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News Flash: Cap Juluca and Anguilla to be locale of Today Show's first destination wedding. . . .

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Anguilla Wins Wedding Contest!

There's lots of excitement building in the air as Anguilla looks forward to the three hour live television coverage of The Today Show Destination Wedding by NBC on November 19, 2004. Thanks to all the readers who voted for our destination!
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The annual Today Throws a Wedding series has been a highlight of the NBC News' Today Show for the past five years. Viewers of the Today Show voted Cap Juluca as the Destination Wedding locale.

Today Show Producers had previously hand-picked Cap Juluca and Anguilla to be one of the four destinations in contention for the winning couple Nikki Hensley & Roger "Buddy" Butler from Kentucky. Some 219,000 viewers voted online for the four contending locations. The other destinations included Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, The Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Lake Placid Lodge in upstate New York.

In keeping with Today Show Throws a Wedding series tradition, viewers get to vote on the major details of the wedding, including the destination itself. Each Wednesday leading up to the date the couple ties the knot, the show's audience of some 6,200,000 will be presented with choices of many elements of the wedding for which they can vote, ranging from the choice of wedding gown to wedding cake, and more.

Anguilla is the just the perfect spot for weddings and honeymoons with its serenity, stunning beaches, fine dining and warm people and we look forward to see how NBC captures the magic of this experience.

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Multi-award winning Cap Juluca is a secluded, sophisticated and romantic 179 acre retreat with 58 spacious luxury rooms and junior suites, seven suites and six pool villas located in 18 very private white Moorish style two story beachfront villas. All rooms have ocean views and are air-conditioned. There is a junior Olympic sized swimming pool and a choice of two beaches: the white stretch of sand of Maundays Bay and Cove Bay, another 1.5-mile sandy beach.

Click this link for more information on the much anticipated wedding:

Thanks to all friends of Anguilla who cast their votes!

To read another Anguilla wedding story, click here.

More Cap Juluca Wedding Photos by Lloyd Gumbs

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Story by Janine Edwards. Pictures by Lloyd Gumbs.

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Jazz Festival in November and Preview TV Show

Its gonna be "Straight no chaser."

Excitement is building on the island and among the local, regional and international jazz aficionados as we approach the date for the staging of the 2nd Annual Tranquility Jazz Festival. BET Event Productions produce this event in liaison with the Anguilla Tourist Board. Please join Anguilla for an unforgettable Tranquility Jazz Festival November 10 –14, 2004!

This year you can look forward artists like Cyrus Chestnut Trio, Carla Cook, Carmen Lundy Trio, Gary Bartz, Mingus Dynasty Band, Ronald "Boo"Hinkson, Michael Boothman, Corinne "Sprocka" Richardson, Ray Barretto Sextet, Flora Purim & Airto Moreira and the Anguilla Jazz Ensemble.

The premier festival shows will be held at fitting spectacular locations such as the newly renovated Rumza (formerly L.A. Café), Scilly Cay, Cuisinart Resort & Spa and on the beach at Sandy Ground.

Here are some shots taken on the spot at last year's festival.

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For more information see or call 264-497-2759 or toll free: 800 221 6686. Tickets can be bought at

For accommodation check,, or, or call 1-877-LIBERTY.

Jazz Preview TV Show

The “Tranquility Jazz Preview Show” is scheduled to begin airplay on BET on Sunday September 19, 2004. The Show was produced on Anguilla by BET during the month of July 2004 and hosted by Leon Robinson and co-hosted by Vanessa John of Anguilla. The show celebrates the sounds of straight ahead jazz on Anguilla while exploring the different activities Anguilla has to offer as a vacation destination.

The air dates on BET JAZZ (Channel 46 on Anguilla Cable TV) are as follows:

September 19, 2004: Air time: 1:00pm
September 23, 2004: Air times: 12:00pm, 8:00pm, 1:00 am
September 26, 2004: Air times: 1:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00 pm.
October 07, 2004: Air times: 12:00pm, 8:00pm, 1:00 am.
October 10, 2004: Air times: 1:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00 pm
October 21, 2004: Air times: 12:00pm, 8:00pm, 1:00 am
October 24, 2004: Air times: 1:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00 pm
Nov 07, 2004: Air times: 1:00pm, 6:00pm, 10:00 pm

Here are a couple of more photos from last year:

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Story by Janine Edwards

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Weather in Anguilla

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Weather Summary Satellite
Some clouds 80F 26C 70% Humidity, October 2
Low temp since last news report 77F 25C
High temp since last news report 86F 30C
Low humidity since last news report 65%
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Anguilla Daily Diary

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

September 8, 2003 to October 6, 2003

Saturday, October 02, 2004

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More Tropical Construction Info

Mary Ann's Beachshack site has been updated with pictures/info on remodeling the kitchen of Azu Villa.

