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How to Get to Anguilla

Anguilla beach
St. Maarten coast lies in the background of this Anguilla beach. © Anguilla Tourist Board
The lesser known island of Anguilla is not as easy to reach as the nearby and more popular St. Maarten, but the small inconvenience of getting there can actually be fun.

How to get to Anguilla is as simple as flying into St. Maarten's Princess Juliana International Airport and taking a boat ride over.

Yes, visitors can fly directly into Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport on Anguilla, but it does not receive as many flights from as many airlines as Princess Juliana. It is more of a Caribbean regional airport than an international one that receives numerous flights from places such as the U.S. and Europe.

For the free spirited, the fun part of getting to Anguilla from St. Maarten is the fact that there are quite a few ways of reaching it by boat from either the airport or from the ferry terminal in Marigot, on the French side of the island.

The trip from Princess Juliana on the southwest side of St. Maarten to the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal on the southwest side of Anguilla takes about 45 minutes by boat. Depending on the provider, the cost of going that route will be about $70 to $90 per person one way, although some private charters will make the trip for much less.

Services that provide transportation from the airport directly to Anguilla include Link Ferries (1-264 729-0654, 1-264-235-3290), GB Express Ride (1-321-406-0414) and Funtime Charters (1-866-334-0047). All three services have a Web site that can be reached through search engines.

The ferry docks are about a two-minute ride from the airport. Some services offer a bus ride to the docks from the airport.

Another option is taking a taxi from the airport to Marigot in St. Martin, the French side of the island, and taking a much-quicker and less-expensive ferry ride to Anguilla from there.

Marigot faces Anguilla and has regular ferry service between it and the Blowing Point terminal. The ferries run about every 30 to 45 minutes throughout the day, take about 25 minutes for the crossing and cost $15 for a one-way ticket (at the time of this writing).

Another advantage of taking a taxi from the airport to Marigot and crossing over via ferry is being able to spend time in Marigot. This quaint French town has plenty of shopping, cafes and points of interest for anyone willing to spend a few hours there. The hilltop Fort Saint-Louis has outstanding panoramic views of the islands.

Anyone wishing to fly directly into Anguilla can land there at Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, which has gateways in Puerto Rico, Antigua, St. Kitts and of course St. Maarten.

The island is a one-hour direct flight from Puerto Rico using Cape Air or Rainbow International Airlines

Flight time from St. Maarten is only seven minutes using Trans Anguilla, Anguilla Air Service or a private charter.

Everyone going to and from Anguilla must clear customs and immigration at either the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal or at Lloyd International Airport.

Anguilla has a departure tax for all tourists 12 years and older departing the island through the Blowing Point terminal. The tax for day trips is $5 U.S. or $13.40 EC. For departing tourists, the tax is $20 U.S. or $53.60 EC.
Scott S. Bateman is a professional journalist who has traveled widely throughout the Caribbean and the Americas.

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November 04, 2014
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