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Getting to Anguilla can be tricky, especially if it’s your first time visiting the area. As the island is rather small — only 35 square miles — you won’t see any 747s landing here, or really anything much bigger than a prop plane. In fact, there are no direct flights from the U.S.—chances are, unless you are coming from a neighboring island, you’ll have to unload your luggage from that jet and hop into a puddle jumper.
One of the easiest ways to get to Anguilla is by flying into St. Maarten’s Princess Juliana Airport (on the Dutch side of the island) and boarding the ferry at Marigot Bay (on the French side of the island). You’ll arrive at Blowing Point on Anguilla 45 minutes later. The ferry is small — carrying about 20 passengers — but offers refreshments and costs just $15 each way, plus a $5 departure tax.