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Blackgarden Bay is one of the least-visited beaches in Anguilla. . . .

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 2000/04/25 - Click to enlarge pictures

Hidden Anguilla: Blackgarden Bay

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I have seen Blackgarden Bay and took these pictures, but I still have never set foot on the sand itself. The bay is a small inlet with a pretty sandy beach along the rugged north shore, between Limestone Bay and Shoal Bay.

Blackgarden is not easy to find. One way is to go to Limestone Bay, then follow the dirt roads east keeping to the coast. And the roads in that area were damaged by torrential rains during Hurricane Lenny.

Foods NinetyFive

[Click to enlarge] The West End of Anguilla has a brand new supermarket. Although small, Foods NinetyFive has an amazing selection of foods and household items, plus a liqour section. The imported Swiss Chocolats were incredible. And, after searching fruitlessly throughout the island, this is the place where we finally found a scale (to weigh ourselves after dinner out at Anguilla's restaurants). The West End is the area of Anguilla where most of the tourist resorts are located. Foods NinetyFive, the creation of Francois Lake (pictured right), is just what the West End has needed.

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Directions: located on the south side of the main road between the Cap Juluca turnoff and the CoveCastles turnoff. If that doesn't make sense, remember that south is the side facing St. Martin. If you are still lost, start back in the airport parking lot in The Valley. Take the only exit and turn left, then left again and go past the airport entrance, straight through the roundabout and through George Hill, straight through the next roundabout (i.e. don't go down the hill to Sandy Ground), and follow the main road for about five miles. After passing Cheddie's Carving studio and the gas station you will soon pass the left turn for Cap Juluca and Sapphire Restaurant. Keep going straight and watch for FoodsNinetyFive on the left.

Weather in Anguilla

Weather Summary Satellite
Hazy 82F 27C 62% Humidity, April 25
Low temp since last news report 75F 23C
High temp since last news report 86F 30C
Low humidity since last news report 44%
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Le Bistro: New At Malliouhana

[Click to enlarge] Anguilla has a new beachside eatery on Meads Bay at the Malliouhana Hotel. And it is part of an extensive beach recreation area as well, containing a waterslide, pirate ship, two pools, and conference facility upstairs. Even if you aren't staying at the Malliouhana hotel, you are welcome to come for lunch. And for $25 per day, you can use the recreational facilities and the beach lounge chairs. The facilities seemed to be passing the "child test" while we were there.

Lunch is served starting at 12 noon (no sooner). The menu is wide-ranging and designed to appeal to adults and children. Many items are offered in a large or small serving size at two prices. A 15% service charge is added to the bill.
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Besides burgers of beef, chicken or fish at $14 (large) or $8 (small), and pizzas at $15 or $10, they offer omolettes, chicken wings, chicken wingers, and quiche. For larger appetites, order a Steak, Fish, Skewered Shrimp or Half Lobster.

Also, Le Bistro offers four salads at $12: Sweet pepper, aubergine and goat's cheese, Italian with tomato, mozzarella, basil and olive oil, Artichoke and sauteed asparagas, or a Vegetable stick plate; sandwiches at $14 (large) or $9 (small): Bruschetta, Baquette of the day, Chicken, Ham, Tuna, or Grilled Cheese; Soups at $10 or $7: Gaspacho, Fish Soup, or Fresh Tomato (hot or cold); Assortment of smoked fish at $21; Taglioline pasta with lobster sauce at $17; or Spaghetti at $13 or $9. All dishes are served with your choice of Garnishe: Etuvee of green papaya and carrots, French Fries, Mashed Potato, Rice, Side Salad, or Vegetables of the day.

Anguilla Diary: April 13 to April 25, 2000

Here is a day-by-day compendium of news items, as we gathered them - starting with the most recent.

Tuesday, April 25, 2000

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Turtle Laying Eggs.

Tadd Frye (email: sent me this picture taken April 22, 2000 of a leather back turtle laying eggs on Meads Bay beach.

