Anguilla is one of those places where time seems to have stood still. This little island in the eastern Caribbean, just north of St. Martin is blessed with some of the most magnificent beaches in the world. Anguilla (map) is a short 30 minute boat ride from Marigot (map) on the French side of St. Martin, making Anguilla an easy day trip from St. Martin. The island’s main attractions are its stunning white sandy beaches, crystal-clear turquoise waters and its inhabitants who are friendly and easy-going. You can opt to make a day trip or stay a few days at one of the island’s (small scale, exclusive) beach hotels.
How to get to Anguilla
Anguilla is a great day trip from St. Martin. To get there, take the frequent ferry service from Marigot. Don’t forget to bring your passport with you! US, UK and EU passport holders should have no issues entering Anguilla but please check here to be sure.
There is a ferry service every 45 minutes from Marigot, starting from 8:15am and ends at 7:00pm. A one-way trip costs USD 20 for adults and USD 10 for children (2-11 years-old).
Plan your Anguilla day trip
The ferry from Marigot arrives at Blowing Point. If you’re staying for the day, you can hire a taxi and agree an hourly or day fare. The best option is to ask the taxi driver to make a short sightseeing trip that includes some of the main attractions in Anguilla such as Crocus Hill (Anguilla’s highest point), Sandy Ground (with its numerous restaurants and bars), and the capital, The Valley, before dropping you off at one of the stunning beaches. You could agree a time for the taxi driver to pick you up and bring you back to Blowing Point for the ferry back to Marigot.
The last ferry to Marigot leaves Blowing Point at 6:15pm (please note that all ferry times and fares stated above are subject to change. Check here for the latest info).
Anguilla has many beautiful beaches but my favourite is Shoal Bay (East), arguably Anguilla’s most iconic beach. Spend a very relaxing day on this breathtaking stretch of gorgeous white sand; rent a snorkel – the reefs are just off the shore; and enjoy a BBQ lunch at one of the beach cafés. Other stunning beaches in Anguilla include Meads Bay and Rendezvous Bay. Sandy Ground is another option. With its many restaurants and beach bars, such as Elvis Beach Bar and Dad’s Beach Bar, Sandy Ground is popular with both locals and visitors.
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