season).

“Anguillians are creative by nature – out of necessity. Our conditions created that, and it comes out in the music. There is a plethora of live acts and creative entities to embrace during your visit.” Davon Carty, Music Producer

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i do Getting married? Thinking about getting married? By the time you finish perusing the following pages -filled with stunning photography of Anguilla weddings (most of which were taken by our talented local photographers) we are pretty sure you will be tempted to get married here.


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estled in one of the world’s most romantic regions, Anguilla’s gorgeous properties, deserted

Get married traditionally in one of our charming churches, or stay casual on the beach, in your bikini and with your toes in the water. Picture a gazebo set in tropical gardens, a sandy desert island with the seagulls as your witnesses, a simple ceremony for two on a small catamaran at sunset‌ or indulge in your ultimate A-list wedding at


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photographers, creative florists, culinary masters, musicians and DJ’s know how to get the party started! And if you decide that Anguilla is simply too romantic to share with anyone besides your special someone, check out one of our blissfully private and discreet properties: the perfect choice for a honeymoon.


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EVENTS | FLORAL DESIGNS | EVENT RENTALS www.coutureconceptsanguilla.com | ernie@coutureconceptsanguilla.com (M) 264-476-8086 | (O) 264-498-8068/8069 P.O. Box 395, The Valley, Anguilla, British West Indies, AI 2640


weddings in paradise i do “Our wedding in Anguilla was the ultimate destination wedding! We had 115 of our closest friends and family on the island to celebrate with an entire week of activities. We had everyone choose hotels on Meads Bay, so we were all within walking distance of each other. We did group brunches and dinners, Thursday night at the Pumphouse for live music and dancing, Sunday at Scilly Cay, and boat excursions to Little Bay and Sandy Island. Our friends and family left loving the island just as much as we do!” “Anguilla is the perfect place without the need for all-inclusives. The clear turquoise water and beautiful sandy beaches provide the perfect backdrop for a special day. Anguilla has some of the most amazing chefs and bakers in the Caribbean. The couple has amazing choices for their guests – Anguilla’s are among the most beautiful villas in the Caribbean. If they’re getting married on the beach or in one of the beautiful churches, the couple is sure to have a unique wedding. There is no place on earth like Anguilla!” © Chris Werner photography

Brenda O’Neale, Travel Agent & Anguilla Travel Connoisseur

Scott and Shannon Kircher , Married in Anguilla in 2013 at the Frangipani Beach Resort

“Through the years I have been blessed to work with many wonderful clients and planners who are often amazed at the beauty of Anguilla and often ask ‘do you ever get tired of living here?’ The answer is always “no”. Anguilla is an ideal wedding destination for many reasons – the people - we are warm and welcoming, great weather, surrounded by tranquil turquoise sea and some of the whitest, sandy beaches in the world. That, coupled with world renowned hotels, private villas, spas, exquisite cuisine and interesting activities all contribute to an exciting itinerary!”

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Bridal Affairs & Beyond

North Hill Wedding, Event Planning and Coordination services. A complete source of bridal, prom, pageant and social occasion gowns, tuxedos, shoes, accessories, favours and invitations. T: 264.497.3349 / 264.235.6535 US 201.696.9360 E: bridalaffairs@anguillanet.com

Blue Sea Weddings And Celebrations Greetings, I’m Amelia VanterpoolKubisch. Anguilla has emerged as a “hot spot” for destination weddings and celebrations and we are the experts. Let us help you design and create an event that reflects your personality and respects your budget. T: 264.498.2583 E: info@blueseaanguilla.com www.blueseaanguilla.com

Couture Concepts

The Valley Couture Concepts is an Event Planning and Floral Boutique offering services in Event planning, event Decor, rentals and daily flowers. Through effective communication, our efficient team of trained professionals are committed to excellence. T: 264.498.8068 / 8069 C: 264.476.8068 US: 770.884.7830 ernie@coutureconceptsanguilla.com coutureconceptsanguilla.com

