Anguilla is a slice of paradise. Set in the clear waters of the Caribbean Sea, this island gem offers much to the traveller interested in rest, relaxation and luxury. This 35 square mile island offers a welcomed respite from the hustle and bustle of the neighbouring island such as the tourist hotspot St. Martin/Sint Maarten, replacing it with a tropical flare that is felt as much as it is seen. A favorite for island hoppers on a day trip and private luxury vacations alike, Anguilla’s beauty is unparalleled.
This gorgeous island originally settled in 2000 BC by the Amerindian people, Anguilla remains quaint. The island’s capital, named The Valley, is home to only 300 residents. The island itself has about 15,000 inhabitants.
The island is known for being a throwback to a simpler past, but the gastronomic experience found on Anguilla is second to none. Chefs on the island win region and international awards for their masterful preparation of fine cuisine. From casual beachfront dining to the finest of restaurants set along a picturesque cove, foodie travellers will find meals that stimulate the mind as well as the palate.
Secluded beaches, a rich art community, and the incomparable beauty of nature surround you when you visit this casual, laid back island. Anguilla also has six peripheral islands of its own that can be explored during day trips: Scrub Island, Sombrero, Dog Island, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear and Anguilliate. Fantastic diving, luxuriously appointed villas, and personalized massages awaits.
Size: 35 square miles
Government: British Overseas Territory
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollars (EC$); plus US dollars (US$) widely accepted
Main City: The Valley
Main Airport: Wallblake Airport (AXA)
Telephone Country Code: 264
Local Beer: Carib
Local Cuisine: Lobster & Crayfish and BBQ via popular weekend tents.
Entry Visa: US and Canadian visitors to Anguilla need to have a valid passport or a birth certificate and a photo ID as well as an onward or return ticket in their possession. Travelers from the United Kingdom, Commonwealth countries of the Caribbean, the Republic of Ireland, and E.U. countries need a current passport. There is a departure tax of US$20 charged to travelers at the airport and US$3 to those at the ferry port.
When To Go: Anguilla’s climate is pleasant year round. Their high season has temperatures that rarely exceed 90°F (32°C), with low humidity. Because they are part of the Leeward Islands, they benefit from the trade winds blowing in from the northeast. The high season provides wonderful beach weather. Rain showers are extremely brief. The islanders refer to it as liquid sunshine. The lightest rainfall is generally from February to April and the heaviest from October to December. Hotels charge their highest rates from mid-December to mid-April with Christmas and New Year’s rates nearly doubling other times in the year. The off-season runs roughly early April to early December. Many hotels close for the entire month of September and often October as well.
Marriage Requirements: Couples must obtain a special license to get married on Anguilla.
Documents Required: In addition to the completed application for marriage, both the bride and groom will need their:
•passports or birth certificates along with driver’s licences or other forms of identification
•certificates of no impediment or single status report
Also if applicable:
• your divorce papers i.e. decree absolute and/or death certificate of spouse
• proof of parental consent if under 18, stamped and signed by a solicitor
• proof of name change by Deed Poll, stamped and signed by a solicitor
For a wedding in the Catholic Church, you will also need a copy of your conformation papers, baptismal certificate, freedom to marry papers and pre-cana course, 3 to 6 months in advance.
Residency Requirement: Ideally three or more days as couples will need to apply for a marriage licence at the Court Registry 48 hours prior to the day of the marriage.
Fees: EC$100 or its equivalent of US$38 worth of Anguilla stamps which can be obtained from the General Post Office in Anguilla. For the marriage licence: EC$650 or its equivalent of US$242. The fees for an Apostille is EC$150 or its equivalent of US$56. The Apostille can be obtained at the Ministry of Finance in Anguilla.
Witnesses: Two witnesses that are not immediate family members must be present at the ceremony.
Marriage Procedure: Marriage ceremonies can be performed by the magistrate at the Court House or at another location by a minister of religion who is a registered Marriage Officer for Anguilla.