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Many people visit Shoal Bay East at Uncle Ernies and never get more than 100 yards from there. . . .

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Upper Shoal Bay

But the sand of Shoal Bay beach goes east around a point, and then you are in Upper Shoal Bay. Same beach, but a different ambience. Quieter. Emptier.

Upper Shoal Bay is not completely deserted: you can eat and drink at Gwen's Reggae Grill or Serenity Bar and Restaurant (see picture below of new beach snack bar that proprieter Ken Rogers has recently added; he is also building a small inn on his property).

Our home, Bellamare Villa, is the property at the end of the beach, to the left of Serenity. It has access to the beach and is available for rental. See www.bellamare.ai

The Shoal Bay Scuba Shop is right next to Gwen's on the property of the Allamanda Beach Club (the grove of palm trees along the beach was planted by Sam Mason, owner of Allamanda, when he first started his resort several years ago).

If you step into the water at the far end of Upper Shoal Bay, where the sand meets the shoreline, and then snorkel back toward Allamanda and the dive shop, you can usually see hundreds of tropical fish feeding in the limestone ridge that runs along the shore there. The water is only about 3 feet deep so you can stand up. The ridge is not a coral reef, so you don't need to worry about cutting yourself on it. The only danger is the occassional sea urchin down in a crevice, so put your feet down on sand when you stand up. This area is perfect for novice snorkellers.

The pictures here were taken on November 1, 2002. Weather: 84 F, sunny blue skys, puffy white clouds, light breeze. On the same day, weather in New York City was 48 F, partly cloudy, Chicago was 41 F with sun, and Denver was 21 F with Fog.

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Shoal Bay Penthouse

[Click for web site] Mary Ann Green, inspiration and architectural mastermind behind the Beach Shack project has decided to open up the Penthouse suite for rental for a limited period.

Mary Ann is passiontate about the design of living spaces: "I like to create places that feel good to live in and to use, not beautiful rooms that people are afraid to touch. To attain this friendly, comfortable, happy feeling means small things like having an ottoman with the sofa to stretch your legs out on (instead of a delicate glass coffee table), practical fabrics that feel good on your skin, the warmth of natural wood ceilings, natural stone, terra cotta or coral stone, warm tropical colors like lavender, yellow, and turquoise, and an abundance of bright flowers and tropical palms inside and out."

"We just recently moved out of the penthouse after living there for two years. I was so comfortable I didn't want to leave. Now that the space is available, I thought it would be a good idea to open it to guests. It's a spot that I treasure and it's a great opportunity to decorate it as I've always wanted to."

One bedroom, unique design and construction, direct access to Shoal Bay beach. Click the link below for more details.

Note: this apartment is no longer for rent indepedently, but the entire property is:

Web site: www.bellamare.ai

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards




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Sunny 84F 28C 75% Humidity, November 2
Low temp since last news report 77F 25C
High temp since last news report 90F 32C
Low humidity since last news report 48%
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Tranquility in Anguilla…it's a Jazz Thing!

[Click to enlarge] Anguilla has made a bold, unprecedented move to embark on the creation and staging of the world class annual Tranquility Jazz festival. It will be the first ever destination sponsored festival of its kind in this part of the region. BET Event productions will be the producing the festival on behalf of the Government of Anguilla and the Anguilla Tourist Board.

The full grand festival is in 2003, but there will a taste of the upcoming festival this month! Excitement is building up as we approach the Official Launch of festival which will take place on November 22 and 23, 2002.

The first evening will showcase a Grand Cocktail Reception at Frangipani Beach Club from 7:30pm - 9:00pm. The reception will kick off with the unveiling of the Tranquility Jazz Festival logo and the signing of the Production contract between representatives of BET and the Government of Anguilla, followed by an evening of smooth live jazz. Tickets cost US$50 per person.

The following day will feature an evening extraordinaire of "Jazz on the Beach" ... sophistication and simplicity ... the essence of Anguilla. Jazz on the sands at sunset promises to be magical. This event will be free of charge and held on the beach by Johnno's on Road Bay (see picture below).
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The lineup for Tranquility Jazz 2002 will showcase a number of leading vocalists and ensembles from the local, regional and international jazz arenas including:

The Ska Jazz Ensemble of New York
Onaje Allan Gums (Ensemble)
Luther Francois
Frankie Rogers (Piano)
Anastacia LaHarmonie (Ensemble)
LaVaune Henry (Vocalist)
Mitch Hazel (Saxophonist)
Ras B (Flutist)
Carmen Saunders (Vocalist)

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Special thanks goes out to all of the artistes who are generously giving their talent and energies free of charge.

