article - Anguilla

Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory in the Caribbean Sea, a few miles north of Saint Martin.

Capital The Valley
Currency Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Population 16 thousand
Electricity 110 volt / 60 hertz (Type A)
Country code +1264
Time zone UTC−04:00
Emergencies 911
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Of the many villages scattered across the island, these are of most interest to visitors.

  • The Valley – the capital and commercial center
  • Blowing Point – terminal for ferries from St. Martin
  • Island Harbour – home to small fishing fleet
  • Sandy Ground – bars and restaurants along beach

Here are a few of the many beaches:

  • Meads Bay – several resorts and restaurants
  • Rendezvous Bay – long beach with view of St. Martins
  • Little Bay – tiny beach accessible by boat
  • Crocus Bay – reached by a steep road from The Valley
  • Shoal Bay (East) – long beach with reefs protecting it from surf
  • Savanna Bay – long undeveloped beach; you may have it to yourself

Several islands offer dining and drinking or solitude:

  • Scrub Island – you and the birds
  • Sandy Island – not far from Sandy Ground
  • Scilly Cay – in Island Harbor

Anguilla was colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, and administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island – against the wishes of the inhabitants – was incorporated into a single UK dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. In 1971, two years after a revolt, Anguilla was finally allowed to secede; this arrangement was formally recognized in 1980 with Anguilla becoming a separate UK dependency.

Anguilla has few natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. Increased activity in the tourism industry, which has spurred the growth of the construction sector, has contributed to economic growth.

Anguilla is a flat and low-lying island. It is 35 sq. miles, 16 miles long and 3 miles wide at the widest point. The highest point is Crocus Hill, at 65 meters.

The island is made of limestone, providing many caves. Two of the most impressive being The Big Springs located in Island Harbour and The Fountain located in Shoal Bay.

Anguilla also has many attractive coral reefs which provides habitats for a vast array of tropical fish and marine wildlife. This motivates individuals to take part in snorkeling.

A map showing the visa requirements of Anguilla, with countries in green having visa-free access

A maximum visa-free stay of 3 months is granted to holders of British passports, all European Union citizens and nationals of Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Botswana, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, East Timor, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Iceland, Israel, Japan, Kiribati, Liechtenstein, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Marshall Islands, Mauritius, Mexico, Micronesia, Monaco, Namibia, Nauru, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Norway, Palau, Panama, Papua New Guinea, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Seychelles, Singapore, Solomon Islands, South Korea, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Tuvalu, United States, Uruguay and Vanuatu.

Passengers can stay in transit for 24 hours without a visa except for nationals of Afghanistan, China, Colombia, Croatia, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ecuador, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Ghana, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Montenegro, Nigeria, Serbia, Somalia, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Uganda.

In addition, holders of a valid visa issued by the United Kingdom and holders of diplomatic passports do not require a visa.

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