Also shown is the work on the bedrooms (new ceiings, paint, stone deck, railings, etc.), and bringing the dogs over from Anguilla on a small airplane, and using the never-paint stucco from Anguilla to upgrade one of the bedroom bungalows.
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Friday, October 01, 2004

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Music at Old Caribe

The Old Caribe Restaurant at Anguilla Great House Beach Resort is featuring live music tomorrow night, Saturday, October 2 - Livingston on Steel Pan - for your listening and dining pleasure. Music starts at 7:00pm and continues until the restaurant closes (approx. 10:00pm).
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Thursday, September 30, 2004

Anguilla Beaches:
Over 30 Anguilla beaches.

Sunset Homes Newsletter

Sunset Homes is pleased to release their October/November Issue of its Newsletter. It contains valuable info for Anguilla homeowners and friends of Anguilla who hope to have a dream home in Anguilla someday. Find tips on villa design, building from afar, coastal properties and useful tips from other homeowners. PDF version.
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Anguilla Yoga Studio & Retreat Center

Jeanne-Marie Derrick runs the Anguilla Yoga Studio and Retreat Center in South Hill. Since 1983, she has been committed to learning principles of asana and related philosophy of yoga. She holds a certification in Iyengar Yoga, and is known for her understanding of the therapeutics and biomechanics of yoga asanas, and innovative ideas of how to apply the Iyengar method to a diverse population. She is well versed in yoga for women, and has written a book for women called Yoga for Menstruation, in which she draws on her extensive knowledge of women's health issues as they relate to yoga. Jeanne-Marie is currently involved in writing and illustrating children's yoga storybooks.

Public Yoga Classes: Come with an empty stomach, comfortable clothing and a curiosity about the subject and be guided through a series of specifically sequenced poses that will safely encourage the flexibility and strength of the body and mind. All classes are taught at a general level. All levels are welcome. Those with specific therapeutic concerns please contact Jeanne-Marie before attending class. Yoga props provided. Tuition for a single group class - $12.00 US.

Anguilla resident Kathy Haskins writes: What I really like about Jeanne Marie’s group class is that it feels like being in a private class. The classes are kept small so she can give individual attention to each student making sure that everybody is doing the pose with good alignment, which is important to avoid injuries. In addition, her classes suit students from beginners to advance as well as people with specific injuries because she is able to provide each student with individual instruction on how to get the most out of the pose. The use of props allows the students to do poses that are difficult in ordinary yoga classes (especially someone like me who has no flexibility what so ever). I have attended classes in the States at the well known Kripalu Yoga Centre that boasts some very well known top yoga teachers and can honestly say that Jeanne Marie ranks right up there with teachers like Steven Cope. Anyone living in or visiting Anguilla that is interested in yoga should take the opportunity of studying yoga with Jeanne Marie.

Public class schedule: Monday and Wednesday - 5:00 - 6:30 PM. Tuesday and Thursday - 9:30 - 11:30 AM.
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Private Yoga Sessions: Group classes often cannot address specific questions for personal requirements, and concerns. Private yoga allows a student to receive the full benefit and understanding of a practice tailored to their needs. For private yoga appointment and fees, contact Jeanne-Marie.

Yoga Retreat held at La Sirena Hotel: Jeanne-Marie will be conducting a weeklong yoga retreat from March 2-9, 2005 at La Sirena Hotel on Meads Bay in Anguilla. We will focus on the essential quality of asana practice, integrating the breath, to bring about a quality of quiet contemplation. Renowned for some of the most outstanding beaches in the Caribbean, Anguilla makes the perfect island retreat, with its miles of powder white sand beaches, fine restaurants, and quiet tropical atmosphere. For more information and to register for the Yoga retreat contact: Phone: 264-497-6827

To contact Jeanne-Marie Derrick: e-mail Web site: phone: 264-497-6606. Directions: When driving east or west through South Hill on the main road, a sign for the Anguilla Yoga Studio is at the entrance of a dirt road which leads to a development called Central West Resorts. The Yoga studio is in a building on the left just as you enter the development. There you will see a second Yoga sign indicating the location of studio.
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Anguilla Villas:
Private villas for rent.

