At the northern edge of the Caribbean you find Anguilla, a British overseas territory found just north of Sint Maarten. The island is only 16 by 3 miles (26 by 5 kilometers) in size, though it also boasts a throng of small, uninhabited islets and cays. The name of the island responds to its shape, also known as Snake Island, its root word derived from the Latin word for “eel.”
Indigenous people lived on the island since around 1300 BC, far predating the colonizers who arrived in the 1600’s. Changing hands back and forth between the French and English, the island was used as a stopping point for slave ships en route to the Americas.
Today, the population rests around 14,000 people. The locals rely primarily on tourism and offshore banking, as the soil is fairly unfit for agriculture. However, the beaches draw visitors from around the world.
Aside from world class stunning beaches, the interior of Anguilla has plenty to offer travelers. The Heritage Collection is found in East End Village, which can give you a splendid history lesson on the island and the surrounding seas.
Both the Stone Cellar and Devonish Art Galleries showcase artistic works made by locals of the island, so stop in for a souvenir or two.
Fly in or take a boat from a nearby island. Renting a car is highly recommended if you plan on exploring the island thoroughly, though roads are often in less than pristine condition.