Did winter find you just a little too early last year? Did you find yourself dreaming of sand instead of snow and bikinis instead of coats?
No one can blame you if that was the case. Seems like this might be the opportune moment to consider a very untraditional Thanksgiving in the most incredible destination possible: the island of Anguilla in the British West Indies.
Retreat to paradise void of hectic traffic, fast food chains and anything less than perfectly luxurious.
If an Anguillian Thanksgiving is truly on your radar, let us paint of picture of what you can expect instead of turkey and snow.
You’re casually lounging on a picturesque beach as you sip a perfectly crafted rum punch while gazing at the soft sway of the palm trees. Sounds like paradise, right? Perhaps this was your summer experience, or perhaps you’re lamenting this summer did not carry you away to an exotic getaway. Chin up, no more regrets – we’re here to bring you excellent news. The best season to visit paradise hasn’t even happened yet.
Though this planet has quite a few idyllic regions offering their own versions of paradise, we will be focusing on one particular slice of perfect island life – Anguilla. Famous for it’s vacation vibes year round, the Caribbean is an incredible place to visit anytime. Yet the Caribbean is comprised of thousands of islands, and they are not all created equally, not by a longshot. Not that we’re biased, but we think Anguilla Island is the top-shelf Caribbean offering.
Small yet unimaginably beautiful, remote yet perfectly accommodating, Anguilla is the crème de la crème of the Caribbean, and it’s best season hasn’t even started. Unbeknownst to many, summer isn’t the most popular time to visit the Caribbean, and if you weren’t able to in vacay June, July or August, not to worry.
November through the beginning of December is the ideal time to jet off to Anguilla, and here’s why:
Wild beach parties, exciting boat races and plenty of dancing, eating and drinking. Welcome to the biggest event of the year in Anguilla – Carnival. Though Anguilla is 35 square miles, it’s packed with spirit and liveliness, which few events exhibit as fully as Carnival. The word “Carnival” may bring up images of Brazil and though the concept of general celebration is similar, Anguilla’s Carnival is it’s own unique festival.
“Carnival is hands down the most incredible time to live on, or be visiting, Anguilla,” exclaims Linda Hickox, owner of Cap Juluca. “The excitement in the air is palpable, the happiness is boundless and the entire community comes together for nonstop partying and fun for over a week. If you experience Carnival once there’s a high likelihood you’ll be back to celebrate it again and again every year.”
In preparation for the big event happening soon, we’re going to detail the what, why, where and when of the Anguilla Carnival, so you can enjoy the celebrations just as much as the rest of us!
Imagine planning the most romantic getaway possible and surprising the special lady in your life. Amorous creativity and surprises don’t have to be limited to romantic movies and fairy tales. You can be the hero of her story. You can be her knight in shining armor. Even if she’s perfectly capable of taking care of herself, it’s still a romantic notion.
Actions speak louder than words, and few actions speak to romance the way a luxurious Caribbean getaway does.
Exciting, secluded, large, small, flat, mountainous, British, French, Dutch… the list of descriptors of different Caribbean islands goes on and on.
Only one descriptor really matters for your purposes, though – romantic.
Guys, for the ultimate romantic Caribbean getaway, there’s no better choice than the small, secluded and serene island of Anguilla.
What makes life complicated? Without getting too philosophical, let’s simply say choices. Why does anyone spend hours in the grocery store? Choices. Why do we spend so much time fretting over which outfit to wear? Choices. There are many more examples of this but you get the point. Eliminate choices and simplicity returns. Who knew that a “Scilly” little cay is the place to let go of choices and just be happy? We did, and we want you to know too.
The Caribbean is full of relaxing beaches, hidden coves, and stimulating jaunts. The only real trouble one finds while vacationing in the Caribbean is deciding where to go and when. See? Choices! Always the culprit.
So here’s an easy solution. Spend a day at Scilly Cay.
As if Anguilla isn’t exclusive and remote enough, there’s one special place where visitors and locals alike can separate from society just a touch more. Sandy Island Anguilla, is a quintessential tiny spit of sand amidst sparkling blue water where one may while away the day basking in Caribbean bliss. How exactly does this differ from Anguilla, or the Caribbean in general, you may ask? Well, Sandy Island is a cay, not an island, which means it’s simply a small sandy island settled on the surface of a coral reef.
Not an entire island by any standards, but a tiny slice of paradise ready to embrace visitors with it’s relaxing and welcoming vibes.
A few days into a Caribbean vacation may render you desiring to see just how remote you can be. In and around Anguilla – being remote is a way of life. But be warned; it’s extremely addicting!
One of the truest luxuries and pleasures in life is flying privately. Setting one’s own schedule, traveling with friends and family, and not dealing the politics of airlines is a delight that only few enjoy. Besides that, one of the greatest advantages of flying privately is being able to access the most remote, private vacation destinations easily.
Some of the most exotic destinations on the Earth require multiple flight changes, hours in customs, and generally take 3-4 times as long commercially.
If you’re one of the privileged individuals with the ability to fly privately, the questions remains, where to fly to? If your heart is set on the Caribbean, you have several exquisite choices at your disposal.
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?
Roses are red, violets are blue, and an escape to Anguilla is the right choice for you. Escape the winter, the chaos, and the commercialism. For the most romantic Valentine’s Day this year, bring the focus back to the two of you. Shut out the rest of the world for a few days, weeks, or months as you release deeper into relaxation and lovers bliss on the small, quaint, and unbelievably romantic Caribbean island of 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.