Anguilla News: December 1996
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Uncle Ernies, with Shoal Bay Resort in the background. That's
Trevor leaning on the rail.
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Coccoloba Resort on Barnes Bay
has reopened with a new name: Coccoloba Meta Resort.
The existing structures have been repaired and refurbished and
a whole new set of accomodations is due to open in six months at
the east end of the property.
This new section will be known as the Meta Resort and will
stress preventive medicine and promotes homoeopathic treatment
methods. Two physicians will always be on site, with a
physicians advisory board of 40 doctors rotating duty visits.
The new section will have a new swimming pool, squash court,
more tennis courts, fitness center, and therapy center.
Want to know what the official taxi rates are from the airport
or ferry terminal to your hotel. Check out the taxi rate page
at Julian Nile's Anguilla Home Page.
Due to increased tourist reservations for this season,
American Eagle adds an extra roundtrip between San Juan and
Anguilla starting January 31st.
Images opened on George Hill. Donna Banks has opened her
dream store, a bazaar of showrooms displaying an assortment
of merchandise: mahogony bureaus and shelves hand crafted by
Pastor Bernard Joseph, leather goods, makeup bar, a boutique
with casual and dresswear, sports center, and a mini-bookstore.
Located near the traffic light for Little Harbour.
The Anguilla Tae Kwon Do Club meets on Mondays, Wednesdays
and Fridays at 6PM at the Methodist Church in The Valley.
The instructor is Emmanuel Laud and Assistant Instructor
is Edward Webster, recently the first Anguillian ever
awarded a black belt
in Tae Kwon Do.
The Anguilla Drug Store has moved into a new building of
its own across from Cable and Wireless. Much larger,
brighter premises. And just in time to be filled with
a huge new selection of toys for Christmas.
Jerry Brown's Anguilla Garden Centre in Sandy Ground
now has a sign and official opening hours: Monday and Thursday 4-6,
Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday 9:30-11:30, Saturday 9:30-12:00.
Check the selection of terracotta pots, ferns, fertilizers,
bark chips, palms, ixoras, pro-mix, mulch, pesticides, and
Cap Juluca and Cinammon Reef Have Email
Now you you contact Cap Juluca and Cinammon Reef resorts
by electronic mail:
Eclipse Has Opened
Cap Juluca's restaurant has been reborn as Eclipse
under the direction of Belgian chef Baudouin Erpicum,
serving the California-Provencal "Cuisine of the Sun":
fresh seafood roasted in a wood-burning oven. As reported
earlier, this restaurant is a sister to the famed celebrity
restaurant of the same name in Los Angeles.
Baudouin Erpicum comes to Anguilla after holding executive
chef posts at Le Picotin in Brussels, Chez Francoise in Ibizi,
and L'Avant Gout in Brussels.
Anguilla As a Place to Do Business
Here is a local web site that covers the formalities of
Anguilla "As a Place to Do Business". This includes incorporation,
trusts, but also residency/work permits and
Labour Laws. (dead links)
Latest "Anguilla Life"
The Winter issue of anguillia life magazine is on
the newstands and it is packed with interesting articles.
Subscribe for one year (3 issues, December April August)
US $20, UK 14, EC 54. Send money order to PO BOX 109,
- Architecture: Two North Hill Houses.
- A Special Sort of Artist.
- Diversions Day and Night. Where the action is each night.
- Fiction: The Mousehole Legend by Judith Sadler.
- History: Banking Functions on Anguilla.
- Splinter Adds Crown Number 6. Anthony Splinter Bryan returns as Calypso King (also
Cap Juluca beverage manager).
- Don't Touch That Spine. Anguilla's Cactus Species.
- Personalities: Happy Birthday Jeremiah Gumbs.
- Building a Home in the Caribbean.
- Alien Land Holding Licenses.
- Restaurants. Including Leduc's in West End
(how about Terrine of Chiled Snapper Bouillabaisse), 264-497-6393.
- Anguilla's Birds Return.
- Women Making Waves on Anguilla: Focus on Olive Hodge.
- Yesteryear: Serenading at Christmas in Anguilla.
Traditional West Indian house, Crocus Hill
Start of Tourist Season
December 15th is the traditional start of high season in
Anguilla and all our hotels and restaurants are ready and
waiting. In honour of the occasion,
here are some news items for the prospective visitor.
What Should I Wear?
