Anguilla for Families

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Anguilla for Families
Anguilla offers more than just pristine beaches and world-class snorkeling. For families with a thirst for the outdoors, there are boats to sail and boat races to watch, turtles to visit, trails to tackle—by foot or by bike—and historic buildings to explore.
By Flash Parker, AFAR Ambassador
Photo by James Schwabel/age fotostock
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    See Anguilla by Sail
    Sailing is Anguilla's national sport, and there's no better way to explore the island than from on deck. Join Tradition Sailing Charters for a unique Caribbean experience: boating from one isolated cay to another, filling your days with snorkeling, picnics, and beach games, and spending your nights at quaint inns where you can dedicate copious time to sundowners. You can cruise the Prickly Pear Cays, or other idyllic offshore destinations. Kids can learn proper seamanship via lessons on an Optimist dinghy with the Anguilla Sailing Association at Sandy Ground.
    Photo by James Schwabel/age fotostock
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    Boat Races and Relaxed Revelry
    The Anguilla Summer Festival features a carnival, concerts, a parade, talent contests, and more. These merely serve as appetizers for the main event: a series of wildly popular boat races that draw competitors and spectators from across the Caribbean. Anguilla Day takes place earlier in the year, on May 30, and is also celebrated with boat races and the relaxed revelry that characterizes the country. The Valley Street Festival, held on the first Saturday of each month, is like Anguilla Day in miniature, and generally aimed at showcasing regional culture for visitors.
    Photo by Layne Kennedy/age fotostock
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    Explore Anguilla's History
    Pull the kids off the beach and introduce them to Anguilla’s history at the Wallblake House, the only remaining plantation buildings on the island; now a cultural center, the living and working quarters, stables, and kitchen remain intact. The Heritage Collection Museum is dedicated to the island’s political, social, and cultural legacy; it has a fantastic marine collection and artifacts such as the first car brought to Anguilla. The Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse offers insight into salt mining and its importance throughout the 20th century; tours are by appointment on Thursdays, or you can go for an unofficial visit to the Pumphouse's bar and restaurant. For even more fun, throw in a stop at Cheddie’s Carving Studio—his carved-wood animals are sure to thrill both the adults and kids in your family.
    Photo by Flash Parker
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    Family Hiking Trails
    Tie your laces tight, double up on sunblock, and get the whole family out onto one of Anguilla’s trails. They range from easy to strenuous, and can take from 30 minutes to all day to complete. Make your way along the coast at Windward, on the island’s eastern edge—clinging to cliffs that tower as high as 50 feet above the sea—and treat yourselves to brilliant views of Anguilla. The Pelican Trail’s 400-step staircase leads visitors from Roaches Hill to the sea below, where weary legs will be rewarded with excellent snorkeling and swimming.
    Photo by Flash Parker
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    Wildlife and Ecotours
    Anguilla’s sandy beaches become major sea-turtle-nesting areas from April until November; keep an eye on Meads Bay, as well as Limestone Bay, Maundays Bay, and Captain's Bay. The Anguilla National Trust runs "Turtle Patrol" tours at night during nesting season, as well as various birding, hiking, and heritage tours. CuisinArt’s hydroponic farm and organic garden is the first of its kind in the Caribbean—it allows the resort to grow essential food year-round in a state-of-the-art, 18,000-square-foot greenhouse that's regarded as a Caribbean engineering marvel.
    Photo courtesy of CuisinArt
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    Cycling Anguilla
    A bicycle tour is one of the best (not to mention one of the most physically demanding) ways to get an intimate view of Anguilla; you’ll be hopping on and off to shoot photos, grab snacks at roadside stalls, and greet locals the entire way. Exotic Plus and Premier Mountain Bike Rentals each offer excellent gear for rent and can have guides show your crew their favorite paths and local haunts, as well as help you avoid the busy ring roads that hug parts of the coast. While Anguilla is generally flat, the terrain does undulate in places and the sun can be fierce, so carry plenty of water.
    Photo by Flash Parker