Friday, March 5, 2021

3 Things to Do in Anguilla

Anguilla is the northernmost of the British Leeward Islands and maintains the quiet atmosphere of a secluded corner of the world. It is a small island (91 sq. Km.), Populated by few friendly and friendly people, with beaches considered among the most beautiful in the Caribbean. Until some years ago, Anguilla was almost completely free of accommodation, but in the 1980s the government decided to increase tourism by building mainly luxury hotels and residential villas. In a short time the island has become one of the most exclusive destinations in the Eastern Caribbean. The hinterland is flat, arid, covered with bushes, shrubs and brackish water ponds that make the landscape paltry and uninteresting. Anguilla attracts visitors especially for its beautiful white beaches, turquoise waters and coral islands off its shores, places where you can swim, swim, snorkel and dive. Several daily ferries, departing from the most popular St. Martin island, allow, at a reasonable cost, to visit Anguilla even in just one day.

Bird Watching

Is an alternative given to the numerous salt marshes around Anguilla which represent an ideal habitat for over 136 species of birds. From this part you can see in this regard from the Sandpiper to the nerve airone and the big blue heron. Cauls Pond, the second island basin, is loaded with migratory aquatic birds, making it a favorite destination for the most ambitious ornithologists.

Regattas

During the Carnival and other local festivals, visitors will be able to attend the regattas, since sailing is the national sport. For fifty years, such parties are held in the island and themed events.

Fishing

Fishing in Anguilla tends to be a commercial affair, and sport fishing in Anguilla is still in its infancy. Still, if you’d like nothing more than to drop a line in Anguilla, it is a possibility. While some fishing charter services provide their guests with equipment, this is not true of all of them. If you are an avid angler with an agenda, you may want to consider bringing your own supplies. You can drop a line in shallow waters off of one of the island’s beaches or head out to deeper waters so long as you first purchase a permit from the Department of Fisheries and Marine Services.

The cost is $30(USD) or $80(ECD).  Note that even with a permit, spearfishing is always illegal, and lobster trapping is illegal as well.  There are several fishing charters willing to take visitors out a little deeper, and commercial fishermen will sometimes take you out with them for a fee. Both options can be more expensive than elsewhere in the Caribbean, but this is in part due to that fact that they will typically handle obtaining all of your permits for you.

Fly-fisherman can expect to reel in lady fish and snook, while deep sea anglers have been known to catch barracuda, dorado, grouper, kingfish, marlin, sailfish, and wahoo.


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