I just saw Anguilla on the $1.00 Auction and thought it would be nice to share some information on Anguilla. We have been going to Anguilla twice a year for over 6 years. It is like a second home to us. Here is some additional information about Anguilla.
How to get there: There are not too many direct flights to Anguilla. American Air does connect with Anguilla however, they have been playing around with their schedules and the timetables aren't always that great. Another option is to fly into St. Maarten and connect to Anguilla from there. From St. Maarten, you have a choice of WinAir or Trans-Anguilla (my favorite) to fly, Funtime Ferry to take a boat ride from the airport, or taxi around the island to Marigot and take a regular schedule ferry to Blowing Point Anguilla.
Where to stay: Anguilla does not have "mega" resorts, timeshares, or hotel "complexes". Instead, the properties are smaller and more intimate. A few of the high end would be Cuisinart, Cap Juluca and Malliouhana. There are affordable smaller properties such as Ku and La Sirena. Villa renting is very popular in Anguilla. Prices run from reasonable to out of this world! In fact, more villas seem to be going up all the time.
Where to eat: Anguilla is known for their restaurants. If money is no object, your choice is unlimited. At the high end, I recommend Altamar, Cap Juluca's restaurants Kemia and Georges, and the Blanchards Restaurant, Blanchards. (they have opened a new restaurant next to the golf course. It opened in November and I have heard great reviews.) There are many afforable restaurants such as Picante and Smokey's (love them both and enjoy their prices!!!) We tend to cook in during our stay so would recommend the wonderful bakery items from Hall's, fresh fish from a fisherman on the beach, and produce from "The People's Market". Also, the small grocery stores have a great selection of French cheeses and bread (from St. Maarten.)
What to do: Anguilla does not have casinos, wild nightlife, and major shopping. That, to me, is a plus. You tend to enjoy the beaches, ocean, and peaceful surroundings. If you want a little night life, I highly recommend the Dune Preserve (Bankie Bank's place on the beach), or the Pump House in Sandy Ground. Both usually have some type of entertainment. We enjoy "Happy Hits", a small group that play at different spots around the island. A great day activity is sailing with Rollins on his boat "Chocolat". He is a wonderful man and captain. He takes small groups sailing and snorkelling for the day. Also, not to be missed is a day at Scilly Cay. Great lobster and rum drinks. If you REALLY want to shop, stop by the Pharmacy in The Valley to pick up a tee shirt or two or Irie Life.
When to go: ANYTIME though, the prices and crowds usually come down between May and November.
This is just a small glimpse into Anguilla. The island is a place to go to meet wonderful people, enjoy beautiful beaches, snorkel with some neat fish, and just relax. It is still relatively undiscovered. At times, you might have the whole beach and ocean to yourself.