Shoal Bay Villas is one of Anguilla's more picturesque places to stay. . . .
|July 1, 1997 - Site Map.|
Regarding the villas, Fred and Anne Gerretzen
of Tucson, Arizona
|Update: Fred is a chiropractor, which is something we don't have on Anguilla. By the end of their stay, Fred was giving adjustments to the maids at Shoal Bay Villas and people on the beach!|
We will be on/in (is one on or in?) Anguilla for a week in July (7th-13th) so I've been "reading up" with the help of your newsletter. This trip has been a dream of mine ever since we took a day trip over from St. Maarten in 1993, when we were there on our honeymoon. They (the people from Port de Plaisance) dropped us on what I now know is Shoal Bay beach (east)-without a doubt the most beautiful beach I had ever seen (Conde Nast is right). We had lunch at Uncle Ernie's and went snorkeling with J.R. How surprised I was to see his picture "loud and clear" on the internet! While we were there I went for a stroll down the beach and found Shoal Bay Villas and just loved it. So I stuffed a brochure in my swimsuit and knew right then and there that we would be back. So here we come!!
|Some Sample Special Room Prices for Summer|
|Harbor Lights||Island Harbour||$49||4435|
|Ferryboat Inn||Blowing Point||$70||6613|
|Paradise Cove||Near Cove Bay||$775/wk||3559|
|La Sirena||Near Meads Bay||$136||6827|
|Cinnamon Reef||Little Harbour||$150||2727|
|Dbl. Add 8% Tax and 10% service. Call for details|
Until November or December, resort properties in Anguilla have reduced prices. As the temperatures in the North start to drop, the prices in Anguilla start to rise. This table shows a selection of daily (or weekly) starting rates in various parts of Anguilla (see the June news for other rates).
In the summer, Anguilla's weather is nicer than in
most of the United States, and the prices are lower.
Some restaurants do close and some reduce their
hours, but there are still great places to eat.
For example, Leduc's Restaurant
is closing for lunches but is still open for dinner every night except Wednesday. Most hotels select some period between August 15
and October 15th to close for maintenance work.
Money Has Started Flowing on our House Site. Why are we pounding holes all over our solid rock building site in Anguilla? Visit Mary Ann's Beach Shack page and find out.
Home Exchanges. Paula Walden represents Intervac Home Exchange in Anguilla. This service can arrange for you to exchange your home with another homeowner who would like to visit your location: For example:
"I am interested in receiving information and details about property exchanges in the Carribean. Myself and my wife live in a two bedroom thatched cottage built in 1580 on the banks of a river in Wiltshire. Within easy travelling distance are Stonehenge, Salisbury, Bath and some of the best countryside in Great Britain. London is easily accessible through a high speed train connection of sixty minutes. We are less than an hour away from Heathrow airport." Sean Campbell
"Janis Fulford and Sanford Pepper and their one child 8 years old live in Pacific Heights in San Francisco, California and are looking for a home exchange in the Caribbean from August 16-30 this year. They have a four bedroom 2 bath home and will only consider non-smoking folks."
Adult Painting Studio.
Artist Lynne Bernbaum
is running an adult Painting Studio in
July and August, Wednesdays from 6 to 9 PM, with one hour of
snack and chat, followed by 2 hours of class. Fee is US$20 per month.
|86F 64% Humidity, Sunny||June 30th|
|Low temp in last 30 days||77F|
|High temp in last 30 days||90F|
|Low humidity in last 30 days||57%|
|High humidity in last 30 days||87%|
|Weatherpost live 5-day forecast||Link|
"It's warmer here in Maine than in Anguilla. |
Yesterday it was 95 degrees here." Travis Ferland
Showing that Anguilla is on the leading edge of tourism, the island has gone from zero to three museums in the last six months:
Colville Petty's Heritage Collection
Syndey's Historical House
Anguilla National Trust Museum
American Way magazine's Robb Walsh asked Robert Keller, Chef/Owner of Fleur de Lys Restaurant, San Francisco, his favorite restaurant:
"One of my favorite restaurants in the world is on a tiny island in the
Caribbean. The island and the restaurant are both named
[809-497-5123]. You can catch a boat from Anguilla or St. Martin;
it's a short ride. The best thing to get is the huge Caribbean lobster,
which they split in half and cook on a barbeque pit. It's hard to keep
Caribbean lobster tender, but they get it right every time. At lunch, you
get a table, order your meal, and then go hang around on their beautiful
little beach. You can even bring your snorkel gear if you want. In
the evening, they have a band playing and the place really gets
"This is the largest volcanic event to date, reaching within 50m of sea, ahead of the airport runway. Emergency evacuation of Airport. 4-5 persons rescued by helicopter. Buildings burning, exploding, smoke in Harris. If people are trapped in Harris advised to get into gardens if able and wave something to attract helicopter when it is passing over." (from GEM Radio Network).