I received this interesting email query last week:
>Finally we'll be visiting Anguilla Jan 4 - 18. Last night
>some friends told us that appropriate clothing for lunch (even
>at beach bars and grills) is slacks for men and skirts or dresses
>for women. is this true? If it is, we'll have to make some big
>changes in our packing plans quickly.
Not true. Both of you can go to even the fanciest restaurant for dinner
in shorts. The only real rule to remember
is not to go to The Valley in your bikini - throw on a beachwrap.
Some Caribbean islands are more conservative in their dress than
Here is the advice we send our visitors:
Temperature: Winter is 73 to 86 F (23 to 30 C) morning, noon and
night. Summer is 78 to 88 F (26 to 32 C).
There is no need for a sweater or rain jacket, you will never be cold.
Although "Winter" is a little cooler than "Summer" here,
you still won’t be cold but
you may want a sweater for the plane and that would also work here if we
happen to get a cold spell and the temperature plunges to 74.
Casual clothes will suffice for every event. Summer shorts are acceptable
attire for men or women. For dinner in a fancy restaurant,
dressy casual will suffice,
gentlemen will not need a tie or jacket, women can wear anything but will
probably feel comfortable with slacks or summer dress.
Essential clothing is swim suit or beach wear, beach shoes, beach
cover-up, sunglasses, sun-tan lotion and a hat if you want.
If you should be invited to a local party or function, here is how the
dress code works.
All party invitations indicate the dress expected
Formal means men wear a tie.
Casual means men don’t have to wear a tie.
Black-tie means men wear a jacket—can be tux or
suit or blazer—whatever you have.
In all cases women wear whatever they want (usually dressy).
What Kind of Money Should I Bring?
Shopping and Currency:
Anguilla and St. Martin/Maarten accept US currency. In St. Martin/Maarten
you should inquire as to what exchange rate they are offering and you can
decide to use you credit card or obtain local currency if you will be making
purchases. Often prices are quoted in both US and local currency. In
Anguilla the rate is fixed at all business and banks 1 US dollar = 2.68 EC
(Eastern Caribbean) dollar.
What Should I Buy? Handcrafted Art Boxes
The Devonish Art Gallery in George Hill had an
opening reception on Saturday night (Dec 14th)
for Wayne Onkphra Wells. Wayne creates handcrafted, one of kind, wooden
collector's boxes and sculptures. He is from
Barbados and works mainly in mahogony. Especially fun are
the beautiful boxes within boxes. To find the gallery, drive
west from The Valley roundabout and look for it on the left at the
second traffic light.
Pictured below are gallery owner Courteney Devonish (also a
sculptor) and Wayne Onkphra Wells.
What Should I Do? Snorkelling!
One of the most enjoyable activities in Anguilla is snorkelling:
You need a decent quality mask that fits, or you will always
be getting water in it. Take the time to select one that fits snugly
to your face. You can rent mask and snorkel here, but you can
also buy them at any scuba shop at home for about $50 to $100.
Forget the fins - they are hard to put on, hard to walk in, and
not needed at most of our snorkel spots.
When putting on the mask, ensure that you don't get any hair
trapped around the edges -- this will create leaks. To avoid
fogging, spit on the inside of your mask and rub it in, then
wash in the ocean (there is also cleaner you can buy at dive
shops that does the job better than spit).
If you are a beginnner, practise with the mask only first - no snorkel.
Just stand at the shore and duck your head in the water. Is it fitting
properly? No water getting in? Tight enough but not so tight
that it hurts?
Now add the snorkel and practice breathing, but without trying to
swim and look
at the fish at the same time.
If you have trouble breathing, just lift your head
up out of the water. Practise until you don't think about
the breathing anymore. Now you are ready to look at the fish
and forget the snorkel.
- Where to Snorkel?
Good places to snorkel are on any reef or along the rocky shoreline
at either end of any beach. Fish will gather anywhere that vegetation
grows for them to feed on. Bad places: sandy, all white beaches.
Cloudy water due to storms and wind.
An excellent spot for beginners is the upper end of Shoal Bay
where a small ledge of limestone attracts fish in only 2-4 feet
of water and only a few feet from shore. Since the ledge is
not coral, you don't have to worry about hurting yourself
on it. The main reef at
Shoal Bay is spectacular: enter the water about 100 yards
east of the Shoal Bay Villas, toward the point.
- Things to Avoid. Watch out for
sea urchins: black spiny things that look sharp and are sharp.
Don't put your feet down until you are back over pure white sand.
Don't touch the coral - it can leave a nasty scrape and your touch
isn't good for it either!
