Located in the Lesser Antilles, Anguilla is a British Overseas territory, an archipelago of 102 km consisting of the main island and a few islets. Its capital is The Valley, found in the north-central part of the island. Anguilla is one of those enchanting places of the Caribbean where the sand, the sky, the sun and the sea feel like a dream. Couples in search of a romantic holiday will be dazzled by the undeniable beauty of its turquoise waters, its magnificent sunsets and other surprises that are awaiting in this dream land.
Basic Fact Sheet:
• Flight Price: around 1800 Euros
• Requirements: A valid passport and a return ticket are required. Visa is not necessary for European Union citizens.
• Flight Time: approximately 9 hour and 30 mins between Paris and Anguilla
• Time Difference: GMT – 4 hr ; between France and Anguilla, there is a time difference of 5 hours in winter and 6 hours in summer
• Language: English is the official language, Creole is also spoken there
• Religion: the predominant religion is Christianity including Anglicans, Methodists, Adventists, Catholics and Jehovah’s witnesses.
• Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
• Health and Safety: It is recommended to get vaccinated against yellow fever. No particular recommendation concerning safety.
• Area : 102 km²
• Population : 16 544 inhabitants
Anguilla Tourist Board
The island was inhabited by Arawak Indians, who named it Malliouhana before the presence of the Europeans. The arrival of Christopher Columbus in 1943 gave it its final name: Anguilla, probably because of its elongated shape. Later, the English settlers of Saint Kitts set foot on the island in 1650. Other European arrivals were noted: the Dutch and the French who brought along African slaves around the 17th century. From 1650 to 1882, the island was administratively associated to Saint Christopher and went on to become a British dependant territory. After two rebellions from the Anguillans in 1967 and 1969 following a disagreement about the self-governing status given by the United Kingdom to the island, it only became a British Overseas territory in 1980.
Culture and Tourism
The island’s cultural history begins with the legacy left by the Arawak Indians: the carved objects found on the island, the petroglyphs in the depths of a grotto and the remains of about forty villages that give evidence of life before the arrival of the European settlers. This cultural heritage is preserved by the Anguilla National Trust (ANT) established in 1993. British culture is equally marked on the island through the celebration of the queen’s birthday and Anguillan holidays established according to the British calendar. Just like in the other ex-British colonies, cricket is the national sport in Anguilla. Just like in the other Caribbean islands, the touristic assets of Anguilla lie in its heavenly beaches, its turquoise seas and its sun. Water sports and diving should be part of your program.
Geography and Climate
Anguilla is an archipelago of 102 km consisting of the main island of 96 km and a number of smaller islets. It is a flat land with spectacular coral reefs and its altitude does not go beyond 65m. Anguilla can boast of a warm subtropical climate, cooled down by trade winds from the north. The annual temperature neighbors 27°C. The humid season from September to November is auspicious for cyclones and hurricanes. In order to take advantage of the warmth and the island’s nice weather, it is advised to book your trip for the period between February and April. The temperature is then pleasant and the sun always shines, ideal for a little sea-swim.
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