One of the smallest and most exclusive of the holiday islands in the Caribbean, Anguilla is only a few miles north of St. Martin/St. Maarten. The white sand beaches here are among the best in the Caribbean and the coral reefs just offshore also provide some of the finest scuba diving and snorkeling in the region.
The official language is English (unlike the French and Dutch on St. Martin) so it’s popular with Americans and Brits. Anguilla is also one of the more difficult islands to reach, with only a few flights from San Juan and a regular ferry from St. Martin being the best options. It’s also among the most expensive islands in the Caribbean, so not a good place to look for a bargain.
Where to stay
There are about two dozen hotels and resorts on Anguilla, almost all of which are on the sunset/northwestern-facing side of the island. Prices are quite high in all categories and some of the finest and most expensive resorts in all of the Caribbean can be found here.
There’s a small airport in Anguilla that has daily flights from San Juan, Puerto Rico as well as flights on smaller craft to connect with other nearby islands. The flights to Anguilla are among the most expensive starting from North America or Europe so it’s worth knowing that there’s also a 20-minute ferry from nearby Sint Maarten, and flights into that island are far, far cheaper.
Nonstop flights from: San Juan (Puerto Rico), Many nearby Caribbean islands