Plans are already underway for the first full-fledged grand jazz festival which will take place from November 14 - 16, 2003. This annual festival is expected to attract significant exposure and marketing coverage for the island in international spheres as well as provide premier entertainment opportunities for residents and visitors.

Remember….it's not too late come and be a part of the launch festivities and soak in the sweet sounds of jazz!

Story by Janine Edwards




Milly's Inn At Shoal Bay

[Click to enlarge] Just a couple of minutes walk from gorgeous Shoal Bay (East) is a quaint guest house comprising four self-catering apartments with lovely sea views and breezes.

Each unit is fully furnished with a living area, one bedroom, bath and kitchen. Cable TV, telephone and fans are available in each room and maid service is provided. The grounds are fenced and nicely landscaped with bright tropical flowers.

Milly has operated the guest house for the past 12 years and prides herself on offering warm, personalised service.

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You can arrange for a sofa bed for an extra person for an additional charge. Contact: Tel. 1-264-497-2465; Tel. (evenings) 1264-497-4274, Fax 1-264-497-5591. Email: vince@offshore.ai

Directions: starting in the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, continue straight past Island Car Rentals, National Bank and through the intersection at Barcley's Bank. Follow this road through Stoney Ground and Little Dix village for about 3 miles, then turn left on the paved road to Shoal Bay beach. When you go over the hill and down toward the beach, turn right at the bottom of the hill on a gravel road. Follow this and you will shortly see Milly's on the left.

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards




MacDonna's Fruits & Veg

[Click to enlarge] The South Hill Plaza recently got a fun, new addition to its interesting mix of enterprises.

MacDonna's specializes in the supply of fresh fruits and vegetables and also features a take-away Snack House. The menu includes

Fruit Salad (US$2),
Chicken Salad (US$4), Chicken Pasta (US$6),
Roast Whole Chicken (US$8) and with veg. side order (US$10)
and Roast Half Chicken (US$4) and with veg. side order (US$6).


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Garmon Greenaway better known as Guy manages the popular outlet. Opening hours: Monday - Saturday 8:30am - 6:30pm. Tel. 497-7604.

Directions: from the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then left again and drive past the airport entrance. Continue straight through the roundabout and west down the main island road. Go straight when you get to the next roundabout (i.e., don't go down to Sandy Ground). Pass the turn off for Blowing Point and in about a mile you go over 2 speed bumps at Anguilla Trading and will see South Hill Plaza on the left.

Story and pictures by Janine Edwards




Anguilla Diary: October 7, 2002 to November 3, 2002

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

Sunday, November 03, 2002

Island Queen: Web Page for New Villa

Brand new, 2 bedroom, 2 bath tropical villa with pool and stunning ocean views. Pleasant indoor-outdoor design maximizing cool tradewinds. Generous patio and roof-top deck. Airco in bedrooms and living area. Located in Sea Feathers just a few minutes drive from lovely Sandy Hill Beach.


Saturday, November 02, 2002

More Construction Details.

The construction of Spyglass Villa is recorded on the web. Latest update shows eastern and southern elevations.


Altamer Restaurant

Altamer begins their new menus on Monday, November 4th. Old favourites remain with many new choices. Altamer Restaurant is open every day for dinner and is closed only on Wednesday for breakfast and lunch. Music is nightly, Dumpa on Tuesday and piano on the other days. Happy hour with Special prices for food and drinks is from 5:00pm to 6:30 every evening.


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Tropical Plants from Montserrat

Shipment of plants grown in the fertile soils of Montserrat arriving to Anguilla in late November. Oleander, Bouganvillea, Crotons and more.

Contact edwards@anguillanet.com for information.



Friday, November 01, 2002

Long Term Rental

For rent by owner, house with guest accomodations on hill above Sandy Ground.


