Located to the east of Puerto Rico and off the north coast of Venezuela lies the small but perfectly formed island of Anguilla. If your perfect holiday consists of sun, sand, sea and seclusion then an Anguilla rental apartment is the perfect option for you. The island is still one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets and is unaffected by mass tourism. As well as being able to relax in tranquillity on the island, there are a range of activities and sights waiting to be discovered.
It surprises many visitors on an Anguilla holiday to learn that for such a small island it has a large number of beaches. Indeed, Anguilla has over 30 immaculate beaches which offer stunning sea views and the opportunity to indulge in a range of watersports. On most of the beaches visitors can enjoy activities such as snorkelling, diving, sailing, deep-sea fishing, swimming and water skiing. Other activities that are accessible across Anguilla include horse riding, bird watching, hiking, tennis and golf.
There are many natural and historic attractions to be found on this small island and one destination that is a must on your itinerary is The Fountain Cavern National Park. The Fountain Cavern is Anguilla’s top archaeological site and is thought to have been an important religious worship site for Amerindians. A visit to The Fountain Cavern itself will allow visitors to see naturally formed rock pools and rock carvings made by the Taino Indians. The most impressive of these carvings is one of the important god “Jocahu”, intricately carved out of a 4 metre stalagmite.
Also worth a visit on an Anguilla holiday is Wallblake House. This old plantation house is one of the oldest buildings on the island and was built in 1787 by Will Blake. The plantation is quite unique as it is one of very few in the Caribbean that has virtually remained intact since its erection. Visitors can explore the kitchen, slave quarters and stables as well as an exhibition detailing the history of Anguilla.
For those considering an Anguilla holiday, you will be pleased to hear that the island is lucky enough to have a tropical climate. The climate is drier than that of other islands in the Caribbean and the temperature does not vary greatly throughout the entire year. The warmest month of the year is generally July when average daytime temperatures reach an impressive 30°C. The coldest month of the year, December, still offers a respectable daytime temperature of around 27°C. Due to its location and the fact that there are no mountains on Anguilla, the warm temperatures are accompanied by cooling sea breezes, ensuring that visitors do not overheat. Anguilla is within the confines of the hurricane belt with hurricane season running from June to November.
If you decide that an Anguilla holiday is perfect for you, then you will fly directly into Anguilla Wallblake Airport (AXA) which is on the outskirts of the island’s capital, The Valley. There are no direct flights available from the UK to Anguilla, however, several airlines offer affordable flights including LIAT, American Airlines, Windward Islands Airways and British Airways. Travellers can depart from several UK airports such as Heathrow (LHR), London Gatwick (LGW), Aberdeen (ABZ), Newcastle(NCL), Leeds (LBA) and Manchester (MAN).