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The Valley, Anguilla

About city
The Valley is the capital of Anguilla – a small nation in the northern Caribbean. Known for its tranquil beaches and near perfect weather, the Valley attracts tourists all round the year. Besides, it is also noted for its colonial architecture. Talking about its architecture, one of the remarkable example that calls for a mention is the Wallblake House. The British too had established their colony in this city. The trace of this colorful history is found all over the town. In addition, The Valley has a thriving business population as Anguilla developed as a tax haven and recorded an approximate population of 1200 in the year 2001. The site of the capital was chosen due to availability of arable land here. Government buildings, supermarkets and the main post office sets the Valley apart from the other settlements in Anguilla.

The Valley lies at the sea level. It is mostly formed of coral and limestone.

It has a cool dry climate. Temperature is comfortable throughout the year. The northeastern Trade winds contribute towards keeping the weather cool and dry. The coolest months are from December to February while the hottest months last from July to October. Rainfall is moderate and hurricanes are experienced occasionally.

How to reach (transport)
You can travel to The Valley in a number of ways. The Clayton J. Llyod International Airport is the only airport in Anguilla. There are flights to other islands of the Caribbean and the most convenient route is from St. Maarten but there is no direct flight to Europe or America. You may fly to Puerto Rico or San Juan to catch a connecting flight.

Once you land on the island, you can hire a taxi because no other form of public transport is available. You can also rent a car.

You can travel by boat or ferry from St. Maarten to Blowing Point in Anguilla and then travel to The Valley by car or taxi.

When to visit
The weather is best in June, July and August when it is warm but the humidity has not reached oppressive levels. Hotels are mostly closed in September and October for maintenance and these are the lean seasons. Though November and December are fairly crowded, the highest number of tourist arrivals is generally recorded in February.

Fairs and Festivals
Though The Valley is the capital, there is little urban feel to it except for the government office buildings. The culture of the island with its legacy from the Taino Indians, the British settlers and the overall charm common to all Caribbean islands has been mesmerizing tourists for years. The laid back rhythm of life coupled with colorful festivals make the Valley an ideal holiday destination.

Like most Caribbean islands, The Valley celebrates a carnival which is called the Anguilla summer festival. It generally occurs in the first week of August with sporting competitions, dance shows etc.

Anguilla day is celebrated on 30th May as the day when the struggle for freedom began. A number of events are held all over the island and you can catch the celebration at The Valley.

The tradition of Anguilla lit fest was started only recently which celebrates the literary traditions of Anguilla. It is the largest event of its kind in the Caribbean. It is celebrated in The Valley. In addition to cocktail party, you get to meet authors and have sessions with representatives of major publishing houses.

Points of interest (places to visit)
In addition to the brilliant weather and the quaint charm of The Valley, there are a few landmarks that you should not miss. The Wallblake house is the most notable sight, located on the western edge of The Valley. It is the only completely undisturbed plantation era house of the island. The region surrounding this colonial house deserves a leisurely walk and you can see the old catholic church and the old cotton gin. All of these are excellent examples of the interesting architecture of Anguilla.

A variety of resorts and villas are spread throughout the island of Anguilla. You can check out Lloyd’s, Casa Nadine guest house, the Brooklyn Island view apartments or the Ocean Terrace condos.

Facts About The Valley - Anguilla
Country Anguilla
StateBritish overseas territory.
Founded 1787
Area91 km²
Lat Long Coordinates 18°13′15″N63°03′06″W
Time Zone UTC-4
Calling Code+1-264
Language English
Major Religion Christian
Point of interestSandy Ground , The Old Valley , Crocus Bay , Shoal Bay , Island Harbour , The Wallblake House

Last Updated Date: February 8th, 2018

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