Anguilla Travel Tips
Buy Art at the International Arts Festival
Anguilla is also home to the International Arts Festival at the end of July. Artists come from all over the world to show off their work and discuss the art world.
For the art enthusiast, this can be a magical time to be on the island. You'll get an opportunity to peruse the works of up-and-coming artists. Plus, you'll get a glimpse into the Caribbean art world.
If you're the cultural maven who'll appreciate time up close and personal with art, check out this festival.
See the Fairest Beach of All at Shoal Bay
Many consider the beach at Shoal Bay the most beautiful on the island and one of the most beautiful beaches in the world. A stretch of powdery, white sand spans the distance between coconut trees and turquoise water. The wide beach and gentle water make this a perfect family destination. There are also restaurants nearby that offer places to park. This means you won't have to walk far, and amenities are nearby.
Adding to the perfection is a coral reef that is relatively close to the shore. Bring your snorkel gear, and explore an underwater ecosystem in the crystal clear surf.
However you spend your time at Shoal Bay, you'll spend it on one of the most remarkable beaches in the world.
Celebrate Carnival in August
Anguilla celebrates its own Carnival, which starts on the first Monday of August and continues for 10 days.
These are 10 days of arts and craft shows, bands playing all hours of the day, local cuisine, and brilliantly colored parades. The boat races during Carnival are a thing of adrenaline-fueled beauty. Anguilla's Carnival is not as large as other islands, and this suits many people better. You get all the Carnival experiences without dealing with an overwhelmingly large celebration.
Get the full Carnival experience, and visit Anguilla's trademark boat racing during this exciting, annual celebration.
Speed Up to the Carnival Boat Races
While you’re at Carnival, make sure to be there for the boat races. Sailing is the national sport of Anguilla, and the locals take it very seriously, and Carnival makes everything bigger. So the boat races are even more important.
There are multiple opportunities to see races throughout the 10 days of Carnival, and you should definitely take advantage of them. The boats are built on the island, and they are things of beauty and efficiency. Painted in bright colors, they aren't built with decks, so the sailors use different materials to keep the boats stable. As the boats near the finish line, sailors will start throwing that material overboard to gain more speed.
The spectators get really into the races, and their enthusiasm is contagious. You don't even have to pick a boat to cheer for to get swept up in the excitement.
Bump Your Behind To Moonsplash
In addition to the BET sponsored Jazz festival, Anguilla hosts another, lesser-recognized festival: Moonsplash. This reggae festival is put on in late February or early March, for the three days around the full moon.
While it may not draw the same big names, the festival has seen some celebrities and popular musicians make appearances. The whole festival is driven by the energy and star power of local celebrity Bankie Banx. It is a valuable event and venue for veteran and emerging reggae acts alike.
Hosted at Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve on the beach of Rendezvous Bay, this reggae institution is going strong after more than 20 years.
Under the Sea: A Caribbean Snorkeling Vacation
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A Romantic Beach Weekend for Just the Two of You
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Warm Sun and Hot Nights: Best of the Caribbean
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