Anguilla is one of the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, and a surprisingly popular destination, particularly among the rich and famous. It may, to first-time visitors, come across as little more than a long, narrow, flat island, drought ridden and devoid of the lush rainforests, tumbling mountains, deep canyons and rushing rivers that characterize many of the other Caribbean islands, but be assured that it has some of the most spectacular beaches in the region – wide swaths of sparkling white sand and bright turquoise waters abundant in tropical fish, bordered by world-class luxury resorts, many of which are premier properties – think Cap Juluca, CuisinArt and Malliouhana – that routinely feature near the top of the "best" lists in the likes of Caribbean Travel & Life, Conde Nast Traveler, and Travel & Leisure.
Besides its top-of-the-line resorts, however, Anguilla also has a fair number of beautiful luxury villas dotting its landscape – a majority of them the product of such high-profile high-end developments as Covecastles and Altamer, who were among the first in the market here, and St. Regis Temenos, the Viceroy and Cerulean – which, together with scores of privately-developed individual villas, offer up a remarkable selection of lodging choices. Add to that a healthy dose of island-side five-star restaurants, coupled with an astonishing array of shopping venues and nightlife on nearby St. Martin which is all but a short ferry ride away, and you have a realtime tropical paradise in Anguilla.
Politically, Anguilla is a British overseas territory. And economically, it is a tax haven of no small measure, with no taxation whatsoever, on individuals or corporations – period.
Anguilla is situated a little to the east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and just to the north of Saint Martin and St. Kitts and Nevis. It is 16 miles (26 km) long and 3 miles (5 km) wide at its widest point. It has a population of nearly 14,000.
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