Anguilla was occupied by English settlers in 1650, and administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century. Now an overseas territory of the UK, Anguilla is known for its laid-back charm, beautiful beaches and has an economy that is dependent on tourism.
Well-known beaches and diving sites are Shoal Bay East, Prickly Pear Cays, Scrub Island and The Fountain, which is an underground cave. Balmy weather, well-developed tourism facilities and friendly local people add to Anguilla’s idyllic charm.
There are no direct international flights to Anguilla. Travelers from the USA can make same-day international connections via San Juan in Puerto Rico, or St Martin. Several air carriers offer daily inter-island flights between Anguilla and St Martin, St Thomas, St Kitts and Antigua. A 20-minute ferry ride connects Blowing Point in Anguilla with Marigot Bay in St Martin. If you arrive by yacht, Sandy Ground in Road Bay is the best port of entry.