Honeymoon Guide: Anguilla

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ANGUILLA RUMS LTD.
Sandy Ground, Road Bay
Tel: 264-497-5006

Anguilla turns out some mighty fine rums—though these days it doesn’t grow cane or distill but rather blends raw booze from elsewhere—and they’re sold in various stores across the island. But we suggest coming to the source, an old peach-color building where you’ll find the full range of Pyrat products. Why bother? One word: tastings. OK, and another word: tours (but for those you have to luck out or call ahead). Yo, ho, ho and a …

BARTLETTS COLLECTIONS
Sandy Ground Roundabout
South Hill
Tel: 264-497-7293

Shopkeepers Lynn and her husband, Calvin, are crafty ones, those two. This cute, colorful pastel-painted shack makes a pretty good one-stop shop for a lot of Anguilliana—not just Pyrat rum (or St. Maarten’s Guavaberry rum) but handicrafts, foods and art from a wide variety of islanders. Just a sampling: Rowena Carty’s hot sauce; Darlene DeStephen’s prints of underwater scenes; Lindsay Lawrence’s tea towels; Vivienne Fleming’s cloth dolls and ceramic houses; and JoAnn Mason’s books. Or you can buy a T-shirt to benefit the local animal-rescue group.

CHEDDIE’S CARVING STUDIO
West End Main Road
Driftwood Haven, The Cove
Tel: 264-497-6027
cheddieonline.com

Handsome local wood sculptor Cheddie Richardson has built an international reputation selling the sinuous, sensuous pieces he crafts at his blue-and-green studio and showroom on the road to Cap Juluca and other resorts. What this guy can do with mahogany, walnut, coral, stone, bronze and even garden-variety driftwood will just floor you: dolphins, birds, fish, people, you name it. He also does custom commissions; if yours isn't too complicated, he might even have it ready before you leave the island. Bring one home, and you’ll end up with an awesome heirloom to remind you of your tropical Anguilla honeymoon. Cheddie also sells the works of other local artists and craftspeople.

DEVONISH ART GALLERY
West End Road, The Cove
Tel: 264-497-2949
devonishgallery.com

Courtney and Carrolle Devonish, one of the Caribbean's top "power couples," artistically speaking, have been running their hibiscus-swathed gallery for two decades now. Their own works—his elegant modern wood and clay sculpture and pottery, her bead jewelry—hold center stage, but they also sell the paintings, prints, pottery and jewelry of other artists, along with quality repros of cool antique maps. Their gallery is also a high-quality gift shop, with something for just about everyone, from Caribbean rums and cigars to quilts and swimsuits. Heads-up: At some point in 2008 the couple will be moving into bigger digs, so call ahead.

DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL
Tomac Plaza
Water Swamp Road, George Hill
Tel: 264-497-2299 or 800-515-3935
shopdi.com

In an area between the airport and the West End, where many of the resorts are clustered, this familiar name throughout the Caribbean recently opened the first shop in Anguilla that has truly top-of-the-line merchandise and expert sales help. Run by Californian Greg Winegar in an 1,800-square-foot shop in a new mall next to El Dorado mall, it’s all here, from the expected (diamonds, pearls, topaz, amethyst, etc.) to the exotic (blue-violet tanzanite, volcanic green peridot). Even if you thought your wedding ring was the end of the story, pop in for a browse—who knows, you might just strike it rich again.

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