Anguilla Local News

At the east end of Rendezvous Bay there is an interesting little beach with an interesting relic of the past. . . .

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 October 15, 1998 - Site Map - Click to enlarge pictures

Pirate's Pier, Anguilla

[Click to enlarge] I don't know who the "pirates" were or what happened to the original "pier", but the people who live in the neighborhood told me that the remains are called "Pirate's Pier", so who am I to question them.

Between Cul De Sac and the Rendezvous Bay Hotel is a small beach that you might find fun, one of Anguilla's over 30 beaches. Residents who come down to the beach here say the snorkelling is great, and they can swim out into Rendezvous Bay. And the young at heart can swim out to the remains of the pier. The amount of sand on the beach varies with the latest big storms. For more pictures of this beach and some children having fun on it, visit this web page.

Directions: From the Blowing Point ferry terminal, take the first road to the west, go past the FerryBoat Inn, following the twists and turns into Cul De Sac. Turn right at the sign for Seahorse Resort on a gravel road and follow it to the sea. The road dead ends at the public beach access, with Seahorse just to the left. Remember, the beach is public, the the beach chairs are private!

Anguilla Preparing for Strong Tourist Season

Anguillians Helping Fellow Islands. This island was blessed that Hurricane Georges did no serious damage, so Anguillians have been busy helping out their friends and relatives on St. Kitts, the Dominican Republic, and other islands. For example, a team of construction workers leaves Anguilla on October 16th to repair the Surgical Ward at the General Hospital in St. Kitts.

Six Views (Click Pix for Six Different Dreams)

Click for Cerulean Villa  Click for Shoal Bay Villas  Click for Malliouhana Hotel  Click for Blue Waters  Click for Sonesta Resort  Click for Cap Juluca

A Feature Story on Carimar and Anguilla appeared in the Sunday Oklahoman newspaper recently: Anguilla Visitors Find Little-Known Caribbean Jewel. The article was written by Steve Barrymore who stayed at Carimar with his wife and daughter this past June, and apparently learned a lot about the island in just one week; he covered every base in his article: attractions, hotels, dining and shopping.

A Place of Your Own at Arawak

[Click to enlarge] Arawak Beach Resort in Island Harbour is doing something unusual this year that may allow a few people to realize their tropical beach life fantasy. Arawak is located on the beachfront in the old-time fishing village of Island Harbour. They have cute octagonal units, facing right into a cooling breeze and not more than 25 feet from the sand. In addition to the normal resort rooms, Arawak is offering a few villa apartments long-term, starting at $1200 per month. This is an unusual offer in Anguilla and space is limited, so if you are interested, call now. Telephone: 1-264-497-4385. Email: [email protected]

Island Harbour is an authentic fishing village that even has a grove of palm trees. It allows you to get to know the "real" Anguilla, while still having gourmet food, scuba diving, and other tourist services (such as Scilly Cay, Hibernia, or Zara's). Or stroll over to Smitty's Bar and Restaurant and arrange a charter with one of the fisherman like Keg and go out sightseeing or fishing on their boat.

If you have guests come to visit you in your new Anguilla "home", they can stay at the Arawak for the bargain rate of for $75/night double, or $125/night for a suite or $150 for a full villa (one night free in a week's stay).

New Visitor Training Program

Here is what you need to know for your first visit to Anguilla:
Comfort: 80F day and night. Casual dress. No ties. No swimsuits in town. Airco not needed.
Perils: Use sunscreen at the beach. Do not touch coral. Guard against mosquitos.
Money: Bring US cash and travellers checks, plus your credit cards. No ATM machines.
Phonet/Net:: Reliable but expensive. Consider Internet-by-the-minute.
Driving: Stay to the left. Don't worry about horn beeps. Bring your license.
Manners: Say "good morning" before stating your business. Wave to strangers.
More Tips: Power. Pets. Gratuities. Ferries. Marriage. ...

Caribbean Sea View

[Click to enlarge] Looking for a new, air-conditioned holiday apartment close to Sandy Hill Bay? Clement Ruan has built a three-story apartment hotel on Long Path, each unit equipped for a short or long stay in Anguilla: direct telephone in each unit, remote TV, one or two bedrooms, private balcony, reasonably priced, starting at $99 per night, The south facing units have a wide view toward St Barts and St Martin - And they have rental cars also, starting at $40 per day, and office services for the business traveler.

Directions: From the airport parking lot, turn left coming out the only exit, go straight past Island Car Rental and National Bank of Anguilla and turn right at Albert Lake's Super Market. Follow this road until you see the radio tower on the left and Caribbean Sea View on the left. If you reach the roundabout, you went too far. Don't confuse with Sea View Guest House in Sandy Ground.

