Motto: "Strength and Endurance"
Language: English, Creole Dialect
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Airports: WallBlake Airport (AXA)
Known for: Lobster, rum, sailing, offshore banking
Official Tourism Website: anguilla-vacation.com
Drives on the: Left Side
Calling Code: +1 264
“The Anguilla Experience – Feeling is Believing”. Tying the knot on Anguilla is as easy, relaxed and romantic as the island itself. With 33 awesome beaches, friendly smiles and a casual elegance; it’s no wonder Modern Bride’s readers named Anguilla as one of the best honeymoon destinations in the world. Anguilla is made up of one ‘large island’ 16 miles long by 3 miles wide and a number of smaller uninhabited islands.
Although tropical, the island is relatively dry, with little temperature variation from month to month.
The flat island is easily reached via nonstop service from Puerto Rico or St. Maarten. It is also accessible by private boat.
Things To Do in Anguilla
Diving: Snorkeling and scuba are a big attraction on Anguilla. Anguilla has seven Marine Parks and is known for it's coral reef and wreckage dives. There is abundant sea life and great opportunities for underwater photography.
Sailing Competitions: The tradition of sailboat racing originated years ago, when Anguillans returned from fishing trips and raced their boats home. Now it is Anguilla's national sport and there are several large-scale competitions each year.
Cuisine of Anguilla
Anguilla continually wins culinary competitions and is known for their gourmet restaurant serving traditional and international fare. The island is also home to numerous internationally recognized wine cellars.
Although fresh fish is caught daily, most of the ingredients come by way of St. Martin. Food is moderately expensive, but you won’t find much else to spend money on. The island's barbecues, fast food restaurants, and unpretentious restaurants and bars serve meals ranging from $5(USD) to $15(USD). Meals at moderately priced restaurants will cost between $15(USD) and $30(USD), while the island's most prestigious restaurants have entrees that run from $30(USD) to $50(USD). Three course meals can easily cost $40(USD) to $60(USD) and up, depending on the quality of the restaurant.
Local Favorites: Johnny cakes (without yeast), pigeon peas with seasoned rice, and shredded salt fish served with peppers and onions (for breakfast).
• Blanchard's ($$$$$) A festive yet upscale atmosphere pervades the airy white room, which is accented with floor-to-ceiling teal-blue shutters to let in the breeze. One of them most famous restaurants on the island. Closed Sundays. Reservations Essential.
• El Picante ($$$) This casual, bright-red roadside Caribbean taqueria, is a refreshing addition to the Anguilla restaurant scene. PAtrons dine at picnic tables and enjoy large burritos stuffed with fresh ingredients.
• Koal Keel ($$$$) Serving dinner Monday thru Saturday with live music every Friday and Saturday. Originally constructed in the late 1700s. Slow roasted meats in an authentic 'Old Rock Oven', traditional island cuisine and tandoori.
• Mangos ($$$$$) Favorite dinner locale for visitors to Anguilla. Dressy chic atmosphere with a menu featuring eclectic fish specialties. Live local music several nights a week. One of the most extensive wine lists on the island and noted for its coconut cheescake. Also features a Cuban Cigar Humidor. Reservations Essential.
• Pimms ($$$$) A high-end restaurant that sits right on the water. In addition to the beautiful setting you will be catered to by pleasant attentive staff and a creative menu. Reservations essential.
Recommended Hotels in Anguilla
• Anguilla Ku Hotel ($$) Once the Old Shoal Bay Beach Hotel it has been renovated by the 'Cap Julaca' people and transformed into a comfortable spacious low-cost hotel. In the "Winter Season" (December 17th - March 31st), Anguilla Ku charges $395 for the "Beachfront Suite".
• Cap Jaluca ($$$$$) This renowned Anguilla resort was voted the best resort in the entire Caribbean, including Bermuda and The Bahamas, by the subscribers to Travel & Leisure magazine. Every villa has an amazing beach view of the natural gift of their pristine white-sanded beach. A complimentary Continental breakfast is served daily on your private terrace.
• CuisinArt Resort & Spa ($$$$$) CuisinArt Resort & Spa is the world's only resort to feed you with fresh vegetables from their own hydroponic farm. This high-end, full-service resort is located right in the middle of' Rendezvous Bay' a renowned walking beach. They offer wedding services in one of three Addresss; the beach, a gazebo overlooking the beach and the Pergola (a spacious courtyard with columns).
• Malliouhana Hotel & Spa ($$$$$) Rent the "Pool Suite" and you have the best of both worlds. You get the independence of an Anguilla villa, but you also benefit from all of Malliouhana's amenities. One of the top resorts in the world, they also have several wedding packages that can be tailored to your desires.
Marriage Requirements for Anguilla
Couples marry under the authority of a special license that takes approximately two working days to process. Both parties must present proof of citizenship of their resident country. These documents are the same documents that you will need to fulfill your entry requirements when visiting Anguilla; your passport or an original birth certificate accompanied by photo identification such as a driver's license. Two witnesses are required. If applicable, a divorce or death certificate must be present.
Fees: If one partner resides in Anguilla for at least fifteen days before the date of marriage, the cost of the license is US$40. If the stay is shorter, then the cost of the license is $284 (representing stamp duty).
Contact: If you plan to marry in Anguilla, contact the Minister and then the Magistrate at 264-497-2377 or 264-497-3477.
Catholic Marriages: Church also require Confirmation Papers; Baptismal Certificate; Freedom-to-Marry Papers; Pre-Cana course; 3 – 6 months advance notice.
Featured Hotels in Anguilla