Anguilla’s climate is like a slice of heaven. The skies are sunny and clear year round with an average temperature of 27 C. The gentle trade winds and the warm, extremely swimmable ocean temperatures keep the heat down. September and October are the rainy months, but the rain is usually light and sporadic.
When to fly to Anguilla
With temperatures that rarely dip below 27 degrees there's no bad time to visit Anguilla, but when it's winter in the Northern Hemisphere - mid-December to mid-April - that's when most travellers visit Anguilla.
The middle of December to the middle of April is high season, when most travellers escape the winter weather at home.
Low season coincides with hurricane season in the Caribbean, June through November. Anguilla frequently gets hit with tropical storms and hurricanes. If you are willing to take your chances with the weather, you could score big with savings on flights and accommodation.
Getting around Anguilla
Anguilla is a tiny island and there is no public transportation system. Renting a car allows visitors maximum independence. There are several rental agencies on the island. You'll need a valid driver's licence and a temporary local permit from the rental agency. Visitors can also rent bicycles and mopeds.
A delightful side trip is taking the ferry to St. Martin/Sint Maarten. Catch the ferry at Blowing Point. The journey takes about 25 minutes and the services are fairly regular. Pack your passport and remember that there's a departure tax added to the price of your ticket.
Anguilla insider information
- Wallblake House is the only surviving plantation-era house on Anguilla. The entire complex, including the kitchens, stables and workers' quarters still stand, giving a fascinating glimpse into 18th-century life on the island.
- There are many beaches to choose from in Anguilla: try Mead's Bay and Shoal Bay. They are some of the finest Caribbean beaches to lie on.
- Six nearby islands belong to Anguilla too. They are Scrub Island, Sombrero, Dog Island, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear and Anguilliate.
- The Summer Festival takes place in early August each year. Dancing, competitions, fairs, costumes, parades, beach picnics and boat races make this an unmissable event. If you're visiting Anguilla at this time, try to be up for the J’Ouvert Morning - Sunrise Street Jam. It starts around 5am, a daybreak jam through the streets to commemorate emancipation.
- The cuisine is a fusion of European, American and Caribbean flavours. Unsurprisingly, the seafood - local crayfish, lobster, grilled Snapper, Swordfish and Mahi Mahi - is a specialty.