New Business: Island Properties, Consulting & Management

Matthew and Monica Trimble, formerly the Director of Operations and Financial Manager of Temenos Villas, and Alex Ballin of Keene Enterprises, have started a new business to assist the off-island investor with all aspects of property development from purchasing land to operating a luxury villa property in Anguilla.Tel: 264.235.7826. Web: Email:
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Tuesday, September 28, 2004

Anguilla Hotels:
All the resorts/hotels/inns.

Anguilla Auction #17

If you haven't been the winning bidder yet, you have another chance. 7 nights in a one-bedroom oceanview apartment at Ferry Boat Inn, and the bids start at $300. Quite a bargain. All funds go to support operation of the AHTA.
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Monday, September 27, 2004

Anguilla Restaurants:
All the restaurants and lots of menus.

Sur La Plage Villas has upgraded their web-site. Call (264) 497-6598 or e-mail: for October/November specials.
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Sunday, September 26, 2004

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


Steve Donahue writes: It has been very calm here the past week, without even a quick little shower. At midweek, the sea was flat as glass, and the temperature made it feel like bathwater. But yesterday, a very narrow line of clouds came over from the southeast and - while it bought no rain to land - did spawn at least 6 waterspouts that we saw off of Shoal Bay West. The one in the photo (notice the smaller one to the right) was just west of Little Anguillita Island on the western tip of the Island. With each one, we could see it kicking up the water on the surface. Click the link above to see his photo.
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Saturday, September 25, 2004

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Newest on Cbreeze Inn

Cbreeze Inn is now on the web site and has a new second patio. This Sandy Ground apartment is perfectly complete with two patios for your relaxation. Both are furnished with tables and chairs for dinning and lounge chairs for relaxing. Enjoy morning coffee on the front patio taking in Sandy Grounds laid back way of life. The rear patio is peaceful and serene with total privacy as you relax on a chaise lounge and enjoy the picturesque view of the pond and its lush hills dotes with beautiful homes. Sunrises and sunsets become even more charming with your own private space to enjoy them both.
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Friday, September 24, 2004

Build A Tropic Villa:

Pumphouse Reopens

Tonight at 6pm. Sandy Ground. Live Music every saturady night (starting 9:30isch?!? - you never know) from Oct 2nd on: DADDY ROOTS AND THE REGGAE GROOVERS. Great food and lots of fun from monday through saturday, closed on sunday.
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Monday, September 20, 2004

Internet Yellow Pages:
All known Anguilla sites.

Another Container for Grenada

The Government of Anguilla is sending another container of donated goods to Grenada to assist with the hurricane relief effort. If you have things that might be of use to the people of Grenada such as canned food, water, clothes, bedding, household goods, etc they would be greatly appreciated. Donated items are being collected through tomorrow by Pat’s Trucking in Sandy Ground by Tropical Shipping.
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Sunday, September 19, 2004

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Weblinks Issued First Telecommunications License

Telecom competition comes to Anguilla: the Public Utilities Commission has issued Weblinks Limited the first telecommunications license in Anguilla's recently liberalized telecommunications market. Weblinks, a locally owned telecommunications company since 1999, won the competitive bid for the license in December 2003, beating out DigiCel. A second license was won by Wireless Ventures (Anguilla) Ltd. in April 2004.

Weblinks is poised to hit the ground running, having already installed and tested a state-of-the-art GSM cellular network over the past year. The only hurdle now facing Weblinks is interconnection of their network with C&W's network to allow C&W's customers to call Weblinks' customers. This could be completed in as little as 45 days.

When asked for comments, both Hodge and Webster stated that the hard work had only just begun. "One of the objectives of Weblinks is to dramatically reduce the cost of telecommunications in Anguilla. Our marketing slogan 'Talk IS Cheap' is backed up by our low rates, some less than 50% of C&W's existing rates."

