- Full name: Anguilla
- Capital: The Valley
- Largest city: The Valley
- Official language: English
- Area: 91 km2
- Population: 14,764 (2016)
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD) 1 (XCD) = 100 cents
- Foreign tourists: 79 thousand (2015)
- Travel risks and hazards: Hurricane season.
Anguilla is relatively new to the tourist business that took around 3 decades ago. Until about 60s the island did not have electricity or any telephone service however it became increasingly popular since becoming a tax haven more resorts opened. The island is known for its peaceful atmosphere. There are no large hotels and casinos however tourists may enjoy numerous festivals However even in a paradise-like this there are hazards visitors should beware of.
The citizens of EU, Australia, Canada, and the USA are not required to obtain a Visa while traveling to Anguilla however all are required a valid passport. All remaining nationalities need to obtain a visa and also have a valid passport.
To drive in Anguilla you will need a valid driving permit from the country of your origin and to purchase a temporary driver’s license in Anguilla. Car rentals sell the temporary permit for 20 dollars (USD). There is no public communication system.
Traveling hazards are virtually nonexistent. The entire island is 25 km long and 5 km wide. One straight road goes from one end to the other. The speed limit is also 50kmph. Drivers in Anguilla use the left-hand side of the road however the cars are also mostly left-hand drives which can cause confusion. Do not be surprised if being honked at, most likely your hotel receptionist or another person you had contact with recognized you. The Islanders are very friendly and road polite often yielding way. Honking is mostly used to basically say “hello” or “thank you” on the island.
Anguilla does not have a lush tropical forest, therefore, the hazards of any dangerous animals are virtually none. The only precautions to take is not to swim after dusk, and to look out for sea urchins and lionfish that you may step on or come to close to. Other than that Anguilla is safe.
Cyclone season is the only environmental danger to bother the island. From early June until late November the island can be influenced by tropical hurricanes that can bring devastation to the island.
Anguilla has no vaccinations required upon entering however several are recommended. These include Hepatitis A and B, typhoid and rabies vaccines. Beware of the possibility of contracting the Zika virus. Take caution when preventing mosquito bites. The island has a very good healthcare system. The local clinics and the Princess Alexandra Hospital can very well perform when it comes to minor emergency and other illnesses however in case of any serious emergency you will be evacuated to either Puerto Rico, St. Martin or Miami depending on your situation. Make sure your health policy covers medical evacuation as these charge exorbitant prices afterward.
In case of an emergency call 911.
Crime against tourists is virtually unheard of. It is probably one of the safest islands in the Caribbean. Drug smuggling and arms dealing do occur however this very rarely affects tourists. Walking at daytime and nighttime is safe, however, be vigilant, wear money belts, do not leave your valuables unattended. Minor theft might occur just like anywhere else in the world. Law in Anguilla states that any amount or kind of drugs is punishable with a jail sentence.
Since becoming a little tax haven the economy boosted with businesses opening and being taxed on the island attracting more tourists and opening more resorts. Remember that planning your trip with Travset.com will give you the quickest information about the nearest emergency services and will also help you purchase indispensable travel insurance for the trip of your lifetime. Please feel free to comment and share the experiences of your travels with Travset.com.