About Anguilla

Situated at 63° 10’W, 18° 15’ N, directly north of St. Martin, this little island takes its name from the Spanish word anguila, meaning eel, because of its similar shape. It was formerly known as Snake Island. At 35 mi², or 91 km², it is long and very flat, with a high point of 200 ft (61 m) at Crocus Hill. Vegetation is sparse due to the low rainfall. Anguilla has over 30 excellent white sand beaches, spectacular and ecologically significant coral reefs, as also a well-earned reputation as a quiet and peaceful getaway. There are many surrounding uninhabited islands: Anguillita, Dog Island, Prickly Pear Cays, Sandy Island, Scrub Island, Scilly Cay, Seal Island and Sombrero (also known as Hat Island).

Fun things to do: diving, snorkelling, cruising, fishing and also visit places of historical interest. A nice selection of up-market art galleries might entice you, visually, as well as those of you who like to take home something precious!

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Experiences

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Events

Annual events

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Events in January

13-Jan-18 to 20-Jan-18
ITF Tennis Championships (Anguilla)

A Week of activities and awareness talks throughout the island at the various schools. Concerts, car raffle with dinner & dance to round off the entire week.

Events in Feburary

11-Feb-17 to 12-Feb-17
Miss Talented Teen Pageant (Anguilla)

ALHCS Valentines Pageant, hosted at the Landsome Bowl Cultural Centre in the Valle

Events in March

2-Mar-18 to 3-Mar-18
James Ronald Webster Day (Anguilla)

Public Holiday Speeches and tributes to the Father of the Nation (James Ronald Webster) takes place at Old East End School and Grounds.

5-Mar-18 to 12-Mar-18
Annual Women’s Week (Anguilla)

Features radio interviews with 15 women in the Anguillian community discussing their successes, challenges and ability to stay motivated despite obstacles.

10-Mar-18 to 11-Mar-18
28th Annual Moonsplash Music Festival (Anguilla)

Takes place at the Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay, normally around the first full moon before Easter.  The concerts are hosted by Anguilla’s very own Bankie Banx, featuring internationally-acclaimed and regional recording artiste from around the world

Events in April

30-Mar-18 to 30-Mar-18
Good Friday (Anguilla)

Public Holiday  A day of church services for all denominations throughout the island

31-Mar-18 to 1-Apr-18
11th Annual Festival Del Mar (Anguilla)

Celebrating all things of the sea in the beautiful fishing village of Island Harbour.  Deep Sea fishing competition, swimming races, crab races and culinary competition, and live string band music are all part of the activities for this two day event.  B-Class boatrace on Saturday and A-Class boat race on Sunday

1-Apr-18 to 1-Apr-18
Easter Monday (Anguilla)

Public Holiday A-Class Egbert Connor Boatrace at Sandy Ground.

Events in May

1-May-18 to 1-May-18
Labour Day    (Anguilla)

Public Holiday Fun Sports Day amongst Government Departments and Private sector companies.

17-May-18 to 20-May-18
7th Annual Anguilla Lit Fest: (Anguilla)

Celebrate the literary heritage of Anguilla and find yourself  inspired by three days of informative workshops, stimulating seminars and exciting literary presentations by leading authors from America, Canada, the Caribbean and host nation Anguilla, all against the backdrop of Anguilla’s splendid white sand beaches and tranquil turquoise waters.
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18-May-18 to 18-May-18
Forever Proud, Strong and Free (Anguilla)

An event celebrating Anguilla’s history and victories through drama, song, dance and fashion.

21-May-18 to 21-May-18
Welches Fest/Whit Monday (Anguilla)

Public Holiday Held the ball field in Welches Village, Welches Fest takes place the ball field in Welches Village on the public holiday of Whit Monday each year. Starting at around 5:30 am you can have an old fashioned breakfast of “flour pap” (a type of porridge) to start your day. All things at this fest are of yesteryear, including food, drinks, toys, games and music. 5:30am – 8:00pm

22-May-18 to 22-May-18
Voices in Praise (Anguilla)

An Anguilla Day religious concert put on by the National Council of Women

23-May-18 to 23-May-18
Empower Women (Anguilla)

Event aimed at thinking about and refocusing on one’s personal and professional goals for individuals and also for Anguilla.

30-May-18 to 30-May-18
Anguilla Day/Around-the-Island Boatrace (Anguilla)

Public Holiday The most significant holiday on the Anguillian calendar of events, and culmination of the month-long celebrations to commemorate Anguilla Day. Featuring A-Class Boats starts and ends in Sandy Ground

Events in June

8-Jun-18 to 15-Jun-18
5th Annual Men’s Week (Anguilla)

Features radio interviews with 15 men in the Anguillian community discussing their accomplishments, trials and ability to stay encouraged despite hurdles.  Events include a Father and Son Prayer Breakfast in recognition of Father’s Day and a Men’s Networking Luncheon hosted by CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa.

11-Jun-18 to 11-Jun-18
Celebration of the birthday of Her Majesty the Queen (Anguilla)

Public Holiday All uniformed organizations parade at James Ronald Webster Park in the morning and cocktails are served in the evening at Government House to invited guests. A Class Boatrace at Crocus Bay

Events in July

15-Jul-18 to 16-Jul-18
19th Annual John T. Memorial Cycling Race  (Anguilla)

Annual Race held over a two day period with participation from regional and international cyclists. (10:00 am – until)

15-Jul-18 to 15-Jul-18
17th Annual Miss “Tiny Tott” Pageant (Anguilla)

Part of the Pre Summer Festival events.

