At only 10-miles (15-kilometers long by 2.5-miles (4-kilometers wide, Anegada, one of the British Virgin Islands, is affectionately referred to as the “drowned land” for its numerous salt ponds and sunken feel, sitting just above sea level. Visitors enjoy miles of white sandy beaches and may even spot the curious-looking pink Caribbean Flamingo, among other wildlife.
On Anegada, between Pomato Point and Setting Point, sits an anchorage that is a favorite spot of sailing and yachting enthusiasts. Plus, Anegada is flanked by the famous Horseshoe Reef, which is among the world’s largest coral reefs. In addition to flamingoes, the island also boasts Anegada rock iguanas; Caribbean lobsters; a variety of fish, turtles, donkeys and cattle; along with plant life like sea lavender, making Anegada a top spot for zoologists and botanists.
Things to know before you go
- The island offers a wide selection of places to enjoy Caribbean cuisine including the local Anegada lobster and drink.
- Anegada is a popular spot for scuba divers and snorkelers, with plenty of underwater wrecks to explore.
- Be sure to catch the sunset over the Setting Point anchorage.
How to get there
Get to the island by either boat or plane. Captain Auguste George Airport is located in the middle of the island; charter flights are available from Beef Island, Tortola, Virgin Gorda, and St. Thomas. You can take a flotilla that sails from Virgin Gorda’s North Sound, or enjoy a cocktail on the more popular mode of transportation—the ferry from Tortola's Road Town dock.
When to get there
Anegada was one of the least-visited islands of the British archipelago because it was not readily accessible to tourists. Recently, it’s become more popular, as other nearby islands have suffered hurricane damage. Today, you can expect crowds on the weekends, especially during high season. September to November is a good time to visit before the winter crowds converge. For foodies, the 2-day Anegada Lobster Festival in November offers up plenty of sampling opportunities.
Another one of the British Virgin Islands, Virgin Gorda, which means “fat virgin,” apparently reminded Christopher Columbus of a reclining woman, which inspired its moniker. The island is also a popular destination for scuba divers and snorkelers. Hike to its high point, Gorda Peak, to see a panoramic view of the surrounding islands.