How to Get to Anguilla: The Ferry vs. Plane

Anguilla was one of my most sought after islands. Actually, my husband mentioned it even more times than I ever did! With beautiful beaches, expensive resorts, and the perfect picture painted on social media – Anguilla was a place we always wanted to visit.

I and the hubby were spending over one week in St. Maarten which made it the perfect time to visit. Knowing that we did not want to splurge on a resort, we scheduled a day visit, which we really did not even have to schedule.

image
Getting to Anguilla is super easy from St. Maarten. You can go for one day and if you want to stay over, then you can. Here is what you need to know for a day trip to Anguilla:

How to Get There

image

Boat Ferry: This option is the easiest, cheapest, and the one I took. Hence, the no scheduling needed. There are two options for ferries::(the French side in St. Maarten). You do not need reservations and ferries come approximately every 40 minutes. Pay for your ticket at the ferry office which is usually $40 one way. Taxes are additional and are paid in cash. For a day trip, taxes are about $13. For permanent departures, they are approx. $28. The ferry terminal in Anguilla is called Blowing Point. Last ferry is around 6pm or so – double check with the counter!

  1.  BoatFrom Marigot (the French side in St. Maarten): You do not need reservations and ferries come approximately every 40 minutes. Pay for your ticket at the ferry office which is usually $40 one way. Taxes are additional and are paid in cash. For a day trip, taxes are about $13. For permanent departures, they are approx. $28. The ferry terminal in Anguilla is called Blowing Point. Last ferry is around 6pm or so – double check with the counter!
  2.  Boat From the Airport: Catch the private ferry only 1 mile away from the airport. There are many charters you can book, but it may cost you $400 per person. Here is a list of charters.

Plane Plane: You can catch a short flight over to Anguilla from a few neighboring islands – St. Maarten, St. Bart’s and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Anguilla Air Services offers daily flights. Flights begin at $80 per one way.

*Remember – Passports are needed as Anguilla is U.K. Territory!

image
Whichever way you arrive to Anguilla, the sights are beautiful. Once you get to Anguilla, there is much more to see and do. If you opt for a one day trip such as myself, plan to get a delicious French dinner in Marigot or go out for drinks late-night depending on the time of your departure. The bars get pretty busy in Anguilla and I enjoyed quite the amount of beverages at Elvis’s Beach Bar while there. Thursday nights are supposed to be “the party night” if you want to stay overnight.

Stay tuned for more adventures and beach round-ups on Anguilla!

Have you been to Anguilla?