I came back from Anguilla yesterday (now in St. Maarten). The above posts are somewhat different from what we saw. Here is what I found
- There are NO charges whatever for anchoring
in Road Bay. The charges referred to above only apply if you want to go elsewhere in Anguilla That means that visiting Anguilla is free if you are happy to leave your boat in Road Bay. If, for example, you want to go to one of the outlying islands to dive then you have to pay $25 for each day you do that but these are not good overnight anchorages
anyway so you wouldnt want to spend the night there anyway. If there is a departure tax they forgot to charge us.
very easy to deal with and not particularly rigid - We arrived a few minutes after they closed and they said dont worry come back tomorrow - they didnt seem to mind if we went ashore without clearing. You can clear out 24 hrs. before you leave.
in Road Bay
- Road Bay has excellent holding and good protection from all directions except SW
- My wife and I loved anguilla. We rented a car (pretty cheap
to do - and they gave a free ride back to the anchorage) to explore the island and found the people extremely friendly, the beaches pristine, security
not an issue at all. Anguilla is extremely laid back compared to St. Maarten or St. Bart. A very nice change of pace.
-Truly excellent restaurants, some of the them right in Road Bay, accessible by dinghy
. Try the Barrelstay you wont regret it.
- every price
i saw at customs
was in US dollars - including the daily cruising fee
- So if your happiness depends on being able to hop from bay to bay then dont go to Anguilla. If some of the best beaches and best restaurants I ever went to make you happy then give it a try.