Chris Werner Photography Chris Werner Photography is based on the shores of Lake Tahoe, California. Traveling regularly to document amazing celebrations with creativity and an artistic eye, Chris is available for weddings throughout the United States and abroad. T: 805.570.7534 E: info@chriswernerphoto.com www.chriswernerphoto.com

Weddings & Events at CuisinArt

Signature 7602 Studios

CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Whether it is an intimate wedding or a corporate event, a customized experience awaits with the setting, the services and the splendor to create the perfect memory. T: 264.498.2000 E: events@CuisinArt.ai www.CuisinArtresort.com

Signature 7602 Studios is a graphics and photography service oriented company dedicated to setting the precedence for others to follow by producing high quality and sophisticated mediums that are effective and marketable. T: 264.476.7602 www.derrysrichardson.com Facebook: signature7602studios

Straw Hat Restaurant

Meads Bay When it comes to destination weddings, Straw Hat Restaurant, located on beautiful Meads Bay, has what you need for an elegant and fun celebration. We know you want an experience that is stress-free and filled with personalized details that reflect your style. T: 264.497.8300 www.strawhat.com

Susan Croft Photography Artistic and Creative are what Susan’s images reveal. She loves to shoot with natural light and create photographs that make you say “Wow!” Destination Weddings, Family Events, Portraits, Lifestyle Images and Boudoir sessions. Couples rave about her “Trash the Dress” sessions and say they never had “So Much Fun!” www.AnguillaEscape.com E: AnguillaEscape@gmail.com T: 264.476.7774

Weddings at Ultimacy A spectacular location for your destination wedding. Reception area with panoramic ocean views holds up to 100. 8 en-suite bedrooms, pool with Jacuzzi, spacious lounges and bar areas for entertaining. Wedding packages from $2,500. Rates from $1,200 a night. T: 264.497.6603 E: info@ultimacyvilla.com www.ultimacyvilla.com 2013-2014

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Imagine waking up in the morning and the only thing you can see from your bed is the clear blue of the ocean. Pull on a swim suit and wander onto your terrace, breathe in fresh ocean air, enjoy the sweeping views and contemplate how to fill another perfect day in Anguilla‌

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f Anguilla has “caught you”, as it has many of us, you may be considering buying a property and living out that dream –

Real Estate agent or the professionals at the development you are purchasing in will explain and handle these for you. Maybe you’re considering coming to live here full- or part-time, but you wonder what else there is to do besides go to the beach, eat amazing food, and drink sundowners? As you get involved in island life, be assured that there are plenty of activities to keep you


healthy and entertained. For the most active members of the Anguillian community, sports and recreational activities abound: Anguillians sail, surf, kitesurf, fish, play tennis, go cycling, take walks, dive & snorkel, golf, and take classes in Yoga, Spinning, Pilates and Zumba. A number of gyms offer memberships where you can simply work out, or do more serious

bodybuilding. The Anguilla National Trust and other independent guides offer bird watching, turtle watching and hikes. What about other hobbies? There are clubs for keen bridge players, photographers and craftspeople; the Anguilla Community College also offers short courses on a range of subjects. Anguilla’s community of artists, actors, musicians and writers host regular 2013-2014

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spoken-word, fashion and talent shows. Anguilla has many churches of different denominations where you will be welcomed and make friends. You will also find branches of international organizations, including The Rotarians, The Optimists and the Soroptimists. Often, people who come to live in Anguilla volunteer with, and assist not-for-profit organizations such as The Anguilla Community Foundation, The Anguilla National Trust, The Arijah Children’s Foundation, The Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF), WISE, local Youth Centres and the Anguilla Sailing Association. In Anguilla, it is easy to get connected. The restaurant scene thrives, hotels offer culinary classes, and international chefs come to the island regularly for special events. Local festivals like the Literary Festival, Festival del Mar and the Anguilla Summer Festival give Anguillians something to look forward to year round. For a tiny island, Anguilla now offers a great selection of shops and services. Most items can be sourced, and we have an increasing stock of local produce as well as international items available in our stores. We also have a cadre of professionals in the health, legal and accountancy sectors. Convenient and inexpensive local travel options coupled with close proximity to the international hubs of St. Martin/ St. Maarten and Puerto Rico give us easy access to their services and shopping. If you are interested in purchasing property in Anguilla, please contact one of the professionals listed on page 141.

