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Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

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Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

My partner and our two teens decided to do a day trip to Anguilla and had such a fantastic time, I thought I'd post a short review with some tips. We emailed Maurice and Sons the day prior to arrange for a private taxi tour of the island and it was so easy to settle...emails were answered almost immediately and the price for an all-day tour for 4 was very, very reasonable. Our guide met us at the Blowing Point ferry terminal and whisked us away in an air-conditioned van. He was courteous, friendly and knowledgeable. We essentially spent the morning touring most of the island with several stops at well known beaches and hotels. I was surprised that the hotels let us walk their grounds and beaches and didn't attempt to sell us anything! We were also able to have the driver stop at a few places we had researched and wanted to see such as a local artists' gallery and Wallblake House (we got lucky and even managed to secure a free tour during opening hours!).

Stops along the way included Rendezvous Bay and CuisinArt, Maundays Bay and Cap Jaluca, Shoal Bay West, Meads Bay and Viceroy, Sandy Ground, Wallblake House upon request, The Valley, Crocus Bay (heaven...I want to return and spend more time there!) and of course Shoal Bay beach.

In the afternoon our driver delivered us to Shoal Bay beach. He brought us to a beachside bar where we had a delicious and very affordable lunch. Since we ate and drank there, they provided beach chairs and umbrellas free of charge! The only "extra" was the fee to rent snorkelling gear which was a reasonable 7$ USD per person. We stayed at the beach for about 3 hours, used the bar's restroom to change, and our driver picked us up for the remainder of our tour before dropping us at the ferry for the 2nd last ride back to Marigot.

Stops in the afternoon included Scilly Cay views, east side of Anguilla and Little Harbour.

I would highly recommend Maurice and Sons...very affordable, professional, and safe. http://www.msexquisiteshuttle.com

Tips:

- As mentioned, the hotel stops on our trip weren't a hard sell by any means. It was a great way to see several of the island's pristine beaches and get some exposure to the various hosteling options available should you return for a longer stay.

- If you get seasick easily, take Gravol before boarding the ferry. It's only 20 minutes across but boy is it ever rough out there!

- Arrive early in Marigot to park as there aren't a ton of free spaces around the ferry terminal and they fill up fast.

- Passports are a must. You go through customs 4 times there and back.

- The ferry costs 15$ USD per person, per trip. So...really it's 30$ USD per person. There is also a 5$ USD duty per person to leave Marigot and a 8$ USD duty per person to leave Anguilla. We used the public ferry which runs every 45 minutes. First ferry over is at 8:15am (we took the 9am) and last ferry back is 6pm (we took the 5:15pm).

- There are lots of other private boats willing to take you over, some faster, but they are probably looking for you to do a day tour with them also, so do your research before committing to anything other than the public ferry.

All in all, a day trip to Anguilla really has enhanced our trip to St Maarten / St Martin and Maurice and Sons come highly recommended by us!

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1. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

What a great review, sounds like the perfect day! I am glad you got to see so much.

With your permission I will put it up in the daytrips from St Martin section.

I used to go to KW to Octoberfest, many years ago, great fun.

Thanks for posting.

Ellen

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2. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

KWTraveler, thanks for posting your review of the day trip. I am curious, do you now have a preference between St. Martin and Anguilla and would you return to either/both? Also, which Shoal Bay Beach restaurant did you choose?

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3. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

You jampacked more in your few hours than I do in an entire week in Paradise. And yes I agree with you, Crocus Bay used to be our go-to spot for complete privacy on Katouche Bay beach back in the day.

You might also want to see the once quite private (maybe still is) Cove Bay next to Cap Juluca's stunning Maunday's Bay beach next time too.

It's fun to compare the so very different islands. One replete with casinos, great restaurants, jump ups, and lots of fun night life as opposed to pristine beaches, fine dining, peace, quiet and tranquility of the other.

Something for everyone.

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4. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

Nice report of your day! BTW, the private boats serve a number of purposes: the ride thru ST. Maarten used to be long & traffic-filled; some of us just can't wait another minute to get there; some of the public ferries are very old, uncomfortable, hot, and reek of gas fumes; the smaller boats often are able to provide a smoother ride over the waves and swells, etc.

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5. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

To add to what Mary said, you can take the faster shuttles without committing to a tour of the island. They are separate endeavors.

Thanks, we often give advice for day tours but just about never get a review. Appreciate it.

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6. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

THanks for sharing your day trip experience--it sounds like you really made the most of it! Count me among the voices who'd like to hear a bit more about your feelings for Anguilla vis a vis St Martin

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7. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

Hi Ellen, glad I could be of assistance! Yes, please post away!

To be honest, if we were without the kids, probably Anguilla over St Maarten / St Martin. Anguilla feels so unspoiled, the beaches really are remarkable and we found the people to be a bit more genuine. But then again, this is based off my impressions from just one day! It does appear to cost more and also appears more complicated to get there from Toronto, but it looks like it would be worth the extra "hassles" for sure. Now, we are a gay couple and have always been advised to steer clear of the British islands and instead visit places like Cuba, Puerto Rico or the Dutch islands for a more comfortable experience, but we aren't "showy" about the fact that we are gay so I would hope we'd be welcomed like all other tourists. If our day trip was any indication, I have no worries.

Edited: 26 July 2014, 20:52
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8. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

Oh, and the restaurant was Tropical Sunset Uncle Ernie's II.

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9. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

KW,

Thanks for posting your day. You really did pack a lot in. As Pepper said, you did more than a lot of us do for weeks and more stays.

Anguilla is friendly no matter your lifestyle, and only a ferry ride from SXM so, if you can get to St. Martin, Anguilla is just a quick ride away as you found out. It can be pricier than St. Martin but it can also be reasonable because there are accommodations all across the board and dining spots can be local food trucks or 5 star dining establishments. There are no casinos, naked beaches, or tons of shops but there are amazing beaches, as you learned, unique little shops and local artisans and quiet, peaceful people.

We hope you consider a longer stay on Anguilla next time. If you do, if you found it a super place for one day, you will likely be one of us who go back many times year after year.

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10. Re: Anguilla day trip from Marigot, SXM - Review

Tropical Sunset - perfect choice. And thank you for your thoughts on AXA vs STX