by Barbara Bagnell
icture the two of you, seated in white wicker chairs in a gazebo overlooking the turquoise depths of an Olympic-size swimming pool, the warm Caribbean evening enveloping you. We found this delight on the tiny, 35-square mile island of Anguilla recently. We flew to neighboring St. Martin, took the local ferry boat to Anguilla and to the aptly named resort, Paradise Cove.
expect a lot of nightlife on
wonderful seafood and romance.
But for a night out we sampled restaurants that could hold their own in New York or Toronto. One was Jacala in Meads Bay, run by two French chefs who have been on the island since the 1980s. Another was Veya, run by a couple who arrived on the island from Philadelphia, bringing their three children with them to attend island schools.
Anguillians drive on the left, British style, and the roads are velvety black at night, so we found driver-guide Wilmoth Hodge, whose slogan is Where theres Wil theres a way, and he efficiently delivered us to our day and evening outings. Especially enjoyable was Sunday Jazz on the Beach at Johnnos weathered cafe on Sandy Ground Beach. A short walk from Paradise Cove is a golden-sand beach and Smokeys, where the atmosphere is casual and the burgers thick.
As for a spot of shopping, three artsy gallery-shops are within a 15-minute
walk of Paradise Cove. At Cheddies, youll find his imaginative
use of driftwood; at Devonish Art Gallery youll find paintings, jewellery,
and fresh tomatoes! At the nearby Galleria theres an impressive collection
of antiques and art. All three are within one block on one of the islands
Dont expect a lot of nightlife on Anguilla just moonlight, wonderful seafood and romance.
Bagnell is a freelance travel writer
based in Toronto, Canada.
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