Anguilla – My Favorite Island

I’m often asked which is my favorite Caribbean Island.
Without hesitation, I say it is Anguilla!
Located 20 minutes by ferry from French St Martin, Anguilla is only 3.5 miles wide and 16 miles long and due to it’s shape means “the eel”. Anguilla is home to 33 of the prettiest white-sand beaches in the Caribbean and the friendliest, warmest people ever. A bonus, amazing restaurants from toes-in-the-sand, local beachfront grills to 5 star gourmet restaurants. Accommodations range from 5 star resorts to Charming Escapes to boutique resorts to villas and small, local guest houses. We have traveled to Anguilla many times over the years and feel honored to call the Island our home-away-from-home and ourselves, “Friends of Anguilla”.

Cap Juluca – Located on private Maundays Bay, Moorish-style villas featuring the romantic beachside restaurant, Pimms, a long-time island favorite.

Frangipani Beach Resort – With just 19 rooms and suites located on one of the finest beaches in the Caribbean, Meads Bay.

Carimar Beach Club – A relaxed condominium complex with one and two bedroom units, located on Meads Bay, with easy access to restaurants.

Shoal Bay Villas – 23 studio, one and two bedroom beach-front or pool-view apartments located on Shoal Bay East beach.

Blue Waters Beach Apartments – My fave! 9 one and two bedroom units, local family owned on Shoal Bay West.

Blanchard’s Restaurant – One of the finest restaurants in the Caribbean, located on Meads Bay. Owners, Bob and Melinda Blanchard, authors of a Trip to the Beach, is an entertaining read about opening a business and transitioning to Caribbean island life.


Trattoria Tramonto – Located next door to Blue Waters Beach Apartments, amazing beachfront atmosphere on Shoal Bay West featuring Italian cuisine.

Hibernia Restaurant – 30 years of fine dining with a fusion of Asian and French cuisine plus an extraordinary wine list.

Bankie Banx’s Dune Preserve – Local music and home of the famous annual “Moon Splash”

SPLIT STAY – French St Martin, located only 20 minutes away by ferry, is an easy blend of two cultures.
Grande Case Beach Club – Located a short distance from Grand Case, a small fishing village, this beachfront hotel has studio, one and two bedroom apartments.


Secrets St Martin – This newest Secrets adults-only, all-inclusive resort is located in a secluded, tranquil cove on Anse Marcel Bay where the Atlantic Ocean meets the Caribbean Sea.

by Molly Sumption, Caribbean Honeymoon / Sandals Expert, Seattle & Portland / subscribe to RSS feed