Build Your Own:

Miles Away. Two bedroom, two bath villa at Seafeathers with great room, swimming pool, indoor and outdoor dining, great views: Click Here.

Monday, April 24, 2000

Restaurant Suggestions. Martin Durand (email: writes:
I just (well, 3 weeks ago, sigh) came back from my first visit to Anguilla. Stayed at Roy's (can't beat the price for no-nonsense accomodations). Dived with Michel, Andrew and Twinny from Shoal Bay Scuba. Roasted on Crocus, Shoal, Junk hole and Captain bays. I'll be back !!!

A suggestion for your page : Fujau's

It's located behind ScotiaBank. You don't go for the decor but the food is great, the prices are (tourist-wise) ridiculous with ribs or meat curry at 15 to 20 $EC (EC !) fish at 15 $EC and conq at 20 to 25 $EC. You can get all items to take-out. The kind of place that is ideal for lunch.

I forget the name [ed: Rey Kel's I suspect], but there's also a "local" eatery on Queen Elisabeth avenue, right after the Stoney Ground elementary school. One menu a day, posted of a blackboard outside the place early in the morning. Prices are around 15 $EC and the menu is quite varied (I saw and tried the ox-tail stew and a fish curry, with rice-and-peas and cole slaw, that rivaled the same at a "tourist" place for the same price in $US.

Lastly, the Sunday roast beef lunch at Roy's must be acknowledged. Aside from the afore-mentionned ox-tail stew and an order of ribs ot Fujau's, Roy's Sunday roastbeef was the only meat I ate while on Anguilla... served with homemade gravy and fresh (as much as I could tell) horseradish, along with mashed potatoes, peas, carrots and the obligatory Yorkshire pudding. It ruined 2 Sunday afternoon dives but it was worth it !-)

That's about it... all the promised features of Anguilla where present... friendly people, quiet, relaxed, great diving (scuba and snorkel)... next time I'll bring my bike too !

Martin Durand
Cap-Rouge, Québec, Canada

Sunday, April 23, 2000

Sailboats Visit Anguilla. Here is a web page with lots of pictures by a couple who have been sailing for 11 months, then meet up with friends in St. Martin and Anguilla: Click Here.

Friday, April 21, 2000

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Today is the start of the Easter Weekend (both Friday and Monday are holidays for many people).

On Good Friday in Anguilla, it is traditional to prepare "bloodless" meals. A common dish is Salt Fish, pictured here to the right.

Happy Easter. Don't forget their may be boat races on Monday, even Sunday.

Thursday, April 20, 2000

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Apple Theatre Group Needs Sponsors. Eleanor Stacey (email: writes with bad news about this summer's Apple Theatre program in Anguilla. Her past sponsor may not be able to fund the Summer 2000 production (script rental, sets, air fare, accomodations, food, car rental, etc). If you have a villa that is empty June 24-August 6, or a car sitting idle, or 40,000 spare AA frequent flyer points, or some available cash, contact Eleanor about becoming a sponsor. Here is her story:

A lot of you who visit this website are also returning visitors to Anguilla. While you are certainly aware of the lovely beaches, fantastic restaurants, and warm island hospitality, you may not yet have heard of one of Anguilla’s newest cultural additions; the Apple Theatre Company. “Apple” is an acronym for “Anguillian People Performing Live Entertainment”. The group consists of approximately 50 members, all students or recent graduates of Albena Lake-Hodge Comprehensive School.

I began formation of this theatre group in 1998 when I was given the opportunity to go to Anguilla to develop theatre on the island. The group has done two musicals during summer sessions since 1998; Anne of Green Gables and then Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Students have learned a variety of skills, ranging from singing technique to stage management, and have praised the program (which takes place in July each year) for giving them something constructive to do during the holidays.

