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Simple pleasures - new article about Anguilla

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Simple pleasures - new article about Anguilla

Postby Anthony » Sun Mar 12, 2006 5:15 pm

From the Chicago Sun Times:

<blockquote>ANGUILLA, British West Indies -- "How do you like our Caribbean snow?" asked our cab driver Oscar with a deep, hearty chuckle, as he pulled into the long, winding entrance to the Cap Juluca resort on Anguilla, a sleepy little island that is no longer off the sophisticated traveler's radar. No question about it, despite the 80-plus degree temperature, that fluffy, billowing white stuff piled by the shrubbery at the side of the road did look a lot like the icier version all Chicagoans know far too well.</blockquote>
The full article is here http://www.suntimes.com/output/travel/t ... lla12.html

Quite a lot of detail with many dining notes and a list of favorite beaches too.

Some more tips from the author:
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AIRLINES: While there are no direct flights to tiny Anguilla from the mainland United States, it is easily accessible -- both by ferry and inter-island flights from St. Maarten, which itself is serviced by daily non-stop flights from Miami, San Juan, Charlotte, N.C., and Atlanta via American, US Airways and Delta. United provides weekly nonstop service to St. Maarten from Chicago. American Eagle, Caribbean Star, LIAT, Trans Anguilla and Winair provide regularly scheduled service between Anguilla's Wallblake Airport and Princess Juliana International Airport on the Dutch side of St. Maarten.

CURRENCY: While the official currency of Anguilla is the eastern Caribbean dollar, travelers do not need to convert money. All restaurants, hotels, resorts, stores and other retail outlets on the island accept U.S. dollars. During a week-long stay on Anguilla recently, we never once even saw an eastern Caribbean dollar bank note.

DEPARTURE TAX: Be aware that when you leave Anguilla, you will be charged a $20 departure tax (if you fly), but only $3 if you leave via the ferry from Blowing Point.

FERRYS: While the Sea Shuttle executive service is favored by the resorts like Cap Juluca, Malliouhana or CuisinArt Resort & Spa, it should be noted that there is a price difference. The regular Anguilla ferry service (from Blowing Point Harbour to the same St. Maarten airport dock) is only $12 per person. Sea Shuttle charges $65 per person. The advantage to Sea Shuttle: You travel with a handful of other passengers and the flexibility of the smaller boat (basically a cabin cruiser) makes the crossing far less rough than what's experienced on the larger, more rigidly-built public ferry boats.

RENTAL CARS: There are a wide range of car rental companies (located at Blowing Point Harbour, Wallblake Airport or on-call from any hotel or resort). Average rentals run approximately $45 per day for a Toyota Corolla or similar car. An Anguilla driver's license (good for three months) is required and issued during the rental. Just show your valid state driver's license at the time of the car rental. The license charge is $20.

TAXIS: Most taxicabs are minivans and there are quite a number on the island. All are radio/cell phone dispatched and readily available, though mostly to transport visitors to and from resorts and the harbor or airport, though you can arrange transportation to the various beaches. Taxi charges are by zone, ranging from $8 to $32, depending on the length and number of zones crossed. For anyone planning to stay on Anguilla for more than a couple of days, a rental car is preferred and more economical.</blockquote>
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Postby penny » Mon Mar 13, 2006 9:46 am

Thanks for the link.
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Postby Guest » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:41 pm

Thank you, Anthony!

Enjoyed very much to read that article.

The reporter loved Shoal Bay East as much as I do :-) ,
(and the great pizzas at Madeariman as well).
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Postby Christine (Swe) » Tue Mar 14, 2006 12:42 pm

Hmm, I wrote the previous post but forgot to log in.

Thanks again, Anthony ! :-)
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