Anguilla’s climate is like a slice of heaven. The skies are sunny and clear year round with an average temperature of 27 C. The gentle trade winds and the warm, extremely swimmable ocean temperatures keep the heat down. September and October are the rainy months, but the rain is usually light and sporadic.
When to fly to Anguilla
With temperatures that rarely dip below 26 degrees Celsius (80F) there's no bad time to visit Anguilla, but when it's winter elsewhere - mid-December to mid-April - that's when most travellers take cheap flights to Anguilla.
The middle of December to the middle of April is high season, when travellers escape the winter weather at home.
Low season coincides with hurricane season in the Caribbean, June through November. Anguilla frequently gets hit with tropical storms and hurricanes. If you are willing to take your chances with the weather, you could score big with savings on flights and accommodation.
Getting around Anguilla
Anguilla is a tiny island, just 25km long and less than 5km wide, and there is no public transportation system. Renting a car allows visitors maximum independence. There are several agencies on the island including Thrifty and Island Car Rentals. You'll need a valid driver's licence and a temporary local permit from the rental agency that costs about $20 (US). Visitors can also rent bicycles and mopeds.
A delightful side trip is taking the ferry to St. Martin/Sint Maarten. Catch the ferry at Blowing Point. It chugs to Marigot. Pack your passport and remember that there's a departure tax of about $5 (US) ($13 EC), children under 12 go free.
Anguilla insider information
- Wallblake House is the only surviving plantation-era house on Anguilla. The entire complex, including the kitchens, stables and workers' quarters still stand, giving a fascinating glimpse into 18th-century life on the island. It's open Monday, Wednesday and Friday between 10am and 2pm.
- Cheapflights.ca's pick of the beaches are Mead's Bay and Shoal Bay. They're two of the finest Caribbean beaches we've had the pleasure to lie on.
- Six nearby islands belong to Anguilla too. They are Scrub Island, Sombrero, Dog Island, Sandy Island, Prickly Pear and Anguilliate.
- The Summer Festival takes place in early August each year. Dancing, competitions, fairs, costumes, parades, beach picnics and boat races make this an unmissable event. If you're taking cheap flights to Anguilla at this time, try to be up for the J’Ouvert Mornin’ - Sunrise Street Jam. It starts at 5am, a daybreak jam through the streets to commemorate emancipation.
- The cuisine is a fusion of European, American and Caribbean flavours. Unsurprisingly, the seafood - local crayfish, lobster, grilled Snapper, Swordfish and Mahi Mahi - is a specialty.