Anguilla Top Do's

Anguilla Top Things To Do


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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Events

Annual events

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Events in January

01-Jan-21 to 01-Jan-21
New Year's Day (Anguilla)

Public Holiday

Events in December

11-Dec-21 to 04-Jan-21
Lion's Community Festival of Lights (Anguilla)

19-Dec-21 to 19-Dec-21
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-21 to 25-Dec-21
Christmas Day (Anguilla)

Public Holiday

26-Dec-21 to 26-Dec-21
Boxing Day (Anguilla)

Public Holiday

Events in March

02-Mar-21 to 02-Mar-21
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.

Events in April

02-Apr-21 to 02-Apr-21
Good Friday (Anguilla)

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

Events in May

01-May-21 to 01-May-21
Labour Day (Anguilla)

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

24-May-21 to 24-May-21
Whit Monday (Anguilla)

Public Holiday

30-May-21 to 30-May-21
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

14-Jun-21 to 14-Jun-21
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

01-Jun-21 to 30-Jun-21
Spa & Wellness Month (Anguilla)

Events in August

02-Aug-21 to 02-Aug-21
August Monday/Jouvert Morning (Anguilla)

Public Holiday

05-Aug-21 to 05-Aug-21
Annual Eyes Wide Shut Festival (Anguilla)

05-Aug-21 to 05-Aug-21
August Thursday Boat Race & Beach Party at Meads Bay (Anguilla)

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

06-Aug-21 to 06-Aug-21
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)

02-Aug-21 to 08-Aug-21
Anguilla Summer Festival (Anguilla)

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).

Events in November

01-Nov-21 to 15-Nov-21
Romance Month (Anguilla)

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.