Thursday, October 31, 2002


Beaches.ai:
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

November Issue, Gourmet Magazine

According to posting on the Carib On-line Anguilla forum, the November issue of Gourmet Magazine has a feature on Anguilla's restaurants including Straw Hat, Tasty's, Blanchards and Cap Juluca!


Tuesday, October 29, 2002


Villas.ai:
Private villas for rent.

Art Workshops.

The Art Festival committee has also organized two additional workshops for this fall after the festival:

Garve Beckham Watercolours November 16-21,2002

Jimmy Clark doing Pinch Pottery in Paradise from December 9-14th, 2002.

If you would like to participate, contact Marge Morani (marge@masonc.com 264-497-4229).


Saturday, October 26, 2002

Weather.com For Anguilla.




Friday, October 25, 2002


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Yacht Club Proposal.

The Land Development Control Committee and Department of Physical Planning would like to advise you that a planning application has been submitted for construction of a Yacht club, jetty and moorings at West Central / Cul-de-sac, Block 28309B Parcel 48. The application includes the construction of a 50 feet by 10 feet jetty and 21 mooring blocks within Rendezvous Bay. Applicant: Mr Gianfranco Comparetti. For more information, call Planning at 497 5392. Comments can be directed to Vincent Proctor of the committe.


Guided Tour of Historic Sandy Ground

The village of Sandy Ground has a long history. It was once even an Amerindian ceremonial site and home. And over the centuries it has always been a center of activity. Visitors this season have a chance to soak up this history in a walking tour of Sandy Ground, given by Sir Emile Gumbs, the former Chief Minister of Anguilla, or his son Laurie. Tours are by appointment at 10am on Tuesdays. To book an appointment, ask your hotel or call the Tourist Board at Tel. 264.497.2759.

The tour includes the old salt factory and pump house. You will learn the salt pond, about harvesting salt, and the state of the pond today. Inside the pump house (which is now a popular bar and restaurant), the original electric pump still survies and there is a collection of photos of the salt harvest, its workers and old Sandy Ground.



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Chamber of Commerce

The Anguilla Chamber of Commerce is back in full swing with its newly appointed Executive Director, distinguished business man Calvin Barlett. Check out its new website at www.anguillachamber.com


Wednesday, October 23, 2002

Cable and Wireless Contacts

In answer to a query on the Anguilla Mailing List, Larry Stott provided this link to contacts at Cable and Wireless Anguilla, including email addresses.



Hotels.ai:
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Cuisinart Resort & Spa features special theme nights at their restaurants. Tuesday Nights - Caribbean Lobster Barbecue with Music by the Happy Hits, Thursday Night - Tapas Night and Saturday - Degustation Night. For more information call 264-498-2000 Ext. 3050.


Corito Road Set for Paving.

After over two years of planning, the road to Corito on the south coast of Anguilla will be surfaced towards the end of the year. It is a public/private sector project involving the Government and a number of stakeholders with business interests in the area. The Corito Bay has been earmarked for future development as the main seaport of entry. A recognition ceremony was held on October 11, 2002.



Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at atbtour@anguillanet.com or the Hotel Association at ahta@anguillanet.com

Tourism Week 2002: Celebrating the Best of Anguilla.

November 17 - 23, 2002. Opening Awards & Ceremony, Educational Talks, ALHCS School Fair, Little Miss Tourism Pageant, Open House, Culinary & Art Expo, Tourism Walk, Model Boat race, Service of Thanksgiving, Best Village Competition


Saturday, October 19, 2002

Oct 20 Cycle Race.

Bike-a-Rama and fun race at 1pm, starting at the Tyre Shop in George Hill and continuing through the Quarter to the Sandy Hill Roundabout and back to George Hill. Everyone is invited.



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Beachshack

Third Biennial Anguilla International Arts Festival

The third biennial Art Festival begins Nov 3 at 7pm with a welcome reception at Paradise Cove. On Thursday, Nov 7 there will be a sidewalk art show at the Post Office from 1-6PM with demonstrations and entertainment by local artists. On Friday Nov 7 from 5-8pm Loblolly Art Galley on Crocus Hill will have a show of work by Sihn Ja An. The Winners of the Art Competition will be announced at a Cocktail Party at the Malliouhana Hotel on Saturday November 9th from 7-8:30PM. Tickets are only $20 each and can be purchased from Keene Enterprises, the Tourist Board, Devonish Art Gallery or Leroy Martinez. For more information, email Georgia Paul at solucky@anguillanet.com


Tennis Tournament. Social Security is sponsoring a tournament Oct 25-27 as part of their 20th anniversary. To enroll, please attend a rating session at Webster park on Oct 21 and Oct 22 at 5:30 pm.