Given the success of the last two summers, a third summer production. Children of Eden has been planned for July 2000. I have been so fortunate as to enlist, as volunteers, a professional director and professional choreographer for the production. Unfortunately, a great obstacle has recently been set in the way; OCOD, the organization that has been funding my personal costs, has not received funding from the Canadian government this year, and therefore, can not fund me. So now, rather than simply fundraising for production costs, I am seeking sponsorship for the entire cost of the program which is $10,940 US.

If you are interested in helping to make this program happen, or in simply getting some more information on the Apple Theatre Company, OCOD, the past projects in Anguilla or the proposed summer 2000 program, please feel free to email me at Also, if you would like to help support OCOD, please let me know as well, and I will gladly provide you with details on what you can do to make a difference.

Thank you all so much for your consideration.

Eleanor Stacey

Wednesday, April 19, 2000

IATA Travel Agents Invited for June. Travel agents who want to familiarize themselves with Anguilla this June can qualify for deep discounts on air, hotel, car and more: Click Here.

Barrel Stay. This restaurant on Sandy Ground is famous for their Island fish soup, but they also can prepare BOUILLABAISSE if you give them 24 hour notice. For their current menu, Click Here.

April Visit to Shoal Bay. Ken Laster (email: writes "We just returned from our first (hopefully many more to come) vacation to Anguilla. It was PARADISE! We stayed at Shoal Bay Villas, which I found by frequenting your wonderful web sites." To see Ken's pictures from Shoal Bay, Click Here.

Monday, April 17, 2000

In the archive

News in French. The April 12, 2000 issue of the Anguilla news has been translated by Marie Lee (email: Click Here.

Travel Lady. "Anguilla, Where you can really get away from it all" by Madelyn Miller: Click Here.

Events, holidays, activities

Miss Leeward Islands Talented Teen Pageant. To be held on Anguilla for the second year running, May 27, 2000.

Sunday, April 16, 2000

Rest Ashore. Two bedroom villa in Little Harbour, $840/wk from now until October 31, 2000, with free bonus days. Here is what the owners have to say:
Rest Ashore has excellent views of St. Maarten and neighbouring Islands, five minutes from Little Harbour beach or Elsies bay. The property is offered as either a two bedroom or one bedroom for couples. It is completely furnished with modern appliances microwave, electric kettle, refrigerator, stove etc.. The total area of the property is approximately 1500 sqft. Extremely spacious with high ceiling and since it is perched on a little hilltop you get a cool breeze blowing all the time. All rooms have 5 blade 52" ceiling fans which are more than adequate to help keep you cool on the inside. There is Cable TV, phone and Laundry and Maid service is also available. If you are interested please contact:
For web page, Click Here.

Down Home Paradise. A capsule summary of Anguilla for the tourist by William Sertl, from House Beautiful, October 1998: Click Here.

Saturday, April 15, 2000

Sporting News. Zack Kenworthy (email: has updated his site with stories and pictures: Click Here.

Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Getting Acquainted With Anguilla. By Mary Lou Janson: Click Here.

Friday, April 14, 2000

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Long Bay.

Here is a shot of Long Bay beach, looking west toward Malliouhana Hotel from Oliver's Bar and Grill.

Notice the crowd.

For more pictures of Long Bay: Click Here.

Thursday, April 13, 2000

Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

Eat Local - Enjoy the Best of Anguilla. Dave Thomas (email: writes:

While there are many wonderful restaurants in Anguilla, make sure you take time to visit one of the local places. Some of our favorites include Raffes, Circle Inn, Little Mermaid, and Big Jims. Tasty's, a popular new breakfast and lunch spot also offers wonderful local dishes at lunch time.

When your in the Valley stop at Pepper Pot, Schalacks, Billys or drop by the airport. Don't pass Rani and Joes without getting ice latte; milkshake or other home made ice cream treat to take home.

Don't be shy when you smell good things as you pass a local BBQ, stop your business will be welcome.

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Island Harbour and More Hibiscus Villa
Daily Diary Moonsplash
Carnival Schedule Adopt a Pet

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