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
- 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!