The longest stretch of white sand on Anguilla, Rendezvous Bay is the picture-postcard beach with its transparent water and gentle surf. Palms stud the shore and shrubbery surrounds the few.
2: Mountain Bikes
Rent a mountain bike & ride the back roads of Anguilla. There are plenty of marl roads around the island with spectacular sights along the way. Many hotels have bicycles availiable for their guests.
3: St. Maarten Zoological Park
It is a delightful zoo full of Caribbean animals in natural settings. Discover over 80 species including the largest display of exotic parrots in the Caribbean. A Reptile House & a Nocturnal Exhibit showcase many of the unique species of this region.
4: Heritage Collection Museum
A simple but very nicely presented museum with displays of Anguilla's geology, early Arawak past and British colonial history, right up to the Anguillian revolution and separation from St Kitts and Nevis.
5: The Fountain
Peer into Anguilla's many grotto like rock areas & hidden coves, which are dotted all around the islands 30odd beaches, one to definitely not miss out on is the historic landmark The Fountain, a huge underground cave with a constant supply of fresh water
6: Scrub Island
This 2.5mi (4km) long island is covered in scrubby vegetation and inhabited by herds of scruffy goats. It has a beach on its western side, an abandoned airstrip (rumoured to have once been used by cocaine runners) and some good snorkelling spots. There are no facilities, so bring your own picnic.
Anguilla also has an eclectic nightlife with plenty of live music and dancing options. Classical pianists and guitarists, a quiet saxophone, reggae, steel drum and calypso bands are just a few styles heard on the island nightly at bars, restaurants and hotels. Sandy Ground is great for nightlife and music on the weekends and during the week entertainment is found in Shoal Bay East.
8: The Valley
The Valley, the island's only real town, is the geographic, commercial and political centre of Anguilla. It's a small, rambling area consisting of little more than a bunch of mini-malls, with an administrative relocation to St Kitts in 1825 explaining the lack of colonial architecture. But there are jewels to be unearthed, such the historical displays of the Anguilla National Trust Museum, the exterior of Wallblake House, and the design of the adjacent church which has a unique decorative stone front, open-air sides and a ceiling shaped like the hull of a ship.
9: Prickly Pear Cays
For the best diving on Anguilla, head out to this underwater cavern, where nurse sharks and barracuda swim through rock formations not far from several sunken shipwrecks. Snorkelling, diving and day trip tour operators leave out of Sandy Ground.
10: The Fountain
Peer into Anguilla's many grotto-like rock areas and hidden coves, which are dotted all around the island's 30-odd beaches - one to definitely not miss out on is the historic landmark The Fountain, a huge underground cave with a constant supply of fresh water at Shoal Bay.
11: Wallblake House
Wallblake House is a heritage plantation house and museum annex in The Valley, Anguilla in the northeastern Caribbean. Built in 1787 by Will Blake, a sugar planter, it is stated to be the oldest structure on the island. Although gutted by the French in the late 1790s, it was rebuilt by the British and today has been fully restored, with its kitchen complex, stables and slave quarters intact. A church in the vicinity contains a stone fascia with open-air side walls and a ceiling, which is the form of a hull of a ship. Wallblake House is one of the ten heritage houses in The Valley that was refurbished over a seven year period and completed in 2004.
12: Cove Bay
The natural beauty, soft white sands, serenity and crystal clear waters of Cove Bay ranks it amongst the top beach vacation destinations in Anguilla. Located on the western side of Anguilla midway between Maundays Bay and Rendezvous Bay, it is the only dominant beach in the region not occupied with hotels. The moderate surf offers some of the best water-sport activities and the area surrounding the beach provides bird-watching opportunities.
Several of the major hotels in Anguilla have spas in dedicated buildings, offering an excellent range of treatments, some with products derived from the region. They permit outside visitors. Try Malliouhana Hotel (with a his and hers room), Cusinart, the Viceroy hotel and Cap Juluca.
14: Snorkeling and scuba diving
Whether you are looking at sea creatures from above the sea in Junior's Glass Bottom Boat on Shoal Bay, or submerged - snorkel in mouth, or have the full Anguilla diving gear. You will always be in for a treat!
Anguilla has many idea snorkeling and diving cays and coves, filled with lush plants and an abundance of colorful fish.
15: Shoal Bay East
Beach connoisseurs consider Shoal Bay East to be Anguilla's premier strand. On the northeastern side of the island, Shoal Bay East (sometimes called simply Shoal Bay, so don't confuse it with Shoal Bay West) is broad and long with radiant white sands and clear turquoise waters. It's ideal for swimming, snorkelling and soaking up the sun. To add to its laid-back appeal, there are a couple of small hotels and restaurants on the beach, but virtually no other development in sight.
16: Sports fishing
Hook up a charter from Sandy Ground and chase albacore, wahoo, marlin, barracuda and kingfish in the deep waters surrounding Anguilla.
17: Horseback Riding
Choose from day and night riding on the beach or along scenic inland nature trails with horses (and lessons) available for riders of different abilities. English, American and Australian saddles are available.
Tee-off from the 18-hole, par-72, Greg Norman-designed Temenos Golf Course, located between Long and Rendezvous bays. Tennis Choose from six courts at the state-of-the-art Anguilla Tennis Academy, which is modelled on the US Open facility in Flushing Meadows, New York. Most resorts also have their own courts, such as Malliouhana at Meads Bay, which offers four championship tennis courts. Most courts on Anguilla are lit for night games.
19: Sandy Ground
Dig your toes into the soft white sand of this 1.2km-long beach that shelves into the turquoise waters of Road Bay, a perfect anchorage for yachts and local fishing boats. Framed by grass- and tree-clad hillsides, Sandy Ground offers magical sunsets and a water sports centre with windsurfing and water skiing action. Several beachside bars and restaurants offer seafood and cold drinks.
20: Little Bay Beach
Be adventurous and descend the 20m-long knotted rope ladder down a steep and rocky bluff to this gorgeous, 80m-long, powder-white sand beach. For a less challenging entrance, hire a water taxi from nearby Crocus Bay. This idyllic patch of soft sand is surrounded on three sides by towering cliffs that soar up from turquoise waters offering perfect swimming and snorkelling. There are no facilities here, so you'll probably want to pack a picnic. Little Bay is located between Crocus Bay and Shoal Bay.
21: Sandy Island
Take a day trip from Sandy Ground to this idyllic island dotted with palm trees and ringed by a white-sand beach facing turquoise waters that are perfect for swimming and snorkelling over surrounding reef. Enjoy seafood and cold drinks at the beachfront restaurant and bar.
22: Maundays Bay Beach
Dip your toes into the soft, dazzling white sand of this stunning 1.5km-long palm- and tree-lined beach that curves around Maundays Bay. Pick a spot to relax and sunbathe on this idyllic beach, enjoying views across to neighbouring St Martin/St Maarten, then cool off with a swim. Snorkel the offshore coral gardens or rent a windsurf board from the water sports centre.