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Anguilla is compact (just 35 square miles), so you can easily cover the bases in just one day. Forbes Travel Guide editors suggest starting with a pastry from Le Bon Pain — the chocolate croissant is particularly popular. This little boulangerie is run by a Frenchman and the sweet aroma will envelope your senses so much that you’ll have no choice but to indulge in an item or two.
Next, head to Sandy Ground Beach and hop on a water taxi to Sandy Island for some spectacular snorkeling. This’ll take a few hours, especially if you want to really enjoy the underwater life, but it’s definitely worth it. After working up an appetite, board the water taxi and make your way back to the mainland. Drive over to Cove Bay for lunch at Smokey’s for some beachfront seafood and roti (a Caribbean specialty). Enjoy the beach setting for a while and soak up some rays — you’re on an island after all.
Refresh at your hotel and prep for dinner at Blanchards. This Anguilla institution is one of the best restaurants on the island — and one of the most popular, so make a reservation before you go. Once inside you’ll chow down on an eclectic menu with Asian and Mediterranean influences.
Once dinner is finished and the sun is down, head to Elvis’ Beach Bar for some live music and a lively taste of the local scene. This laidback beach shack sits on Sandy Ground Beach and serves up strong rum drinks and has atmosphere to spare.