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TRANQUIL A home of tranquillity. One that allows you to relax, that whispers soothing harmonies and presents serene vistas. It is a peaceful setting where contemplation occurs and uncertainty disappears.

SEARCH FOR YOUR “TRANQUIL” AT: anguillaproperties-sothebysrealty.ai

Anguilla Properties

anguilla.properties@sothebysrealty.com

264.498.0123

L e t u s b u il d it to g

e th e r ! CONSTRUCTION

ARCHITECTURE For over 26 years, Leeward Construction Co. Ltd has been dedicated exclusively to the building needs of Anguilla’s construction industry. We specialize in RESIDENTIAL and COMMERCIAL properties, INDUSTRIAL projects, HIGH-END VILLAS, SWIMMING POOLS, CONCRETE WALLS and WIRE FENCING, DRIVEWAYS and LANDSCAPING.

Tel: 264.497.5613 Fax: 264.497.5613 leroygumbs@hotmail.com

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“Anguilla is a stimulating place to live. The relaxed pace of life belies the activity of the networking hub. You meet interesting residents and visitors with diverse passions and interests. Career, personal life and community work all seem to converge into one rich melting pot of life in Anguilla. There’s never a dull moment – there is always, something happening… ideas being shared, initiatives being created and connections being forged.”

“Thirty years ago, we came to Anguilla almost by chance. We were really impressed by the friendliness and warm welcome of the Anguillian people. We have been fortunate to have traveled extensively, and we were used to the cold, unfeeling attitude of local peoples to visitors. Anguillians are different. They are truly glad to have you on their island. We easily decided to purchase a beachfront condominium. As our family grew, we needed bigger accommodations, and thought that if we made it well-appointed and comfortable, others would be able come and enjoy Anguilla as much as we do. So, the Bird of Paradise was born.” Jon and Melody Dill, Bird of Paradise

Janine Edwards, Sunset Homes “For our visitors who appreciate the tranquillity, gorgeous beaches and friendly people, consider purchasing a villa. They can rent the villa shortterm and the revenue generated will pay for the annual maintenance costs. They would then have a holiday spot for their use, as well as for family and friends. I suggest they rent the property for at least a week prior to negotiating a purchase so they can get a true feeling of the property. Their Anguilla real estate agent and/or attorney can assist with the process and make it stress free.”

“The desire to own a home or a resort residence on Anguilla is an inspirational dream--a real estate based romantic desire of lifestyle and asset appreciation...all of which is wonderfully possible. With numerous offerings to select, the choice to own a piece of “The Rock” is within most budgets--so come and join those of us fortunate enough to live here year round, even if initially your time with us is more constrained...just knowing you’ve made a wise, warm weather, safe investment will make you smile all year long.”

Jackie Pascher , Island Dream Properties

Scott Hauser, Sotheby’s/ Anguilla Properties

“For us, Anguilla is all about the Caribbean concept of ‘one love.’ We fell in love with the island, its people, its culture, the sun and sand, and it developed into an irresistible cosmic pull to relocate our lives here. Anguilla has given us meaningful experiences and pure joy beyond our wildest dreams. We are grateful.”

Stephanie & Reginald Oliver , Anguilla

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property/business

Ce Blue Villas and Beach Resort

Fleming Lake Group, Inc.

