A New Lesson Learned In Anguilla

I have a secret to tell you: I can be really really dense sometimes. I mean, I think I’m of at least average intelligence (after my morning caffeine, anyway) but I’ve noticed that my brain can be pretty stubborn about absorbing things when it feels like it. I can’t even count the number of times …

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Yes, I’m Heading Back to Anguilla

*Update 3/14/2013: I have been told that arrests have been made in all of the most recent robberies on Anguilla. I’m relieved to hear it and now feel a bit better for the safety of all who live on and visit the island. I’ve had several different versions of this post sitting in my drafts …

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Laundromats on Anguilla

I know, I know. Anguilla is marketed as a high-end, luxury travel destination to which you can fly in on your private jet and stay at lavish resorts where your every whim is catered to night and day…and it definitely is, if you have the money to spend on that kind of experience. For those …

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“Whelks”: A Local Favorite In Anguilla

One afternoon on a recent trip to Anguilla, I was hanging out on a quiet beach with a group of friends enjoying one of my favorite island pastimes: just lounging around enjoying happy conversation, tasty food and some nice cold drinks. At some point one of our buddies disappeared and we couldn’t figure out where …

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Eat Like a Local in Anguilla at Cocono’s Restaurant

One of my favorite questions to ask locals when I’m in Anguilla is “Where’s your favorite place to eat?”. It’s easy to find out about all of the bigger, well-known restaurants on the island since you’ll find reviews and people talking about them all over the web, but sometimes in order to find the smaller, …

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High Winds & Rough Seas after Tropical Storm Isaac

I was on Anguilla when Tropical Storm Isaac passed about 140 miles south of the island on the night of August 22-August 23, 2012.  I did worry about it a bit when I first heard the storm was on its way, but after asking around and getting advice from local friends like “All you need …

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An Anguilla Fish Fry

One night on my last trip to Anguilla, it was almost midnight when I was ready to head home after an evening of bouncing from one fun spot to another with a group of friends. I was well beyond tired, so when one member of the group said “My friend is having a party right …

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Sprocka: Impromptu Concert at The Sunshine Shack Anguilla

One of the things I love most about my trips to Anguilla is how often wildly crazy and fun situations just seem to materialize out of thin air.  I used to believe that I was just that lucky to be in the right places at the right times (a lot), but now I think it …

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Bankie Banx: Just Cool

I missed Moonsplash, Anguilla’s biggest music festival, yet again this year. It was held March 8-10 and hosted, as always by AXA reggae artist Bankie Banx at the Dune Preserve. I’ve really got to get my act together and make sure I’m there for it next year since it always gets such rave reviews. In …

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Let’s Make Anguilla-Style Johnny Cakes!

I think that just about every culture must have some form of fried dough that is considered to be a popular treat. Americans have doughnuts and funnel cakes, Spaniards have churros, the French have Beignets, and in Jaimaica, festival is the fried dough of choice. Apparently, variations of fried dough are so popular that there …

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Need Bliss? Find It At The Sunshine Shack Anguilla

I often tell people that I want to keep Anguilla a secret from the rest of the world so I can have it aaaallllll to myself. Then some of them, who know about this site look at me and say, “But you write on a blog about it! A lot!”. I laugh and somewhat shamefully …

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January 2012: Welcome Back To Anguilla!

Picture it: Me. A true lover of Anguilla arriving on the island for my 6th visit there.  On my first night back, I had a great dinner with friends at the SandBar at Sandy Ground full of lots of laughs and just the right number of pineapple-infused vodka shots (Or was it rum? Hm. For …

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See Me Gush Over Anguilla

When Steve Bennett of UncommonCaribbean.com contacted me this week to ask what I think are the must-dos when traveling to Anguilla, I just felt flattered that he would even want my opinion. Ohhh, but the poor guy really had no idea what he was getting in to, did he?  You see, when you ask someone …

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What I Miss About Anguilla

I’m back… *sigh* I recently returned home from my absolutely fabulous 5th trip to Anguilla during which I had a fantastic time visiting friends and exploring more of the island. I only wish I could have stayed longer and, I know this makes me sound like a spoiled you-know-what, but this trip of 6 nights …

