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Quick Facts
CapitalThe Valley
GovernmentNA
CurrencyEast Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Areatotal: 102 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 102 sq km
Population12,446 (July 2002 est.)
LanguageEnglish (official)
ReligionAnglican 40%, Methodist 33%, Seventh-Day Adventist 7%, Baptist 5%, Roman Catholic 3%, other 12%

Colonized by English settlers from Saint Kitts in 1650, Anguilla was administered by Great Britain until the early 19th century, when the island - against the wishes of the inhabitants - was incorporated into a single British dependency along with Saint Kitts and Nevis. Several attempts at separation failed. In 1971, two years after a revolt, Anguilla was finally allowed to secede; this arrangement was formally recognized in 1980 with Anguilla becoming a separate British dependency.

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anguilla Travel Guide :

Anguilla

Geography

Location 
Caribbean, island in the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico
Map references 
Central America and the Caribbean
Area 
total: 102 sq km
water: 0 sq km
land: 102 sq km
Area - comparative 
about half the size of Washington, DC
Terrain 
flat and low-lying island of coral and limestone
Elevation extremes 
lowest point: Caribbean Sea 0 m
highest point: Crocus Hill 65 m
Anguilla

People

Population 
12,446 (July 2002 est.)
Nationality 
noun: Anguillan(s)
adjective: Anguillan
Ethnic groups 
black (predominant), mulatto, white
Religions 
Anglican 40%, Methodist 33%, Seventh-Day Adventist 7%, Baptist 5%, Roman Catholic 3%, other 12%
Languages 
English (official)
Anguilla

Government

Country name 
conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Anguilla
Dependency status 
overseas territory of the UK
Government type 
NA
Capital 
The Valley
Anguilla

Economy

Economy - overview 
Anguilla has few natural resources, and the economy depends heavily on luxury tourism, offshore banking, lobster fishing, and remittances from emigrants. Increased activity in the tourism industry, which has spurred the growth of the construction sector, has contributed to economic growth. Anguillan officials have put substantial effort into developing the offshore financial sector, which is small, but growing. In the medium term, prospects for the economy will depend largely on the tourism sector and, therefore, on revived income growth in the industrialized nations as well as on favorable weather conditions.
Currency 
East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Currency code 
XCD
Exchange rates 
East Caribbean dollars per US dollar - 2.7000 (fixed rate since 1976)
Anguilla

Understand

Anguilla

Electricity

Officially 240V 50Hz. Most outlets are the British standard BS-1363 type. Generally speaking, U.S. and Canadian travelers should pack adapters for these outlets if they plan to use North American electrical equipment in Anguilla.

Occasionally, non-grounded North American NEMA 1-15 outlets may be found. These are similar to a standard U.S. or Canadian wall outlet, but non-grounded outlets do not accept the third, round pin present on grounded plugs. Adapters are available to allow equipment with grounded (three-pin) plugs to plug into non-grounded outlets while avoiding the otherwise necessary step of cutting the grounding pin off of the plug.

Additionally, U.S. and Canadian outlets are polarized. Polarized means that one of the two vertical blades is taller/wider than the other. This is a safety feature which restricts a non-grounded plug from being inserted into an outlet "upside down". Older North American outlets found in much of Central and South America, the Caribbean and other areas may not be polarized. As such, polarized plugs may not fit into non-polarized outlets. To remedy this, the wider vertical blade on a polarized plug may be filed down to match the width of the other. Otherwise, adapters are available which accept a polarized plug and adapt it for use with a non-polarized outlet.

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Sleep

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Splurge


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Eat

Upscale Restaurants
  • Hibernia (http://hiberniarestaurant.com/) Unique food, gracious hosts and a wonderful time always. Worth the drive!
  • Blanchard's (http://www.blanchardsrestaurant.com/) The tasting platter here is the way to go, folks.
  • Mango's (http://www.mangos.ai/) Directly on the beach, with wonderful seafood.
  • Straw Hat (http://www.strawhat.com/) Don't miss the crayfish here!
  • Altamer (http://www.altamer.com/) Delicious lobsters big as orbiting moons, great service.
  • The Overlook Formerly Cyril's Ovelook of Montauk/NY fame but now in the trusty hands of Deon. Fabulous seafood and great gazpacho soup! official website (http://www.overlookrestaurant.com/index2.htm)

Local Style Restaurants

  • Uncle Ernie's on Shoal Bay beach; inexpensive local BBQ;
  • Smitty's (http://smittys.ai) in Island Harbor.
  • Scilly Cay in Island Harbor; pronounced Silly Key; take a boat or swim out to this tiny island off the island.
  • Roy's (http://roysplaceanguilla.com) above Crocus Bay; started by a British expat and his wife. Great bargain lunches on Fridays. Very well known for their fish and chips.
  • The Pumphouse in Sandy Ground next to the old salt flats
  • Johnno's is an Anguillan landmark, run by John (Johnno) on Sandy Ground beach. It is an open air bar, restaurant and at night a dance club on the beach, often with live local bands.
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