Lunch at Blanchard’s Beach Shack on lovely Meads Bay is a colourful and deliciously casual dining experience; order from the shack and take your seat right on the beach. In the evening, the iconic Blanchard’s Restaurant next door offers an international menu in a stunning garden beachfront setting.


The Sunshine Shack – otherwise known as Garvey’s place – is a beachside grill serving a simple fresh menu. Order your meal, take a swim looking across to the island of St Marten and chillout, or as Garvey says: “No rush, just relax, will call you when it’s ready”.


Go people watching over evening cocktails at the totally gorgeous Maliouhana Hotel at Bar Soleil – think Beverly Hills on Sea.


Or head to Leon’s, perfectly positioned on Meads Bay beach. Laidback Leon’s delivers simple island pleasures: swaying in a hammock strung between palm trees, playing volleyball on the beach, and dancing to live reggae.


Take the boat from Sandy Ground Wharf, a $10 ride, for an afternoon out on little Sandy Island with cocktails, grilled lobster (we love the crayfish) and steel bands. It’s an Anguillan tradition and totally unmissable!


Fly from Anguilla to St Bart’s in around 15 minutes (very decadent and a lot of fun) for a spot of shopping in Gustavia (the best shopping in the Caribbean) and lunch at Nikki Beach. Then fly back in time for sunset cocktails on Anguilla – the perfect day!


Talking of shopping, you can ferry over to French St Martin from Anguilla’s Blowing Point ferry terminal for a spot of duty free retail therapy. The French side has a wide choice of boutiques making it a fun few hours.


Spend the afternoon on Shoal Bay East, perhaps the most stunning of Anguilla’s 33 beaches. Some say Anguilla has the most beautiful beaches in Caribbean. We think they might be right.


Enjoy chic beach dinning at Cips by Cipriani at the fabulous Belmond Cap Juluca and while you are there, book a massage at the Arawak Spa for the next day.


Tradition, one of the Caribbean’s last historic sailing sloops, offers a chance to hoist the sails and explore the coastline of Anguilla. Look out for the green flash as the sun sets on a magical Anguilla day.

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