Anguilla – Getting There Just Got Easier

Great travel experiences, no matter the destination, always come down to the people you meet along the way.

Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

We met a number of people in Anguilla that were even more fabulous than the 30+ white sand beaches, tropical breezes and the fresh mahi-mahi.

One of them was our taxi driver, Accelyn Connor, who also drives for the rich and famous who appreciate the discrete nature of the Anguillan people and the ability to be unnoticed on this island.  Now he wouldn’t give us any good gossip, but he did mention that he had driven for Sandra Bullock and her family and Shaquille O’Neal.  We also saw pictures of Liam Neesson, President Clinton, and then heard lots of the stories about when Brad Pitt and Jennifer Anniston split.  It was during a lunch at the restaurant on Scilly Cay.

We didn’t see any of the celebs, but neither were we looking that much.


 Another great person was Eustace Guishard with the Anguilla Tourist Board.  Despite it being a Friday evening where he had been in business and board meetings all day, followed by a flat tire that almost made him late for our dinner at the Cuisinart Resort and Spa, Mr. Guishard was in high spirits.

Over a dinner of smoked salmon, red fish and pumpkin ravioli, followed by aged Caribbean rum and Cuban cigars, Mr. Guishard offered a greater insight to the Anguillan people, who appear genuinely warm and appreciative to all visitors to their islands.  Guishard says that’s because Anguilla is one of very few Caribbean islands where locals still own most of the land and property.  Their individual fortunes and future are something within their control – not like many other islands where hospitality conglomerates make the majority of the profits.

Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

But he was most excited about a deal that he had just signed earlier in the day that willmake getting to the World’s Best Beach much easier for all of us.

Although there is an airport on the island, most North Americans choose a less expensive route:  fly into St. Maarten and take a ferry to Anguilla, a short 20 minute ride.  If your flight gets in late in the day, you have to spend the night on St. Maarten and then take the ferry from Marigot the next morning. That’s what we did.  It was not a bad experience, but added another leg to the journey.

Photo by Bruce N. Meyer

However, last week, Anguilla and St. Maarten came to an agreement that will allow a new ferry terminal to be built right at the airport.  Customs and immigration will all be handled right there.  You just get off your flight, grab your luggage, walk a hundred yards or so, and you’re on your way to those 30+ perfect white sand beaches.  The ferries are going to run from 7 a.m. until 11 p.m., which will accommodate late arriving flights.

What’s really exciting about this is the construction schedule:  The deal was reached the last week of March.  Construction should begin next week and the whole deal is expected to be up and running by the first of June.

That’s incredible when you consider multiple governmental agencies from two nations are involved.  No island time slowing down this progress.  So, what are you waiting for?


 

 

One thought on “Anguilla – Getting There Just Got Easier

  1. Sandy

    Diana, it sounds wonderful to me. I love those ocean breezes. I’m glad to hear the natives are making the money and not the conglomerates. They are a smart people.

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