Anguilla is one of the Caribbean's hidden gems. Tourism is a relatively recent phenomenon on this island nation, and as such, Anguilla offers visitors an authentic glimpse into the Caribbean lifestyle and a clean slate for exploration and adventure. While its profile has been rising in recent years, Anguilla is still one of the quietest and least-visited corners of the Caribbean, making it ideal for those who want to get off the beaten path to enjoy the sunshine, sand and surf without fighting huge crowds.
If you're visiting Anguilla, here are some suggestions for activities to add to your itinerary:
-Rendezvous Bay: Considered by many to be the country's best beach, Rendezvous Bay is one of several spectacular stretches of sand and surf where you can go to revel in the glorious tropical sunshine. This is the perfect setting for Anguilla weddings and Anguilla honeymoons.
-Historical tours: The history of Anguilla is far more complex and epic than many visitors initially realize. If you want to educate yourself on the culture and history of the island, you can take a guided tour of The Valley, the island's capital city, and the surrounding area.
-Rainforest tours: The interior of Anguilla is filled with lush, perfectly preserved, tropical rainforests.
-Swimming with dolphins: Seasonally, dolphins swim along the coast of Anguilla, and with the help of an experienced guide, you can enjoy the unique thrill of swimming with a dolphin in its natural habitat.
-Wallblake House: This impressive plantation dates back to 1787, and the beautiful architecture and landscaped grounds offer a unique way to spend a day away from the beach.
If you're visiting Anguilla during March, be sure to check out the Moonsplash Festival, which features the music and arts of the island. Heading to an Anguilla spa is also a must for beauty-conscious visitors looking to pamper themselves.
Staying in a vacation rental offers visitors a more rewarding experience than a hotel. Experience Anguilla from the comfort of your very own beach villa or condo and enjoy all the comforts of home at affordable rates.
If you want to do more island hopping, Anguilla is located near Puerto Rico, and it's an easy journey to San Juan. It is also in close proximity to the British and U.S. Virgin Islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and St. Kitts and Nevis.
As featured in USA TODAY and recommended by Travel + Leisure in its annual Villa Guide:
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