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Anguilla has its capital and largest city in The Valley. The peak travel time to visit Anguilla is during the months of May to August, when the weather is a bit more humid and it's better suited for avoiding the worst of the hurricane season.
Anguilla has a tropical climate, which is hot all year round, and a slightly cooler period from December to March, the rainy season usually occurs from August to November. Anguilla's culture is influenced by its rich and unique heritage, tasty cuisines and different religion. Anguillians are a mix of Irish, mixed West African, English, and Welsh heritage. Its most popular foods are dumplings, fritters, rice, pigeon peas, seafood soups and bisques. Christianity is predominantly practiced here. English is the official language while the locals also speak varieties of Spanish and Chinese.
The best way to get around Anguilla is in a taxi, as the island is too spread out to explore on foot. You will find that the drivers make excellent tour guides. While using taxis in Anguilla can be a bit expensive, it's more convenient to use car rentals, driving yourself can be a bit problematic because of the unpaved roads and lack of street signs.You can also opt for a ferry, bike or a motorcycle. Anguilla is one of the safest islands in the Eastern Caribbean but it is advised to avoid travelling alone at night.
Festivals in Anguilla is a unique blend of music, history and the sea. While you are in Anguilla, here are some of the festivals you should attend, the Moonsplash Reggae Festival, an annual reggae festival hosted by the famous Anguillan reggae artist Bankie Banx with live performances celebrating some of the world’s finest reggae musicians and a beach bash too. You can venture into Sandy Ground for the Anguilla Regatta to experience 3 days of the biggest and the best boat racing in Anguilla with a night of partying at one of its bustling beaches. You can also attend the Anguilla Summer Festival for its massive street party, beach party, boat races, beauty pageants, swimsuit competitions and calypso contests. There is also the Abc Annual Flower and Garden Show and Festival del Mar.
You will notice that Anguilla is an island with a relaxed laid back vibe with a lot of places of interest to see too. Here are some fascinating attractions you should definitely see while exploring Anguilla:
Heritage Collection Museum with its great collection of island artifacts, early 20th-century photographs, old postage stamps, and important items from Anguilla’s history which has been personally curated by the founder Colville Petty OBE.
East End Pond, a shallow 13 acre pond for enthusiastic bird watchers to see a large variety of birds.
Anguilla’s historic Catholic Church, which is an 18th Century Catholic Church built with stones quarried from the island.
The Savannah Gallery which features works from native Anguillians as well as contemporary artists in the Caribbean.
The Anguilla Aqua Park (the largest of its kind in the Caribbean). Kitesurfing, stand up paddleboarding (SUP), clear bottom kayaks, lessons, rentals and guided tours, Anguilla Watersports offers it all.
There are over 3000 hotels to stay while in Anguilla. You have accommodation options of resorts, villas to budget and luxury hotels.
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How do I travel out of Anguilla?Get Visa from Anguilla
For Anguillians looking to travel out of the country. You can check out the list of destinations, how to Get Visa to those countries, Embassies in Anguilla and Visa Free Countries for Anguillian passport holders
Common Questions Travellers Ask About Anguilla
Is the tap water safe to drink?
Water is a precious commodity on Anguilla, and even though the water is potable, it is in short supply. Bottled water is easily available and water is usually desalinated in hotels and resorts.
What’s the hottest months in Anguilla?
The hottest months in Anguilla are July to October; while you will experience the coldest temperature in the months of December to February.
What is the official currency used in Anguilla?
The official currency used is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar, but US dollars are accepted island-wide. The exchange rate is approximately EC$2.70 to US$1.00.
Is Anguilla safe for solo female travel?
Anguilla is perfectly safe for solo female travel. It is a welcoming destination with its relaxing and friendly environment.
Is a visa required for US citizens going into Anguilla?
When you are travelling to Anguilla with a US. Passport, a Tourist Visa is not required. But no visa is required for a stay of up to 90 days.