Nightlife of the classic variety is somewhat limited in Anguilla. Most hotels offer nightly music and several beach bistros can be found at Sandy Ground and Shoal Bay. Most recreation, however, is related to the island’s white coral sand beaches which offer many opportunities for swimming and shell collecting; swimming and sunbathing au naturel are prohibited.

Some of the island’s 33 beaches are accessible only by rough dirt roads of paths. The secluded atmosphere of these beaches, however, makes the visit worth the trouble. Popular beaches include those at Meads Bay, Rendezvous Bay and Shoal Bay east. Visitors should know that wearing swimsuits in public places other than the beach is considered inappropriate.

The crystal-clear waters surrounding Anguilla are excellent for snorkeling, scuba diving and fishing.Favorite snorkeling and diving spots are Little Bay, Cove bay and Shoal Bay, the last distinguished by its undersea garden trail. Experienced divers can reach 7 shipwreck sites. Shoal Bay Scuba rents snorkeling equipment, while Aguillian Divers can take you to the hottest dive spots on the eastern part of the island. Hooked on Watersports makes arrangements for windsurfing and sailing in Cove Bay. Most hotels rent water sports equipment. Tennis also is popular on the island; most hotels and villas have courts. The Ronald Webster Park Complex in The Valley, offers two public courts. Boats and guides for fishing trips are available for hire at Sandy Ground and Island Harbour. Many islanders are anglers by trades and you can sample their succulent bounty at any local cafè or restaurant. Fish soup, sweet and sour conch and lobster with lime butter are some of the primary delicacies.

Special events are held on Anguilla Day, May 30 and in August during tha annual Summer Festival. On both occasions, sailors race boats made in Aguilla. Summer Festival, which begins on the last Friday in July and ends on the first Sunday in August, features calypso contests, street dancing, the coronation of Miss Anguilla (the carnival queen), sailboat races, beach barbecues and the Prince and Princess Show.


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