Far from the Crowds, a Luxuriant Escape
With more white-sand beaches than mile markers and some of the best restaurants in the Caribbean, the laid-back island of Anguilla is a sophisticated traveler's haven. The island long ago outlawed cruise ships, casinos and high-rise hotels in favor of discreet, upscale properties, maintaining its authentic Caribbean flair. And while this island may not be the most accessible, once you let the sparkling white sand sift through your fingers and dip your toes in the crystal blue ocean waters, you'll realize the journey is definitely worth the effort.
Just 16 miles long and a mere three miles across, Anguilla is petite but makes a statement, compensating with genuine friendliness for what it lacks in acreage. The nearly three dozen pristine beaches boast some of the whitest, finest sands in the Caribbean, and the relatively flat topography gives way to sweeping ocean views from almost any vantage. With a population of just under 15,000, you're unlikely to find yourself lost in a crowd at any point. When you really want to get away from it all, the idyllic isle of Anguilla offers a true escape.