Crocus Bay Anguilla’s first (and only) Private Residence Club offering luxury five-bedroom villas with resort amenities overlooking the pristine beaches of Crocus Bay. Shared ownerships starting at $200,000. T: 800.710.5507 E: info@ceblueanguilla.com www.ceblueanguilla.com

The Valley A Professional Services Firm Attorney at Law, Notary Public, Company Management Services, Real Estate Services Mon - Fri 8:00am to 5:00pm T: 264.497.1254 / 497.1244 F: 264.497.2209 E: info@fleminglakegroup.com

Island Dream Properties

Island Dream Properties is a Real Estate, Villa Rental and Property Management Agency on the island of Anguilla. We represent villas of all types for both short term and long term rentals. Our real estate listings also range from the fixer upper to a waterfront estate. T: 264.498.3200 sales@islanddreamproperties.com www.islanddreamproperties.com

Anguilla Properties

Island Spaces Island Spaces dot com, The place to buy and sell land, villas, houses, buildings and apartments. T: 264.584.9250 E: info@islandspaces.com www.islandspaces.com

Sotheby’s international Realty / Anguilla Properties

The Historic Old Factory Located above the Stone Cellar Gallery, we would be pleased to assist you in becoming an integral part of this oasis called Anguilla through home ownership or the purchase of a resort residence. T: 264.498.0123 anguillaproperties-sothebysrealty.ai anguilla.properties@sothebysrealty. com

Sunshine Rainbow Real Estate Offering luxury villa sales, rentals and sales of land. Anguilla Customs vessel authorized clearance agent. Let Sunshine Rainbow Real Estate make your dream become a reality in Anguilla. T: 264.772.3854 E: utonrogers@hotmail.com sunshinerainbowrealestate.com

Zemi Beach 28 luxurious beachfront residences available to own on Shoal Bay East, voted “World’s best all-around beach”. Each spacious two, or three-bedroom residence has stunning ocean views and private plunge pool. Resort amenities include fine dining restaurants, luxury spa & fitness center, beach lounge and 24-hr. concierge. T: 264.729.1879 E: info@zemibeach.com www.ceblueanguilla.com 2013-2014

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more Anguilla Want to know more about Anguilla? Interested in staying in touch when you’re off-island? Here’s how

media Eye TV (Channel 142) loops tourism information, the Skyviews Road Map will help you explore, and What we do in Anguilla is the ‘official’ island guide. Anguilla Life Magazine, now in its 25th year, provides detailed and fresh editorials on many happenings, from activities and dining to island issues and feature articles about local personalities. The Anguillan, edited by Nat Hodge, MBE is our national newspaper, which offers weekly news and local interest stories. Finally, feast your eyes on Design Anguilla, our glossy, quarterly sister magazine, filled with original photography and interesting articles on architecture, interiors, art, fashion and life in Anguilla. Subscribe at www.designanguilla.com/subscribe to have printed copies mailed to your door, anywhere in the world, four times a year.

Social Media Anguilla’s lively Facebook and Twitter community provides a stream of fresh, breathtaking pictures of our beaches, food and people to brighten up the greyest day. Keep in contact with the people you have met here: join our friendly online community and be part of the #anguilla conversation with @trueanguilla @anguillatourism @weareanguilla.

The Anguilla Tourist Board has a comprehensive website at www.ivisitanguilla.com. Enthusiasts’ websites like the www.anguillaguide.com, www.anguilla-beaches.com, www.anguillaaccess.com and of course, www.trueanguilla.com will continue to feed your passion for Anguilla. Join mailing lists to get occasional news and special offers.

websites Like us on Facebook: www.facebook.com/trueanguilla and Follow us on Twitter: @trueanguilla

editors’ tip Visit our website www.trueanguilla.com to join the True Anguilla mailing list and receive news and special offers from Anguilla. Also, take part in our visitor survey to win a 2 night stay at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa, a trip on Tradition, or a one-year subscription to Design Anguilla . You can find more details on opposite page (143).

