The island of Anguilla, a British territory, is a little off the usual cruise path, which is part of its charm. Most cruise itineraries bypass this northernmost island in the Leeward chain to call on its neighbors, including St. Martin and St. Barts. Still, some cruise lines – especially those with smaller, yacht-style ships – bring guests to this peaceful coral island.
With little in the way of industry, agriculture or shopping, Anguilla is all about the water. Boat racing is the national sport, but you should board a slower day cruise to get to know the island and perhaps call on one of the pretty outer cays.
If you like to be active on the water, you can board a fishing charter; the waters around Anguilla are full of swordfish, marlin, tuna and more. You can also go waterskiing, tubing, kiteboarding or windsurfing over the turquoise-hued water.
Explore the underwater life of Anguilla with a snorkeling excursion to one of the warm, calm bays. The island is also a paradise for scuba divers: seven marine parks offer a variety of dive experiences, including wall dives, ledge dives, wreck dives and dramatic underwater rock formations at Scrub Island.
For a relaxing day on the sand, choose from the more than 30 beaches of white, powdery sand. Stroll the shoreline at Rendezvous Bay, enjoy one of the colorful beach bars at Shoal Bay, or lie beneath the coral cliffs at Crocus Bay.
You can explore the interior of the island by walking, biking or hopping on a guided tour. Experience bird-watching at the island’s salt ponds, take a garden or gallery tour, or visit the old salt factory and Anguilla’s only remaining plantation house.
Lunch on Anguilla is a treat, whether you choose a casual beach barbecue or a gourmet seafood restaurant. In fact, the island is known for high-end cuisine that combines Caribbean, African, Spanish and French influences.
A cruise that calls on Anguilla may also include beautiful destinations like the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, St. Kitts, Guadeloupe and St. Lucia. Discover all of your options for cruising to Anguilla by talking with Anita, your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert.
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