With celebrities like Justin Bieber and Kendall Jenner flocking to Anguilla, it's safe to say that this island has become a vacation hotspot. Tucked away in the Eastern Caribbean, Anguilla elicits itself as one of the most private places around — a haven of complete serenity. But whether you're looking for a private, romantic honeymoon, a destination wedding locale, or an overseas bachelorette party, Anguilla has you covered, with some of the most exclusive beaches and gorgeous weather.
We recently jetted off for a getaway in Anguilla to give you a cheat sheet on the basics of this incredible island destination.
How to arrive:
Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport is the only airport located on the island, servicing direct flights (by small aircrafts) from San Juan, Antigua, St. Maarten, St. Thomas, and Nevis. However, the easiest way to enter the country is via ferry shuttle — a 25-30 min boat ride. The best route would be to fly into the Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten, then choose from several ferry options at St. Maarten's dock. Regular ferries cost about $20, which you share with other visitors and locals (think of this as a water taxi). For anyone willing to splurge (your honeymoon is the perfect time to treat yourself), private charter boats can be arranged for you and your guests, equipped with music, and a stocked bar.
Photo: Courtesy of CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort
Where to stay:
Anguilla has some of the most luxurious villas and resorts around, so being disappointed with where you stay is virtually impossible. The Viceroy and Cap Juluca are well-known and reputable resorts that offer quality 5-star service to all their guests. With that being said, if you want an authentic Caribbean experience, CeBlue Villas & Beach Resort is the place to stay. Located on Crocus Bay, CeBlue offers what they call, a "hybrid-luxury experience" — a blend of Anguillan culture and private luxury. Guests are able to book an entire villa, or individual rooms, depending on the guest count. Each complete villa includes 5 bedrooms, a small private pool, a kitchen and dining area, an outdoor living room, and breathtaking views of the ocean and skyline — among other amenities. Another bonus? CeBlue is far enough from other resorts, making it private and intimate, yet close enough to restaurants and some nightlife. And for those looking for a destination wedding venue, CeBlue's Da'Vida Restaurant can serve as a great location for nuptials. The beachfront restaurant is large enough to host a ceremony and reception for you and your wedding crew.
What to do:
If you're like us, you'll probably want to lie by a beach bar and sip on cocktails all day long — sounds perfect, we know! But for those who are a bit more adventurous, Anguilla offers amazing entertainment opportunities. Paddle boarding, snorkeling, horseback riding, and sightseeing are just a few activities open to tourists and residents. However, nothing beats the private, day cruise boat tours of the coastline, arranged through several sea tour charter companies serviced throughout the country.
At night, head over to Elvis' Beach Bar or The Pumphouse, for live music or a resident DJ, rum punch, and a night of dancing with your one and only.
Where to eat:
Seafood lovers rejoice! Lobster, scallops, shrimp, tuna, catfish (the list goes on!) are options prepared daily. In regards to dining, those looking for a laid-back vibe should head out to Smokey's and the Bayside Grill at CeBlue. For fine dining or a romantic honeymoon night out, Da'Vida Restaurant and Pimms Restaurant are places to experience.