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If you were at Shoal Bay in June 1999, you might have wondered about the large group of college students there. . . .

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Archaeological Dig at Shoal Bay

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The student group receives academic credit for their work in Anguilla. They stayed at Spin Drift on Sile Bay. Budding archaeologist John Crock, who lived in Anguilla for two years, was here again this year (John is still working on his PhD dissertation, based on his field work in Anguilla). Last year John and a group of students and supervising professors did an a excavation in Sandy Ground which was very successful. This year the field trip class was completely signed up in less than 6 hours, so the group from last year must have spread the word about their excellent visit to Anguilla.

The excavation site was next to Elodias Bar and Restaurant on Shoal Bay. The students dug a trench about a hundred feet long and up to five feet deep. Every cubic foot of sand that was removed from the trench had to be sifted for artifacts (shell fragments, tools, pieces of pottery, etc.). Then whatever is discovered in that chunk of sand is bagged and documented as to location and condition.

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Later it will take hours of analysis to figure out what the findings and their distribution can say about the people who lived on the site and their society. In fact, for every man-hour of the week-long dig, there will be four or five hours of lab and analysis work!

The lead picture in this story was taken by Jamel Lake (; the others were taken by Bob Green ( Jamel had this to say:

I learned that there was a post hole located in that area which is an indication that there was habitation. There are also pottery, shells discarded after eating, and actual charcoal from cook fires. The archaeologists are going to test the sand when they get back home. That's why it's important when they are scraping the trench walls that they cut of the roots that are there now (they use a scissors).

I really enjoyed the experience of visiting the site; it made me respect TIME.

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The pictures above show the discovery of a dark circular spot in the sand that is the remains of a post, probably for a building. The students and supervising archaeologists gather round to ensure that the find is handled carefully.

The best guess of the archaeologists is that a community of about 500 people once occupied the flat sandy area from Uncle Ernie's to Serenity Restaurant at Upper Shoal Bay.

As the students dig down into the sand, they find layers of white sand. These were laid down by major hurricanes of the past, including Hurricane Luis in 1995 which laid a new layer of white sand at the top!

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Lloyds Celebrating 40th Anniversary

[Click to enlarge] Anguilla's first hotel is celebrating forty years in business. Lloyds is a family business, headed by Vida Lloyd and supported by daughter Christine (pictured right) and son David (off in St. Croix on an air piloting contract for a while).

When Lloyds Hotel opened on Crocus Hill in 1959, it was the first hotel in Anguilla, and it is still going strong today as a friendly, well-run place to stay for locals and tourists alike.

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Any friends and former guests who would like to offer congratulations to Vida and the Lloyd family, can call them at 1-264-497-2351

Events in Anguilla

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The Anguilla Tennis Academy is once again running their free tennis clinic for children this summer. Founder Mitch Lake and Tournament Director Damien Hughes report that they have a record 183 children enrolled this summer, with the youngest being 4 years old!

Mitch has graduated from college with a BS in Math and Damien has a year to go (but he should graduate, since he has a 3.7 grade average so far, and his school tennis team at Morehouse College won the SIAC championship and went to the NCAA Division II National Tournament in Savannah.

Students at SUNY. A group of 19 Anguillian students was recently in New York for a two week training program at the state university.

Arawak Cafe Grand Opening. Arawak Resort in Island Harbour has reopened under new management, including a new Arawak Cafe.

Smokey's Opening. A new beach bistro has opened at Cove Bay in the West End. They will feature live music and dancing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night. 1-264-497-6582

Here are some events scheduled for the next few weeks:

Do You Recognize West End Bay?

[Click to enlarge] Anguilla has so many beaches that it is a challenge to identify them all. This small beach is located near the far western end of Anguilla. There are no hotels or services on the beach, in spite of it being a perfect small crescent.

