Sailing through the British Virgin Islands is a once in a lifetime experience. Cruising through the crystal clear aqua waters, seeing marine life up close, having entire bays to yourself. There is no shortage of beauty or privacy that comes with sailing through the islands. One of the most beautiful islands being – Anegada.
The British Virgin Islands are composed of four main islands, and many more tiny ones. Anegada being one of the four main islands has made a unique name for itself. It is the second-largest island, yet least inhabited. Located in the Caribbean Sea, northeast of the rest of the British Virgin Islands. It’s unique in that it’s a flat piece of land, the highest point being 28 feet above sea level, and it’s the only British Virgin Island not being from volcanic origin. Instead, Anegada was formed from coral and limestone. Sparse, but friendly locals dot the streets, waiting to welcome you to their home island.
Here are the top five reasons you should be visiting this flat piece of paradise known as Anegada.
Authentic, Local, One of a Kind Dining Experiences
Dine under the stars, with your toes in the white sandy beaches, enjoying freshly caught lobster for dinner. Book your reservations in advance through the Anegada Reef Hotel. This is a fairly popular thing to do on the island and can sell out. If you come to the island early, you can see the locals catching the lobster that you’ll be eating that night.
Ditch The Taxi – Rent a Scooter
Cruise the island in style by renting a scooter from Amazing Rentals. You’ll be fully informed on how to operate the scooter and given a helmet – just in case. From here you can access the entire island, which is approximately 15 square miles. Because Anegada is sparsely populated, you don’t have to worry too much about cars. I saw a few here and there but it was never an issue while on my scooter.
Windsurfers flock to Anegada for its undisturbed and consistent wind. If you don’t windsurf – grab a painkiller and sit on the beach to observe.
Painkiller: Born in the British Virgin Islands, a twist on the commonly known Piña Colada.
There’s no shortage of beaches on the British Virgin Islands, but Cow Wreck Beach on Anegada Island has to be one of the best. With a bar overlooking the beach, come for food, drinks, or shelter to wait out a storm. Their hurricane evacuation plan is: “Grab a beer. Run like hell.” Plus, Cow Wreck Beach has some of the best fishing in the Caribbean. And often has four-legged furry visitors stopping by.
Under The Sea
Home to Horseshoe Reef, Anegada houses the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean and the fourth largest on earth. The reef does make it difficult to navigate into Anegada, which is why most sailing companies require an expert to be present.
There are many more than five reasons to visit Anegada, but I’ll leave that up to you to discover. And if you’re planning a sailing trip, click here for my eight-day itinerary.