The Short and Sweet Secret Escape to Anguilla itinerary was developed with the assistance of a tourism student of the University of the West Indies’ St. Augustine campus, as part of the Endless Caribbean internship programme.
Three days in Anguilla may not seem like a lot of time, but for budget conscious travellers, that’s more than enough time for a short and sweet secret escape. It is also the right amount of time when you are committed to doing absolutely nothing and simply enjoying your vacation. You will not regret the time spent in Anguilla, because it is one of the most beautiful, picturesque and quiet islands in the Caribbean.
The Valley is the capital city in Anguilla and it is a hive of activity. Popular attractions on the island include the Anguilla National Trust; a self-guided Anguilla Heritage Trail Tour and taking in the views of the island from the highest point on the island, Crocus Hill. Although Anguilla is a small island, it is a big champion of the ecological preservation of its coral reefs and beaches.
Table of Contents
- Arrival at the Hidden Cottage in Jonah Hill
- Spending a day at Shoal Beach
- Sightseeing on the Anguilla Heritage Trail Tour
Day 1: Arrival at The Hidden Cottage
Day 2: Lunch and Fun on Shoal Bay Beach
Day 3: Taking the Anguilla Heritage Trail Tour
Day 4: Leaving Anguilla and Heading Home
All flights to Anguilla will land at the Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (AXA). However, because the airport only receives small aircraft, visitors connect to the island via San Juan (SJU) or St. Maarten (SXM).
Day 1: The Hidden Cottage
You will arrive at The Hidden Cottage, a cozy secret escape that celebrates the laid back lifestyle. This homestay property, which is located on the peak of Jonah Hill, Welches, is comfortable and suitable for travellers looking to stay three days or even three weeks on the island. Guests will check themselves in using the lockbox provided to their guesthouse. Guests are encouraged to purchase groceries at Limin Supermarket before checking in. And, because the cottage has its own kitchen, you can prepare a light dinner.
The Hidden Cottage’s accommodation package includes accommodation for up to three (3) guests; one comfortable queen size bed with fresh and cozy linens; one bathroom; one full kitchen with a refrigerator, stove, microwave, electric kettle, pots and tableware. There is also a fully equipped laundry with washer and dryer; wi-fi and air-conditioning.
Day 2: Shoal Bay Beach
A do it yourself breakfast of fresh fruit, cereal and a glass of orange juice or a cup of tea is the perfect precursor to the perfect beach day. At 10:00 am, you can take an 8 minute taxi drive to one of the best beaches in the world, Shoal Bay Beach. This beach is two miles long and facilitates swimming, snorkelling, diving or sunning. A hearty lunch at Madeariman Restaurant, which is right on the beach is recommended. The menu features tapas, starters, snacks, pizzas, main courses and dessert all complimented by Caribbean and international beverages.
Day 3: Self-Guided Anguilla Heritage Trail Tour
The Anguilla Heritage Trail Tour is a budget friendly way to see some of the top sights in the island. It takes in the best points of interest located in the capital city, The Valley. Maps are available at the Anguilla National Trust’s office in the Valley. The tour takes you to historic points of interest such as Wallblake House, Warden’s Place, Savannah Art Gallery, Loblolly Gallery and Crocus Hill. For a lunch break, suggestions are Ken’s Pork, da’Vida Restaurant, Hall’s Unique Bakery, Hungry’s Restaurant and Fat Cat Gourmet.
Day 4: Time to Go Home
In your final hours on the island, a homemade breakfast of your favourite items will round out your short and sweet secret escape to Anguilla. Check out time from The Hidden Cottage is 12:00 P.M. Enjoy the sights and sounds as you head to the Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport.
Image Credit: Anguilla Tourist Board