Visiting Anguilla offers one of the best vacation experiences. Anguilla is a tropical paradise with many opportunities for relaxation, fun and adventure, top class luxury accommodation, umbrella laden beaches and solitary, peaceful cays.

Scenic views of nearby islands and offshore cays are caught at different points of Anguilla. For example, the western tip of Anguilla is near to cays such as Anguillita and Blowing Rock and the island of St. Martin, while the eastern end of the island is renowned for its historical sites and caves. The Fountain National Park & Cavern is of both archeological and historical importance to Anguilla and the region. This site is one of the best preserved historical areas on the Anguilla and has been the basis for many archeological expeditions to the island.

Offshore Cays

  • Prickly Pear Cays – Two small uninhabited cays situated just 6 miles away from Road Bay, a commercial freight port near Sandy Ground Village with a beach that extends for several miles along Anguilla’s southwestern coasts.
  • Scrub Island – A three square mile privately owned cay found at the eastern end of Anguilla with two beautiful beaches.
  • Anguillita – Is easily accessible by boat and located on the west of Anguilla; its deep waters provide an excellent site for diving, snorkeling and kayaking; has many small submarine caves and three ledged small walls that extend about 5 to 20 meters below sea surface; is small and rocky and its rugged coast is a common site for barracuda, turtle and stingray sightings.
  • Sombrero – Located across the Dog and Prickly Pear Passage on the northwestern side of Anguilla and is also called Hat Island because of its hat shape, though this characteristic was diminished as a result of phosphate of lime mining that was undertaken on the island. Sombrero has a territorial surface of 0.38 square kilometers. Britain won rights of ownership of the cay through the Treaty of Utrecht (1714).
  • Dog Island – Small uninhabited cay frequently visited by vacationers from neighboring St. Martin, St. Barts. Dog Island can be reached by boat or small private air craft.
  • Seal Island – An uninhabited cay that is visited on day trips by tourists and scuba divers.
  • Sandy Island – Features a Seaside Grill, a beautiful beach, shady pavilion and live entertainment. Sandy Island may be visited by boat and is great for scuba diving, sun tanning, kayaking, cocktails and Barbecue!
  • Scilly Cay – Often referred to as a restaurant due to the restaurant and bar that was constructed on the cay for entertaining and catering to tourists during their visit on the cay. Scilly Cay restaurant and bar specializes in deliciously cooked Anguilla lobster, crayfish, marinated half chicken and fresh snapper which are all prepared from daily fresh catch. Both Scilly Cay and Prickly Pear offer restaurant and bar facilities and is a regular stop for visitors from neighboring St. Martin and St. Barts.

National Sites

In 1993, the Anguilla National Trust was established for the preservation and promotion of the country’s cultural heritage, archeological sites and natural environment. The Anguilla National Trust Ordinance and Act were passed in 1988 and 2000, respectively. The Trust has the responsibility of elaborating local educational programmes on matters related to the environment, giving advice on issues concerning Anguilla’s historic, cultural and natural resources, overseeing the administration of all Protected Sites and Buildings, the National Museum and National Parks, promoting and preserving Anguillan cultural arts.

  • The Fountain National Park & Cavern – This site is of archeological and historical importance to both Anguilla and the region. It is one of the best preserved historical areas on the island and has been the basis for many archeological expeditions to Anguilla.

Studies conducted at The Fountain National Park & Cavern assisted archeologists and historians in revealing the past of the Amerindians who once inhabited Anguilla. Several petroglyphs discovered in the cavern’s hallowed walls give insight on Amerindian religious figures, practices and customs. Petroglyphs reveal carvings of the Amerindians’ Creator – Jocahu, Solar Chieftain and the Rainbow Deity – Cap Juluca. A limestone sinkhole at The Cavern also gave access to a fresh water source that was used for providing water to the inhabitants of the Shoal Bay area.

  • Fort Hill – Where Crocus Hill, Anguilla’s highest elevation of 213 feet is located, as well as Big Spring Heritage site and the East End Pond Conservation Area – an 11 acre brackish-water pond that serves as a sanctuary for diverse animal and plant life and over 45 species of migratory birds and in 2001 was designated a “protected area”.
  • Heritage Collection – Anguilla’s national museum where most historical remnants of Anguilla’s history such as important documents, letters, photographs, Amerindian artifacts are exhibited to the public.
  • The Manse Building – a 1900 gable plantation house in which two art galleries are housed.
  • Ebenezer’ Methodist Church – the first church built in Anguilla.
  • The Warden’s Place – former Magistrate’s quarters which also houses Miss Marjorie’s House and Rose Cottage which are two of Anguilla’s very famous restaurants. These houses depict the architectural designs that were typical of Anguilla’s plantation slavery and colonial era.
  • The Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse, which played an important role in Anguilla’s salt industry; is located at Sandy Ground and gives a clear idea as to how factory sites were set up in those days around the salt ponds.
  • The Wallblake House is located in The valley nearby the Historic St. Gerards’s Roman Catholic Church and was constructed in 1787. The Wallblake House was restored in 2003 and is Anguilla’s oldest and only standing plantation house on Anguilla.

These tourist attractions in Anguilla give insight into Anguilla’s flora and fauna, cultural background and heritage. Besides Anguilla’s cays and beaches, there are several villas and hotels that offer their own attractions through beautiful landscaping, beachfronts and luxurious accommodation. Many of these villas are located along the coast and provide great opportunities for a dream vacation while having full access to the Anguilla’s lovely white coral sand beaches and shallow emerald waters.

One of these resorts include Temenos, which features an array of residences, estate homes and villas with private swimming pools, interior gardens and private balconies that overlook the Caribbean Sea. Temenos also has a modern golf course where one of Anguilla’s landmarks, the Merrywing Salt Pond is found. The construction of the Temenos Golf Course also included new maintenance systems for the Merrywing Salt Pond through the insertion of bonefish and coral reefs and the installation of new channels that allow sea water to be flushed into the pond during high tide. Temenos offers a blend of southeastern Europe and West Indian with its Greek architectural designs in a tropical ambience.