Web page: Email: [email protected] Telephone: 1-264-497-4662 Fax: 1-264-497-3526

Upcoming Events in Anguilla

Anguilla is starting to come alive after the September slow down. The Pumphouse is open Thursday through Saturday for food, drinks and music. The award-winning gourmet restaurant in Island Harbour, Hibernia, is open for dinner again. Also reopened are Old House Restaurant (7:00am - 10:00pm , bkfst, lunch, dinner), Serenity, Restaurant Ici, Olivers for lunch, dinner, Covecastles, Ferryboat Inn, and Blanchards. The rest should all be open by November 1st, with the exception of Malliouhana which will only reopen on November 14th, 1998

The Anguilla Local News has an Calendar for the year showing events, holidays, and activities.

Here are some events scheduled in Anguilla:

The Gardens of Anguilla

[Click to visit] Anguilla is a semi-arid, coral island, and is at a disadvantage in the horticulture department to mountainous, volcanic islands such as Dominica and Puerto Rico, with their rich soil and running rivers.

But Anguilla does have sunshine, lots of sunshine. And some very determined gardeners.

Given enough time and sweat, pounding of holes in the rock, slowly gathering soil via the beg-borrow-buy method, and huge cisterns to catch rain water off the roof (or desalinization plants as some of the hotels use), it is amazing how lush your garden can be.

Now you can see photographs from four very nice gardens in Anguilla. Just visit this web site:

We will continue to add gardens to the web site, as more photographs are taken and access to private gardens is arranged. The Anguilla Local News would like some pictures of private gardens. Please contact to volunteer your garden.

Flower Show Needs Help Now! The Anguilla Beautification Club is holding a flower show February 5-6, 1999, but they are preparing for it now. Iris Lewis needs an experienced editor with a computer to prepare the souvenir booklet for the show. The finished copy is due by November 15, 1998. Call Iris at 497-2613 if you can help.

How to Find Anything About Anguilla

Anguilla Internet Yellow Pages
Air Travel
Auto Rental
Cays and Islets
Discussion Forums
Ferry Service
Foreign Language
Glassbottom Boats
Guest Houses
Hidden Places
Local Life & Culture
Personal Pages
Racing Sailboats
Real Estate
St. Martin/St. Maarten
Taxi Services
Tips & Pointers
Tourist Information
Water Sports

Web Sites About Anguilla

Summerset Car Rental has a web page where you can reserve a rental car. They are located behind the Devonish Gallery at George Hill Landing and are managed by Moran Rey. They have a full-size Jeep for rent also, as well as the baby Asian versions!

Anguilla Network has a new web page at - they handle vacation villa rentals and real estate services from their office near the airport.

Sunshine Villas has a web page showing David Yates' spectacular house on back road, which you can either rent or buy.

Vernon Fleming has a House for Sale on Sandy Hill, and the house has a web page.

Email addresses:

[email protected]
Summerset Car Rentals
[email protected]
National Bank Of Anguilla Limited
[email protected]
Wycliffe Richardson of Radio Anguilla, and the Emergency Operations Center.
[email protected]
Lindy Tamn at the Anguilla Network- Villa Rentals and Real Estate Services.
[email protected]
Island Car Rental, Mary Ann's tropical building page has some real building news: the guest villa is finished and has its first guests.

Anguilla National Trust has updated their web site, with new pictures, new information on their projects, and a membership form.

The Turquesa Anguilla Villa has updated their web site. Very attractive.

News Tidbits from Anguilla

Students. Five students from Anguilla are presently attending the Lindenwood University in Missouri. Two of them just started this semester: Ms Shyrone Hughes and Ms Kimisha Brooks, both of whom attended the sixth form at Albena Lake Hodge Comprehensive School (Anguilla's high school, 6th form is like Junior College). Ms Hughes runs track at Lindenwood along with the other three Anguillians: Desiree Cox, Timothy Brooks and Kirthly Richardson. Click to enlarge

Stay Behind the Yellow Line. Security has been toughened up at Wallblake Airport. No more wandering in to the arrival lounge. In fact, you better stay patiently behind the yellow line and wait for your party to come out and come to you! Or you could get a scolding from the guard. Shows the power of a blue shirt with epaluates.

