Anguilla is a British overseas territory in the Caribbean and known as a popular tax haven. It is one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands and is directly above Saint Martin. The island is 26 km long and 5 km wide, with a number of much smaller islands. The island’s capital is The Valley. The total land area of the territory is 90 km2 with a population of approximately 13,500. The earliest artefacts found from first settlements have been dated to around 1300 BC by tribes who migrated from South America. The date of European discovery is uncertain. The island was first colonised in 1650 by the English settlers from Saint Kitts. The French took over the island in 1666 but under the Treaty of Breda it was returned to English control. It is assumed that the early Europeans brought enslaved Africans with them and there is evidence that slaves lived in the region in the early 17th century. By 1672 a slave depot existed on the island of Nevis, serving the Leeward Islands.
Official language: English
Capital: The Valley
Area : 90 km2
Population : 13,500
Ethnic groups : 90% West African, 4.6% multiracial, 3.7% European
Currency : East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Time zone : (UTC-4)
Calling code : +1-264
Anguilla Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Rendezvous Beach is reason enough to visit Anguilla – it is an idyllic retreat for vacationers looking to escape the busy Shoal Bay East’s tourist bustle. Sandy Ground is very popular with travellers on Anguilla with several bars and restaurants overlooking the beach with some live music. This western beach is also Anguilla’s main harbour with many visiting foreign sailors. Shoal Bay East has an exquisite beach and some excellent snorkelling. Visibility is excellent, the coral is in great shape, and there is both great diversity and good numbers of fish and Hawksbill Turtles. Shoal Bay East, Rendezvous Bay and Meads Bay are some of Anguilla’s other top beaches. Swim with dolphins at “Dolphin Discovery Anguilla” at Blowing Point. There are four dolphins, born in captivity and after years of training, they enjoy human companionship.
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Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport (AXA) The Valley, Anquilla
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