For more details, read the CNN reports. The physical impact of the volcano does not reach to Anguilla - we have had no ash -- but the moral impact does. Many Anguillians have family in Montserrat and many Montserratians have been living in Anguilla since the volcano became active in 1995. Boats with help have been dispatched to Montserrat from Anguilla, St. Martin, Guyana, and other Caribbean islands.
As of June 30th, 9 people are confirmed dead, 14 are missing and 5 have serious burn injuries. For press releases from Montserrat and daily technical reports on the volcano, visit the Montserrat Volcano Observatory. Another site with good info on the volcano is Souffriere Hills page. The local newspaper web site did not have any details yet, but check later.
sends the following notice:
"The Montserrat Red Cross is aiding with the needy and the
evacuees during the current volcano situation in Montserrat, and is in
deperate need of assistance.
Many of the friends of Montserrat have asked how they may help in
this time of crisis."
Contact the Montserrat Red Cross at (664) 491-2699 or (664) 491-2494,
Fax: (664) 491-4760,
Sandy Hill, overlooking the bay,
has several private residences and
a police station at the site of the old fort where the
militia finally held off the French troops in 1796.
Good views of St Martin and St Barts.
Click on the partial picture above for a full panoramic view.
Although there are no hotels on this beach, there are several private villas along the hill that you can rent. For example, Betty Hill Villas at 264-497-4491/4493. We rented Long View Villa on Sandy Hill Bay for recent visitors and they thought it was perfect with children - safe beach within walking distance, family snorkeling adventures, quiet, remote, steady breeze, gorgeous morning view (see picture).
In The Valley head east from the light at Barclays Bank toward
the Farrington and East End Village. You will pass Proctor's
Grocery store, then Tropical Flower Wholesale, then turn right
on a dirt road just before a roundabout. Follow this road straight
for a few hundred yards to Sandy Hill Bay beach.
Six nights, seven days, including tax and service charge, a breakfast pack upon arrival, fresh pastries daily, five 2-tank boat dives, 1 night dive, unlimited shore diving (this is for Certified Divers--novices can take the PADI open water certification course instead), $855 per person. All you pay is your airfare and the $10 departure tax. 800-235-8667. 264-497-6881. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org (Anguilla Divers: 809-497-4750)
If you want to comparison shop, call our other PADI certified divers, the
Dive Shop at 264-497-2020 or
If you want to partake of it, find a local to explain things and remember that any event which involves young women dressing up will start at least one hour late. Here is a web page with some pictures of Carnival.
|Update: The Anguilla Local News has a special photo report on Carnival 1997.|
|Update: Winner for Carnival 1997 was Karen Ross.|
|Update: Mighty Splinter Wins Again in 1997.|
There will be two competitions this year:
the first Leeward Islands Calpyso competition and
the Anguillian Calypso Monarch Competition.
As a warm up for the competing monarchs,
the organizers are hoping to test them with a
randomly selected tune, to which they will have to
create a song based on a topic drawn just before the performance.
"Blue Gates", the recently-completed yellow house with the blue roof that you can see from all over the west end, now has a cool web page where you click on the doors to see what is inside the house. This page was designed by Travis Ferland, who is a young and talented web designer.
Sandy Island Enterprises now has a web page with lots of pictures. They can take you boating or horsebackriding. For boating you can do day trips to nearby islands, charter power boats, or go sailing during the day, at sunset, or in moonlight.
Calabash Skyviews, who make panoramic tourism maps of Caribbean islands, now have an Anguilla web page.
Koal Keel Restaurant now has a web page, offering a dinner
reservation form and shuttle pickup at your hotel.
Read our review.
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