Try to relax and float stretched out--don't bunch up or pull your
knees up or you may scrape against the coral.
Don't go beyond the reefs to the deep water without a guide --
this is where the bigger creatures live.
What If I Stay the Winter?
For those of you who are coming for the entire winter,
artist Lynne Bernbaum is starting a new series of
Beginning Adult. $95US. Wednesday 7-9PM, supplies included.
January 8-February 26. Live model session.
Beginning Children (age 5 and up). $75US. Saturdays 3-5PM, supplies
included. January 11-March 1.
Call Lynne at 264-497-5211 for registration.
Where Can I Eat?
Anguilla is known for a wide variety of dining opportunities
and famous Shoal Bay now has seven restaurants sprinkled from
one end to the other. Campbell has opened his new Hardbroke
Bar and Restaurant
just to the west of Uncle Ernie's to replace the Round Rock that was
damaged in Luis. This is right on the sand, with umbrellad tables
if you like. Although they specialize in local favorites
like chicken and rigs, the first time we tried it we
had three enornmous lobsters at $20 each (a bargain on Anguilla).
Crayfish is $18 when available.
Our plates come with
generous Anguillian-sized portions of fries, coleslaw, rice and peas.
And they have live music on most Sunday afternoons and evenings,
sometimes with quite a crowd dancing.
This is a local place worth trying out.
Reefside Re-Opens as "Le Beach".
The Reefside Restaurant at Shoal Bay Villas is now
rebuilt and reopened as Le Beach. It is right
on the beautiful sand, colorful, and the ribs and
burger that we had were first rate (courtesy of the
chef, Sidney). Plus the beach area just in front of
the restaurant is one of the best swimming spots on
Shoal Bay. Will be open for breakfast, lunch and
dinner. To get there, take the road the Shoal Bay and turn right just before Uncle Ernies
on the road that runs along in front of the
wall/fence. Telephone: 264-497-5598.
What Do Visitors Say About in Anguilla?
I found the following Anguilla trip report that was posted to the
web site by tourist
Kate Ellison. She gave
gave me permission to reprint an extract:
We visited Anguilla from the UK in November 1996 - and loved it!
I thought you might enjoy reading other people's opinions for
a change. If you would like more,
visit the Tete-a-Tete on-line forum at the Anguilla Home Page
to post your own comments
or see what others have to say about Anguilla:
Top three friendliest people:
1. Our landlady and landlord at La Palma, Sandy Ground
2. Everyone who waved hello when we drove past
3. Ivor the diver at Road Bay, who sold me one shell then
gave me another
Top three best characters:
1. Jeremiah Gumbs, owner of the Rendezvous Bay Hotel and
one of the rebellion leaders in the '60s
2. Uncle Ernie from the beach bar at Shoal Bay. Sooooo laid back
3. Pressure King, beach services guy at Shoal Bay
... click here to read the rest of her "top three" lists.
Where Can I Go From Anguilla?
Two enjoyable side trips from Anguilla are St. Barths and Saba. Check
out these web sites:
Will There Be Any Birds?
This question arrived via email from a couple planning to return to
Anguilla for another visit:
>I have a question where you may have an answer:
>You talked about 'what happened to the goats during Luis?'. My wife and
>I are a bit worried about the birds, especially hummingbirds, and the
>yellow nectar birds. Do you know whether they survived the storm?
>Are they back again?
The birds are back, but not in the numbers of before. Hummingbirds are
back, as are the little yellow and black bananaquits and
there are many Anguillian doves now. There were almost no birds after
Luis and it is speculated that the birds have repopulated from other
islands, migrating up the island chain from unaffected areas.
What's Happening In Anguilla?
There are many activities during the Christmas break (school is
out from Dec 13 to Jan 6). In The Valley there will be choral
events, string band concerts, fireworks and much more, leading
up to Christmas and continuing afterward. And in January and
February there are traditionally many fund raising events
(bazaars, dinners, fashion shows, etc.) that can be great fun.
The best way I know
to find out all about local activities is to listen to Radio Anguilla
at 1505 AM.
If you have ever wanted to see a cricket match, the teams from
the Leeward Islands are here for a tournament
until December 18th. Look for matches at Sandy Ground and Ronald
If you find the road blocked by piles of dirt on the way to Sandy Ground
or in The Valley, blame it on Edghill Associates of Barbados.
They are here on a contract to improve
the road down to Sandy Ground, pave the road between the two
banks in The Valley, and build a new pier in Island Harbour.
Are There Any Famous Anguillans?
