Love is in the air. This time of year there’s a special magical energy that seems to penetrate every aspect of our everyday lives. Friends and family gather, some even travel long distances, just to bask in the glory of the season together. For those reasons and more, December is by far the most popular month for proposals. Though it’s slowest month for actual weddings, more couples than not will take their first steps towards a lifetime of matrimony.
What’s it called when temperatures are cozy, the sea is warm, the scenery is stunning, and the people are welcoming? Anguilla. Set in the idyllic British West Indies, Anguilla is arguably one of the closest Earthly places to what we might refer to as “Shangri-la, heaven, or paradise.” With temperatures rarely rising above 90 or dipping below 80 degrees, every Anguillian day embraces its residents and visitors alike with open arms.
Between weather, cultural activities and tourism, each month on the island brings something a little different. Each Anguillian month is splendid, and they all offer something a little different. Certain months have more rainfall, larger waves, or warmer temperatures, but when it’s all said and done, you can visit Anguilla any month of the year and have an absolutely lovely experience.
After two months of hibernation so to speak, Anguilla has had its grand re-opening. Though the Caribbean has unbelievably phenomenal weather all year long, it still has seasons. Seasons in the Caribbean refer more to the ebb and flow of tourism, than they do the weather. For example, high season, which attracts the most tourists to the island each year, spans mid-December through March 31.
Anguilla features two large festivals a year: Festival Del Mar, and Carnival. Festival Del Mar takes place Easter weekend, and is a celebration of the island’s seafaring heritage. Carnival, the biggest event of the year on Anguilla, takes place in August, and afterwards, much of the island literally shuts down. The months of September and October are dedicated to rest, renovations, and utter detachment from tourism. As quick as a snap, it’s back to beautiful business as usual beginning November 1st. Except, a little known fact is that between now and Christmas is the premier time to visit Anguilla.
Crystal clear, turquoise waters, sand nearly as white as snow, and 33 of the most enviable beaches in all the Caribbean – welcome to Anguilla, a petite island nestled in the Northeastern region of the Caribbean.
Not only is this dash of paradise already one of the Caribbean’s best kept secrets, it also boasts the most delectable and worldly cuisine options in the entire region. To the islander’s delight, Anguilla continues to attract accomplished chefs from all over the world, while retaining homegrown Caribbean chefs, serving up local favorites year round.
Embracing local culture, while welcoming influences from across the globe, is the essence of what makes Anguilla such an idyllic place. Anguilla is calm and removed from the stresses of our fast-paced lifestyle, but it’s also lively, colorful, and simply delicious.
To paint a clearer picture of just what makes Anguillian cuisine so divine, here are a few examples to get your mouth watering.
“Aruba, Jamaica, ooh I want to take ya, bermuda, bahama, come on pretty mama, key largo, montego, baby why don’t we go.”
It’s certainly no secret why the Beach Boys, and so many others, fell so deeply in love with the Caribbean. What is a secret, one that the Beach Boys never discovered, is that the most spectacular beaches in the Caribbean are on the small island of Anguilla. Even if they had known, “Anguilla” doesn’t quite rhyme so effortlessly into the song. Thankfully, since there aren’t any world famous songs about Anguilla, the magnificent beaches remain pristine, serene, and uncrowded.
Pirates, nobility, natives, and now – luxury vacationers. The Caribbean has drawn quite the array of people to its tantalizingly beautiful and serene islands throughout history. These days the region is home to a colorful mix of peaceful people and serves as one of the premier vacation destinations in the world.
With around 7,000 islands, including islets, cays, and even inhabited coral reef, the Caribbean is a luxury vacationers paradise. Except which idyllic isle does one choose? At just 16 miles long and three miles wide, and nestled in the North Eastern region of the Caribbean, Anguilla is the ultimate Caribbean paradise for the discerning traveler.
Stunning views and immaculate landscapes describe nearly all of the Caribbean islands, yet Anguilla has a great deal more to offer than one might expect. Pristine white sand, paired with an incredible array of dining options, are just two of the compelling reasons to choose Anguilla.