Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a slim length of coral and limestone with 33 beaches, considered by many travellers to be the most beautiful island in the world.
Formerly a playground for the rich and famous, the British overseas territory has, in recent years, opened its doors to the mainstream tourist population, creating a “new” Caribbean destination for Canadian families.
But when Anguilla was battered by Hurricane Irma in September 2017, it seemed an impossible task to return to normal life.
Soon after the storm subsided, the island’s power company ANGLEC began restoring downed power lines and promised“Lights before Christmas!” to all the residents of the idyllic island.
True to their promise, 100% electrical power was restored across the island on December 18th, just in time for the Christmas season…and it’s not only the locals who are celebrating.
The Island has now re-opened for tourists, with almost 600 rooms in villas, small hotels and holiday apartments eagerly awaiting the arrival of guests.
Amongst all the reconstruction, the island has even managed to build a brand new hotel, The Quintessence Boutique Hotel, a new “Tropical Grand Mansion” in Long Bay.
By April 2018, more rooms will become available, as many of the island’s traditional five-star resorts reopen their doors.
The tourism website has dedicated a page with Irma/Anguilla Tourism Updates specifically to keep visitors up to date on re-opening dates for hotels, and how to access the island.
The Anguilla tourist board has been working hard not only to restore the basics but to bring Anguilla tourism back to its former glory. On their website, they too make a promise: “The post-Irma recovery has exceeded our expectations. Now, we’re ready to exceed yours.”
If You Go
Getting There: Anguilla (AXA) can also be reached by air via San Juan (SJU) Puerto Rico, and St. Martin (SXM).
Post-Irma Anguilla updates: www.Irma.IvisitAnguilla.com
Anguilla Beaches Twitter updates: @anguillabeaches
Anguilla Tourist Board: www.IvisitAnguilla.com