Many travelers head to St Martin every year. With its cosmopolitan flair and European influences, it is a unique spot. However, it is so close to neighboring islands that many travelers dedicate a day to visiting one of those picturesque destinations so close by. For visitors to St Martin, Anguilla is one of those appealing day trip choices.
Small in size, it is the perfect choice. With its stunning white sand beaches and flawless waters, it is a real gem for those who wish to savor a day of placid peace at an unforgettable beach, or exploring the crystal clear waters.
As we all know how quickly a day passes when on holiday, though, and it is important to plan ahead for your day trip to Anguilla. That way, you can be sure you do not waste even a moment trying to figure out what to do, where to go and even where to depart from on the day of the trip.
Heading to Anguilla
Reaching Anguilla is relatively easy and can be scheduled at the very last minute. A public ferry from the port town of Marigot, St Martin leaves every 45 minutes to head to Blowing Hole, Anguilla starting from 7:30AM to 7PM. Tickets are about $20 per adult and $10 per child each way. Additional taxes and port fees are additional.
Once there, getting around is quite easy. Many people opt for a tour via one of the island’s taxi services, but if you wish to just hit the major destinations (i.e. the beaches) ask them to deliver you to your beach of choice with a pre-arranged time for pickup.
Another option is renting a car. Numerous rental car options will be available at the Anguilla ferry terminal. The cars are reasonably priced but expect them to have significant wear and tear on them. A temporary Anguilla Driver’s permit will be required at a cost of $20 and valid for about 3 months and you will need to drive on the left hand side of the road. The island is small and easy to navigate being 3 miles wide and 16 miles long. There is one main road that transects the island.
Day Trip Destinations on Anguilla
And just what is there to do on the tiny island? Unlike many other Caribbean islands, Anguilla is devoid of the shops and restaurants found in such abundance. Instead, the emphasis is on the beaches…mostly empty and stunning in their pristine conditions. While you will find eateries along some of the beaches (and chair rentals), it is mostly going to be about time on the sands or in the sea.
The most popular options are:
Shoal Bay – A two mile beach noted as one of the most beautiful in the world. It is the busiest of all three beach areas (though often nearly empty), with Shoal Bay East the more popular choice among travelers. Rent some beach chairs, try a meal at the nearest beach side restaurant and savor your most perfect beach day ever!
Rendezvous Bay – More than two miles long, it offers views of St Martin nearby and many feel it is an overlooked gem. With less services than the other two main beach areas, it is an iconic tropical escape with turquoise waters and silky sand.
Meads Bay – The second most popular spot, it has nearby resorts with restaurants, but also some very popular beach shack restaurants (Blanchard’s is one of the more famous). It is also possible to rent chairs and umbrellas here.