Goes Ashore in the Caribbean
to see & things to do
secluded tranquility, not to mention some of the finest beaches in
the Caribbean, has proven to be a draw for the most affluent of
visitors. Small and lightly
populated with friendly and easy-going people, it’s become a
trendy haven for those who want privacy and have the money to insure
they get it.
Ground is the island’s small, sleepy deep water port and is
located about two miles west of The Valley, Anguilla’s capital and
only real town. Some
taxi drivers meet incoming passengers and for a flat fee offer
guided tours of the island. For
those who want to explore on their own, bicycles and scooters can be
rented in The Valley. Very
little evidence of British colonialism remains here, since the
decision was made to move government administration to St. Kitts
long ago in 1825.
the lack of a profusion of historic sights, most visitors find
Wallblake House, one of the oldest structures on the island, of
interest. Peek into the
interior of the adjacent church, uniquely designed with a decorative
stone front, open sides, and a ceiling shaped like the hull of a
ship. The Anguilla National
Trust Museum displays changing exhibits of Anguilla's history and
natural environment and is worth a visit.
interior is utterly devoid of dramatic scenery and lush foliage.
It’s flat and dry, dotted with salt ponds that were
commercially harvested until the cost of shipping the salt began to
exceed its value. A look
around the island quickly reveals its main appeals are the beautiful
beaches, crystal aquamarine water, and nearby islets.
exactly a shopper's paradise, there are a handful of places to shop
for mainly local arts and crafts. A good selection of locally made
silk-screened clothing, pottery, and baskets can be found at the
Anguilla Arts and Crafts Center in The Valley.
Small galleries on the island feature the work of Caribbean
artists and antique maps.
of the best of the beautiful beaches are Shoal Bay, Rendezvous
Bay, Sandy Ground, and Barnes Bay. Little
by boat, is great for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving.
Fodor's Caribbean Ports of Call 2013 is all you need
to plan your days ashore, PLUS a cruise primer section and cruise
line profiles by Cruise Diva, Linda Coffman
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