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Anguilla- Most Beautiful Beaches and Water in the Caribbean!

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A May 2010 trip to Anguilla by lovethecaribbean

Cap Juluca Photo, Anguilla, Caribbean More Photos
Quote: Beautiful, unspoiled paradise with the most stunning beaches and water in the Caribbean. The island also had the best collection of restaurants that we have ever experienced on a Caribbean island (or any island for that matter!).

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General Comments- This island had the best beaches, prettiest water and best restaurants of any Caribbean Island that we have visited (and we have been to quite a few). The island was very quiet too-- no crowds to be seen. While I generally prefer a more scenic island with good snorkeling (such as St. John), Anguilla ranks pretty high for me because of the beaches, water and restaurants, so I would definitely return! We also thought that the people were very friendly and that is always a plus. I hope to return sometime soon.

Shopping

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Shopping- We are not big shoppers but I like to get a print and Christmas ornament in each place that I visit. We also wanted to get mother’s day and father’s day gifts and were hoping to find a place with local pieces. We hit the jackpot with the first place we stopped- Devonish Gallery. I got my print and Christmas ornament and also some beautiful pottery for our mothers. The pottery was very reasonably priced too. We then headed to Irie Life for my husband to get a hat since he collects them. Our final stop was the liquor store to pick up some Pyrat rum for my father. Our shopping took less than an hour, and that’s just how I like it so we can spend more time at the beach and in the water!

Beaches

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Cap Juluca Photo, Anguilla, Caribbean
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The most gorgeous beaches and water in the Caribbean! And you can see from the pictures how uncrowded they are, which we loved.Maundays Bay- This was the beach at our hotel and our favorite. It was very uncrowded and gorgeous. And the beach services could not be beat! My husband enjoyed taking out the kayak and I just enjoyed the beautiful views and swimming in the calm, clear water.Shoal Bay East- We visited this beach on our boat day trip and also another day when we rented a car. Relatively, this was the busiest beach we visited, but it really wasn’t crowded at all. The colors of the water here were beautiful (especially near the point and near Gwen Reggae Grill) and ...Read More

Restaurants

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view from Gwen's Reggae Grill Photo, Anguilla, Caribbean
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The restaurants on Anguilla were amazing. I know why they have such a good reputation now! We only had one bad meal the entire trip! Blue- We had continental breakfast here all but one morning. We preferred going to the restaurant instead of having it delivered to our room because there was more selection. I loved the croissants and my husband’s favorite was the apple turnovers. The continental breakfast was better than what we have had in most other hotels. We also had lunch here twice. Both lunches were delicious, and much better than most hotel food.Pimms- We had dinner at Pimms our first night. The ambiance here was great and we had a table right at the water’s edge...Read More
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Rental Car- The hotel arranged our rental car through Highway Rental. Besides being about 45 minutes late with delivery of the car, everything was great. The car was a small four door with great air conditioning. It worked well for us to drive around the island for the two days we had it. If we come back I think we’d rent a car for our entire stay since the taxis are so expensive. (for example, one day we spent $38 for a taxi to and from dinner less than 10 minutes away and the rental car cost was $45 a day). The first day, we spent more time in the car than planned because we kept getting turned around. The driving was pretty easy (not too hilly and curvy as I have experienced in other islands...Read More
On boat leaving resort on day trip Photo, Anguilla, Caribbean
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Day Trip to Scilly Cay plus snorkeling from the Juluca Star- We took this day trip and had a wonderful time. The guys on the boat were very friendly and answered a lot of our questions (it was our second day on the island). The boat was very comfortable and there was only one other couple on the trip with us. It was nice to see a lot of the island from the water. Our first stop was snorkeling at Little Bay. There really wasn’t much to see besides schools of small fish, but swimming near the cliffs was a nice experience. We then made our way to Scilly Cay where we had a delicious lunch and listened to live music. Next we made our way to Shoal Bay East to snorkel some more and walk on the beauti...Read More

Cap Juluca

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Hotel | "Nice Hotel on Stunning Beach"

Cap Juluca Photo, Anguilla, Caribbean
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Reservations- We booked through a third party and when we arrived at the hotel they did not have a reservation for us! That certainly made me nervous. I was surprised because I contacted the hotel a week or so before we left to arrange the ferry, car rental, day trip, and restaurant reservations—and they had sent me a confirmation email for all of that. It took a while, but they finally figured out that they had a reservation for us for the wrong dates, even though my confirmation was for the date that we arrived. Room- I guess the silver lining was that we had booked a superior room, and *I think* we were upgraded to a luxury room because the bathroom has double sinks, a huge tub and ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on May 25, 2010

Cap Juluca
Maundays Bay
Anguilla, Caribbean AI-2640
(264) 497-6666