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Day Trip to Anguilla

A December 2002 trip to Anguilla by PatandCorinne

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Day Trip to Anguilla

Overview

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Visit Shoal Bay, voted one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world.

Quick Tips:

This British island is very small, just 16 miles long by 3 miles wide. You could rent a car and explore, but since we were there for just a day trip, we opted to let a taxi drive us to the beach ( each way). Just the driver when you want to be picked up and they'll come back and get you.

Best Way To Get Around:

Renting a car was , plus a tempory license, so it would have cost . The taxi cost of and we didn't have to worry about getting lost.

Uncle Ernie's Beach Bar

Restaurant | "Uncle Ernies"

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We read about Uncle Ernie's before going to Anguilla from other satisfied diners. The food was good, plentiful, and cheap. We each ordered a plate of ribs (four or five) and chicken (a whole legs) which came with salad and coleslaw. I don't like coleslaw, but this was good! It had an unusual taste but was quite tasty. Good service, and the food was ready in about ten minutes.

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on January 5, 2003

Uncle Ernie's Beach Bar
Shoal Bay
Anguilla
264-497-3907

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We were staying on the nearby island of St. Maarten / St. Martin. We took a ferry from the French capital of Marigot at $20 round-trip. It took about 30 minutes. Why did we go? Everyone we talked to said Anguilla had the most beautiful beaches around, especially Shoal Bay, which has been voted one of the top 10 most beautiful beaches in the world. The island is made of coral, so the sand is soft and white. Since we were so close, we decided to go.

Cab or car rental?

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You have two options for getting around - either take a cab or rent a car. If you want to explore, rent a car for $45 a day, including a temporary license. Since we only wanted to go to Shaol Bay, we opted to take a cab. He dropped us off at a restaurant and picked us up again right on time. The cab cost $40 and we didn't have to worry about getting lost. The cab drive from the ferry dock to Shoal Bay was about 20 minutes though a flat, bushy countryside.

Postcard perfect

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Shoal Bay Photo, Anguilla, Caribbean
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Once at the beach, we could see why it's so famous. It's truly postcard perfect, with the softest, whitest sand, turqoise water, and swaying palm trees. While it was cloudy on St. Martin, the sky was clear here (no moutains to keep the moisture in). For such a spectacular beach, it was practically deserted, which was surprising considering it was right before Christmas. Not that we were complaining having such a pretty beach almost to ourselves.
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There is great snorkeling in the reefs right off the shore at Shoal Bay. We saw lots of colorful parrotfish, sargeant major, conch, and so many other I have no idea what they're called. The visability was great. We also relaxed on the beach and enjoyed the hot sun. There were places to rent snorkel equipment or scuba if you wanted, although we had our own gear. If you're looking for a relaxing spot with little development, that's what Anguilla appeared to be. Certainly there were no casinos and clubs like on St. Martin. It looked like a great place for relaxation and romance and might be worth a longer stay in the future.