Honeymoon in the Caribbean – Anguilla
Sophisticated dining. Grandiose hotels. A lively music scene. All this and more can be enjoyed on Anguilla, one of the Caribbean’s most exquisite destinations. Named for its eel-like shape, Anguilla means “eel” in Spanish. While its name may not be very romantic, Anguilla’s beautiful views and lux hotels and spas more than make up for it. If you are looking for a relaxed, inviting destination for your honeymoon, consider the picturesque island of Anguilla.
Best Time to Visit – The best time to visit Anguilla is May through August. The best prices can be found September through November but many hotels shutdown for the season so accommodation choices may be limited.
Peak Season – Like most of the Caribbean destinations, Anguilla’s peak season runs December through April. Weather will be near perfect during this time but be ready to pay more for this luxury.
Largest City – Antigua’s largest city is also its capital, The Valley. With a population of about 1,000 people, The Valley is located in the middle of island and in front of Crocus Bay.
Best Sightseeing Spots – Anguilla boasts approximately 33 beaches for tourists to visit and explore along with other natural points of interest. Rendezvous Bay is a 2-mile stretch of beautiful sand and calm waters. It is a popular spot you will not want to miss. For more “fun in the sun” rather than relaxation, visit The Dune. This beach is lined with restaurants and features live music throughout the week. Shoal Bay East is the beach for adventure where visitors can parasail, scuba dive, or snorkel. If visiting in Mid-March, be sure to get tickets for the Moonsplash Music Festival. During this event, reggae’s most prominent talents, including Anguilla’s own Bankie Banx, take the stage for one of the best live music events the Caribbean has to offer.
Best Romantic Spots – Anguilla is known for both its beautiful beaches and romantic restaurants. Couples who visit this island spend their days lounging on the beach during the day and discovering wonderful cuisine at night. Take a day to explore the Prickly Pear Cays, a small group of uninhabited islands, to relish some quiet time for two. At night, enjoy a meal together at one of Anguilla’s al fresco fine dining restaurants.
Where to Stay – Anguilla offers honeymooners many options for luxury accommodations. Often touted as one the best hotels in the entire Caribbean is Cap Juluca. This resort situated on Maundays Bay offers guests in-room spa treatments, private terraces, and beautiful ocean views. Other popular hotels include Viceroy Anguilla and CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. Although slightly more expensive than the resorts, private villa rentals are also available on the island. While you may pay more in lodging, renting a villa allows you to avoid many incidental hotel fees and tipping while also being able to use the in-house kitchen for cooking a few meals on your own.
Transportation – Renting a car is a popular transportation option for tourists although unmarked and unpaved roads may make the drive more hectic. Keep in mind you will also be required to get an Anguilla driver’s license to legally drive. They can be easily acquired by presenting your valid US driver’s license at any car rental agency, port of entry, or the police headquarters in the Valley. You will also need to pay a $20 USD fee. Taxi service is another alternative. Hiring a taxi can be a great way to easily jet around the island while also getting a quick “guided tour” from your driver.
If you are considering Anguilla for your honeymoon destination, contact Windermere Event Planning to help plan your visit. From hotel recommendations to transportation details, we can assist in both your wedding and honeymoon needs. See how we can help you plan the perfect getaway.