Why yes, Anguilla is my next travel location!
Location: 18°13′14″N, 63°4′7″W
English pronunciation: ang-GWILL-ah
Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean, one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. It consists of the main island of Anguilla itself, approximately 16 miles (26 km) long by 3 miles (5 km) wide at its widest point, together with a number of much smaller islands and cays with no permanent population. The island’s capital is The Valley. The total land area of the territory is about 39 square miles (102 square km) and has a population of approximately 13,500.
Anguilla is a flat, low-lying island of coral and limestone in the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico. The soil is generally thin and poor, supporting only scrub vegetation. Noted for its spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs; perfect for snorkeling and scuba diving. Apart from the main island of Anguilla itself, the territory includes a number of other smaller islands and cays, mostly tiny and uninhabited. Some of these are:
- Dog Island
- Prickly Pear Cays
- Scrub Island
- Seal Island
- Sombrero, also known as Hat Island
- Sandy Island
Anguilla has a tropical though rather dry climate, moderated by northeast trade winds. Temperatures vary little throughout the year. Rainfall is erratic, the wettest months being September and October, and the driest February and March.
During the early morning hours of an average November day in Anguilla, you can expect the temperature will be in the vicinity of 80.8 degrees F. Natives say that a day in November is very similar to a day in December, only a pinch warmer. Frequent travelers describe the November weather as mild, sunny and warm, without too much of October’s rain or September’s stickiness.
The storms of August, September and October have passed, and the island is slowly and calmly getting ready for the big rush to follow — most Anguilla hotels and villas are opening their hurricane shutters and Restauranteurs, bar owners, and hoteliers all gear up for the high season.
- Anguilla is situated around 150 miles east of Puerto Rico and nine miles north of St. Martin. Anguilla is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean.
- Number of beaches: 33, but many people will tell you that the Cap Juluca beach in beautiful Maunday’s bay is by far the best on the island.
- Time Zone: Anguilla Time Standard Time is 4 hours behind Greenwich Mean Time (GMT-4). Anguilla Time does not operate Daylight-Saving Time.
- Best time of the year for scuba diving: May through November when the waters are their most calm.
- The capital of Anguilla is: The Valley – home to approximately 600 residents and the center of government and commerce.
- Species of birds on the island: Over 130, including the endangered Brown Pelican, Sandpipers, Great Blue Herons and Snowy Egrets
- Anguilla entry requirements: A valid passport and onward or return ticket are required. A departure tax of US $20 is charged at the airport and US$3 at the ferry port.
- Currency: The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the official currency, although US dollars are also accepted.