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Anguilla, Caribbean

24 Jan, 2009

Anguilla, Caribbean

Anguilla is worth visiting like all of the other places in the Caribbean are all worth setting foot on. To make sure you make the most out of your holiday in Anguilla, you need to come up with a detailed itinerary. Find out what places you can visit and which one is worth checking out through this Anguilla travel guide. Because you deserve nothing but the best, we will show where and what places you can go to in order to have a good time. Besides, any person on vacation deserves a very excellent time.

Anguilla is just one island in the Caribbean. The main attraction, of course, is its beaches. The question you should ask yourself is which part of the beach offers the best services and amenities that will truly make your Caribbean getaway unforgettable

Sandy Island

Anguilla, Caribbean - Sandy Island

Although technically an islet, Sandy Island deserves the “island” tagged to its name due to the many recreational opportunities that you can enjoy in the island. These activities include:

• Boat rides
• Swimming by the beach
• Drinking and eating
• Sunbathing

Most of the activities in the island are offered by Sandy Island BBQ, an establishment founded by the creator of the Oliver’s Seaside Grill, Oliver MacDonna. MacDonna has come up with a tropical desert island adventure which offers free boat rides, live music and of course, food and drink.

If you’re into both beaches and live entertainment, check out Sandy Island BBQ’s jazz performers on Sunday afternoons. Get ready to dance when the music starts to get loud, as the Musical Brothers plus Frankie Rogers on sax will get your feet moving to upbeat Caribbean music.

Shoal Bay

Anguilla, Caribbean - Shoal Bay

Shoal Bay is just one of the many beaches of Anguilla. It is also highly spoken and has received rave reviews from many travel critics including Ron Hall. In his review published in November 1996, Hall raved about the beauty of the white sand beaches in Shoal Bay. The Bay also is remarkable for one feature: the sea shells. The shells dot the surface of the beach and act as a mirror. The sun’s rays are reflected off the translucent skin of the shells and give a shining appearance to the entire beach of Shoal Bay.

You can do everything that you can do at the beach. Enjoy hours and hours of swimming, playing games in the sand, getting that much wanted tan by sunbathing with a cool drink at hand. You can also participate in water sports, particularly snorkeling, while you are spending your holiday at the Shoal Bay. Establishments all around the Bay offer lounge chairs for rent if you don’t want to spend so much time under the sun.

Uncle Ernie’s

Uncle Ernie’s is one of those less expensive eateries in the entire Anguilla area. However, even if it’s cheap, the quality is not less than its competitors. In fact, it is considered the best eating places in all of Anguilla. It is by appearance a tropical eatery; very simple and comfortable. Its offerings include:

• Cold drinks
• Ice cream bars
• Chicken dishes
• Lobster and crayfish cuisine
• Pork ribs
• Hamburgers

Uncle Ernie’s also features live music on Sunday afternoons like its many competitors. So many bands play at many places at the same time that the event is aptly considered “battle of the bands.”

The price is also just right for a holiday budget: you can enjoy a sumptuous rib dinner for $6 and a Heineken for just a couple of bucks. A lot of people have come and gone to Uncle Ernie’s place and have nothing else to say about Uncle Ernie’s but good.

The El Buen Consejo Shipwreck

Anguilla is home to one historical artifact: the wreck of the Spanish flota El Buen Consejo.

El Buen Consejo was part of a convoy of 14 merchant ships that was to sail the Atlantic. King Carlos III of Spain had ordered this trade convoy to bring back spices from the Far East as well as treasures from South and Central America. Originally the number was 13 ships plus 3 warships – to protect the convoy from pirates – but the El Buen Consejo was called up because the King deemed his ships too few to carry the intended cargo from the Atlantic.

The ship hit shallow water on July 8, 1772. The ship had become separated from the rest of the convoy thanks to the actions of its captain, Don Julian Antonio de Urcullu. Aside from merchants, Urcullu had in his passengers some missionaries heading for the Spanish colony of the Philippines.

The remnants were discovered by Leander Bryan in 1986. At first, it was his private property until the Anguilla government declared it an Underwater Archaeological Preserve. Visitors experienced in scuba diving can now go down to the wreck and explore the history inside the shipwreck. The wreck is a perfect photo opportunity; divers with waterproof cameras can bring home a load of treasure from the dive.

Dive Sites

Aside from the El Buen Consejo shipwreck, Anguilla also has several other dive sites ranked according to dive experience and certification. Some of these dive sites include:
For Divers With Open Water Certification

• Captain’s ridge, a dive site sitting on the Sail Reef system. It is over 16 meters deep.

• Frenchman’s Reef. A dive site 13 meters deep, the reef is ideal for photographers and novices.

• Grouper Bowl. Home to some of the best hard coral formations Anguilla has to offer.

• Sea Fan Reef. Get face to face with angel fishes and eels in this 15-meter deep site.

For Advanced Open Water Certified Divers

• Author’s Deep. Get the chance to see large pelagic fishes in this 36-meter deep dive site.

• Blue Angel. 27 meters in depth, angel fishes swim through the area in large numbers.

• Lobster Ridge. Lobsters as well as spotted eels populate this dive site that is rich in elkhorn coral formations.

For Wreck Divers

• Ida Marie. The remains of a freighter purposely sunk in 1895, this is home to a lot of schooling fish. Lobsters sometimes are found in this wreck.

• M.V. Sarah. Enjoy a view of intact remains of large vessel. Sunk in 1990, the wreck is perfect for exploring and taking pictures.

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