Anguilla: Travel Guide + Photo Essay

Anguilla: Travel Guide + Photo Essay

It feels absolutely absurd posting my Anguilla pictures right now because the world feels like it is on a lock down. What is even the point?

After wallowing in my own misery for a few days however, I realized I had to snap out of it. Even if many of us can’t travel like we would like, we shouldn’t stop dreaming about our next destination for when things do improve, which I know they will soon (even if it feels like it isn’t soon enough).

When normalcy returns, and you are itching for a vacation, may I suggest Anguilla. A British territory, Anguilla is part of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles in the East Caribbean. Just 16 miles long and about 3 miles wide, it is one of the most amazing places I have ever visited.

The Arch of Anguila. Hard to get to. Small in size. But still very beautiful. Each of those cliffs around the arch are studded with private villas.

Anguilla checks off a lot of boxes. For my East Coast friends, getting here is easy without having to commit to long layovers or flight times. The beaches here are mind blowingly beautiful. The sand is soft like cotton. The combination of the two makes it an ideal place to hang out with kids, or as a couple who needs some time away from the kids. If you choose the later like we did, let me warn you that with a libation in hand, looking at this beautiful view, the one thing you will repeat over and over again is “we need to bring the kids here.”

Belmond Cap Juluca
Beach Shack at Belmond Cap Juluca
Beach Shack at Belmond Cap Juluca
Dev’s shell collection while I drank my wine. At Belmond Cap Juluca

Now on to my favorite topic of conversation when it comes to vacations – Hotels! There are a ton of options in lodging that fit all budgets. Keep in mind that given what you are surrounded by, it is just fine if you choose to stay in a less jazzy place. However, if like me, you like to splurge on decadent accommodations when the universe allows, Anguilla’s got ways to REALLY spoil you.

Belmond Cap Juluca
Belmond Cap Juluca
Sunset at Zemi Beach Resort
Zemi Beach
Zemi Beach
Zemi Beach

From private villas that make your jaw drop, to 5-star resorts like Belmond Cap Jaluca, the Four Seasons, The CuisinArt Golf Resort, Frangipani, and on it goes. By default this means there are some pretty terrific spa time to be had too. We indulged in a few hours of pampering at the Zemi Beach spa, where I walked away feeling like they had given me a brand new face.

Zemi Beach Spa

Which leaves me with one last vacation essential- the food. For a tiny island, Anguilla’s got a whole bunch of really super restaurants. From Elvis Sports Bar, to Sand Bar tapas bar, to Straw Hat, to Blanchards, I don’t believe there is a bad meal to be had here.

Elvis Sports Bar

A few other notes before I wrap up. If you like to bike around while on vacation, Aguilla is nice and flat. It doesn’t have heavy traffic either so you can take a leisurely ride if you please. On the same note, while renting a car is not necessary, it is very very helpful if you plan to see the areas, or eat at restaurants that are away from your hotel. American dollars are accepted everywhere.

With that, I leave you with a few more pictures and a reminder to wash your hands. Stay safe my friends. Godspeed.

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