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Anguilla has a tropical climate, hot all year round, with a slightly cooler period from December to March, and a hotter and muggy period from May to October. Luckily, sea breezes relieve a bit the heat of the day.
Rainfall is generally not very abundant. February and March are usually the driest months, while in the rest of the year the rains are quite irregular, although they rarely reach high values. Normally the rainy period goes from August to November. During some years there may be another peak of precipitation in April and May. As normally happens in tropical areas, the rains usually fall in the form of downpour or thunderstorm, in days in which the sun shines for a few hours anyway. More rarely, there can be heavy and prolonged rains when tropical depressions and hurricanes hit the islands; this can happen, in Anguilla as in other Caribbean islands, from June to November (but especially from August to October).
The best time to visit Anguilla runs from December to April, when the temperatures are a bit lower and we are outside of the hurricane season, and particularly in February and March, which are the driest months. In summer, June and July are usually a bit less rainy than August, and also have a lower probability of hurricanes.
Clayton J. Lloyd Airport (AXA) for all flights
The nearest international gateways from Anguilla's airport are St Maarten (7 minutes flight), Antigua, San Juan, Puerto Rico (1 hour flight).
Ferrys in and out of the island are at Blowing Point
For sailing around the island, customs port is at Sandy Ground
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Ferries start from 7.30am, running at regular intervals of 30 to 45 minutes throughout the day, with the last ferry leaving the island at 6.15pm from Blowing Point, and returning to Anguilla at 7pm from Marigot in St Maarten (20 minutes trip). If you're planning on sailing around Anguilla, the island's entry port for Customs and Immigration is situated at Sandy Ground (8.30am-12pm / 1pm-4pm). Tune into VHF channel 16 to communicate with Sandy Point's Customs and Immigration office.
Renting a car is the perfect option to ensure that you get to see everything the island has to offer, and at your own pace, giving you the opportunity to stop at every village, art gallery, secluded beach, local restaurant, etc., that catches your eye. Driving on Anguilla is on the left-hand side of the road, and visitors wishing to rent a car are required to present a valid driving license from their resident country as well as purchase a temporary Anguilla driving license, which can be done through most car rental companies. Taxis are also widely available at the island's points of entry as well as most large resorts, and the rates are fixed.
For a more in-depth exploration of Anguilla's inland beauty, rent a bike and cycle beyond the roads of public transportation. A healthy and eco-friendly way to unearth the island's secret spots! Bike rentals from $10/day, with weekly rental also available.
History of anguilla
Around 4,000 years ago, Anguilla was a lush island covered in dense rain forest. Discovered by Amerindian peoples from South America's mainland, commonly referred to as Arawaks, the Island was then named "Malliouhana", which meant arrow-shape sea serpent.