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Families will love:

  • Small island with 33 beaches
  • Low-key, relaxed atmosphere
  • Spelunking (cave exploration)

If your family vacation is all about the beach, then Anguilla is your destination. On an island just 17-miles long and three-miles wide, there are 33 perfect white-sand beaches, all open to the public. The beach at Shoal Bay was named the Best Beach in the World by the Travel Channel and I agree -- it's a mighty fine beach.

An ideal day on Anguilla includes choosing a new ... more
If your family vacation is all about the beach, then Anguilla is your destination. On an island just 17-miles long and three-miles wide, there are 33 perfect white-sand beaches, all open to the public. The beach at Shoal Bay was named the Best Beach in the World by the Travel Channel and I agree -- it's a mighty fine beach.

An ideal day on Anguilla includes choosing a new beach to explore and then selecting from one or two beachside restaurants for lunch. Most places offer a great deal of some kind -- e.g. buy lunch and get the beach umbrellas and chairs free of charge. Enjoy incredible service, access to restrooms and a lazy day on the beach. Watch the sunset from the same beach and for another treat, from the restaurant. Tomorrow, rinse and repeat.

However, if your family requires a lot of activity and stimulation, you may be disappointed. We admit, when we first arrived on the island, we looked around with a sense of discouragement and thought "Wow, there's not much to do here." And then in a few days, we had slowed our pace and it was with a sense of extreme pleasure that we noted, "Wow, there's not much to do here."

Yes, you can go parasailing and hang-gliding, scubadiving and horseback riding on the beach. We even went spelunking. But it's a low-key sell here; you won't find in-your-face, pre-packaged or cookie-cutter experiences on the island.

Fans of the ABC series "The Bachelor" will enjoy traveling "The Bachelor Trail," based on experiences in the February 2011 episodes shot on Anguilla. Just look for the red rose painted on the buildings.

Many visitors arrive uncertain how to pronounce Anguilla and often impose some French twist to the simple name. Anguilla is a British colony, so simply say "vanilla" and then say "an-gwilla."

Be sure to check out our exclusive Caribbean Vacation Guide for Families, offering plenty of useful information about various Caribbean islands!

Written by Diana Lambdin Meyer less

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