Anguilla, a small island at the northernmost tip of the Leeward Islands, is an idyllic destination. It is well-known as a popular haunt for celebrities in search of a peaceful, sun-soaked getaway, but you don’t need a celebrity budget to visit this lovely island.
Most people would love to visit a Caribbean island, but it can be expensive. Direct flights from the US or Europe to the Caribbean cost hundreds of dollars and some of the smaller islands require a separate flight or boat voyage as part of the journey. There’s a common expectation that accommodation is pricey and eating out is going to cost a fortune. In reality, you can easily vacation to Anguilla on a budget, without missing out on anything!
Traveling to Anguilla
The cost of a flight to Anguilla can be off-putting, as you will need to book a flight to Puerto Rico, St Maarten, or Antigua and catch a connection. Thanks to the internet, it’s not difficult to find cheap flights in the low season (July to mid-December). You could even take a crew job on a yacht and arrange to be dropped off in Anguilla for a week. Think outside the box and see what you can come up with!
Staying on the Island
Anguilla has its fair share of luxury hotels that cost around $600/night, but you don’t need to splash out on a pricey suite to have fun. There are plenty of budget accommodation options for cash-strapped visitors. For around $80 a night, you can rent a room in a private home or book an entire apartment. You can’t expect butler service and poolside cocktails for that price, but when you can take a dip in Anguilla’s famous turquoise water every morning and dine on fresh fish all day, who cares?
A family vacation to Anguilla doesn’t have to cost the earth either. There are some kid-friendly Anguilla Villas at very reasonable prices, especially if you travel during the low season. Beachfront villas will cost more, but you get great value for money, and compared to a hotel room, the price per square footage is reasonable.
Have Fun for Free
Anguilla’s beaches are the main attraction for visitors – and there are 33 to choose from. The island is only 16 miles long and you can drive from one end to the other in 45-minutes, although you may have to stop a few times to avoid grumpy goats. Shoal Bay East is the most popular beach, because it has beach bars and water sports. If you are in search of peace and tranquillity, you won’t have a problem finding a deserted stretch of sand.
Eating Out on a Budget
Stay away from the fancy restaurants in five-star resorts and enjoy some fresh fish cooked in local hangouts instead. There are always lots of pop-up street stalls serving tasty shrimps and grilled snapper. Look out for Hungry’s, an iconic food van that serves excellent fish soup for $5.
Anguilla may appeal to the celebrity crowd, but you can have just as much fun on a budget.