Anguilla Carnival is the ultimate holiday on the island. Also know as Anguilla’s “Summer Festival” carnival begins in late July continue through the first week in the month of August.
The fire works on the opening night marks the beginning of the festivities. You are treated to music from the local bands on opening night and you get a taste of what you will experience in the week to come.
The week of the Carnival there are many events and shows that you just cannot miss. Events such as the prince and princess and the junior calypso show which features the creative talents of Anguilla’s up and coming youth.
Many of the events are held at the night in the Landsome Bowl Culture Center. Local bands compete in the “Band Clash” for a cash prize a few nights before the biggest event of the festivities which is August Monday.
Every first Monday of the month of August features one of the biggest events of the Carnival. Put simply August Monday is the heart of the Carnival. Starting as just the celebration of the island main sport boat racing, August Monday has evolved into something much bigger of the Carnival festivities. See featured photo at the top
In the wee hours of the morning on August Monday you will see the roads being filled as the people come out to participate in “Jouvert Morning”. This is the street jam where the local bands competing for the coveted “Road March Title” go head to head. Each band has a float with a sound system. The event begins at 5am and last until around 10am in the morning. It begins in the valley and ends in Sandy Ground. Its open to anyone to attend so if you feel like it you can join in on the fun.
Each band releases music at the beginning of Carnival and this same music captivates the crowds as they escape the sound systems on that morning.
When the Jouvert is over the day does not end there, the party continues in Sandy Ground for the beach party. At the beach party big name Caribbean performers come to entertain the crowds way past midnight. There is a variety of food on the beach and people to meet. Its easy to get lost on this day in the culture of Anguilla.
While on the beach you can see dozens of docked party boats all along the beach. All evening the beach is filled to capacity with people, food and drinks.
August Thursday is the second biggest day of the week. On that day there is a boat race that starts in Meads Bay. All day the beach is filled with people, music and food until the boats get back. Be sure to walk with an umbrella as the sun could get a bit hot at times.
August Thursday continues and climaxes with The Miss Anguilla Queens Pageant. This is the show that most look forward to and is one of the biggest nights of pageantry in the whole summer festival. The show consists of several constants who showcase their talents and intellectual ability in hopes to become the next “Queen” of Anguilla.
On Friday is the Parade of Troupes. The different villages form their own troupes and dance in their colorful costumes along the streets of the Valley. The different troupes decorate the streets in their vibrant colors and parade to the carnival village where they will be judged and the winner will get the main prize. On Sunday the festivities come to a close with a closing ceremony with the winners of the various events announced.
Carnival is one of the most festive times on the island and people from all over the Caribbean come to take part in it. If you have not been a part of this colorful and lively event make sure that you include it in your plans for your next visit to Anguilla it will be one of your most memorable experienced on the island.
When Easter comes to town Island Harbor at the Festival Del Mar in Anguilla is the place to be. This event is one of Anguilla’s finest annual events. Fortunately the event is held on the Easter weekend which means that many can travel to be here for this event.
Starting in 2008 Festival Del Mar has become one of the biggest events in Easter on the island. The immersive nature of festival will allow anyone to get a taste of the Anguillian culture. With the soothing smell of fried Johnny cakes, lovely Anguillian music and grilled lobster oozing with juiciness Festival Del Mar will fill every sense with the true Anguillian experience.
Festival Del Mar provides you with the opportunity to celebrate the islands love for the sea. The island has a long history of the sea and it goes back hundreds of years. Boat racing is our national sport and our islands first love, when you speak about Anguilla you speak about boat racing.
The festival is held all day on the Saturday and Sunday of the Easter weekend so there is enough time for you to come and bask in the atmosphere.
At the festival there is food, live music and boatracing. The food starts serving at around 10am and depending on what your choice is there are a variety of different foods like lobster, johnny cakes, shark, fried fish and almost everything from the sea. If you aren’t really a fan of sea food there still will definitely be something for you there.
Come and relax in the cool sea breeze and join in with some of the locals in an exciting game of dominoes. Take a relaxing walk along the sandy beach while taking a look at all of the festival activities. Grab a souvenir to remember your day at the event and keep a memory for a lifetime. You can also shake a leg when the scratch band strikes up.
There are also many events that take place such as sunfish racing, deep sea fishing contest and much more. The place really begins to come alive as the day continues with the place becoming flooded with locals and tourists alike.
From the wonderful colors of the sails of the boats whisking by to the steel pan music playing there is enough to keep you entertained for the whole day. Fresh fish in the hands of fishermen stepping onto the wharf from their boats ensures that there is enough for everyone to enjoy. As the sun goes down live musical performances keep you entertained way past midnight.
