Anguilla, located in the Caribbean, is a British overseas territory bordered by the Virgin Islands, Saint Martin, and Puerto Rico. The territory comprises of the main island of Anguilla which has an estimated width of 3 miles and a length of 16 miles together with several other smaller cays and islands that do not have permanent populations. The Valley is the capital of Anguilla. Due to the scenic beauty of the territory together with long shores of sandy beaches and beautiful vistas, Anguilla is a natural hub for tourist attraction where tourism mainly contributes to its economy. Anguilla is also woven from the exquisite threads of perfect weather, rich cuisines, and good food.
The Seven Wonders of Anguilla
Prickly Pear Cays
Prickly Pear Cays are located about half a dozen miles from Road Bay, Anguilla. It is a minute pair of uninhabited islands and one of the Seven Wonders Of Anguilla. The two islands are separated by a slender boat channel between East and West Prickly Pear. The Eastern Caribbean Natural Area Management Programme (ECNAMP) classified the Prickly Pear Cays as wildlands. Prickly Pear Cays are among the six marine protected areas of Anguilla. The two islands are popular tourist destinations due to the wide variety of bird and marine life. The turquoise blue seas and the vistas with thatch-roofed structures are some of the magnificent attraction for visitors to the Island. Snorkeling and diving are among the activities that tourist engage in while vacationing at the cays.
Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse
The Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse are located at Sandy Ground, Anguilla. Before tourism flourished in the island, mining was the main economic activity in Anguilla, thus the Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse is a remainder of the old days. Tourists visiting the Pumphouse have the option of taking a tour through the site and explained how the mining of salt in the adjacent pond was carried out both mechanically and by use of manpower. The site also features a series of pictures illustrating how the salt extracted from the pond salts was picked, carried, and stored for exportation.
Located in the northeastern region of Anguilla, Island Harbor is a small fishing village that is among the wonders of the territory. The region is a quiet and beautiful place home to generations of Anguillan's fishing families. The harbor's sheer beauty is the main cause of tourist attraction in the area.
Maundays Bay is a long stretch of beach located on the South West coast of Anguilla. The bay is a popular spot for tourists and is surrounded by many accommodations. Maundays Bay is comprised of idyllic white and smooth sandy shores with azure sparkling seas. The bay is also among the wonders of Anguilla.
The tourism industry of Anguilla
Tourism is one of the major industries in Anguilla and a major contributor to the territory's economy. In December 2014, Anguilla's tourism sector was selected to host the World Travel Awards, which was a significant boost to the territory's economy. The ceremony, which is dubbed as the Oscars of the travel industry took place at the CuisinArt Resort and Spa hosted by Vivica Fox an award winning actress. The territory due to its Wonders was voted as the Leading Luxury Island Destination in the world.
The Seven Wonders of Anguilla
|1||Shoal Bay Beach|
|4||The Old Valley|
|5||Prickly Pear Cays|
|7||Old Salt Factory and Pumphouse|
About the Author
Benjamin Elisha Sawe holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Statistics and an MBA in Strategic Management. He is a frequent World Atlas contributor.
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