Another Caribbean Paradise: Anguilla

Anguilla

White Sandy Beaches in Anguilla

They say a picture is worth 1,000 words but the photo above truly leaves you speechless. The white pristine sand beaches colliding with the turquoise sea-foam green of the ocean water screams paradise. The sand was so soft it just caressed every crevice of your body and the water was so warm it was like bathing in the most luxurious bath the world can offer. Anguilla is another island in the Caribbean, but unlike St. Barth’s, Anguilla is much more tropical and culturally diverse. St. Barth’s was more developed and anticipated tourism. This place, however, is almost untouched by outside influences which is why it is so great. The people are authentic…as is the food. Nobody gets privileges here. Everyone buys their fruit from the same stand and nobody is safe from the mosquitoes at night.

Anguilla has such a genuine feel to it. You walk barefoot everywhere and people always greet you with a smile. When we arrived, we explored the small island for a bit and the immediately hit the beaches for some sun. Speaking of sun, the sun here is hot…and when I say hot I mean HOT! Several layers of sunscreen must be applied throughout the day to avoid looking like Elmo’s twin. Inland, Anguilla is lush and full of plant life; the most vibrant greens, reds, oranges, and yellows I’ve ever seen. Unlike St. Barth’s, the people here speak a native Anguillan Creole which gives the island a more Caribbean vibe.

Anguilla was so fun and refreshing because everyone was stripped of the material possessions that so commonly define individuals. Nobody had diamond earrings on here and no one would be caught dead wearing Tory Burch flats while walking around. It was all about a bathing suit, a simple cover up, and maybe a pair of flip flops…nothing more. You didn’t have to slave over perfecting your mascara and wouldn’t be crucified for throwing you hair up in a bun on top of you head. In fact, this was encouraged. It was all about simplicity and living a life without the frills of the consumerism world. This is what I appreciated the most about this island: everything was modest and pure.

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St. Barth’s

Eden Rock on St. Barths

St. Barth’s island was a place we were fortunate enough to visit on several occasions. Located in the heart of the French West Indies, St. Barth’s is a celebrity vacation destination. While we were there we were graced with the presence of Catherine Zeta Jones, Russell Simmons, Bon Jovi, Denzel Washington, and other equally exciting famous faces. St. Barth’s offers a variety of fun activities like wind surfing, jet skiing, sight seeing, and checking out the local cuisine. St. Barth’s is a small island that is very easy to navigate by foot. In fact, I’d say that’s the best way to get around. The weather is second to none and the views are spectacular. You can also rent mopeds and zipcars for the day if traveling by foot isn’t your forte.

The nightlife is vibrant and is geared towards people in the early to mid-twenties. Although, I’d be lying if I said I didn’t spot my parents cutting up a rug every now and then at the Yacht Club, one of the hottest local spots. There is two ways to get to St. Barth’s, by boat or by puddle jumper (a plane that looks and feels like it has been stuck together using duct tape and Elmer’s glue). Obviously we opted for travel by sea, but travel by air is always an experience. One of my favorite things to do on the island is go to the grassy knoll in front of the tiny airport and wait for the planes to fly in RIGHT over your head. You have to lie down for fear that they might graze your head. It is frightening and exhilarating all at the same time. I would highly recommend it to anyone looking for an adrenaline pumping unforgettable moment.

St. Barth’s was a place where my family and I made a lot of memories together. The hotels are phenomenal and world-class and the people are just as great. It has a very island feel. The only downfall to this wonderful place is the prices. Let’s just say your wallet will be a lot lighter after a trip to St. Barth’s. But your memories will be priceless, I guarantee it. After all, you can’t put a price on fun…right?

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