Five Reasons to Visit Anegada Now

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One of the islands that makes up the British Virgin Islands, Anegada is unique compared to other islands.  It’s most famous for being the flattest island in the Caribbean, having world-class windsurfing, and recognized for its crystal clear waters.  When you sailing through the British Virgin Islands don’t miss your chance to visit Anegada – perhaps the most interesting island in the Caribbean.

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 for being 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.


5 Reasons to Visit Anegada – A Small Slice of Paradise


1. Unique, One of a Kind Dining Experiences

Lobster dinner, Anegada

While you can get a seafood dinner at any island in the Caribbean, it’s Anegada’s unique twist on outdoor dining.  Order a lobster, caught fresh a few hours earlier, take your shoes off, and sink your toes in the sand.  How many restaurants encourage shoe removal after all?  As you dine under the stars enjoying your freshly caught seafood, you may just never want to leave.

To get this type of dinner you must make reservations in advance at the Anegada Reef Hotel.  It is one of the more well-known things to do on the item and spots can sell out fast.


2. Explore Via Scooter

Scooters in Anegada

Cruise the island in style by renting a scooter from Amazing Rentals.  Once you rent from Amazing Rentals, you’ll be given a lesson on how to operate the scooter and a helmet.  Now you can access the entire 15 square mile island on your own.  Also, because Anegada is sparsely populated, you don’t have to worry too much about cars.  While there were a few around, scooters mostly dominated the roads.


3. World-Class Windsurfing

palm tree with a sailboat on crystal blue water in the backdrop

Because Anegada is low lying, there is an opportunity for big wind gusts across the island.  That is why it’s a popular spot amongst windsurfers – undisturbed and consistent wind.  But don’t worry, if you don’t windsurf you can still enjoy the sport!  Instead, grab a famous painkiller and sit on the beach to observe.  (A painkiller is a drink that was born in the Virgin Islands.  It’s an extra boozy twist on a piña colada).


4. Relax on the Incredible Beaches

Cow Wreck Beach, Anegada

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.  Aside from the white sand and crystal clear blue waters, there is a popular bar overlooking the beach.  You can swim, hang out, and grab food and drink as you waste your day away under the sun.  Just beware, their hurricane evacuation plan is:  “Grab a beer.  Run like hell.”


5. Explore Under The Sea


Anegada is home to Horseshoe Reef, the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean and the fourth largest on earth.  Horseshoe Reef does make it difficult to navigate into Anegada, which is why most sailing companies require an expert to be present.


If you’re in the Caribbean, don’t miss your chance to visit Anegada.  It’s beautiful, unique, and just enough off of the beaten path that there will be times you feel like you have the island to yourself.


Are you planning a trip to the Caribbean?  Make sure to read Sailing Through the British Virgin Islands


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Kylee is a Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU) nurse passionate about making travel affordable and accessible to nurses. Inspiring nurses to travel both near and far, Kylee began Passports and Preemies in 2017 while volunteering in Skopje, North Macedonia as a way to reach nurses and advocate for the prevention of nurse burnout by traveling. Kylee is the original creator of the “8 Day Vacay” – a vacation geared towards nurses who aim to take advantage of the potentially 8 days off between work weeks with no need to use PTO.

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