Anguilla, a British Overseas Territory in the Eastern Caribbean, comprises a small main island and several offshore islets. Its beaches range from long sandy stretches like Rendezvous Bay, overlooking neighboring Saint Martin Island, to secluded coves reached by boat, such as at Little Bay. Protected areas include Big Spring Cave, known for its prehistoric petroglyphs, and East End Pond, a wildlife conservation site. – Google
Anguilla, an island which is a part of the Antilles islands, is another beautiful country of the Caribbean region. It is approximately 91 square kilometers (35 sq miles) and has as population of about 15,000 people.
Tourists have desired to visit the country and on many occasions those who have travelled to such a breathtaking part of the Caribbean have stated that they would possibly move to that Island due to its culture, vibe and beauty. The country has a tropical climate with a mixture of both wet and dry weather throughout the year. This climate also facilitates the island’s rich agriculture as tours are done on many traditional and modern farms to exhibit the opulent produce of the island’s natural environment.
The Valley is known as the capital of the British territory and is a favorite vacation spot for tourists across the world. It is one of fourteen districts and the main town of the island located smack in the middle of the country. While The Valley does not have much to offer tourists as other places in Anguilla, its geographic location makes it easy for tourists to venture out to other areas of the island in search of adventure. Its infrastructure is quite unique with a mixture of old huts, historic sites and upscale vacation properties amidst its exhibitions of their culture and attractive beaches.
While sleep is not an option when in the Valley, persons opt to engage in many activities during their stay as the area offers countless opportunities to experience new things. Art galleries, touring of historic sites and nature. The Valley has gift and specialty shops, cigar bars, health and night clubs, live music and dancing, everything to meet the needs of visitors and residents alike.
Explorations of the gardens on the island is a definite must see when touring The Valley. The Hydroponic Organic Gardens and Farm, the Endangered Species Garden and the Cap Juluca Indigenous Local Plants Gardens are top on the list of breathtaking scenery.
The Valley is known for its snorkeling, parasailing, surfing, diving, and other water sports as its turquoise crystal waters are home to some of the most unique species within the seabed’s coral reefs. Persons also visit for the beaches like the Brocus Bay Beach although there are thirty-three other beaches for tourists to choose from to enjoy scuba diving, including Barnes, Captains, Little Bay, Meads and Rendezvous, to name a few. One can also visit the Prickly Pear Cays, which is an underwater cavern and home to nurse sharks and barracuda or even to Sandy Ground which puts shipwreck remains on display; a diver’s dream to experience.
You can also try your hand at fishing as there are opportunities for the amateur and the professional to go fishing out at sea for exotic species of sea life. However, if you like to view the lovely beaches without getting wet, you can go sailing or boating above the reefs in the easy access glass-bottom boats designed for underwater viewing or horseback riding by the shore.
Visitors can enjoy viewing historic landmarks and houses such as the Wallblake House—one of the surviving Plantation houses of the Caribbean—and a glimpse of Anguilla’s heritage as well as the ruins of the Old Prison, courthouse and factory. When in The Valley with an eye for historic landmarks, one is encouraged to also visit the Heritage Collection Museum, which timelines the lives of the Arawak Indians via a plethora of documents, artifacts and photographs. You can also opt to hike the countless trails of Anguilla which cross the island if you want a more adventurous route to your vacation.
When persons travel to the Valley of Anguilla they seek to stay at various hotels which add to their Caribbean experience. Such hotels include the CeBlue Villas and Beach Resort, CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa, Oceana Villa Anguilla and The Ferryboat Inn to name a few. Also according to TripAdvisor, the top-rated The Valley Restaurants include SunShine Shack, Da’Vida and Ken’s Pork.
All in all, Anguilla’s capital should be on a traveler’s bucket list as its unique culture and beautiful scenery should be experienced at least once in a lifetime.
By Alexandra Daley