Are you dreaming of a tropical getaway? Look no further than Anguilla, a Caribbean gem that offers pristine beaches, rich history and delicious cuisine. Nestled in the Caribbean Sea, the British Overseas Territory is renowned for its picturesque white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. This small island spans just 35 square miles, and is one of the safest in the West Indies. 

No matter what type of vacation you’re seeking, the island has something for everyone. It provides the perfect setting for a relaxing and indulgent getaway. The island is renowned for its luxurious resorts and villas. Additionally, Anguilla's vibrant culinary scene, with its wide variety of restaurants serving delicious Caribbean and international cuisine, makes it a paradise for food lovers. Adventure seekers and nature lovers will also find a plethora of exciting outdoor activities to partake in.

In this article, EBONY outlines the best places to stay, top things to do and must-try foods and places to eat on the island. So pack your bags and get ready for an unforgettable trip!

Where to stay

Frangipani Beach Resort. Image: Courtesy of Frangipani Beach Resort/ Facebook.

Meads Bay is a popular tourist area with a range of accommodations and beachfront restaurants. Top accommodations here include Turtle’s Nest Beach Resort, Tranquility Beach Anguilla and Frangipani Beach Resort.

Paradise Cove Resort and Anguilla Great House Beach Resort are two amazing Black-owned resorts to consider. Paradise Cove offers guests easy access to Cove Bay, while Anguilla Great House is situated directly on the shores of Rendezvous Bay. These accommodations immerse guests in the rich history and traditions of the destination, providing a warm and welcoming atmosphere.

Thing to do and see

Anguilla. Image: Thierry Dehove Photography.

Discover the stunning beaches of Anguilla–like Shoal Bay, Meads Bay, and Rendezvous Bay–to experience a true tropical paradise. Explore the island’s underwater world at popular snorkeling and diving spots such as Prickly Pear Island and Sandy Island. 

Visit the Fountain Cavern National Park, a fascinating natural wonder. Or, take a boat tour to marvel at the breathtaking limestone arches of Little Bay Marine Park. Seeking something a little more fast-paced? Try jetskiing, kitesurfing or windsurfing. 

Immerse yourself in the rich history and culture by touring heritage sites like Wallblake House and The Old Salt Factory and Pump House. Then, take some time out to relax and rejuvenate at one of Anguilla’s luxurious spas. Zemi Thai House Spa, Malakh Day Spa and Anguilla Spa are some of the best around.

Dining in Anguilla

Ackee and saltfish with dumplings. Image: graytown.

Explore the diverse flavors of Anguilla's cuisine, influenced by a fusion of native Caribbean, African, British, Spanish and French cuisines. Indulge in fresh seafood dishes, including the island's specialties like grilled lobster and conch fritters. 

Discover a vibrant food scene with farm-to-table restaurants and innovative chefs offering unique culinary experiences. Don't miss out on savoring local delicacies such as Anguillian crayfish, Johnny cakes, saltfish and goat stew for an authentic taste of Anguilla.

Check out Tasty’s Restaurant for authentic Caribbean flavors, Sharkey’s for fresh seafood and Ken’s BBQ for some of the best barbecued meats on the island.