Destinations: Anguilla

Anguilla is the laidback Caribbean at its best - with pristine beaches, luxury accommodations, and most importantly the genuine warmth of its people.

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Anguilla is one of the smaller Caribbean islands, at just 16 miles long and three miles wide. The island offers a variety of popular water-based activities, with the incredible sense of tranquility being undoubtedly Anguilla’s main attraction. While most travelers are eager to enjoy a quintessential Caribbean getaway filled with lazy sun-filled days and balmy, romantic nights, those who opt for a more active vacation can spend their days exploring the island by sea. Whether it’s above or below the water, activities abound on Anguilla.

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Anguilla's Alluring Beaches Anguilla is home to 33 pristine beaches with more than 12 miles of stunning, powder-white sand for visitors to enjoy. Highlighted with a kaleidoscope of brilliant blues of the sea, each beach offers a little something that is different. From the long, gentle shoreline of Rendezvous Bay that is perfect for strolling to the colorful beach bars that dot the striking white sands of Shoal Bay and the village beach of Sandy Ground, where there is always a party, to the secluded coves of Little Bay that offer a picturesque setting to celebrate romance, opportunities for travelers to put their feet in the sand are endless.
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Culinary Delights Anguilla’s second enviable feature is its world-class restaurants. The island has an award-winning dining scene that offers discerning travelers international sophistication and elegance. Offering creative cuisine that fuses the fresh local flavors from land and sea with elegant imports, the artistry of the island’s chefs, both Anguillan and international, is unmatched anywhere in the Caribbean. Many of Anguilla’s top chefs also have their own independent enterprises — offering eclectic culinary techniques complemented by a touch of local flavor. Anguilla’s culinary scene is uniquely Anguillan and authentically Caribbean. Nightlive Most resorts and hotels offer nightly entertainment in season, and there are several excellent local bands who perform frequently at venues such as, The Pumphouse, Veya, Elvis’ Beach Bar and Sammy’s Beach Bar in Sandy Ground; On Da Rocks in Island Harbour, Smokey’s at the Cove, Ocean Echo at Meads Bay, Omari and Eleven at Davida’s in Crocus Bay, Elodias and Manoah at Shoal Bay, and The Dune Preserve on Rendezvous Bay. Airlines Anguilla can be easily accessed by air or by sea from the island of St. Maarten. There is non-stop and direct service from a growing number of U.S and Canadian cities to Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten via American Airlines, Jet Blue, USAir, United Airlines, Delta, Air Canada, Air Transat and WestJet; from Europe and the United Kingdom with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Condor, Air France and KLM via LIAT; as well as from San Juan, Puerto Rico via Anguilla Air Express and Cape Air. Once in St Maarten, visitors can transfer to Anguilla via a short 6-minute commuter flight to the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport or through a 20-25 minute, convenient and accessible ferry ride from the Anguilla-St. Maarten Ferry Terminal at Simpson Bay, or the Fort Louis Ferry Terminal in Marigot. Scheduled and charter services are available for both flights and ferries. These easy travel options make Anguilla the perfect, most desired escape in the Eastern Caribbean. Entry Requirements A passport and return or onward ticket are required. A visa is not required by UK, USA, Canada & certain other (mainly Commonwealth) nationals. For further information on visa and entry requirements for Anguilla please see: www.ivisitanguilla.com Activities Explore art galleries, museum and other historical sites; catch a game of tennis or play a round of golf; enjoy the refreshing breezes as you ride horse-back along the beach; reignite your senses and rejuvenate your spirit in our world class spa facilities; hike, bike, or simply stroll along our nature trails and birdwatching havens. And in the evening, enjoy the pulsating rhythms of Caribbean soca and reggae as you experience Anguilla After Dark at the many options available at Sandy Ground and elsewhere around the island. Marriage Requirements Couples may marry under the authority of a special marriage license. The license application can be obtained from the Judicial Department during weekdays between 8:30 am and 4:00 pm and takes approximately 48 hours to process. Both parties must present proof of citizenship of resident country, a valid passport, birth certificate, and/or a driver’s license with a photograph. If either party is divorced, a divorce decree must be presented. If either party is widowed, a death certificate of former spouse must be presented. All documents must be in English; if not, they must be translated and notarized. To marry in the Roman Catholic Church you will need confirmation papers, baptismal certificates, freedom to marry papers, and should have taken the pre cana course and give 3-6 months advance notice. If one of the partners has resided in Anguilla for at least fifteen (15) days before the date they plan to marry, the cost of the license is US$40.00. If their stay is shorter, the cost is US$284.00, which includes stamp duty. Two witnesses are required for the wedding ceremony. The Minister should be contacted. For further information, the applicant may contact: Registrar of Births, Deaths and Marriages, Judicial Department, The Valley, Anguilla. Tel: 264-497-2377/3347. P.S: Anguilla is a great island for your honeymoon! Resorts offer various attractive packages especially for newlyweds!

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