21-Jul-18 to 21-Jul-18
Magic City Event (Anguilla)

28-Jul-18 to 28-Jul-18
Wet Fete (Anguilla)

Pre Carnival Event- Wet Fete
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Events in August

1-Aug-18 to 12-Aug-18
Anguilla Summer Festival (Anguilla)

Forty four years of carnival activities by night, and traditional Boatracing by day, pageantry, music and street dancing. (various starting times at LBCC, and Anguilla’s spectacular beaches). (5:30pm – until).

4-Aug-18 to 4-Aug-18
South Valley Community Street Fair (Anguilla)

Members of the South Valley Community unite and produce a fair with local food, cooking competitions and music. (8:00am-6:00pm)

5-Aug-18 to 5-Aug-18
Heineken Boatrace (Anguilla)

A & B Class races in Sandy Ground

6-Aug-18 to 6-Aug-18
August Monday J’ouvert Morning, Emancipation Day Caribbean Beach Party (Sandy Ground) (Anguilla)

Taking to the streets in the Valley at 4:30 am and reveling to Sandy Ground accompanied by the leading local bands. Then it’s the A & B Class Boatraces and the hottest Caribbean Beach Party. 4:30am -2:00am
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7-Aug-18 to 7-Aug-18
August Tuesday Boatrace (Anguilla)

A Class race from Sandy Ground to Island Harbour

8-Aug-18 to 8-Aug-18
NCBA Boatrace (Anguilla)

A Class race from Sandy Ground to Blowing Point and back.

9-Aug-18 to 9-Aug-18
August Thursday (Anguilla)

Public Holiday A day for picnics and family reunions and the ATB-sponsored A & B class Boatraces at Meads Bay.

10-Aug-18 to 10-Aug-18
Grand Parade of Troupes (Constitution Day) (Anguilla)

Public Holiday Troupes from villages all over the island come together on the last Friday of Summer Festival to parade through the streets of the Valley. Colourful costumes depicting cultural and fantasy themes and the winner of Road March is announced. (1:00-9:00pm)

12-Aug-18 to 12-Aug-18
Champion of Champion Boatrace (Anguilla)

A & B Class races at Sandy Ground

19-Aug-18 to 19-Aug-18
Captains Cup Boatrace (Anguilla)

A Class race at Sandy Ground

Events in November

25-Nov-18 to 1-Dec-18
Tourism Week (Anguilla)

Includes Valley Street Festival and Taste of the Islands, Church Service, school and industry-wide awareness and educational

1-Dec-18 to 1-Dec-18
Valley Street Festival (as part of Tourism Week) (Anguilla)

Local vendors, Farmers Association, Scouts and Guides and the Department of Youth & Culture in partnership with the Anguilla Tourist Board bring this event to the area of the Agriculture Grounds with Domino, face painting, live music and games. (10:00am-6:00pm).

25-Nov-17 to 26-Nov-17
Anguilla’s Optimists Race against Aids (Anguilla)

Public awareness initiative to raise awareness and funds for AIDS related services.

Events in December

25-Nov-18 to 1-Dec-18
Tourism Week (Anguilla)

Includes Valley Street Festival and Taste of the Islands, Church Service, school and industry-wide awareness and educational

19-Dec-18 to 19-Dec-18
National Heroes and Heroines Day (Anguilla)

Public Holiday in the honour of our past and present heroes and heroines of the 1967 Anguilla revolution.

25-Dec-18 to 25-Dec-18
Christmas Day (Anguilla)

Public Holiday

26-Dec-18 to 26-Dec-18
Boxing Day (Anguilla)

Public Holiday

History and Culture

Anguilla was first settled by the Amerindians and the earliest artefacts found date back to around 1300BC. Remains of settlements date from 600 AD. It seems that the island may have been called Malliohana, meaning arrowhead, by the Arawaks. Who came next? Some say that Columbus sighted the island in 1493 on his second voyage to the West Indies, and others say it was ‘discovered’ in 1564 by the French explorer René Goulaine de Laudonnière (put in accents). However that may be, it is known that English settlers from the island of St. Christopher colonised the island from the 1560’s. More recent investigation indicates that the island may also have been a refuge for Creoles from St. Kitts, as well as Barbados, Nevis and Antigua. Slavery is thought to have been existent by 1683. Today the majority of residents are black (90.08%), and growing minorities include whites (3.74%) and people of mixed race a (4.65%) (2001 census). True Anguillans form 72% of the population.

As in most of the islands, ‘standard English’ has evolved into a local ‘dialek’ (dialect), or Anguillan or Anguilla Talk.

Anguilla has a growing music scene and has produced the first-ever album with only artists from a single Caribbean island, playing multiple musical genres. Anguilla has earned a fine reputation as the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

How many times has it changed hands?

Anguilla has had various administrations. In colonial times, the British, through Antigua. In 1825, it went under the control of St. Christopher (Kitts) and Nevis. When the British gave St. Kitts and Nevis full internal autonomy in 1967, Anguilla was also incorporated. The Anguillans were not having any of this though and in 1967 and 1969, Ronald Webster led two revolutions to bring the status of the island back to being a colony. British authority was fully restored in July 1971 and in 1980 Anguilla was finally allowed to secede from Saint Kitts and Nevis and become a separate British Crown colony, now a British overseas territory. It has its own multi-party system. Anguilla is a popular tax haven, there being no direct taxes, capital gains tax, etc. It was only in April of 2011 that a 3% Interim Stabilisation Levy was introduced to bridge a mounting deficit.