The Magic of Anegada


Carol Bareuthers (All at Sea) writes about Anegada, part of the British Virgin Islands:

Some may say there’s nothing on Anegada. No fancy clubs, casinos or chauffeur driven limos to brand name shops and Broadway shows. That’s the point. It’s the fantastic reefs, toes-in-the-sand beach bars serving some of the best seafood in the world, and a natural beauty and serenity that’s hard to find in this fast-paced world that offers everything a visitor could want and more. If you think you’ve cruised the British Virgin Islands, but skipped this far eastern island, then re-chart your course now.

“Anegada is the only coral atoll amongst an archipelago of volcanically formed islands,” says Kevin Faulkner, of Anegada Fly-Fishing Guide Service, which specializes in bone fishing and reef fishing on the island’s flats and lagoon. “It is sheltered from the Atlantic Ocean by Horseshoe Reef; the fourth largest barrier reef in the world. On the Caribbean side a pristine and seemingly endless seascape is dotted by mangrove islands. Because of this protected marine habitat, Anegada boasts arguably the best fishing, sight-seeing and snorkeling excursions in the territory.”

Located an easy 11-mile close reach from North Sound, Virgin Gorda, Anegada is the second largest of the British Virgin Islands at 15 square miles. It’s also the flattest, with an elevation of only 28-feet at the highest point and among the least populated, with less than 300 permanent residents. Most folks live in the island’s only town, The Settlement. However, visitors head to Anegada’s claim to fame: the 18-mile long Horseshoe Reef. Snorkeling is incredible here, as it is around the entire island.

“Snorkeling, kayaks, stand up paddle boarding and kiteboarding are what we offer at the Anegada Beach Club,” says Tommy Gaunt, who runs his namesake kitesurfing school out of the palapa-style resort located beachfront near Keel Point on the Atlantic side of the island. Gaunt hosts the Anegada Kite and Paddle Festival here each February. [. . .]

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