- Location: Eastern Caribbean Sea
- Capital: The Valley
- Language(s): English
- Population: 14,564
- Total Area: 91 sq km
- Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
- Curious Alcohol Fact: Sap from palm trees are enjoyed on the island.
- Annual Average Liquor Consumption Per Capita: Not available
- Most Popular Drink(s): Wines, coconut milk, soft drinks
Anguilla is a dependent territory of the United Kingdom and the European Union located in the eastern portion of the Caribbean. It lies to the northwest of the resplendent Saint Kitts. Anguilla is also the northernmost of all the islands located in the Leeward Islands group. The Leeward Islands are part of the Lesser Antilles. Relatively barren in terms of arable land, the island dependency has spectacular beaches and crystal clear, glassy waters. This has made Anguilla to be a hot and popular destination for tourists streaming in from various parts of the globe. The stretches of snow-white sandy beaches have been described as some of the finest on the planet. In addition to the main island, there are some other smaller islands in Anguilla although they are not inhabited. These include the Sombrero, Scrub and Dog islands.
A vast proportion of Anguillians are Blacks. These are the descendants of slaves transported from various parts of Africa centuries ago as part of the Slave Trade. Apart from the black-skinned individuals, there are others from countries in Asia, North, Central and Latin America. There are those who have migrated from Saint Kitts & Nevis and the Dominican Republic. Others are of a mixed heritage. In almost all parts of the island, English is spoken (official) and there are more Christians than the followers of the other faiths with the Anglican Church being the dominant movement.
Like any other typical island in the Caribbean, food is of great importance and delicacy in Anguilla. Expectedly, many of the dishes served and prepared on the island are made from seafood. Thus, you can enjoy grilled shrimp, steamed crabs and fried lobsters. In various parts of the island, you will be treated to an irresistible plate of salt cod, which is present in many of the soups served in Anguillian homes. You can also demand for a specially prepared stew made with goat meat, a special delicacy on the island. Many of the meals are also prepared with rice, vegetables, yams and of course, bread fruit.
There are various imported wines and alcoholic drinks that you can enjoy while staying on the island. For those interested in enjoying local drinks, there are fresh jugs of palm wine and coconut milk that you can gulp after a hot day.
When it comes to sports, you will not be disappointed upon visiting the Caribbean. By far, the most popular sport in the country is boat racing which has evolved over time to become the national sport. You need to take part in one of the races for you to appreciate the excitement and fun of boat racing. Apart from racing in quaint, beautiful boats, sailing, rugby and cricket are other popular sports on the island. In addition to these, there are countless festivals, regattas and carnivals organized at various times of the year. Truly speaking, the island has got that mystical spirit of the Caribbean.
- The name of the island was derived from the elongated shape and is said to mean ‘eel’. There is actually an eel named Anguilla anguilla.
- In case the island is under external aggression, the island will be protected by British soldiers.
- The birthday of the Queen of England is celebrated as a festival on the island.
- Boat racing is the national sport of the island.
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