They further commented: "When our company Weblinks introduced High-Speed Internet to Anguilla, we were obstructed by the existing monopoly and we had to go to court to enforce our constitutional rights to provide telecommunications services in our own land. We won that battle, but it cost time and money that would have been better spent developing Anguilla and Anguillians."

"This licence document eliminates the questions that these neutral parties might have in their minds. In other words, it removes hindrances and obstacles out of Weblinks' way that could only otherwise be removed by long and costly court battles. Most importantly, the issuance of the license enables Weblinks to commence negotiations with Cable & Wireless over interconnection terms."
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Reading Gets a Boost in Anguilla

The project to provide more books for school children has been a big success. Thanks so much to everyone who helped with the Joy Readers and PM reading program books. Right now the school children in Anguilla have a new special need for the Dominie Press books: "Opening the world of reading to children. Dominie Press is an innovative educational publisher dedicated to providing the finest learning materials to children ages 3-12 years old." Click the link above for more information.
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Tennis Academy News

Construction of the new tennis facility in Blowing Point continues at a good pace (see Sept update photos on their web site). And also read the profile of "Coach B", a new member of the coaching team from California who has a great background in community tennis programs for young people.
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Villas on Shoal Bay, Anguilla:
Villa La Vanda and
Villa Mimosa

Tourism Gala: Friday, December 3rd

Mark your calendars and plan to attend this year's Tourism Gala to be held as part of Tourism Week 2004. Dining and Dancing Fantastic Door Prizes and lots more. More details to come.
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Thursday, September 16, 2004

Real Estate for sale on Anguilla

Photo Study

Professional photos of Anguilla by Layne Kennedy.
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Wednesday, September 15, 2004

New to Anguilla? Tips
Bliss Villa

Victoria James writes that they have a web page,, for their villa in Seafeathers on the shoreline. Bliss Villa has two air conditioned bedrooms and a loft; you can tour the entire house on-line. The new pool is scheduled for completion on Nov 1; click here for pictures of the construction process (very interesting). Jacqui Pascher, who is the agent on Anguilla, has more information on her web site. Here is another description from
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Thursday, September 09, 2004

Anguilla Forums:
Anguilla Forum
Carib On-line

Late Ferry Schedule Change

Effective September 13th, 2004 the Late Ferry will depart Anguilla at 10:15pm. The return from St. Martin will depart at 11:00pm ( passengers manifest closes at 10:50pm). Fare: US$25.00 per person one way ( taxes included).
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Vote For Anguilla on Today Show!

Update: Anguilla Wins the Wedding Competition (Sep 15)

It was announced today that Cap Juluca and Anguilla have been selected as one of the four final destinations for the NBC TODAY SHOW Destination Wedding Contest. The annual Today Throws a Wedding series has been a highlight of the Today Show for the past five years. The twist this year is that the winning couple receives an all-expenses paid destination wedding. In keeping with Today Show Throws a Wedding series tradition, viewers get to vote on the major details of the wedding, including the destination itself.

Today Show Producers hand-picked Cap Juluca and Anguilla to be one of the four destinations in contention for the winning couple Nikki Hensley & Roger "Buddy" Butler from Kentucky. The other destinations include Le Chateau Frontenac in Quebec City, The Biltmore Estate in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and Lake Placid Lodge in upstate New York.

To select the destination where Nikki and Buddy will celebrate their Today Show wedding, people are asked to cast their vote at

People have until noon Tuesday, September 14th, 2004 to make their choice (one vote per computer). Results will be announced on the Today Show on September 15th, 2004.

If Cap Juluca and Anguilla get the most votes to host the wedding, the three hour show will be aired live from Anguilla on November 19th, 2004.
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Wednesday, September 08, 2004

Junior's Marine Life Program

Here is a web site on Junior’s marine life program for summer 2004, with lots of pictures and information. Junior sends thanks to all the benefactors that made this possible and hopes he will be able to continue the program next year.
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Tuesday, September 07, 2004

Wow - A week at Carimar for $425!

The AHTA has put up another holiday stay on their auction site: 6 nights at Carimar on Meads Bay. The highest bid so far is only $425, which for a two bedroom condo works out to $17.71 per person per night! All funds go to support the operation of the Anguilla Hotel and Tourism Assoc.
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Stories from the previous and earlier issues.
Carnival 2004 Tropical Construction
Footprints in Sand Panoramic Views
August Diary July Diary

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