Anguillian-born Norwell Roberts, the first black policeman
in Britain, is retiring after 29 years on the force and has
just been awarded the Queen's Police Medal. Here is an extract from a
web site honouring him:
The confidential letter Norwell Lionel Roberts (or Nos as he is known) received
from the Home Office last December informed him that he had been mentioned in the New
Year's Honours list. ''1 thought it was a joke," he says. These suspicions proved
unfounded in March this year when he received the Queen's Police Medal (QPM) for
distinguished service. The award was presented by His Royal Highness, Prince Charles at
Buckingham Palace. On that day, London's first black police officer became the only black
police officer to have been so recognised. Congratulating him, the Prince remarked that
the police needed more people like him.
Shoal Bay Beach, Anguilla (click for larger view)
Anguilla Has the Whitest Beach San
If you have any interest in Caribbean beaches, find a copy
of Conde Nast Traveller for November 1996. On page
133 in an article entitled "The Secret in the Sand", Ron Hall
describes his search for the most perfect sand in the Caribbean.
He reviews some of Anguilla's thirty-plus beaches, including
Rendevous Bay, with its "long, curving ribbon
of sand held in the protective arms of a two-and-a-half-mile-long bay",
then focuses in on one beach:
"The most pristine sand sample, however, is from long,
low, dusty Anguilla, the Caribbean island most envied
for the number and quality of its beaches... Shoal Bay's
sand is truly amazing: Not only is it
as white as coral sand can ever be, but mixed into it
are tiny fragments of pure while shell. The effect of
wind on ths mixture is to bring the shell fragments to
the surface, where they catch the sun and add a distinctive
sheen to the entire beach."
New Web Site: Romantic Weddings in Anguilla
"Weddings on the Go" can arrange all the details of
your romantic, tropical beach wedding in Anguilla.
Check out their web page.
Shopping: Buy Doors at Paramount Pharmacy
Between the two roundabouts on the main road, but off on
a side road to the North in Water Swamp, across from a concrete plant,
follow the sign and you will find
the Paramount Pharmacy. This is a good place to shop
if you need to get your prescriptions re-filled or to purchase
other drug store items. But like many shops in Anguilla, this
one holds a surprise. They also sell doors, which they brought
in after Hurricane Luis in anticipation of reconstruction needs.
Caribbean Rhythms to Shoot Here
Dec 12-17 a crew will be on Anguilla from the Caribbean Rhythms
TV show (BET Cable) to shoot 3 episodes. This is a one hour show
which airs on Saturday at 2PM and 12AM, reaches 50.2 million
homes. The show features Caribbean music and is set on various
locations shoots: Belize, Jamaica, Trinidad, etc. According to
Medhurst and Associates (Anguilla's ad agency in NY), all the
Anguillian bands will be invited to participate. Celebrity
artists will be Tito Puente JR and Max Elliot (Max Priest).
New Gallery of Contemporary Caribbean Art
Canadian Frank Costin has opened the Savannah Gallery
in The Valley.
He features water colors, oils and prints of tropical scenese by
local artists such as Margorie Morani, Charlie Connor,
Jo-Anne Hill Saunders, Tanya Clark, and Rose
Sasso (fantastic bags crafted of bamboo, raffia, coconut),
plus artists that Frank has discovered in Haiti and Jamaica.
Savannah Gallery is in a historical
building up Coronation Avenue toward Koal Keel
and Crocus Hill.
Previously, Clifton James had his computer business in this building
(he has moved to above the Cable TV office in Old Ta). Frank has
painted and redecorated the 100 year old structure to make
it an efficient gallery, while retaining
its historic qualities (very low doorways!).
264-497-4566, 2263. Email: email@example.com
Monteserrat Volcano Warning
Due to a weakening crater wall at the volcano in the Soufriere Hills
the danger level in Montserrat has been upgraded from Amber
to Orange. Scientists are
worried that a collapse could lead to large lava flows into
St. Patricks, or even result in an explosive lateral blast.
They are watching the situation carefully. You
can get daily reports on this Caribbean volcano which is about 150
miles south of Anguilla at this
Movie Shoot in Marigot, St. Martin
The Twentieth-Century Fox film Speed 2 has built a set of fake buildings on part of
the Marigot waterfront and is getting ready to shoot scenes
for the new movie, including the crash of a ship into this
scenic Caribbean village (faked I hope). They have already started
shooting crowd scenes and explosion scenes on a supertanker
out in Cay Bay - the movie stars are expected soon:
Sandra Bullock and Jason Patric are the innocent couple on
vacation in the Caribbean and William DaFoe is the charismatic
genius who masterminds the crime (naturally he is a computer programmer).
