Sailing and the Caribbean go together like cheese and fine wine. Hundreds of beautiful islands surrounded by sparkling turquoise waters makes for a fine setting to cruise around on a sailboat.
Sailing in the Caribbean originated from a place of need, but has since evolved into an enjoyable leisure activity that has become the most celebrated sport throughout much of the region. On Anguilla in particular, sailing is the national sport, and sailing events arouse as much excitement and anticipation as the Super Bowl!
Forget football, baseball, or basketball, the national sport of this exclusive and idyllic island is much more glamorous and adventurous. Sun, wind, sea, and sails. That’s right sailing is the national sport of the Caribbean island of Anguilla.
All 35 square miles of Anguilla is completely surrounded by sparkling turquoise water. It’s no wonder the national sport became sailing, with little land mass and plenty of sea, seems like the obvious choice!
Except, sailing became the national sport for a less-than-obvious reason, a reason that is both fascinating, and exciting to hear.
It all started with sugar….
Imagine this – a tiny exclusive Caribbean island is a regular destination for A-list celebrities, 3 days of reggae filled bliss under the full moon and only a few hundred other souls who are equally committed to the music. Except, you don’t have to just imagine this spectacular scene, you can live it at this year’s Moonsplash Festival on the island of Anguilla, British West Indies.
Let’s see, exchange greasy food-truck food for freshly caught lobster tail and crayfish. Swap out sweltering heat in the desert, for beautiful cool ocean breezes and sparkling turquoise waters. Lastly, let’s remove long long lines, crowded grounds, and squished camping for an intimate setting, zero lines, quite a few yachts and an overall feeling of luxury. This is the difference between music festivals like Coachella, and music festivals in the Caribbean.
Just like everything else in the Caribbean, music festivals are ultra laid-back and insanely fun. Unbeknownst to many outside the region, nearly every island in the region has at least one wildly fun music festival a year. It’s safe to say that anytime you visit the Caribbean, there will be some “festing” going on nearby. Although the Caribbean is super laid-back and friendly, many of the festivals are small and intimate, with 500 or fewer tickets sold to an event. To ensure you get to bask in the sweet sounds and laid-back atmosphere, purchase your tickets well in advance. Wondering which music festival is the one for you?
Now that we’re in the doldrums of winter, it’s time to eye the prize that is Spring Break 2016. Thankfully we happen to all reside on a planet that is filled with breathtakingly beautiful places spread out across the globe. So as you move through one blustery cold winter day after the next, how exactly will you decide which region will be your nesting place this Spring? It can be truly difficult to decide, but to ease your struggle we suggest one of the most diverse, exotic, and idyllic regions planet Earth has to offer – the Caribbean.
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.