Mini Boat Races. Last sunday there were a series of model boat races at Shoal Bay, sponsored by Uncle Ernie and Madeariman Reef Restaurant. The boats are about 28 inches long with 3' masts. They are carved from turpentine wood, as has been traditional in Anguilla for years. The participants take their boats far to sea, beyond the reefs, set them loose, then see whose can get to shore the first, without wandering too far off course. The race and the "discussions" afterwards were just as exciting as at the full-size boat races The boats usually race every other Sunday in Island Harbour. There are always looking for prize sponsors to make the races more exciting. If you are interested, contact Smitty at his Bar and Restaurant in Island Harbour.

The Rafting Iquanas: On October 8th, a front page article in the New York Times, reported scientific evidence that iguanas floated 200 miles from Guadeloupe to Anguilla during a hurricane, helping to explain how animal species are dispersed. "It was a major invasion," said Dr. Ellen J. Censky, now director of of the Connecticut State Museum of Natural History and a reptile expert who has worked on Anguilla and was the lead author of the paper in Nature. "I was completrely surprised to see iguanas coming," Cleve Webster, a fisherman on Anguilla, said in a telephone interview. "One iguana, he was on a log and the length of his tail was hanging over into the water." Dr. Censky, along with Judy Dudley, a United Nations volunteer in Anguilla, and Karim Hodge, an employee with the Anguilla National Trust, interviewed witnesses to the iguana landing and then tracked and monitored the iguanas as they dispersed. Dr. Censky and her colleagues studied the tracks of the two hurricanes, Luis and Marilyn, and ocean currents, and decided the lizards probably came from Guadeloupe, where they rest in trees and were probably blown down with them into the sea. Thanks to Herb Lewis for this news tip.

High School graduation was Wednesday, October 14th at Landsome Bowl. Anguilla's 200 successful scholars were resplendant in their caps and gowns. The stage was beautifully decorated in yellow and blue by Kathy Sotiaux and the art department. Class valedictorian Mary Clare Haskins gave an excellent speech - very stirring - and received a standing ovation. At the close of the ceremony, the graduates, such as Laurance Stevens shown in picture, celebrated exuberantly! The graduation was in October instead of June because you must actually pass some tough examinations to graduate in Anguilla, and the exam results don't come in until September.

The Light newspaper has more local news on their web page, including news on Anguilla at the Commonwealth Games.

Weather in Anguilla

Weather Summary Anguilla
Today: 86F 30C 66% Humidity, Sunny October 15
Low temp since last news report 79F 26C
High temp since last news report 88F 31C
Low humidity since last news report 56%
Tropical storm web site Link
Five-day weather forecast Link
Live station in Anguilla Link

Windows to Yesteryear

[Click to enlarge] Patsy Adams has published another collection of poems on Anguillian themes. This slim volume, Windows to Yesteryear contains poems about Anguilla's history, culture, and sea, and was produced in conjunction with the National Trust. Here is one of Patsy's poems from her new book:

Rum Jumbee

John Boy walkin in de night all alone
Stop and look cause he hear a soft moan.

Saw a baby jumbee sittin near a tree
He say, "John Boy come and keep me company.

Long, long ago, there was thousans of us
now eletric lights come an we are dispussed.

We had excellent times in de buryin grung
Because in dat place no human hang arung.

We used to trick ya parents upon de tird day
After their loved one had passed away.

We would laugh and roar in our ghostly woice
After we see big people running away from us.

We would take funny shapes and make spooky sounds
As soon as the evening sun went dung

We did rule Anguilla from duss till dawn
Then hide in de tamarin trees at morn.

Now me oldfolks dead. Oh cuss de eletric light
Not a jumbee friend nowhere in sight.

Ah beg ya tell ya leaders, whatebber demm do
Dat we is part of de enwirement too.

Who could be so cruwell to stop de fun
Of de boys and girls after set of de sun?

Please tell dem turn off de current real fass
cause I - Rum Jumbee- is one of de lass."

John Boy walkin in de night all alone
No longer afaraid of dat jumbee soft moan.

Note: Jumbees (spirits) and rum jumbees (pedestrian alcoholics) are now seldom heard or seen in Anguilla.

Written January 28th,1998. Copyright 1998. Patricia Adams.

Teacher Patsy's book is available from her store called "The Fashion Closet" in The Quarter or from P. O. Box 1270, The Valley, Anguilla for US $7.50. Or contact the publisher, the Anguilla National Trust.

In Patsy's other volume of poetry, A Jewel Made of Sand, there is a very entertaining poem entitled Aint Want De Goats No Mo'.

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Tour of Shoal Bay Body and Soul Fitness Center
Fisherman Keg Rogers Books for Christmas
Carnival Parade Computer Summer Camp

Anguilla Local News



Bob Green

Our villa on Shoal Bay: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away, our villa in St Barths.

© 1998