The first person with the correct identifcation of our mystery beach was Sally Janin. Other winners include Mike and Pat Kocor and Garry and Cynthia Burgess. This beach was a real challenge, since most answers identified the wrong beach: Junks Hole, Meads Bay, Cove Bay, Island Harbour, Captains Bay and even Scrub Island.

[Click to enlarge] Directions: From the airport parking lot, take the only exit and turn left, then turn left again and drive west past the airport entrance, through the roundabout and follow the road to the west end. You will go straight through the Sandy Ground roundabout also. When you finally pass Cap Juluca and Leduc's restaurant, you will reach the end of the paved road. Turn right on a dirt road and take it straight to the shore.

Want to learn more about Anguilla's beaches and see hundreds of more pictures? Visit

Gone Fishin' 99

Summer is the slow season in Anguilla and many firms take the opportunity to give their staff a vacation in the summer. Here is a list of hotel and restaurant closings for summer 99 from the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Association.

Of course, not everything is closed. Cap Juluca is open, as are many other fine hotels. Many restaurants stay open also. The selection ranges from fun local spots such as Circle Inn to gourmet restaurants such as La Veranda, Luciano's, Ripples, Le Saint Claire, Cap Juluca, and La Sirena.


Carimar Beach Club Sept 1-30October 1
Cinnamon Reef ResortSept 1-30October 1
Covecastles Villa ResortAug 31-Oct 15October 16
Frangipani Beach ClubSept 1-Oct 31November 1
Malliouhana HotelSept 1-Oct 31November 1
Shoal Bay VillasAug 29-Oct 23October 24


Barrel StaySeptember 1 - November 14
Blanchard's August 1 - September 30
Covecastles Restaurant August 31 - October 15
Ferryboat Inn Restaurant September 1 - September 30
Gorgeous Scilly CayAugust 30 - November 1
HiberniaJuly 26 - October 8
Koal Keel RestaurantJune 6 - October 31
LeducsReopening November 1999
Mango'sAugust 1 - mid October 1999
Old HouseSeptember 1 - September 30
Overlook Mid-April - November 1999
Palm Court at Cinnamon Reef September 1 - October 31
Pump House August 1 - September 30 (tentative)
Restaurant Frangipani September 1 - October 31
The Restaurant at MalliouhanaAugust 31 - October 31
Serenity September 1 - September 30
Straw HatJuly 17 - October 31
Tratoria Tramonto August 29 - October 31

Cheers Charter Boats

[Click to enlarge] Cheers is a sleek, fast charter boat that is able to slip under the bridge into Simpson Lagoon and do pickups at St. Maarten's Juliana Airport. Operated by Mitchell and Lyle Connor, Cheers is a 33ft, 3 manned dual engine 450 HP Motor Vessel. They also have Cheers II for charters of up to 52 passengers.

Charters to or from Juliana Airport US$285.00, Night US$350.00 Charters to and from St. Barths, US$750.00

To arrange airport pickup, send number of pages, flight number and time of flight arrival. Telephone: 497-8079 / 6297. Cellular: 1-264-235-6205 / 7010. Pager: 7240-440. Web site with lots of pictures, coming soon! Lyle Connor

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Special Wedding Thank You. John and Susan write:

We like to thank everyone on the island of Anguilla who made our wedding special. We'd like to especially thank Carol Webster and Alan Piazzi. Carol, the concierge at the Sonesta hotel, did the most incredible job putting together our wedding plans. We highly recommend anyone considering getting married on Anguilla to look up Carol, you will not be disappointed. Her high standards of quality are directly reflected in her work - Thank you Carol for making our wedding our most memorable experience.

The person who is directly responsible for our wedding reception is Alan Piazzi. Alan and his staff (Trattoria Tramonto) put together a wedding reception that can only be described as "phenomenal." The tasting menu that was developed was second to none, and the level of service was fantastic. Alan "Thanks - We'll see you soon, tell your staff to keep dancing."

We'd also like to thank Dumpa and his band for keeping everyone dancing all night long, as well as Capt. Rollins on Chocolat for that sunset sail.