Artist of the Month: Jo-Anne Hill Saunders
In the USA, Jo-Anne Saunders worked primarily in sculpting. Since
moving to to Anguilla, she has been drawn into water colors by
the intensity of the colors here and the way
the bright light plays with them.
She recently started working with
a computer pad and fine arts software
that gives her even more freedom to create the light
effects she see every day.
Jo-Anne says she handles the
pen just as she would a paint brush--it is actually painting in the same
style as always, but the computer is the paper.
Jo-Anne is having a continuing show called "Anguilla Breeze" at the Savannah Gallery. It consists of recent watercolors
created after Hurricane Luis. The works are inspired by the strength and
beauty of the trees here in Anguilla and how the constant wind shapes
Get Ready to Eat!
Anguilla's famed gourmet restaurants are back in full operation.
Pimms is open at Cap Juluca, soon to become Eclipse under
direction of famed chef Bernard Erpicum. The pastry goat cheese
appetizer from the current chef is incredible.
Cyril's Fish House has reopened in Island Harbour with a redocarted
and improved bar and dining room, similar menu to last year.
The gazspacho soup is very good, if you like it spicy.
Chef Dion is back for another season.
Koal Keel is open in The Valley. This is a not-miss restaurant,
located in the second oldest building in Anguilla. Great wine
celler. Great food. Great pastries. Historic ambience.
Palm Court at Cinammon Reef is open, with one of the best chefs
on the island. Enjoy the view over LIttle Harbour to St Martin
while you down some gourmet food. Zeph is the chef again this year -- he
won the recent culinary competition in Anguilla.
Zara's Restaurant on Shoal Bay is new, but has a tried and true
super chef, Shamash, in charge.
Cove Castles has a new gourmet chef imported for their small,
intimate restaurant on Shoal Bay West (opposite end of the island
from Shoal Bay East).
As reported earlier, Barrel Stay on Sandy Ground, Blanchard's on Meads Bay and Mangos on
Barnes Bay are open and thriving. And there are more: Hibernia
in Island Harbour,
Malliouhana, ... get ready to eat.
Library Computer Club News
The club has been very active. We have some "new" old
computers donated by people in Anguilla:
Clifton James, Duncan Stott, and Gordon Cillis. Thanks.
We continue to meet twice a week, Mondays for adults,
Thursdays for children, and have added a new computer lesson every week.
Check out our lesson-plan web site:
we focus on practical skills like typing, spreadsheets, and DOS/Windows,
with lessons designed to be accomplished in 20-30 minutes.
We charge $2EC per lesson, $1EC for children (37 US cents) and have collected
enough money to buy our own printer. Now we can do more lessons on
word processing, databases, desktop publishing, etc. All of this
is a challenge with a mix of antique and new computers.
The club is closed during the Christmas school holidays (Dec 13-Jan 6),
but is hosting a Visual Basic programming class on Jan 2nd for
club volunteers and those pursuing a career in computers.
This will be taught by Tad Niwinski, a professional instructor
from Vancouver who volunteered to teach while having a holiday
Next we need to find someone to teach Java here.
Any volunteers? We offer free room and board and $5EC per day
Conferences in Anguilla
Anguilla's new library has an excellent meeting facility upstairs,
comfortable for upwards of a hundred people, air conditioned and
This room is attracting a lot of meetings to Anguilla. There were
the C&W managers here this fall, now 35 meteorologists from around
the Caribbean, the offshore finance officials from the British
Dependent Territories, and more to come. To book your own
conference, contact Russel Reid at the library (264-497-2441,
Softball Competition in Anguilla
Once again it is time for the Inter-House Softball Competition
at our high school (Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School).
Each "house" in the school (they are named after colors although
the buildings are all off-white) has a girls and a boys team.
Orange is leading both leagues, with Yellow second for the girls
and Purple for the Boys. And they do play in colored uniforms that
match the team names. Stop by after school to watch a game.
Remember school is out for 3 weeks for Christmas.
Shopping: Sandals and Such
Look for the cute old West Indian building in South Hill,
near the turn off to Blowing Point.
They do sell sandals, but they also sell clothes, Caribbean christmas
cards, local artwork suitable as souveniers, and they have an
art gallery in the back. Proprieter: Jan Tarbert.
264-497-6009. More shopping.
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