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Island adventures in Anguilla
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For those planning a Caribbean wedding and honeymoon Anguilla's visitors are surrounded by a haven of tranquility. The island harbors 12 miles of white-sand beaches and crystal clear water. Of the 33 beaches stretched along the coast, the majority are protected by a ring of coral reefs and offshore islands. Day trips along the breathtaking coast are a great way to see the spectacular wildlife.

Enjoy local art gallery and museum tours.  Anguilla also has a large variety of shopping options for visitors to enjoy.

Shoal Bay is the most popular beach and said to be the most beautiful in the Eastern Caribbean. A snorkeler's dream, the closer of two magnificent reefs measures only 10 yards from the shore where you can rent equipment for snorkeling for a fun-filled day in the sun.  Snorkel at Crocus Bay which is flanked with rocks allowing for an incredible underwater panorama. Other snorkeling options include challenging the occasional rough waters of Limestone Bay and Scilly Cay, a small cay off Island Harbour.

Road Bay / Sandy Ground are the starting points for most day trips and dive sites. Watersports equipment can be rented there as well. There are good dives just off the coast. Off Sandy Island sit lots of soft corals and sea-fans. There is a wall that falls from 15 to 60 feet at Sandy Deep with several shipwrecks, nine of which were deliberately sunk as dive sites. Continuing west, Paint Can Reef, with a depth of 80 feet, supports several acres of coral and large turtles. Close by, Authors Deep is 110 feet deep with black coral, turtles and schools of small fish. However, this dive is for the more experienced diver.

On the north side of the Prickly Pear Cays, you can swim through an underwater canyon with ledges and caves. You can sometimes find nurse sharks resting inside.

Windsurfing and sailing are readily available and some of the hotels offer water skiing, paddle boats and fishing. There are also glass bottom boats.

For the land lovers, tennis, horseback riding, biking and hiking are nice alternatives to the many watersports offered throughout the island.

Bird watching is also popular as the island has recorded 120 species of birds on Anguilla, including the blue-faced booby, kingfisher and the great blue heron. The turtledove is the national bird and heavily protected. Little Bay, Crocus Bay's northern most point, and surrounding ponds and coves are the best nesting spots for bird watchers. However, just getting to Little Bay is an adventure in itself. You have to hire a boat or climb down a rope and fishing ladder attached to the cliff top. The bay is 100 meters of beach surrounded by high cliffs on three sides. It offers an intimate and private getaway for the romantics at heart.

For those who love to play golf CuisinArt Golf Course at the CuisinArt Golf Resort and Spa is a lovely 7,063 yard championship golf course designed by Greg Norman and it is open to the public.


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