Anguilla is a British territory in the Caribbean featuring beautiful beaches and a tropical climate, making it one of the world’s favorite vacation destinations. Its welcoming atmosphere and hospitable residents further contribute to its reputation as a great place for leisure. The island is noted for its small size, spanning only five miles at its widest point.
- Anguilla has no public transportation system, but as it is main island is only 35 square miles, getting around is never difficult.
- The residents and corporations of Anguilla paid no form of income tax until 2011. The government imposed a temporary three-percent tax on the people when it began to struggle with debt repayment.
- Anguilla is a chiefly flat island comprised of limestone. Not far from the island’s coastline are fields of coral reef that attract scuba diving tourists and natives alike. However, the coral serves as more than a site of recreation for Anguilla, but also as home to mass fish populations. The country’s fishing economy is dependent on the health of the coral and its ability to sustain a healthy marine habitat.
- Anguilla’s cuisine is a mixture of native Caribbean, French, British and African cultures. Seafood is featured in many popular meals, mainly due to its abundant availability.
- Anguilla is primarily supported by tourism, but fishing and salt production supplement their national income.
- Dive enthusiasts are pulled into Anguilla because of its shipwreck offerings. There are eight wrecks that lie around Anguilla’s coast, making it very attractive for wreck divers.
- Because of negligible wealth inequality, Anguillians don’t experience the negative impacts of classism. Similar social and financial backgrounds keep citizens unified and society free of class distinctions.
- In 1988, the country formed the Anguilla National Trust. The organization was established to celebrate the indigenous cultures of the land.
- Boat racing is a popular community sport in Antigua. Participants construct their own boats and race them during celebratory times, like Carnival, which is an annual holiday in the Caribbean and South America.