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Anguilla: Best & Worst Features

Above: Casual dining on Shoal Beach

Best Features:

Beaches: This tiny island is the king of the Caribbean beach world, a mecca for beach buffs in search of that perfect stretch of sand. Although only 16 miles from end to end and little more than 35 square miles in all, the island packs in over 30 beaches and numerous nearby cays to tempt sunlovers, snorkelers, sailors, scuba divers, and those just looking for a good beach walk or hike. A few beaches bustle with activity but most are quiet and interruption-free, just pristine boundaries between land and sea.

Friendliness: Fun is also easy to find thanks to the friendliness of the Anguilla people. Anguillians pride themselves on their hospitality. Local residents greet cars with a wave and exchange “good morning” greetings with those they meet.

Safety: Crime is as rare as you can find anywhere and, if you get lost, just pull over and ask for help. There’s a welcoming spirit here that’s shared with visitors and instantly makes your family feel right at home. Anguilla also boasts a high safety factor. Rent a car, buzz around the island, pull over and dine at side of the road joints; you’ll feel safe.

Worst Features:

Price: All this safety and seclusion does come at a price, however. The island aims for the upper market traveler, who is not shocked by three figure dinner tabs and per night accommodation rates equal to those found in three or four-night budget packages on some other islands. There are some medium-range properties, but by and large Anguilla is for families who don’t have to keep a close eye on the pocketbook.

Getting There: You won't be able to take a direct flight to Anguilla; you'll need to connect to a small plane in San Juan, Puerto Rico or on another island or hop a ferry from St. Martin.

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