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photo credits Lynn Bernbaum Cacti painting Tanya Clarke Chain-link fence and flowers Susan Croft Child with chicken Thierry Dehove Ani Villas bath Josveek Huligar/Anguilla Access Racing boat People on pier People on pier Nikki Giovanni Girl in costume Drummer Painted faces Smiling women Omari Banks Carnival troupe E’s Oven Trudy Nixon Anguilla Ferries Woman and child Boat in the distance Cove Bay Maundays Bay Woman and child Horseback riding View of Island Harbour Woman at Island Harbour pier Volleyball Woman walking along beach Derrys Richardson Boys at beach Boss with mic Chef Nick Dellinger Armel Harrigan Crocus Bay Chris Werner Elvis and female Orrett Wynter Painted faces Boss with mic Chef Nick Dellinger Armel Harrigan Crocus Bay Sandy Island Long Bay pg. 88 pg. 88 pg. 136 pg. 53 pg. 16 pg. 16 pg. 16 pg. 16 pg. 16 pg. 16 pg. 28 pg. 28 pg. 28 pg. 31 pg. 31 pg. 8 pg. 36 pg. 36 pg. 43 pg. 43 pg. 36 pg. 82 pg. 98 pg. 100 pg. 136 pg. 146 pg. 44 pg. 28 pg. 28 pg. 30-31 pg. 43 pg. 110 pg. 16 pg. 28 pg. 28 pg. 30-31 pg. 43 pg. 46 pg. 46

IMAGINE WINNING A LUXURIOUS STAY IN ANGUILLA! Visit our website & fill in our simple tourism survey for the chance to win fabulous prizes Including a: 2 night stay at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa A cruise for two on the beautiful Tradition sailing charter A year’s subscription to Design Anguilla. Simply visit www.trueanguilla.com to register for our mailing list, and fill in our simple survey about what you feel truly makes Anguilla special. Let us also know who and what would like to see featured in the next edition of True Anguilla. We look forward to hearing from you.


