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.