Anguilla: Escaping to Paradise

Beach at the Cap Juluca Resort. Photo by Richard Varr

Beach at the Cap Juluca Resort. Photo by Richard Varr

I came to Anguilla by ferry, a 25 minute ride, from the scenic shoreline of Marigot, St. Martin’s capital on the French side.  To me, St. Martin is paradise.  But what I found in Anguilla was a more subdued paradise – a quiet island with one beautiful beach after the other.

Anguilla’s solitude, pristine beaches and world class resorts make it a place where you can really feel like you’re escaping the world.  “Anguilla is recognized for what we don’t have,” says Candis Niles, Director of Tourism with the Anguilla Tourist Board.  “No jet skis, cruise ships, casinos or high rises, but just beautiful beaches in a tranquil and laid back atmosphere.”

I toured five properties while on Anguilla.  The first three listed below are 5-star resorts, and the last two are 3-star properties.  I found all to have beautiful, white-sand beaches with great ocean views.

Viceroy Resort Anguilla:  http://www.viceroyhotelsandresorts.com/anguilla

Cap Juluca:  http://www.capjuluca.com

CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa:  http://www.cuisinartresort.com

Anguilla Great House Beach Resort:  http://www.anguillagreathouse.com

Shoal Bay Villas:  http://www.sbvillas.ai/

View from the Viceroy. Photo by Richard Varr

View from the Viceroy. Photo by Richard Varr

View of the Beach from Cap Juluca. Photo by Richard Varr

View of the Beach from Cap Juluca. Photo by Richard Varr

CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa. Photo by Richard Varr

CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa. Photo by Richard Varr

Anguilla Great House Beach Resort. Photo by Richard Varr

Anguilla Great House Beach Resort. Photo by Richard Varr

Shoal Bay Villas. Photo by Richard Varr

Shoal Bay Villas. Photo by Richard Varr

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9 responses to “Anguilla: Escaping to Paradise

  1. I’m from Antigua but never ventured next door to Anguilla. Nice photos though.

  2. Reblogged this on stmartinboatcharter and commented:
    MY St Martin leave now to Europe, will come back November

  3. Very nice articel. Valuable reading and beautiful photos. I wish you good luck.

  4. I have been traveling to Anguilla since the mid 90’s and return year after year. There is a peace that comes to ones soul here. I hope Anguilla will always stray from the typical over commercialized tourist traps that occured around her. Being able to be alone or one of a small goup of people on a beach all day is a treasure. I hope the Eastern tip remains undeveloped. Taking a Jeep out there is one of the highlights of my trips to Anguilla.

  5. Hope to get to Anguilla next year. Great photos.

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