Anguilla is among the lesser-known – and least visited – Caribbean islands. This hidden gem is one of the best-kept secrets in the tropics. Nestled between the Eastern and Western Caribbean, about 100 miles east of both the U.S. Virgin Islands the British Virgin Islands, Anguilla is an island full of natural beauty, exotic caves and breathtaking scenery, the ultimate destination for ecotourism and nature enthusiasts. Below are the top 5 things to do in Anguilla when looking to experience natural wonders.
Snorkel in Dropsey Bay Cave
For anybody who loves to snorkel in incredibly clear, shallow waters, Dropsey Bay is a must-visit destination. Located near the southeastern coast of the island, Dropsey Bay Cave is a difficult place to find – but well worth the visit. It sits on the south end of Long Pond, directly opposite Zemi Beach House LXR Hotels & Resorts, and is not featured on Google Maps. Instead, the easiest way to find it is to follow directions to the Tequila Sunrise Villa or the Rum Punch Villa, where you can wallow over to the right side of the bay. Here you will find a small cave with a “hot tub” and an underwater bridge. The snorkelling in this area is unparalleled: go slow and enjoy an unforgettable experience.
Hike the Anguilla Heritage Trail
This natural wonder is as much about culture as it is nature. The Anguilla Heritage Trail is a joint initiative by the Anguilla Archaeological and Historical Society, the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association, the Anguilla National Trust and the Anguilla Tourist Board. The trail’s primary goal is to preserve and highlight the island’s history and nature. The Old Valley Well and the Heritage Collection Museum are two cultural attractions to discover between taking in the gorgeous landscape and enjoying the tropical air. It’s located at the east end of the island, not far from many of the Anguilla resorts.
Visit Shoal Bay East
Shoal Bay East is not just any beach. It’s the most notable beach in all of Anguilla. This makes Shoal Bay not only the crown jewel of an island full of sheer beauty, but one of the most beautiful beaches in the entire world, consistently ranking among the top five on the planet. It’s one of the more crowded areas of Anguilla, understandably so, but it’s still an essential must-visit if only to take in a landscape so gorgeous which only a few get to do in their lifetimes. It’s located right in front of many of the luxury Anguilla resorts, including Zemi Beach House LXR Hotels & Resorts.
Explore Fountain Cavern National Park
Underneath the white sand and nature trails is an intricate limestone cave system that runs through Anguilla. This is a common feature of many coastal Caribbean nations, with limestone being the remnants of ancient coral that grew in abundance in the region. However, the beauty and awe inspired by Anguillan caves is quite special – and Fountain Cavern National Park contains the best of them all. Anguillians often describe The Cavern as instilling both fear and respect in visitors. Generations have used it to obtain refreshing drinking water, even during the worst droughts, while countless others have written their names on the leaves of the Pitch Apple tree that grows in the entrance to the cave system. The Cavern is located right next to the Zemi Beach House LXR Hotels & Resorts and the freshwater from the cave system enters into Shoal Bay, adding to its already pristine waters.
Take a Day-Trip to Anguillita
If unspoiled nature is the goal, look no further than Anguillita. It’s a small, uninhabited island off the coast of the main island of Anguilla, and is also the southernmost and western-most point of the dependency. Though it is far from most resorts, it is easily accessible by boats that leave on a regular basis several times per day. The deep offshore waters are perfect for diving, snorkelling and kayaking, all of which are great ways to take in the natural beauty of such a rugged yet enchanting island.