A flat, low-lying but beautiful island surrounded by banks
of coral and limestone just to the east of Puerto Rico; Anguilla is one of
the Caribbean Sea’s most stunning islands.
Even though the soil and sustainable vegetation is relatively emaciated and
deprived, the immediate environment and views promise holiday makers a
pleasurable experience all year round.
Anguilla is renowned for
its impressive and economically significant coral reefs, as well as the
surrounding crystal clear blue waters, ideal for the ultimate diving
experience. Aside from the main island
of Anguilla itself; the
province comprises various smaller islands and cays, mainly petite and
unoccupied. Some of these include; Anguillita, Sandy Island, Dog Island,
Sombrero (Hat Island), Prickly Pear Cays, Seal Island and Scrub Island. All of
these islands are perfect for a relaxing escape to a secluded destination for
the family or just for two.
Even if the climate of Anguilla is relatively dry for Caribbean standards, the typical weather is humid,
tropical. The region experiences very little seasonal variation, as climates
stay comparatively similar throughout the entire year. This is usually due to
the moderated winds that are present from all locations on the small island and
develop a warm north east trade during the winter and a soothing cool sea
breeze throughout the summertime.
Boasting a tropical but dry climate; the citizens of Anguilla for the majority of the year have very little to
complain about. Given that the region is situated on low-lying land with no mountainous
areas to hide the sun’s light and in the lack of vegetation that draws rain
clouds; Anguilla is tropical paradise for all
sun-lovers. Weather you prefer your holidays seeing the sights of inland
regions or relaxing on the beach and swimming in the ocean; the average climate
of Anguilla can guarantee the both. Less than
five degrees will ever divide the Anguilla water temperature of the Caribbean Sea
to the Anguilla air temperature, generating
the ideal climate for every outdoor activity.
There is generally very little variation of temperature in
Anguilla throughout an entire year, similarly the annual average temperature
rarely fluctuates; and for many years has featured mean climates of 26ºC to 27ºC.
Even though the warmest period is also the wettest from June to October; this
is also the season prone to hurricanes. Because of Anguilla’s
locality on a rather small island the temperature differs very minimal from
coastal regions to the areas more inland; in fact many visitors tend to walk
from one side of the island to the other in less than a day’s time. Given this
the maximum average climates diverge between 28ºC in January and February to 31ºC
in August; this is two whole seasons difference with only three degrees less.
Again average minimum temperatures see 25ºC in July and 22ºC in February. There
assures a perfect vacation for all holiday-makers at any time of the year.
Rainfall throughout the island and nearby islands is very
minimal and at some points of the year the country could even be known as arid.
The average annual precipitation is very erratic and calculates 800mm, with the
majority of it obtained in short, brisk cloud ruptures. November is Anguilla’s
rainiest month; seeing an average of under 200mm, whereas February and March are
the driest periods scraping in barely 20mm to 30mm per month. The rainy season
in Anguilla takes place during the summer
months, which is also known as the hurricane season. Even though the most ideal
time to visit Anguilla is throughout the dry season from December through until
March; the beginning months can sometimes be the worst; as the hurricane season
is in its peak from the end of June until the end of November, sometimes even
mid December. Even though hurricane existence are far off the coast of
Anguilla, winds are known to lead them anywhere in the Caribbean, and since the
overall climate of Anguilla is very sporadic, there is always a risk of a
hurricane bearing down on the island at any time of the year. Since the
hurricane season in the Atlantic Ocean
typically starts in June and commences in November, many visitors to these
regions stay well away during this time to avoid these powerful storms. Being
situated in the northern area of the Leeward Islands; Anguilla
is subject to frequent Atlantic harsh tropical rains, weather being just storms
or even hurricanes. In spite of the danger of hurricanes and inclined rainfall;
the summertime can still be a pleasing period of time to visit the island.
Even though the country is now more familiar and better modified
in dealing with hurricanes, as its residents have become more aware of their force.
There are still however specific places of considerable elevation. There are
now programs used to look at the probability of hurricanes striking the island
in future years, so tourism is now fully protected and you can plan your trip
under safe circumstances.
When to Visit
Similar to most of the Caribbean islands; December to April
is Anguilla’s peak season. Always keep in mind
the hurricane seasons, and travellers can often save money by and yet still
benefit from the country’s stunning topical climates by holidaying throughout
the safer months of the off season. Overall Anguilla
is an extremely safe place and taking only a little common sense, a vacation to
the region will be nothing but unforgettable.