The astonishingly beautiful island of Anegada is the British Virgin Islands' most northerly destination and unlike other locations within the archipelago, the island is incredibly flat, with the highest point only around 28 feet above sea level. The island's unique landscape distinguishes it from the surrounding mountainous isles and has earned it the nickname of The Drowned Island. Anegada is well known for its spectacular scenery both along the coastline and inland. Miles of white sandy beaches and crystal clear ocean waters surround the island and one of the largest reefs in the Caribbean can be found just offshore. Visitors to this tiny paradise will be stunned by its incredible natural beauty and peaceful, laid back ambience.
A number of exciting activities are available across the island including some of the best scuba diving sites in the British Virgin Islands. Fishing and sailing trips out over the magnificent ocean waters that surround the island can also be arranged with local companies. Anegada is also home to a collection of unique and endangered wildlife found in very few places on Earth.
The Horseshoe Reef, located off the coast of Anegada is a total of 18 miles longs, which makes it the largest natural reef in the Caribbean and the third largest in the world. Over the centuries the reef has claimed several vessels and is beset with shipwrecks, which have made it an amazing scuba diving site. The reef is now protected by the British Virgin Islands' government and anchoring boats in the area is currently illegal.
Anegada's most popular attraction is its stunning coastline, littered with immaculate beaches with clear ocean waters. The island's protected beaches include Cow Wreck Beach, Bones Bight, Windlass Bight and the appropriately named Flash of Beauty beach. These and other beaches around the island provide fantastic locations for visitors to participate is snorkelling, swimming and scuba diving in order to observe the underwater paradise found off the coast of Anegada.
Rock Iguana Nursery
The island of Anegada is home to a variety of endangered species and rare animals including turtles, lobsters and fish, but the islands most famous threatened resident is the rock iguana. These beautiful creatures can be found in protected areas of the island and are looked after by local people to make sure their numbers do not dwindle for too long.
Shopping in Anegada
Several gift shops and speciality stores, including the Purple Turtle and the Anegada Reef Hotel Gift Shop, are located across the island, selling souvenirs including t-shirts, hats, jewellery and key rings to keep as mementos. There are also several speciality shops where tourists can purchase locally produced pottery and ceramics.
Eating Out in Anegada
Many restaurants and cafes are situated along the coastline of Anegada, offering fabulous views out over the blue ocean waters and white sandy beaches. A range of cuisine is available, from familiar snacks and international cuisine, to local favourites such as seafood and fish based meals.