Can't wait to come back!

John & Susan Sias

American Eagle Announces More Flights. Beginning November 19, they will add more flights to Anguilla, timed to connect with new flights from the USA to San Juan. Much higher bookings for the winter season this year.

Pool Tables? Robert Girard writes

Hi Bob:

My family and I will be spending some time in Anguilla later on this year. Since my sons and I are enjoy playing pool, we would like to play while there. Do you have any idea where we might be able to play? Thanks for any info you care to forward.

There are lots of places to play pool in Anguilla. About half of the local bars have pool tables. A fun restaurant with a pool table is the Little Mermaid in the Farrington. You can go for dinner and play pool. They also have a nice place to sit in the shade of a huge tree and play dominos. Very Caribbean. Telephone: 1-264-497-5523. Directions: from the parking lot at the airport, take the only exit and turn left, continue straight past Island Car Rental and Anglec. Turn right at Alberts Supermarket and go through The Quarter. The road makes a sharp left after Proctors Market, then a sharp right in about a block. Take the next right in about 1/2 mile and look for the Little Mermaid on the left.

Who else has a favorite place to play pool in Anguilla?

Visitor Feedback: Love Anguilla. Pete and Eileen ( write:

Dear Bob:

We love Anguilla and thank you for all the advance information you made available to us on the Internet. Just returned from what seemed like a very short week vacation. Our trip was a success, even if our luggage did not arrive on the same flight!

Paradise Cove was "paradise" in every way. Sherille and her staff are remarkable and assisted us in making our vacation wonderful.

There is so much beauty in Anguilla the beaches are perfect, people delightful and temperature wonderful. It rained but did not stop us from seeing the island and enjoying the hospitality. Our favorite beach was Shoal Bay East, Ripples our favorite restaurant, (oh that garlic coated grouper -yum) and rum punch at Ernies almost compared to pina colada's at Sonesta Beach Resort.

A day on Chocalat is a must.

We had a wonderful vacation and look forward to returning to Paradise Cove and Anguilla in the near future. Your web site is a great help and we appreciate all you do to promote the island, it helped to make our trip a success.

Thank you! Pete & Eileen

Visitor Feedaback: A Beautiful Island. JoAnne and Jack ( write:

Dear Bob,

I always check out the local news on Anguilla and see how my home away from home is doing. My husband and I truly love the island. We have been coming to the island for a number of years. We got married on the island in 1996 (it was us pictured on the front of the 1998 tourism guide).

If anyone is thinking of starting their lives together and want to have the best memory of their lives...Anguilla is the place to do it. I can not tell you how perfect the day was. I was on the island in February 1996 for 4 days and planned the entire event. I did have help from my dear friend Verlyn Rogers. We returned in June with our family and friends and found everything to be better than perfect. The people on the island of Anguilla are the best people I have met in my lifetime. Our day was sensational and the island is more beautiful than paradise. We return year after year and spend more and more time.

It is my hope and dream to someday build a home of our own on your beautiful island. Each year it becomes more and more difficult to leave... I just keep telling myself... you will be back before you know it.

Anyone looking for the perfect spot and the ultimate vacation...visit Anguilla and the wonderful people...


JoAnne and Jack Horigan

Web Sites About Anguilla

Internet Yellow Pages: all known Anguilla web sites are indexed in this "yellow pages" directory. is the new Internet domain name for the Swinghigh Apartments, which are available for short-term rental at $90 per day or long-term rental at competitive rates.

Lourance Steven's has updated her personal home page at

Patsys Seaside Villas has updated their web site with information on their new villas, new air conditioning, and new email address:

Funtime Charter. Chris Cutler's Funtime charter boat has a web site at

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Beach challenge El Buen Consejo
Carnival Schedule Anguilla Day Lecture
Beach Video Visitor Email

Anguilla Internet Yellow Pages



Bob Green

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And ten minutes away, our villa in St Barths.

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