Planning a trip to Anguilla? There are two main ways to get here…
1) Fly to St. Maarten and ferry over to Anguilla,
2) Air travel to Anguilla direct from Miami, St. Maarten or San Juan.
From the west coast and east coast of the US and Canada, we have made the trek to Anguilla both ways.
We love the Anguilla airport. Arriving there has its own special Caribbean charm.
And flying into St. Maarten and taking the ferry over is a fast and cheap way to get to Anguilla. It has become a favorite way to “get here.”
When you arrive at Anguilla’s airport? Prepare to relax.
Anguilla’s Clayton J. Lloyd airport is a different story to St. Maarten and San Juan. No 747s or other jumbos land here.
That is the entire airport. It’s a picture-perfect, charming little Caribbean airport, the kind you see in movies. Friendly. Cozy.
If you spend a while watching the comings and goings, you will notice that most flights to and from AXA are prop planes. Exotic-sounding Caribbean airlines raise romantic images of Caribbean island hopping.
There are other ways to access Anguilla directly via the air. Other Caribbean islands, like St. Thomas have flights into AXA directly weekly.
Travellers coming from the UK often choose to fly through Antigua and St. Maarten.
Update 2023: Flying through Antigua will be an attractive option come November 2023 when Anguilla Air Services will be launching weekly Antigua service. Flights will be Tuesday, Friday and Saturday. If you are traveling from the UK, be sure to check out this option.
Anguilla is approximately 16 miles long, from the East End to the West End, and 3 miles at its widest point. Anguilla’s main artery runs through the center of the island. You can drive from one end of the island to the other in approximately forty-five minutes, but you will want to take your time, to experience the island’s many beaches, restaurants, attractions and more. Driving is on the left, and don’t be surprised if you hear someone honk — it’s just a friendly way of saying “hello” on the island.
Chances are, you’ll want a car, and there are several car rental companies to choose from. To rent a car you’ll need a valid driver’s license and US$25 to purchase a temporary Anguillian driver’s license which is valid for three months. Day trippers can purchase a three day temporary Anguillian driver’s license for US$15, these licences are provided through the local car rental companies.
Taxis are also widely available, and many visitors make an arrangement with a local taxi driver for all their transportation needs during their stay on island. Taxi rates are fixed, and there is a published rate guide showing the established fares for travel across the island. Some taxi drivers also offer island tours, along with an entertaining and knowledgeable commentary that conveys their love for their island home and pride in sharing it with visitors.
ATVs and road bikes are two more popular options for getting around the island, as they allow access to beautiful, off the beaten path spots, away from the public thoroughfares. Anguilla is a coral and limestone island, and the topography is mostly flat, making it easy and enjoyable for bike riders of all levels.