How to celebrate a holiday in Anguilla

During the Easter weekend (Saturday and Sunday), Festival Del Mar draws everyone to Island Harbour village for delicious seafood, live music, fishing competitions and more. On Easter Monday (also a public holiday), the anticipated A-Class Egbert Connor Boat Race begins and ends at Sandy Ground. If a quiet Easter weekend is preferred, Easter brunch, lunch or dinners are served at restaurants.

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When I met Anguilla

As we turned into the old Sonesta, he gave a theatrical wave toward open and spacious Rendezvous Bay. Its plush white sand and unbelievable turquoise water sparkled in the late-afternoon sun. ‘Now you know,’ he said. Which I always have taken to mean: Now you know our fierce pride in what we have, and in our own worth, and if you respect that, we will share our wisdom with you, in time.

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The Straw Hat family

In TRUE Anguilla’s opinion one of the best things about Straw Hat is its consistency: the fresh and always good food, well-mixed drinks, brilliant beach service and, most importantly, its service – particularly the way that team make you feel. They exemplify true Anguillian hospitality.

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Zambezi’s Daughters

The etiquette of Anguilla has quiet echoes of its colonial past. A simple ‘hi’ is not appropriate when meeting someone. One must always greet with a proper acknowledgement corresponding to the sun’s position in the tranquil sky. ‘Good morning’, ‘good afternoon’ and ‘good night’ are all considered suitable salutations and must be uttered when entering a space or before any query or request.

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Where friends are family

Anguilla is an island not just known for its pristine beaches and turquoise waters, but for its unique sense of community and the strong bonds that exist among its residents. These bonds are, of course, due in part to a shared history.

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Dining in Anguilla

Anguilla has wonderful restaurants to tempt every palate. Let TRUE Anguilla be your guide to where to eat, drink and lime on and off the beach – all day (and night) long.

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LOVE Anguilla

One night I came upon a Travel and Leisure with a cover that said, simply: ‘Most Beautiful Beaches in the World’. Anguilla was featured prominently and the lead picture was of Shoal Bay East – a long and nearly empty sweep of white sand with a few palm trees at the far end.

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Tonya & Brandon Rhodes Living The Dream

Brandon and Tonya Rhodes from Pennsylvania have been coming to Anguilla for 13 years. A chance meeting with Ian ‘Sugar George’ Edwards, who gave Brandon his card, told him Anguilla was special and encouraged him to try it out for his next Caribbean vacation – which led to Brandon booking Spyglass Hill Villa for Tonya’s birthday.

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There has been a gratifying boom in locally made products and shopping experiences in Anguilla, so look beyond your hotel boutique for your souvenirs.

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