Anguilla, British West Indies - Culinary capital of the Caribbean

Colorful Anguilla, part of the British West Indies, is an upscale splash in the East Caribbean. Anguilla's location, and its reputation as a friendly and virtually crime free society, has enabled it to establish itself as a high end tourist destination.

Originally inhabited by Arawak and Carib peoples, Anguilla became a British colony after English settlers arrived in 1650. Its people are of mainly African descent. Anguilla, as the first in the chain of the Leeward islands, is located in the Eastern Caribbean, east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.

The people of Anguilla are in part what make it such a magnificient place. Genuinely gentle and gracious, Anguillians take great pride in their island and pleasure in sharing it with visitors from around the world. Guests and natives almost always share friendly “hellos” as they encounter each other across the island, and it’s not long until many know each other by name.

The island itself is warm and welcoming, small and secluded. Anguilla is the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. Approximately 35 square miles, it is low-lying, comprised of coral and limestone and covered mostly with rock, sparse scrub oak, few trees and some salt ponds. There is little arable land on Anguilla.

The island’s rich history is embodied in its culture and heritage. From the ancient Amerindian settlements through European colonization to its 1967 Revolution, these and other events are woven into the tapestry of Anguilla’s life and passed on with honor and pride from generation to generation.

Showing both its British and African influences, Anguilla puts on a plethora of festivals and celebrations.

English holidays such as the Queen’s Birthday and others are celebrated, but English-speaking Anguilla maintains a unique balance of all its historic influences to create a truly individual island nation.

This exclusive spot is an English-speaking paradise with crystal clear waters, white sand beaches and chic hotels.

With 33 of the best beaches in the world, stunningly white, powder soft sands meet gentle seas of pristine waters colored in vibrant and varied hues of turquoise.

Capital: The Valley

Population: 10,000

Island Size: 16 miles long, 3 miles wide, 35 square miles

Climate: Average temperature is 80° F. Rainfall averages 35 inches per year.

Official Language: English.

Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC).

The Caribbean

The United States Virgin Islands - Three lively islands
St. Croix - Port of Solace
St. John - Rich land and history
St. Thomas - Colonial jewel to Modern paradise

Water Island - Quiet, laid-back
St. Vincent and Grenadines - One destination, Often overlooked
Antigua and Barbuda - Caribbean's premier tourist destination
St. Maarten - Biggest small island in the world

Martinique - Taste of Europe in the Caribbean
The Bahamas - Wealth, prosperity and stability
Guadeloupe - Best of France
Aruba - One Happy Island

Puerto Rico - Does it better
Curacao - Breathtaking Wonder
Cayman Islands and the Turks and Caicos Islands - Peaceful and relaxing Caribbean destination

Barbados - It's time for you to discover
Trinidad and Tobago - Black Gold
Dominican Republic - Athens of America
Dominica - Nature Island of the Caribbean

St. Kitts and Nevis - Mother colony of the West Indies
St. Lucia - The Helen of the West Indies
Jamaica - Share in the Jamaican Experience
Anguilla, British West Indies - Culinary capital of the

British Virgin Islands - Nature's Little Secret
Montserrat, West Indies - A Caribbean Treasure
Netherlands Antilles - Different islands, one country
Saint Barthélemy - as European as it gets in the Caribbean

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