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We visited the Caribbean island of Anguilla when our cruise ship stopped in St. Maarten for 1 day.
People in Anguilla speak English and the US dollar is accepted. (Please see Rudy's Cruise Guide)
Anguilla is believed to have been named by Christopher Columbus for its shape, with Anguilla being Italian and meaning “eel” or Latin meaning “snake”.
Anguilla was under British rule for much of its European settlement. In 1825, the island was placed under administrative control of Saint Kitts. When Great Britain granted Saint Kitts and Nevis full autonomy in 1967, Anguilla was part of the new Saint Christopher-Nevis-Anguilla. Many Anguillians did not like this and two revolutions in 1967 and 1969 led to a brief independence from St. Kitts and the formation of the independent "Republic of Anguilla" so that Anguilla could return back under British authority. In 1980, Anguilla finally seceded from Saint Kitts and Nevis and became a separate British Crown colony and is now a British overseas territory.
Anguilla has no cruise port. Getting there from the cruise port in St. Maarten involved taking a taxi to the port of Marigot on the French side of St. Martin. The ferry lands at Blowing Point in Anguilla and there are taxis to bring you wherever you want on Anguilla.
Make sure you have enough cash with you when exiting Anguilla as the departure tax is paid in cash only and there are no ATMs in the port in Anguilla. Click on the map below to see more details in google maps.
Shoal Bay East is a long and gorgeous white sand and turquoise water beach and rightfully one of the most popular beaches on Anguilla. As Anguilla is a fairly remote and high prized island, even popular beaches will likely never be overcrowded.
Snorkeling was good at some of the rocks 100ft off-shore, but the current was strong and this may not be for everyone.