advertiser index Affordable Anguilla ����������������������������63 Anacaona Boutique Hotel �������������61 Anguilla Air Services ��������������������������23 Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) �����������������������������41 Anguilla Drug Store ������������������������107 Anguilla Great House ������������������������64 Anguilla Villa Company ��������������������64 Ani Villas ����������������������������������������������������61 Arijah Children’s Foundation ��������33 AXA Pizza at Anacaona ��������������������79 Beach Escape Villa �������������������������������59 Beautiful Sandy Island ����������������������80 Bijoux �������������������������������������������������������107 Bird of Paradise Villa ������������������������������3 Blue Bar at Ce Blue ������������������������������79 Blue Sea Anguilla ���������������������������������10 Body & Soul Professional Spa Concierge �������������������������������������������������89 Boutiques at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa ������������������������������107 Bridal Affairs and Beyond ������������131 Caribbean Soaps and Sundries �������������������������������������������������107 Carimar Beach Club ���������������������������49 Ce Blue �������������������������������������������������������64 Clientel Consulting �����������������������������33 Couture Concepts ����������������������������129 CuisinArt Golf Course ��������������������107 CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa �����������92 DaVida ������������������������������������������������������� 77 DaVida Watersports �������������������������107 Diamonds International ����������������IBC Digicel �����������������������������������������������������������7 E’s Oven �����������������������������������������������������79 Flavours Restaurant�����������������������������76 Fleming Lake Group, Inc. ������������ 141 Frangipani ������������������������������������������������57 GB Express �����������������������������������������������21 Gorgeous Scilly Cay ���������������������������80 Gotcha Garfield Sea Tours ��������������23 Iced n easy Smoothies ���������������������79 Instyle Boutique ������������������������������� 107 Irie Life ��������������������������������������������������������91 Island Dream Properties ������������������57 Italia at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa ��������������������������������������������79 Jewels by Love (SXM) ���������������������� IFC Jo-anne Mason Books �������������������108 Johnnos Beach Stop ��������������������������80 Johnnos on the Quay ���������������������� 79 Kels ���������������������������������������������������������������80 La Severin ����������������������������������������������108 La Vue Boutique Hotel ���������������������64 Le Bistro at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa ���������������������������������80 Les Grands Vins de France ����������108 Little Butterfly ����������������������������������������65 Lloyds Guest House ���������������������������59 Luxury Lifestyle Professionals �������26 Lynne Bernbaum Art Gallery �����108 M&S shuttle service ����������������������������26 Malliouhana Travel & Tours ������������26 Mayoumba Folkloric Dinner Theatre �������������������������������������������������������73 Nature Explorers Anguilla �����������108 Nico’s ���������������������������������������������������������� 80 Paradise Cove Boutique Hotel �����64 Paramount Pharmacy ������������������� 108 Petals Boutique ����������������������������������108 Pheonix Art Gallery �������������������������108 Prickly Pear Bar & Grill �����������������������80 Properties in Paradise ��������������������137 Ricketts Luxury ��������������������������������������59 Roy’s Bayside Grill ��������������������������������80 Sea Spray Gift Shop ����������������������������87 SeaPro Charters ������������������������������������27 Seaside Stables ����������������������������������108 Shoal Bay Scuba �����������������������������������87 Shoal Bay Villas ��������������������������������������61 Signature 7602 Studios ���������������� 129 Sotheby Reality ��������������������������������� 139 Spyglass Hill Villa ����������������������������������65 Stone Cellar Art Gallery �����������������108 Straw Hat ��������������������������������������������������71 Sunset Homes ���������������������������������������41 Sunshine Rainbow Real Estate �141 Susan Croft Photography ����������� 125 The Pumphouse ��������������������������������117 Tokyo Bay at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa ���������������������������������81 Tradewinds Aviation ��������������������������25 Tradition Sailing Charters ������������105 Travellite Anguilla ��������������������������������27 Hertz/Triple K Car Rentals ���������������27 Ultimacy Villa Retreat ������������������������55 Valley Bistro �������������������������������������������� 75 Venus Spa at CuisinArt ������������������109 Veya ��������������������������������������������������������������73 Weddings at CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa 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ahta members ACCOMMODATION MEMBERS Allamanda Beach Club Altamer Resort Anacaona Boutique Hotel Anguilla Great House Beach Arawak Beach Inn Cap Juluca Carimar Beach Club Cé Blue Country Cottage Anguilla Covecastles Villa Resort CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa Frangipani Beach Resort Lloyd’s Bed and Breakfast Paradise Cove Serenity Cottages Sheriva Shoal Bay Villas Viceroy - West End Zemi Beach Resort/ Resort Residences Hotel (under construction) VILLA MEMBERS Alcyon Villa Anguilla Definitive Villas Anguilla Villa Company Limited Ani Villas Beach Escape Villa BeachCourt Villa Bellavista Villa Bird of Paradise, Ltd. Cerulean Fletch’s Cove Indigo Reef Island Dream Properties Island Properties: Consulting & Management Keene Enterprises Kokoon Villas Las EsQuinas on Little Harbour Little Butterfly Little Harbour Estates Meads Bay Beach Villas Miles Away Moonraker Villa myCaribbean.com Palm Shores Villa Poinciena Villas Rainbow Isle Escapes Ricketts and Associates/ Ricketts Luxury Collection Sheriton Estates Villas Spyglass Hill Villa Sur La Plage Tequila Sunrise Villa Three Dolphins Topaz Villa Twin Palms Villas Ultimacy Villa Retreat Villa Black Pearl Villa Coyaba Villa Gardenia RESTAURANTS All Star Sports Bar Arawak Cafe Blanchard’s Restaurant Blue daVida Restaurant Dolce Vita Beach Restaurant & Bar E’s Oven Bar & Restaurant Ferryboat Inn Restaurant Fire Fly Restaurant & Bar Geraud’s Gorgeous Scilly Cay Luna Rosa Mango’s Restaurant Cafe Mediterraneo Old Caribe Restaurant On de Rocks Picante Pimms The Pumphouse Pricky Pear Restaurant Ripples Restaurant Roy’s Bayside Grill SandBar Sandy Island Restaurant Santorini Smokey’s At The Cove Spice Straw Hat Restaurant Tasty’s Restaurant Veya Restaurant ALLIED MEMBERS Alloyd Enterprises Limited ANGLEC Anguilla Access Tours Anguilla Air Express Anguilla Air Services Anguilla Animal Rescue Foundation (AARF) Anguilla-Beaches.com Anguilla Community College Anguilla Financial Services Anguilla Life Magazine Anguilla Tennis Academy (ATA) Anguilla Tourism Channel - EYE TV Aquamania (St Maarten) AXA Yacht Services Ltd. Benjamine Company Services Bennies Travel & Tours Black Orchid Florist Blue Sea Anguilla Cable and Wireless (Anguilla) Ltd. Cape Air Caribbean Cable Communications Caribbean Commercial Bank Calypso Charters ClienTell® Consulting, LLC Comet Systems Ltd Diamonds International Digicel Anguilla Dive Adventures (St Maarten) Dolphin Discoveries First Caribbean International Bank Funtime Charters Grands Vins de France Ltd. HR and Training Extra Odinaiare Irie Life Inc. Island Car Rental JTR Security Services Luxury Lifestyle Professionals Malliouhana Travel & Tours Management Resources Maris Edwards Interior Design Merchants Market Anguilla National Bank of Anguilla Professional Photos Imaging Centre Pro-Digital Services Rainbow Farms / Club Enterprises Regatta Travel Solutions Richardson’s Car Rental Agency Savannah Gallery Scotiabank Anguilla Ltd. Shoal Bay Scuba Simply Natural by Yinka Skyviews South American Lumber (Anguilla) Ltd. Suddath Logistics Group Susan Croft Photography and Design The Galleria at World Art and Antiques Titanium-Sound Tradition Sailing Charters True Communications Webster Dyrud Mitchell What we do in Anguilla ZaZAA Boutiques

