In between helping my aunt with wedding preparations, and with carnival in full swing, we spent our time, checking out the beaches and the island's historical sites.
Although Anguilla is only 14 miles long and 3 miles wide at its widest point, there is so much to see. And, thanks to colonisation, the very tiny island is a melting pot of predominantly Arawak Indian, Carib, Irish, French and British cultures.
The old relics of colonialism are still there however, over the 20+ years that I've been going home, modernisation is more and more prevalent.
Old vs New - an old Catholic church is rebuilt to modern spec, maintaining the old buildings iconic characteristics, The Valley, Anguilla.
The remnants of the island's first Court House and Post Office - Crocus Hill, Anguilla | A rare traditional stone oven on a street corner - South Hill, Anguilla
In between stops, we would detour to a beach to get some relief from the relentless sun. The Cove in the southwestern area of the island is one of the longest (and nicest) beaches on Anguilla. My great uncles still go there for their morning swim.
Over time, the effects of global warming are starting to become visible. At The Cove, you used to be able to wade out pretty far and the water would reach waist height. Nowadays, the coastline is changing - the water seems more blue-green than it did before. The sand on some of the beaches is no longer white - more a particular shade of greige. Nevertheless, to an untrained eye, the beaches are still ***Flawless.
Drinks at Shoal Bay East | ADIDAS pool slides | The view from North Hill, Anguilla
More in Part 3...