I initially started writing this blog detailing my trip to St. Marteen (I will still do so) But as I got to the best section, I realized I was drumming on and on about the beautiful experience I had in Anguilla. I realized that in order for me to truly give both destinations the attention they deserve I have to separate them into individual experiences. So here it is, my beautiful experience in Anguilla.
I got to Anguilla via my trip to St. Marteen, we used the ferry from the French side of St. Martin (Port Marigot) to get to Anguilla. The ferry was approximately $10.00 and the length of the ride was approx. 30 minutes.
Passports are needed to board the ferry and there is also an additional fee for entering Anguilla that is paid on the ferry.(the exact cost escapes me but I don’t believe its more than 7 bucks).
There are public and private ferries. The private ferries can be chartered and are more costly.
I used the public bus to get to Port Marigot from the Dutch side in St. Marteen. The ride was approx. 45 minutes and we did have to transfer along the way to a second bus so be alert and ask questions if you choose to use this route. The people are friendly and helpful so you will be fine. They do speak english and french so if someone does not answer, that may be the reason. Leave early in the morning to catch the first ferry if you plan to make it a day trip.
The ferry was large enough to accommodate people and luggage. Many of the tourist onboard used the ferry vs. an airplane to get to Anguilla because it was much cheaper.
The Ferry runs quite frequently in the day on the hour but is less available during the evening so plan accordingly because you may get stuck if you miss the last ferry of the evening.
Before we left for St. Marteen we did tons of research. We are extreme planners. We knew that while there we could take a ferry from the French side of the Island (Port Marigot) and head over to St. Bart’s, Anguilla or St. Johns. We wanted to take advantage of going to both St. Bart’s and Anguilla but due to time constraints we could only do one. We chose Anguilla. Luckily for us one of my best friends that was on the trip had a family member who connected us to his cousin who lived in Anguilla. We woke up early and took the bus from the dutch side to Port Marigot(about $2.00).
Anguilla was stunning! Breath taking kind of beautiful and less populated with tourist. Once we stepped foot on land we were on a mission to see Anguilla in about 5 hours before the ferry departed.
Thank the Lucky stars for my best friend’s connection he was the best tour guide because he knew all the best places to take us and all the great places to eat. As always our first stop was food. We ate a local seaside restaurant and the food was delicious but the view was the selling point for sure.
He then took us to a secluded island called Scilly Cay where the rum punch was the talk of the town. The island could only be accessed by a free small fisher man type boat. It was absolutely worth the trip and the rum punch was the best. Be careful though ,one too many and you will be in the water.
It was a shame that we were on such a tight constraint because i would have loved to relax on that island for the day. After about a half and hour we were off to our next adventure which was the Shoal Bay Beach. One of the most beautiful beaches in the world. It was ranked in the top 10 beaches and it did not fall short.
The water was pristine the sand was white and we really had it to ourselves mainly do to not many tourist being on the anguilla side.
After leaving Shoal beach we dashed off to a secured beach called Little Bay Beach that our tour guide said was one of the best beach in Anguilla.
He kept eluding to the fact that this place could only be accessed by boat, jumping off a cliff into the water or climbing down a cliff via a rope. We were leery because none of us found any of this options enticing. We got to the location and he was serious there was no way down except the 3 he mentioned.
The boat was out because we were not near a pick up point so that left climbing or jumping. My two best friends said no way they were doing it but me being the adventurous lady said i would climb the ropes down!!
What the heck was I thinking. I was so nervous and hoped like hell that he would catch me if anything went wrong. There I was climbing down a flimsy rope to paradise or death!.. Thankfully it was paradise but I was so happy I did it one of the most adventurous things I have done.
After seeing me on the beach my best friend decided to go the jumping route to come down. I was shocked but she did it and we had an awesome time and were glad we put our fears aside.
My best friend took all these amazing picture of us while we went down the cliff, so thankful someone was there to capture the moment. After hanging out at the secluded beach we realized we had too much fun and had to make a mad dash back to the ferry to make it back to outside. what a day! we made it back by the skin of our teeth but what a memorable experience. even though i went to visit St. Marteen I think Anguilla was the highlight of our trip for sure!!
Anguilla was amazing! I have to admit that it was never really on my list of places to visit and Im so glad that we went. It was a hidden paradise that I hope to return to one day with more than 5 hours to spear! Hope I have peaked your interest to visit one day!