Content provided by the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association (AHTA). For more information on any our members please visit our website: www.ahta.ai To learn more about the AHTA, feel free to call us at 264-497-2944; or email: ahta@anguillanet.com Gilda Gumbs-Samuel, Executive Director The AHTA is Anguilla’s oldest and largest Membership Association and is a PRIVATE SECTOR organisation wholly funded by membership subscriptions and fundraising events. Its primary purpose is to assist in the professional development of its members through marketing support, training, information provision and advocacy. Members of the AHTA are businesses that show commitment to training staff, developing their services and being flagships for our tourism community.

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Thank you for reading True Anguilla. It was certainly a pleasure putting it together; mainly because of all the great people we got to work with, the beautiful places we had to visit and fabulous food we had to take photographs of! We would sincerely like to thank the following for their contribution to True Anguilla: Our advertisers (thank you for making this happen!) Our contributors (for their exquisite photography, wonderful anecdotes, interesting interviews and exceptional encouragement). Our colleagues in Tourism & Commerce: The Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association

(AHTA) and their membership; the Anguilla Tourist Board (ATB) and their agents; The Government of Anguilla (Hon Haydn Hughes, the Ministry of Tourism and their agents, and the Ministry of Finance); the Anguilla Chamber of Commerce (ACOCI) and all the independent tourism practitioners listed on pages 142. And finally, we hope you enjoyed this magazine and that it truly reflects your Anguilla experience. If you would like to tell us what you love about Anguilla or tell us what you would like to see in the next magazine you can do so (and potentially win a trip back to the island at the same time) by visiting our website www.trueanguilla.com, joining our mailing list and filling in a brief survey. We hope to hear from you. Trudy Nixon & Orrett Wynter Publishers, True Anguilla

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