Wednesday, October 16, 2002


Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

New Supermarket.

Albert Lake has opened his new supermarket and the new building is very large. It is located on the same road as before, about a block toward Stoney Ground.



Shoal Bay Villas: "Friends and Family" Special Package

When you book a villa with Shoal Bay Villas between November 1st and December 20th, 2002, they offer a second villa for friends or family at a 50% discount. "Share the tranquility and beauty of Shoal Bay with your loved ones." Call or email today to make your reservation. Tel 1-264-497-2051 e-mail: sbvillas@anguillanet.com

Some restrictions apply: 1. This offer is not available in conjunction with any other package. 2. One villa must be at the regular rack rate for the period. 3. The discount is giveon on that villa that is at the lower rate. 4. Discount of 50% also applies to extra person charge in any room.



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Carib On-line

Cedar Grove Café Re-Opens 16 October

Rendezvous Bay Hotel gourmet restaurant Cedar Grove Café reopen this Wednesday with a new a la carte menu for dinner, courtesy of executive chef Leonard Smoke Sharplis, including teriyaki marinated Tuna, spinach and lobster Ravioli, Blackened Tuna loin with Vanilla bean sauce and cinnamon and nutmeg spiced tenderloin of beef. The daily 3 or 4 course tasting menu includes complementary wines and after dinner drinks. On Saturday nights local lobster is grilled or broiled, Sundays starting in Nov are a West Indian buffet BBQ with live music.

Cedar Grove Café is located at Rendezvous Bay Hotel and Villas, telephone: 264-497-6549, e mail: rendezvous@anguillanet.com, web: www.rendezvousbay.com Directions: take the road to Blowing Point and make a right at the sign before reaching the ferry terminal.


Monday, October 14, 2002

Lobster!

Fresh lobster for sale at the Island Harbour pier. Great prices. Call Keith Harrigan at 497-4110.


Saturday, October 12, 2002

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La Palma Cottage

Marie Richardson, proprietor of the moderately-priced La Palma Guest House on the beach in Sandy Ground, now has available a stand-alone cottage just next door to the apartments, La Palma Cottage. You can rent 2 bed/1 bath section with living area/kitchen, a 1 bed/1 bath section with living area/kitchen or the whole house with 3 bed/2 bath with living area/kitchen.

To learn more, visit this page on her web site.



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Smoothie on Shoal Bay.

Chris and Dave Peterson write:

We snapped this picture of "Smoothie" in August and thought it would be a good addition to your site. As you can see...Smoothie was offering boogie board rides to the young kids that were spending the afternoon at Elodias with their parents. Really enjoy your site....take care! Best Regards,



Thursday, October 10, 2002


Real Estate

Sydans on Sandy Ground

Sydan's has expanded upstairs, see pictures of the two story apartment on their revised web site. Rates start at $540 per week in the winter.


Anguilla Library Service-Computer Donations

The Anguilla Library service is the focus whereby students and adults alike can access computers for recreation, communication, research and word processing applications. Unfortunately, the present batch of computers has become obsolete and needs replenishing.

Persons wanting to donate computers to the Library Service can contact:

Russel Reid
Director, Library Services
Anguilla Library Services
The Valley
Anguilla
British West Indies
Tel: (264) 497 5402/2441
Fax : (264) 497 2434
E-mail : reid_russel@hotmail.com



Wednesday, October 09, 2002

Seaview Web Site Updated.

Seaview Apartments are on Sandy Ground, just across the street from the beach. Cute, clean and very reasonably priced.




Stories from the previous and earlier News.ai issues.
Anguilla National Trust Totally Grilled and Hot Plate
Brooklands Apartments October Diary
Carnival 2002 September Diary


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Recommended Vacation Villas

Our villa on Shoal Bay beach: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away by small plane, our Azu villa in St Barth, that is totally secluded and private, but only a short walk to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.



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