There are enough experiences at the Festival Del Mar to give you a taste of Anguilla’s culture. If you are traveling to Anguilla or if you have been coming for a while and you have not been to this festival then you definitely have to include it in your next visit. There is enough to make the experience memorable for you and your family. Come and enjoy the sea and culture at Anguilla’s Festival Del Mar we know you will not regret it.
Have you envisioned the perfect wedding, but not the perfect place? Why not Journey to a destination that will not only fulfill your accommodation needs but also take the hassle out of wedding planning for you. Awarded World’s Leading Luxury Island Destination by the 2014 World Travel Awards, Anguilla is the ideal place to get married. We welcome you to vacation at one of our award winning resorts like The CuisinArt resort and spa, The Viceroy or La Vue, or if you prefer a little more privacy, escape to The Ani Villa’s or Ultimacy Villa retreat. Our warm and welcoming wedding planners are sure to make your dream wedding a reality, in the perfect location, complimented by the perfect cuisine and entertainment.
Here in Anguilla we are known for the best beaches in the entire Caribbean. They have hosted some of the most luxurious outdoor weddings, but the choice of an indoor or outdoor wedding is yours. Many people mostly partake in this momentous event on our shores because of the simple beauties it entails; such as the aura of the ocean breeze or the melodious gliding of the tide against the seashore. Picture capturing these irreplaceable moments and revisiting them as often at your heart desires. It just gets better as our little paradise is harnessed with over 100 restaurants; just as the beaches align the shores, that surround the 35 square miles of Anguilla, many of the restaurants encase these shores. This makes it most advantageous to locate both the perfect beach and restaurant within close Proximity.
Your wedding reception is sure to be provided with the highest quality, finger-licking cuisine from any of our kitchen doors; such as those of our leading fine dining restaurant island wide, Da Vida. After you’ve wined and dined you will be sure to unwind with our local, talented musicians. Our homegrown artists are multifaceted; from the uprising Reggae star Mr. Omari Banks, to the classical sounds of Boss and The Horsepower Band. Not to mention, the melodious tunes of Mr. Corrine Richardson more affectionately known as Spocka, who recently was awarded entertainer of the year at the Anguilla Tourism Awards and Gala. Mr. Richardson has a winning personality and will whisk you away with his fingers of magic on the guitar and saxophone; accompanied by his pristine a capella singing.
Anguilla is an island that is known for some of the tastiest foods in the Caribbean region. Although Anguilla may be small in size the island has a wide variety when in comes to cuisine. Eating and dining never made easier with over 100 restaurants on the island there are more than enough to choose from. From 5 star high end restaurants to roadside barbecue stands the island can cater to any taste.
The island is well known internationally for a number of restaurants and our chefs provide visitors with some of the best culinary experiences in the region. Although there are many 5 star high end restaurant Anguilla has excellent dining at all price levels.
Anguilla’s most luxurious restaurants not only offer exquisite cuisine, but most offers beautiful setting to compliment it all. With fishing being the islands main industry you can get a taste of sweet tasting lobster and almost any fish you desire fresh from the sea and dripping with juices from the grill.
Some restaurants are complimented by beautiful seaside settings where you can enjoy the beauty of the sunset while feasting on some of the finest foods in the Caribbean. Some of our foods include fine French and Italian cuisines which are combined with tasty Caribbean flavors to give you a food experience unlike one that you have ever had. Foods like Lobster, conch, snapper, and grouper will capture your taste and leave you wanting for more.Many of the dishes that you will receive at some restaurants include local produce such as pigeon peas, limes and mangoes.
There is such a wide variety of restaurants to choose from that there is something for every taste. Although there is a wide variety of international foods the local specialty foods have not been lost. You can still get a taste of some of our tasty local food at various restaurants around the island.
Although there are many high end restaurants on the island there are lots of places to eat on the island that are budget friendly. If you are just looking to get out with the family and get something that is really affordable to eat the island offers lots of places in that category as well.
If you are in the mood for something simple then you can take a stop at one of roadside grills and grab yourself some barbeque and some lovely Johnny cakes. Want some ice cream? Then we have some of our tasty locally made ice cream that you are sure to enjoy.
When coming to this little paradise you have nothing to worry about when it comes to dining. Our island boasts some of the most delicious foods in the Caribbean. The food on the island will give you a taste of the culture and enhance your island experience. Anguillian food will leave your taste buds tingling and make you fall deeply in love with the island.