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Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar; however, the U.S. dollar works just fine throughout the island.

Getting There
American Eagle (800.433.7300) flies to Anguilla's Wallblake Airport from San Juan. By ferry, it's a 20-minute crossing from Marigot, St. Maarten, to Blowing Point, Anguilla.

Where to Stay
At the low end is Lloyd's Guest House (264.497.2352). It's away from the beach but historically interesting (the oldest inn on the island); singles $75, doubles $105, no matter the season.

Serenity Cottage, ideally located on Shoals Bay, offers moderately priced accommodations starting at $250 per night, $1,700 per week for a studio from mid-December to mid-April. The rates drop to $160 per night, $1,100 per week in the off-season.

For high-end luxury, take your pick of CuisinArt Resort and Spa (800.943.3210), where rates start at $705 to $1,095, depending on the season; or Cap Juluca (888.858.5822), with rates starting at $400 to $825, depending on the season.

If you prefer the privacy of your own beachside villa, fully equipped and with a private pool, try Meads Bay Beach Villas (264.497.0271), where villas range from $680 to $1,400 per night, depending on season.

Where to Eat
Tasty's (264.497.2737) a roadside institution located in South Hill serves Caribbean fare all-day long. The warm seafood salad and coconut-crusted fish are specialties.

Veya Restaurant (264.498.8392), tucked away on Sandy Hill Road, pretty much sets the standard for Caribbean-fusion dishes.

At Bankie Banx's Dune Preserve baby-back ribs are the specialty.

Premier Adventure (264.497.0515) offers bike rental as well as custom island tours. Shoal Bay Scuba is a full-service dive shop, with daily boat dives and all levels of PADI certification, as well as snorkeling excursions and sunset cruises.

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