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Aruba vs. Anguilla

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Aruba vs. Anguilla

Which of the two islands do you prefer and why? What are the pros and cons of traveling to both?

Which island is more beautiful and has better beaches / more beautiful and cleaner water? Which of the two islands has better weather?

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1. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

Been to both....Aruba once, AXA 15 times.

Do I need to say more?

Anguilla is just a quieter ore peaceful place. No casinos, much less nightlife and nightlife of a different kind. Traveling to AXA is about the same as to Aruba from NYC since there are no direct flights to AXA but the adventure of the ferry ride from SXM is all part of the deal.

Better beaches? Please, Aruba can't hold a candle to AXA in terms of number of beaches and different types of beaches. They both have beautiful, clear amazing water but again, AXA is miles ahead here.

Weather is always guaranteed in Aruba whereas you could get a day of rain every once in a while in AXA but more likely it is some rain at night and a scattered 10 minute shower during some days.

And my key factor here.....the police in AXA are so stupid I don't think they would try to cover up a kidnapping and murder of an American tourist because a judges son did it!

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2. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

Everything chelloveks said and more. I have also been to Aruba.....Anguilla wins hands down. Loved your last point chelloveks!

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3. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

We have been to both but really LOVE Anguilla! They are both great but for different reasons. Aruba is much more Americanized than Anguilla. You will not find a Dunkin Donuts or a Hard Rock on Anguilla! We think the beaches on Anguilla are better, less crowded especially if you stay at one of the smaller hotels. The water is great on both islands but we found it was much windier on Aruba. My hubby felt like he was getting sandblasted so not so enjoyable. There are more activities on Aruba and we had a great night life experience!! Now we split our trip between St. Maarten and Anguilla. We get lively entertainment on St. Maarten and just relax and enjoy on Anguilla.

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4. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

chelloveks last point about the Aruba police is why I will not step foot on Aruba. (Besides the fact we love Anguilla.)

Edited: 20 June 2013, 20:00
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5. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

I have been to both and Anguilla wins...Aruba is borderline tacky and very touristy. Hotels are big, lots of timeshares, restaurants are so-so.

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6. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

Haven't even been to Anguilla (yet) and I know that I prefer it!! Aruba is way too busy for me, but that's just me!

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7. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

I think anyone who has been to both Aruba and Anguilla (me included) will choose Anguilla HOWEVER...depending on where you live Aruba is quicker/easier to get to and can be a little cheaper. We are actually going back (2nd time) to Aruba this September but ONLY because we used free points on Airtran and it is one place I consider safer during hurricane season. We just returned from Anguilla (May) and already have December booked. The way we like to put it is: We will pay for flights to Anguilla but we will go to Aruba if the flights are free and we can't get to AXA or St. John.

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8. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

Thanks all for the input :) I can see Anguilla is a definite winner. Interesting points Chelloveks!

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9. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

No comparison. Aruba is more similar to Florida than it is to Anguilla.

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10. Re: Aruba vs. Anguilla

This is really a chalk and cheese comparison. I can imagine that my (much) younger self would have preferred Aruba because of the busy-ness....the opportunity to walk around, pop in and out of different hotels

and save money precisely because of the existence of places like Dunkin Donuts. I would have also enjoyed having access to casinos. I was too young to really appreciate the considerable charms of Anguilla. That came with age - haven't been to Aruba in nearly 20 years, but have had over 10 visits to Anguilla in that time period.

I also concur with Prek 176's husband, finding the constant wind and flying sand in Aruba maddening.