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Welcome to Anguilla on the Paradise Islands website. Anguilla is located in the Caribbean Leeward island group a few hundred miles to the east of Puerto Rico. It's close neighbours include the British Virgin Islands to the west and north west (Virgin Gorda and Anegada are nearest) and St Maarten / St Martin to the south. Anguilla is a flat coral and limestone island of around 35 square miles (16 miles long and 3 miles wide).

Little Bay Anguilla


Anguilla has been a British overseas territory since 1980 with a small population of around 14,000. It was first settled by the British in 1650 and apart from a brief period of self proclaimed independence it has mostly been under British rule for over 350 years.

Limestone Bay Anguilla

Turks Head Cactus


The main town and island capital is The Valley. The territory of Anguilla has a number of smaller islands and cays including Scrub Island, Prickly Pear Cays, Seal and Dog Islands. These names are similar to those used in the neighbouring BVI which also has a "Scrub", Prickly Pear", "Seal" and "Dog" island.

Shoal Bay Anguilla

The island's main industry is tourism together with offshore banking and financial services. A little fishing takes place along with limited farming on the island's poor soil. Anguilla boasts some ecologically important coral reefs and diving is a popular activity.

By air the island can be reached from San Juan and St Maarten. The island also has a regular ferry service to St Martin.
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Quick Facts

The Valley

Main Airport
Clayton J Lloyd

Main Port
Blowing Point


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Island Size
35  Square Miles


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