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Anguilla: Come for the Beaches, Stay for the Food

For a tranquil and tropical retreat filled with natural beauty and minimal crowds, look no further than the island of Anguilla. Located in the eastern Caribbean Sea, this elegant British territory is an ideal place to unplug and unwind. Anguilla, perfect for honeymooners, couples, or families and friends, is a welcoming island with a warm and friendly local community. Positioned just a short distance from bustling Sint Maarten and tony Saint Barthélemy, Anguilla is easily reached and a perfect spot for your next island vacation.

Anguilla is the antithesis of many of its neighboring islands, with no cruise ship port, casinos, or tourist shopping areas. Set in a picture-perfect landscape, with its famous beaches and five-star resorts, Anguilla will not disappoint even the most discerning traveler. While Anguilla is home to some of the Caribbean’s most luxurious hotels, it also offers plenty of affordable and charming beachfront properties for those looking for an intimate, low-key atmosphere. If you are fortunate enough to splurge, opt for a stay at Cap Juluca, a Belmond Hotel. With its superb service and unparalleled location along the stunningly beautiful Maundays Bay, Cap Juluca provides an over-the-top and exclusive experience. For the modernist, the Four Seasons Resort and Residences does it best, with clean lines, multiple pools, and a fantastic cocktail bar offering amazing sunset views. If retro-chic is the vibe, visit Anguilla’s grand dame, the Malliouhana, an Auberge Resort. Set upon a bluff overlooking the sea, the Malliouhana retains its original charm from the original Anguillan artwork, decor in celadon and coral hues, to the swanky Sunset Bar.

Here the days are long, and options are endless for all ages and interests. Relax on pristine beaches, float in crystal clear water, or indulge in a spa treatment. For the more active, take a sailing lesson, go snorkeling, play tennis, or hit a few rounds of golf. After, be sure to explore and enjoy Anguilla’s other top draw, the food. Beyond the sand and sea, Anguilla holds the formidable title of “the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean.”

This small island has proven to be a gastronomic powerhouse and is home to some of the most inventive and delicious cuisines found in the Caribbean. With well over fifty restaurants and cafes ranging from fine dining to breezy beachfront, there is no shortage of dining options. Many of which are independent and locally owned, providing authentic Anguillan dishes.

Setting it apart from other Caribbean Islands, Anguilla has embraced sustainable food sourcing rather than relying heavily on imported ingredients from the United States and Europe. Just peruse any menu, and you will find dishes utilizing fresh and locally grown ingredients while remaining true to the island’s rich culinary history. With so many options from traditional Anguillan, French, Fusion, or Italian, it is often hard to choose. For a classic local meal, do not miss Straw Hat or Mango’s. Both offer extraordinary seaside views and a vast array of fresh, locally caught seafood. For a more eclectic and elevated experience, Veya or Blanchards are a must. If a casual, fun meal is in order, stop off at the SunShine Shack for local barbeque, set up right on the sand, or head to Picante, dare I say, one of the best Mexican restaurants, period. Anguilla has you covered, whether it is for breakfast, lunch, or dinner, with a beachfront cocktail in between.

If your next Caribbean adventure includes exploring and enjoying unique, diverse, and delectable culinary experiences, then the island of Anguilla should be at the top of your list. With a perfect balance of top-notch luxury resorts, laid-back boutique hotels, dazzling beaches, and foodie-worthy restaurants, a stay here will not disappoint.

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