Ready to decide on which beach to visit this spring? We’ve got you covered. Many consider spring the prime time to visit Anguilla when the crowds are nonexistent, average temperatures are high and the water is warmer – imagine that! Below are a few happenings this season to get your escape on the calendar:
Moonsplash: The Dune Preserve, Rendezvous Beach; March 10 to 12
Anguilla is teeming with musical talent, and Moonsplash is Caribbean’s oldest music festival coinciding with the full moon in March. Imagine a party under the stars on one of the best beaches in the world – it’s nothing short of magical! Moonsplash is a renowned island celebration held at The Dune Preserve, the funky and laid-back home of reggae star, Bankie Banx. John Mayer, Bon Jovi and Jimmy Buffet have all taken the stage at this legendary venue. Our very own Omalie 360 will be playing this year alongside other exciting artists!
Sandman Matt: Cap Juluca, Maundays Bay Beach; March 24 to 26
Sand castle sculpting? It’s actually a thing! Join us this March on Maundays Bay Beach for a welcome reception and a sand castle building clinic. Learn a few tricks from professional sand sculptor Matt Long (aka Sandman Matt) known for creating elaborate structures with various sea life and labyrinths. Get your pails ready as guests of all ages are welcome to join in and compete in the Cap Juluca Sandcastle Competition.
Festival Del Mar: Island Harbour; April 15 to 16
A top reason to visit Anguilla alone is the seafood, from grilled lobster to fresh snapper. Festival Del Mar celebrates the traditional cuisine and heritage of Anguilla in Island Harbour, the island’s old fishing village that receives the daily catch for the community. This festival defines Anguilla’s carefree, Caribbean vibe, and there’s something for everyone like crab races and a fishing competition for the kids, colorful sailboats in the bay, live music and fresh seafood stands lining the beach.
The Anguilla Literary Festival: Paradise Cove; May 18 to 21
Where else in the world can you meet a famous author without a line eagerly awaiting behind you? The Anguilla Literary Festival (aka LitFest) brings beach reading to life with an exclusive event featuring The New York Times bestselling authors, poets, publishers, editors and historians. Over four days intellectuals mingle at various events, workshops and cocktail parties, sharing ideas. Most visitors not only grab a new vacation read, but also leave inspired after stimulating conversations in this intimate, island setting.
Anguilla Day: Sandy Ground; May 30
Anguilla Day is Anguilla’s celebration of independence and a big day for the island’s national sport of boat racing. Visitors and locals unite on the beach in Sandy Ground to watch the loading of the sandbags, raising of the sails and the innocent banter between the sailors. It’s a competitive, all-day race that wraps around the island, and you can watch the boats pass by on the horizon from most beaches. As the race closes, the community gathers for music, celebration and barbecue. Check out SandBar for beachside tapas and a prime viewing spot of all the action.