Unusually for a Caribbean island, Anguilla boasts an exciting array of gourmet, gastronomic dining experiences (by chefs from the excellent hotel dining rooms that have set up independent restaurants) as well Mexican and Italian and of course the informal fare of the beach bars. While most ingredients are imported, local fish, lobster, Anguillian crayfish and some local crops are used.
The Anguillan culture is a mixture of British and African influences. This area of the Leeward is devoid of much rainfall, consequently, the island is arid and devoid of much forestation. The Anguillans focus their attention toward the sea, and therefore there is a great deal of interest in boat racing. There are a great number of unfinished homes there, as there are several Anguillans living abroad, who build their homes and furnish them base on spending capital earned overseas.
The official language of Anguilla is English although many of the people speak with a strong West Indian inflection that may take a little getting used to for people from the US or the UK. The island has been home to the British for so long that very little of the traditional Amerindian culture remains. The language, clearly, takes its roots from the British who came here 400 years ago.
The currency of Anguilla is the East Caribbean dollar (sign: $; code: XCD). The East Caribbean Dollar was introduced in 1965 and is normally abbreviated with the dollar sign $ or, alternatively, EC$ to distinguish it from other dollar-denominated currencies. The EC$ is subdivided into 100 cents. It has been pegged to the United States dollar at US$1 = EC$2. 7 since 1976.
Anguilla ( /æŋˈɡwɪlə/ ang-gwil-ə) is a British overseas territory and overseas territory of the European Union in the Caribbean, one of the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles. It consists of the main island of Anguilla itself, approximately 26 km (16 mi) long by 5 km (3. 1 mi) wide at its widest point, together with a number of much smaller islands and cays with no permanent population. The island's capital is The Valley. The total land area of the territory is 91 km2 (35 sq mi), with a population of approximately 13, 500 (2006 estimate). It lies east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands and directly north of Saint Martin.
Anguilla is a flat, low-lying island of coral and limestone in the Caribbean Sea, east of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It is directly north of Saint Martin, separated from that island by the Anguilla Channel. The soil is generally thin and poor, supporting scrub tropical and forest vegetation.
Anguilla is noted for its spectacular and ecologically important coral reefs and beaches. Apart from the main island of Anguilla itself, the territory includes a number of other smaller islands and cays, mostly tiny and uninhabited. Some of these are:
- Dog Island
- Prickly Pear Cays
- Sandy Island
- Scrub Island
- Scilly Cay
- Seal Island
- Sombrero, also known as Hat Island
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