Anguilla: Travel Tips

There’s plenty of room to stretch out on Anguilla’s expansive beaches, soft as powder and nearly as white. This former British colony east of Puerto Rico treats visitors royally: You’ll find three of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts here, plus cuisine to gratify gourmets. December through mid-April is the most popular time to visit the Caribbean, as travelers flee the chilly northern weather for sunny skies, white-sand beaches, and warm temperatures. To get the best rates, visit in the late spring or summer months—or get even better rates by traveling in the fall (September–October).

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Getting To Anguilla

If you are traveling from the west coast, plan on leaving as early as 7 a.m., or take a red-eye flight to Miami, Atlanta, or New York and connect from there. Coming from New York, you can expect to travel approximately five hours, from Atlanta or Miami it can be approximately three hours and as long as eight hours from Seattle. In any case, plan on leaving early or on a red-eye flight from the West Coast.

Flight times

  • 3 hours from Miami via St. Martin
  • 5.5 hours from Newark via St. Martin

Staying In Anguilla

Serenity-seeking sophisticates appreciate Anguilla. With 33 nearly-deserted beaches (Shoal Bay is among the world’s top-rated), stunning resorts, spas, land and water sports, and cultural attractions such as art gallery and museum tours, this island delights discriminating travelers. Crave freshly caught lobster, West Indian food, or Continental fare? You’ll find it all in delectable Anguilla, with more than 70 dining spots.

Must-see sights

  • Wallblake House in the Valley, the island’s only surviving plantation house.
  • Historic St. Gerard’s Roman Catholic Church

Things to do

  • Luxuriate on Shoal Bay, one of the world’s most celebrated beaches.
  • Check out Smitty’s or Scilly Cay on Island Harbor for local barbecue and grilled lobster.
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Traveling In Anguilla

Classic can arrange convenient and comfortable transfers at the time of booking. You will be met at the airport and taken to your hotel via taxi or shared transfer. In some locations, a private car transfer can be arranged to avoid the stops. Classic can also arrange friendly and fast car-rental service on many of the Caribbean Islands; with an availability of the most popular car rentals, from convertibles to minivans to four-wheel-drive jeeps. Be prepared to drive on the left side of the road on many islands.

While traveling in Anguilla we recommend:

  • Private transfers at time of booking - Most private transfers include a meet-and-greet by English-speaking drivers, luggage assistance, and bottled water in modern vehicles.

Things to Know

Entry Requirements

  • A valid passport is generally required for entry into the Caribbean and return to the United States.
  • Some countries may also require you to present a return airline ticket.
  • It is the traveler’s responsibility to obtain the proper documents.


  • U.S. currency is accepted nearly everywhere you go in the Caribbean.
  • Currency can be exchanged at banks and island hotels (although for slightly more than the standard exchange rate).
  • Most major American and European credit cards are accepted throughout the islands.
  • ATMs are widely available throughout the Caribbean.

Time Difference

  • The islands that make up the Caribbean span several time zones.
  • Most Caribbean islands lie in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, but a few are in the Eastern Time Zone.
  • Many of the islands do not observe daylight savings time.

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