Festival del Mar 2015

Another beautiful Easter weekend has come and gone here in Anguilla!

Marked by one of the island’s most anticipated festivals, Festival Del Mar, it was two days of sailing, swimming, fishing and, of course, dining on the freshest seafood to be had on the island.

festival del mar setting in 2015

Sailboat races!

Swimming contests!

The BIG fishing tournament!

And, BBQ after BBQ serving up tasty mahi mahi, lobster and crayfish right on the beach!…

Our good friend and neighbor, known for having some of the freshest lobster on the island and at a reasonable price (you can catch him at his road-side BBQ on weekends in the Farrington just before the turn off to Ocean Terrace Condos if you’re heading East)…

mikey at festival del mar

… we spotted Mikey with his pop-up spot on the beach!

Stacked high and grilled to perfection, lobser and crayfish were in no short supply at Mikey’s.

Tropical Treats

Kyle Hodge, owner of the loyally-loved Anguillian-made ice cream parlor, Tropical Treats, showcased a brand NEW flavor this Festival Del Mar weekend…

Caramel with Anguilla sea salt!

tropical treats caramel salted ice cream

A sweet and savory swirl of frosty flavor :-)


After walking the beach and taking in the jovial atmosphere, it was time to refuel.

Elite’s lobster ravioli, one of our favorite dishes, was on our mind. A Festival Del Mar special, it was melt in your mouth perfect.

elite ravioli

For good measure, we ordered some of our regular favorites, too, including the calamari, caprese salad with thick slices of fresh mozzarella…

And, my Mom’s favorite, the bolognese!

elite bolognese


What’s Fresh at On Da Rocks

Quite literally “on the rocks,” On Da Rocks’ setting is second to none with its expansive views of Island Harbours’ crystal-clear seas that shine a special shade of turquoise.

view from on da rocks

My Mom and I recently popped in for lunch with restaurant manager, Neyda.  Sweet, kind and accommodating, she takes care of you well.  What was for lunch? We asked Neyda “What’s fresh?” At her recommendation, we ordered the Mahi Mahi plate, served complete with fries and salad.  Grilled and topped with a savory caper-esque sauce, it was truly high-value at a reasonable price.

on da rocks mahi mahi

Rule of thumb at On Da Rocks? Ask for Neyda and ask for what’s fresh!


Nat’s NEW Palm Grove Creation

We all know this familiar, laid-back spot on Junk’s Hole…

nat setting on junks hole
With this tranquil view and soft, unspoiled sands…

beach at nats


That serves up fresh-from-the-fisherman’s-net crayfish and lobster…

fresh lobster at nats


And now, Natalie Richardson, owner Nat’s daughter, has developed a brand new creation!…

“Natalie’s Shrimp Stuffed Lobster”


nats lobster creation

Fresh Anguillian lobster is stuffed with tasty shrimps, all grilled on their BBQ, bathed in their special sauce.

Call 264-235-6528/ 264-584-6538 to order ahead!

(Photos From: https://www.facebook.com/palmgrove.richardson)

Artisan’s Misto Salami

My Mom and I dropped into Artisan this week for a little savory bite of something special.


Owners Juergen & Indra did not disappoint. Juergen explained each selection, specially imported from Miami: Mortadella, Speck, Bresaola, Coppa, Salami and Spicy Salami.


artisan misto plate


With homemade “Artisan” bread, olives and a glass of Chianti, it was exquisite (especially the Bresaola, a cured beef) and well-priced, too!

Artisan is located in Island Harbour.

For reservations, call: 264-235-6116


Saturdays at da’Vida


da’Vida may be famous for their ever-popular Sunday beach parties, with live music by the talented Omari Banks, but Saturdays at da’Vida shouldn’t be overlooked!

… especially if you love utter tranquility, peace and quiet.


With a glass of rose (or maybe a strawberry daiquiri), lazing away a Saturday, with just the sounds of Crocus Bay’s rhythmic waves lapping at the shore…



Or, when we’re feeling a little more adventurous, renting some snorkeling gear or an SUP on-site and heading out to leisurely explore Crocus Bay’s seas?

It’s simply the best way to enjoy tranquility wrapped in blue!

And don’t forget about da’Vida’s Happy Hour held Wednesday (6-7pm) and Saturday (8-9pm) in their elegant dining room next to the Bayside Grill. All drinks are 50% off!