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The beach at the Sonesta Resort is called "Merrywing Bay". . . .

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Merrywing Bay

Geographically it is a part of Rendezvous Bay, but the beach is not continuous with Rendezvous Bay Beach. You need shoes to walk the short headland between the beaches, whereupon you will reach Bankie Banx Dune Preserve and then CuisinArt resort.

There is only one business on Merrywing Bay, the Sonesta Resort, but the beach is public. The resort has two restaurants and a bar, so can be a handy haven.

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The Heritage Collection

[Click to enlarge] The renowned Heritage Collection Museum has moved to a new, more convenient location. This cross section of Anguilla, which is under the curatorship of Colville Petty, OBE, a leading authority on Anguilla's history, has been moved to the South Hill Plaza, close to the island's tourism belt.

Heritage Collection is a microcosm of the different facets of life of the Anguillian people and provides a stimulating insight into the Anguilla of old. Its impressive array of archaeological and other historical artefacts spans many years of Anguillian history from the golden age of the Arawak Indians to the 1967 Revolution. [Click to enlarge]

Apart from its interest to local students, researchers and the public in general, Heritage Collection has been a great attraction to tourists in search of historical information on Anguilla and of a better appreciation of its people and their culture. The museum has caught the attention of the international media and has received excellent reviews from the travel trade press through such magazines like American Way and Islands.

Its opening hours are: Monday to Saturday - 10.00 am to 5.00 pm and Sunday - 1.00 pm to 6pm.

Heritage Collection affords a useful opportunity to study and appreciate the progression of an independent and proud people.

Entry Fee: Adults US$ 5.00, Children under 12 US$ 3.00. Tel: 264.497.8737, Fax: 264.497.4067 Email:

Photos courtesy Professor Gaetano Di Palo

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Anguilla Diary: January 9 to February 4, 2001

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

Sunday, February 04, 2001
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Royal Palms. has nice pages for these air-conditioned holiday apartments in South Hill with swimming pool ($235-$285 in high season). For 2 bd, 1 ba, Click Here and for 2 bd, 2ba, Click Here.

Sandy Deep. Thomas Peabody ( has renovated his old dive shop building in Sandy Ground (across from the Pumphouse) and is opening it as a beach and snorkelling shop - charter service to follow when his new boat is ready. Old friends and the newly curious are invited to drop by and say hello.

Trip Report.
Anguilla Questions?
Email the Tourist Board at or the Hotel Association at

Molly Crawley ( writes: Greetings! We spent almost 2 weeks on Anguilla and loved the people, stayed at the Allamanda, and it has the prettiest beaches in all our travels to most Caribbean islands. We chose Anguilla because of the quiet and beauty...."Pressure King" was most hospitable and we had lots of fun at Ernie's - the crayfish was the best meal we had! Tell him we said hello! Molly & Alan

Adorable Puppies and Kittens Needing Loving Homes! The following animals are available immediately to a good home FREE OF CHARGE!

Two very sweet female kittens are available.  They are approximately 6 to 8 weeks old and are very playful and lovable.

5 puppies approximately 6 weeks of age are seeking homes.  There are 4 females and 1 male.  All are very friendly and full of cuddles. Plus 1 female puppy approximately 8 weeks old.  Colors are white, beige and black.  She is very comfortable around people and very friendly.

Please Contact Amy at Morlen's Veterinary Clinic, 264-497- 4600.

Saturday, February 03, 2001

Police Launch On the Rocks. The Anguilla police launch "Dolphin" broke her moorings and ran aground. Read about it in The Daily Herald: Click Here.

Friday, February 02, 2001

Arts Awards Banquet.
Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

The Fourth Annual Sunshine Theatre Company Awards Banquet honours those in the community who have made contributions to the arts. This year the dinner and party will be at Anguilla Great House Beach Resort, Saturday, February 10, 7pm. Dinner is $40 US and dress is formal. If you can't find a ticket, try Mona Harrigan.

Secret Unveiling, Feb 17. There will be a special ceremony and unveiling of works from "Jocahu" on February 17, 2001 at 6:30 p.m. We can't tell you what will be unveiled, but have it on good authority that it will be worth your while to attend. Location is Cheddie's Carving Studio on the West End road. Everyone invited.

Bankie Banx New Website is called with loads of pictures and even streaming audio clips, plus information on the Moonsplash 2001 celebration: Click Here.

Wednesday, January 31, 2001

Aerial Photos. This web site has aerial photos of the Caribbean, including Anguilla: Click Here.

Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Anguilla Forums:

Carib On-line

Boston Globe Article on Anguilla appeared on their web site January 28, 2001: "Generally I prefer lush, high Caribbean islands, but over the years I had listened to friends enthuse about Anguilla's special mix of friendliness, sand, and sunshine. Finally I had to check it out." Click Here. P.S. Don't believe what she says about 10,000 hotel rooms - Anguilla has closer to a tenth of that.

Monday, January 29, 2001

Sea View Apartments, Sandy Ground. This small place is right across the street from the beach. Recently Violet and Sherma have upgraded the facility and added Cable TV. Rates for 2001 are $60-$75 for 1bd, $110 for 2 bd. Visit their web site: Click Here.

Samantha and Vince. See their wedding pictures: Click Here. They built a tiny cottage and a gazebo near Shoal Bay and moved into it in last year. Now they are building a dome for Vince's office and his company. You can see pictures of the cottage which is across the street from Milly's Inn (owned by Samantha's mother Milly): Click Here.

Sunday, January 28, 2001
Restaurants and menus.