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June 2010 Anguilla Trip: Days 9 & 10

I spent the morning of my last full day in Anguilla half-heartedly throwing things into my suitcase and cleaning up around the house. My intent was to take care of all of the depressing tasks so that I could spend every last second I had left on island enjoying myself. When I finished, I decided …

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June 2010 Anguilla Trip: Day 8

I woke up on my 8th morning in Anguilla to a phone call from a good friend. Two days before, he and I had made plans to go to Scrub Island on this day, but because I hadn’t heard from him since then I wasn’t even sure the trip was still happening. But, bright and …

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June 2010 Anguilla Trip: Days 6 and 7

Day 6 I let myself sleep in a bit on the 6th morning of my Anguilla trip, and I woke with the same twinge of sadness that I always get when I realize that I’ve passed the midpoint of my visit. From that point on in any given trip, I often find myself wishing for …

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June 2010 Anguilla Trip: Days 4 and 5

On my fourth morning in Anguilla, I was feeling downright slothful -  juuuuust the sort of feeling I aim for when I come to this island. I really had zero inclination to do anything or go anywhere which, as it turns out, was just as well because somewhere around mid-morning, it started pouring down rain …

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June 2010 Anguilla Trip: Day 3

After a good night of sleep, I woke up bright and early again, but this time I made no rush to get going as I had done the day before.  When I’m home, I rarely get a chance to sit around and do absolutely nothing. Instead, I’m constantly on the go, zipping around and trying …

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June 2010 Anguilla Trip: Day 2

Despite having been awake for around 14 hours the day before, I somehow managed to wake up before 6am on my second day in Anguilla. The bright sun was what woke me up at first, but then the excitement of being back on-island had me practically leaping out of bed. Yes, I was definitely looking …

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June 2010 Anguilla Trip: Day 1

Arriving in St. Maarten Whenever I land at Princess Juliana International Airport in St. Maarten (SXM), it’s usually after a night of maybe 3 hours of sleep followed by ~7 hours of traveling.  Despite being completely exhausted and likely a little frustrated at not being able to sleep on the plane, I am always completely …

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Back to Anguilla and Back to Blogging Basics

Ahhhhh! My next trip back to Anguilla is booked and I am sooooo happy about it! Nothing helps cut through the depression of a cold and dreary winter more than planning a trip to my favorite island. This will be my fifth trip to Anguilla, and in my opinion, it’s long past overdue. I mean, …

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Rule of Travel #1: Respect Locals and the Way They Live

Whenever we travel away from home, it’s likely that we’re going to encounter people who live, think and act differently than we do. This applies not only to when we visit foreign countries, but could also be the case when we travel a just a few towns away. Recognizing that fact, it seems to automatically …

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Island Vocabulary Lesson #1: Anguilla

It isn’t difficult to fall in love with island accents, especially if you’ve naturally begun to associate them with that mesmerizing bliss that takes over when you’re in a Caribbean paradise. (A word of advice though: Don’t get so obsessed that you borderline stalk a guy in the grocery store because you hear him talking …

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A Trip to Little Bay, Anguilla

If you’re taking a trip to Anguilla, you should definitely make sure that a visit to Little Bay is on your list of things to do!  This not-so-secret (not anymore, at least) location is located in the middle of the northern coast of the island, just northeast of Crocus Bay.  As its name implies, Little …

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Anguilla Inspires Me

I’ve been back from my trip to Anguilla for just about a week now, and even though there’s 18 inches of snow outside my door, I’m still reveling in that sweet island bliss that AXA never fails to instill within me.  I live in the DC metro area, and there’s no doubt that life is …

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The Magic of Genuine Greetings

One of the things that really took me by surprise on my first visit to Anguilla was the way that locals were so quick to offer their greetings to tourists.  Depending on the time of day, it was rare not to get a “good morning”, “good afternoon” or “good night” (considered to be a greeting …

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My Island-Life Lesson #3: Relax! Get Used To “Island-Time”

I recently went to a reggae concert near my home in which three major artists from Jamaica were playing. At about the time the show was supposed to start, I asked Sherwin, one of the people sitting at the bar with me, whether we should head towards the stage to make sure we didn’t miss …

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