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Planning as of now to ferry over to Anguilla from St. Martin next April on our Adventure of Seas cruise. Wife really wants to do this for our 20th anniversary. What are the best beaches to go to?

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Planning as of now to ferry over to Anguilla from St. Martin next April on our Adventure of Seas cruise. Wife really wants to do this for our 20th anniversary. What are the best beaches to go to?

 

Ferries leave Marigot every 45 minutes from 8am to 7pm for the 20 minute trip to Blowing Point, Anguilla and return approximately every half hour from 7:30am to 6:15pm. One-way fare is $15 and there is a departure tax of $5 (make sure you tell them you are a day-tripper). Taxis are available to take you to your choice of beach (it's not a big island - only 26 x 5 kms).

 

Many would argue that Anguilla's beaches are among the best and most beautiful in the Caribbean. Some are pretty quiet and some are lined with lively bars and restaurants. They all have great sand and warm crystal clear turquoise waters. Our favourites (in no particular order):

 

1) Rendezvous Bay - about 10 min by taxi from Blowing Point. Very calm waters at this +2km long beach. Pearl white sand and bluer than blue water with a great view of St. Martin. There are at least three resorts there to eat, drink and rent a chair & umbrella.

 

2) Shoal Bay (East) - about 20 min by taxi. A stretch of 3km powdered-sugar sand. Water is fairly shallow and gentle. There is a coral reef not too far from the shore where you can do some decent snorkeling. Have lunch at Gwen's Reggae Grill, Uncle Ernie's or Elodia's (can also rent chairs and umbrella from them). There is a glass bottom boat ride you can take (sorry, don't remember the name).

 

3) Cove Bay and 4) Maundays Bay - next to each other about a 15 min taxi ride west of Blowing Point. Both beaches are about 2kms in length with brilliant blue water and platinum white sand. If you are looking for something romantic, try a horseback ride along the beach at Cove Bay. You could get a couples massage at a beachside tent on Maundays Bay. Have lunch at arguably the best resort in Anguilla, Cap Jaluca (certainly the priciest).

 

Early congratulations and enjoy your 20th anniversary trip

 

Greg

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Ferries leave Marigot every 45 minutes from 8am to 7pm for the 20 minute trip to Blowing Point, Anguilla and return approximately every half hour from 7:30am to 6:15pm. One-way fare is $15 and there is a departure tax of $5 (make sure you tell them you are a day-tripper). Taxis are available to take you to your choice of beach (it's not a big island - only 26 x 5 kms).

 

Many would argue that Anguilla's beaches are among the best and most beautiful in the Caribbean. Some are pretty quiet and some are lined with lively bars and restaurants. They all have great sand and warm crystal clear turquoise waters. Our favourites (in no particular order):

 

1) Rendezvous Bay - about 10 min by taxi from Blowing Point. Very calm waters at this +2km long beach. Pearl white sand and bluer than blue water with a great view of St. Martin. There are at least three resorts there to eat, drink and rent a chair & umbrella.

 

2) Shoal Bay (East) - about 20 min by taxi. A stretch of 3km powdered-sugar sand. Water is fairly shallow and gentle. There is a coral reef not too far from the shore where you can do some decent snorkeling. Have lunch at Gwen's Reggae Grill, Uncle Ernie's or Elodia's (can also rent chairs and umbrella from them). There is a glass bottom boat ride you can take (sorry, don't remember the name).

 

3) Cove Bay and 4) Maundays Bay - next to each other about a 15 min taxi ride west of Blowing Point. Both beaches are about 2kms in length with brilliant blue water and platinum white sand. If you are looking for something romantic, try a horseback ride along the beach at Cove Bay. You could get a couples massage at a beachside tent on Maundays Bay. Have lunch at arguably the best resort in Anguilla, Cap Jaluca (certainly the priciest).

 

Early congratulations and enjoy your 20th anniversary trip

 

Greg

 

Thanks, Greg (canuck) this helps so much. We will definitely look into one of these beaches. Do you go to Anguilla on land vacations that you know so much? This does look like a perfect island to do a land vacation some year.

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Thanks, Greg (canuck) this helps so much. We will definitely look into one of these beaches. Do you go to Anguilla on land vacations that you know so much? This does look like a perfect island to do a land vacation some year.

 

We have friends that love the place and go to Anguilla often. We tried it for the first time about 10 years ago and loved it so went again about four years ago. There were no direct flights to Anguilla from the US or Canada back then and to my knowledge that hasn't changed. We coupled our one or two week stay on Anguilla with a one or two week stay on St. Martin (another favourite of ours). Took a small regional airline from St. Martin the first time we went and the ferry the second time (as described above, hopefully details haven't changed).

 

Would definitely recommend going for an extended stay on Anguilla. Hope you enjoy the island and your cruise.

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