Flight Deck. A new bar and restaurant has opened up on the hill next to the airport. Live music on Friday and Saturday night (there was large crowd for High Tension band last Friday night). Breakfast, lunch and dinner served. Local cuisine. Closed on Tuesdays. 264.497.2835

Agricultural and Industrial Exhibition. The annual show and fair on the grounds of the Agriculture Department in The Valley will be held on Feb 9 and 10, 2001. Always a lot of fun, read about previous fairs: Click Here.

La Veranda Restaurant. Music by Sunset Touch, 7pm Tuesdays and 8pm Thursdays.

Friday, January 26, 2001

Shoal Bay Hotel. Here are some pictures taken today, January 26, 2001, of their new pool area. Read about their upgrade.

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Blue Gates Villa.
Private villas for rent.

Located on Isaacs Cliff, Blue Gates is a elegantly simple 2 bedroom villa with swimming pool. You can see the sign for Blue Gates and the villa in the distance at the turn off for Cuisinart. Click Here.

Paradise Cove Drinks By the Pool. From the Post Office bulletin board: Paradise Cove Friday Sundowner's, Poolside Bar, 5pm until whenever, Complimentary hors d'ouevres, cash bar, light music. [They have a beautiful pool and gardens.]

Thursday, January 25, 2001

Good News! Margaret, our well-known Registered Reflexologist Practicioner and Certified Foot Care Nurse (the equvalent of a Chiropodist) is now practicing
"Manual Lymphatic Drainage Massage",
a very gentle detoxifying, cleansing and therapeutic massage. Draining the lymphatic system of excess fluid and instigating the healing mechanism in the body. Also in reflexology, many people have been helped with relief of back problems, either stress-related or acute and chronic conditions. No matter whether one is stressed out or have a problem, Reflexology will Relax, Restore and Rejuvenate. Make an appointment when you come to Anguilla. Call 1.264.497.5798 or email - web site at Click Here.

Hermit Crabs. These interesting creatures make their home in the discarded shells of other animals. When they outgrow their home, they find a new, larger one. Pictures courtesy Bethany Marks-Riskin (

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Rent Some Sunshine. Long Pond Condos are under construction on the south coast between The Valley and Sandy Hill Bay. The condos are for sale, of course, but also the owner is offering Pre-Construction Rentals which include everything: daily maid service, government tax, service charge, security and utilities. Rent a place in the sun for a year and use it for yourself, your clients, your family, or your friends Click Here.

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Devonish Gallery Show. An exhibition of paintings by Lynne Bernbaum, sculpture and ceramics by Courtney Devonish, and bead jewelry by Carrolle Devonish. Opening reception. Saturday February 3, 2001. 5:30 to 7:30 pm. West End Road. Exhibition continues through Feb 23. For more information, call 264.497.2949

Tuesday, January 23, 2001

Terra Firma Villa.

Francine and Peter have a unique villa for sale on the waterfront east of the fishing village of Island Harbour (actually, it is the most northeasterly house in Anguilla). Luxurious: swimming pool, a full acre of land, views in 3 directions, two bedrooms plus a separate guest studio, ... visit their web site: Click Here.
Note: this web site was down as of Feb 9, 2001

Real Estate

Easter Monday Boat Races. Jackie Cestero has an enjoyable pictorial essay on following the racing sail boats on Shoal Bay Scuba's "Reef Quest": Click Here.

Monday, January 22, 2001

Stories From The Daily Herald. This paper published in St. Maarten often has stories about Anguilla, some of which make it to their web site:

Saturday, January 20, 2001

New to Anguilla?
More Tips
Annual Garden Party. St. Gerard's Church is holding their annual garden party again this year and it is a great chance for visitors to mix with local residents.
18th Annual West Indian Garden Party
on the Lawn of Wallblake House
24th February 2001, Saturday, Bar Opens 6:30 pm --Dinner Served 7:30-9:30 pm
Tickets US $ 20 (Children under 12 years are 1/2 price at the door)
Fabulous West Indian Cuisine, dessert, and a fruit punch
To see what the garden party is like: Click Here.

Away from it all, but still in touch. Splash! Villa is pleased to offer guests internet/email service as well as fax facilities. Check out their web site at Click Here.

Wednesday, January 10, 2001
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

Single Handed Boat Trip to Anguilla. On December 2, Steve Donahue left Baltimore on his 34' sailboat "Juluca" to single hand to Anguilla. It will be either 4 or 5 legs, with the first leg (Baltimore to Charleston) complete on Dec. 13. He left Charleston on the way to Fort Lauderdale and will leave the boat there for a few weeks before heading down through the Bahamas. Steve started a webpage "Log" for the first leg, and is continuing it with the rest of the trip: Click Here.

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Blue Waters Waterfront Apartments.

This popular resort in the West End has very nice landscaping this season, probably due to the fact that there was no hurricane. This picture was taken in January, 2001. They don't have a web page, but you can read more about them in the new: Click Here.

Sunshine Theatre produces Ramona King's comedic folktale "Steal Away" January 12-13 and 19-20 at Ruthwill Auditorium in The Valley. Directed by Felix Fleming. Tickets EC$20 from Anguilla Drug Store or Keene Enterprises, EC$25 at the door. Starts sharp at 8:05pm and Felix means it.

Tuesday, January 09, 2001

In the archive

New Stamp Issues. The Anguilla Postal Service has issued new stamps commemorating the 15th anniversary of the National Bank of Anguilla, the sailboat De Chan, and the annual primary school soccer competition: Click Here.

Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
The Old Manse January Diary
Little Bay Pavilion Hotel
Madeariman Beach Club December Diary

About Anguilla

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Recommended Vacation Villas

Our villa on Shoal Bay beach: Bellamare.

And ten minutes away by small plane, our Azu villa in St Barth, that is totally secluded and private, but only a short walk to everything in St Jean, and with unbelievable views.

© 2001 Bob Green  

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