Megayacht tourism

Nice article on concerning marina projects for Megayachts, including plan of Sandy Ground Marina :

by Gregory Weykamp
Anguilla, the northernmost of the Leeward Islands along the eastern edge of the Caribbean, is a beautiful island nation of just 15,000 residents. Known for its quiet and peaceful beaches, friendly locals, and a distinct lack of American style franchise chains that clutter so many other Caribbean islands, Anguilla has made a conscious effort to focus its efforts on protecting the authentic character of the island by concentrating on serving a smaller number of tourists, but at a much higher level of service. Rather than compete for the mass market cruise ship industry, which could easily overwhelm the natural resources and culture of the island, Anguilla has set its sights on providing a new destination for the hundreds of super and mega yachts that cruise the Caribbean.

Located just 12.8km (8mi) north of Saint Martin, Anguilla is a very desirable alternative to the more crowded beaches and cruise ports for those looking for a different experience. While large yachts regularly visit the waters around Anguilla, there are currently no dedicated facilities for berthing private yachts of any size anywhere on the island. Visiting yachts must anchor offshore or utilise one of the very few mooring fields and use their tenders to visit the island or provision the yacht.


sandy ground marina Sandy Ground is a narrow peninsula with an ocean front beach on Road Bay to the west and a 43ha (106 acre) salt flat to the east. Just 150m (492ft) wide, Sandy Ground is home to some of the best local restaurants and beaches on Anguilla, as well as many historic homes, all of which are threatened by sea level rise. The concept master plan for this site proposes to transform the salt flat into a megayacht marina capable of supporting nearly 2,900m (9,514ft) of berthing for vessels in excess of 100m (328ft) in length. The new marina will be nestled into the site and surrounded by a nature preserve for nesting terns and emergent wetland and upland vegetation. The maritime traditions of Anguilla will be preserved through a heritage centre that will share the traditional knowledge, cultural artifacts and history of the Sandy Ground site. Additional elements include high end resort and residential, as well as marina service facilities, all on new land created by dredging the salt flat to create adequate depths for navigation. The plan avoids displacing existing residences and businesses and will also provide for the use of the dredge materials to raise the Sandy Ground neighbourhood above anticipated sea level rise.

Airport Expansion

Memorandum of Understanding regarding the airport expansion project with the Canadian Commercial Corporation

“Today we had a very historic signing because the airport project now includes the Canadian Government as a stakeholder in its delivery. We are very happy to know that they are not only being a part of the development, but they are also financing the early aspects even before the project has been approved.”

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Marina concept in Blowing point

Extract from The Anguillian newspaper :

marina anguillaThe Blowing Point Concept

The proposed Blowing Point location is centrally located on the southern side of Anguilla’s main island, and is home to the existing ferry terminal docks, where travelers arrive when coming to Anguilla by sea. The Country’s Security Customs building is located immediately upland of the existing ferry terminal docks. Westward of the existing ferry terminal docks is a beach extending roughly 427 meters (1,400 feet) in length with the remains of a former dolphin exhibit observatory sanctuary that was destroyed in the 2017 recent hurricanes last year (Hurricane Irma, September 2017). There are several existing structures that line the beach westward of the ferry terminal docks. The beach also extends eastward roughly 305 meters (1,000 feet)’ in length, where it meets the landward end of a coral reef formation. Two reef formations extend outward from either end of the beach creating a somewhat natural harbour/ basin. Within this natural harbour is a mooring field where locals use mooring buoys to secure smaller [(less than 12 meters/ (40 feet)] vessels while they are not in use. Approximately 76 meters (250 feet) inland of the eastern beach is a roughly 2 hectares (5 acres) existing salt pond. The site’s coral reef and salt pond were surveyed and summarized as part of the environmental considerations section of this report. Existing water depths are favorable at this location; however, it is anticipated that dredging will be required to create an entrance channel and outer mooring basin.

The conceptual site plan for Blowing Point, utilizes the observed natural wave break that is present due to the existing reef formation, as well as the inland salt pond. This location encompasses a much smaller footprint when compared to Sandy Ground; however, it introduces the idea of two large rubble mound breakwaters that will enhance the existing natural harbor and create a marine climate that is suitable for mooring megayachts. The concept plan includes the creation of an outer mooring basin for megayachts up to 91 meters (300 feet) and an inner marina basin that utilizes the existing salt pond. The inner basin would handle vessels up to 31 meters (100 feet) in length, in addition to a number of smaller slips ranging from 12 to 24 meters (40 to 80 feet) in length. Development of the uplands should also include the addition of a maritime museum to preserve, and celebrate the legendary captains, boat builders, regattas, and maritime heritage from Anguilla’s rich history.

marina anguilla rendez-vous bayRendez-Vous bay project on the left offers more places for yachts of all sizes. It would just replace the existing 60 acres pond.

The five proposed superyacht marina sites identified by Edgewater Resources are Sandy Ground, Blowing Point, Rendezvous Bay, Little Harbour and Scrub Island. It is estimated that each project ranges in cost from US$26 million to US$81 million. Chief Minister Banks noted that two other marinas were under discussion in Anguilla – one in the area of Altamer Resort at West End; and the other, part the Conch Bay Development Project in The Forest Bay area.


80 Millions US$ for Anguilla

At the latest meeting of Joint Ministerial Council annual conference of leaders from the Overseas Territories and British Government Ministers, was decided to support Anguilla recovery up to 60 millions pounds sterling plus the opportunity to participate in any loan request that qualifies for the recovery effort.

The funds will be used to rebuild schools, Blowing point ferry terminal, airport improvement… We hope they will help also to move the Sandy Ground container pier to Corrito, repair some roads and put electricity cables underground.

It is a unique chance for a Anguilla to reach the international level standards and another reason to invest in Anguilla real estate.

Restaurant for sale in St Barts

Our partner St Barts Agency, real estate agency in Gustavia St-Barthelemy, is offering a rare opportunity to start a restaurant business in St Barts. This is the ad text:

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Beaches for sale

There are several beach lands that are actually for sale in Anguilla.

Some are quite unique in the Caribbean with the nicest locations. Beach lands for sale as commercial development , some located on the nicest beaches of the world.

From US$850,000 to US$31,000,000

Tell us about your project filling the form below, to be contacted by an agent:

After Hurricane Irma

Anguilla is back on track.

Anguilla repair teams are working hard and fast, like Anglec, restoring electricity at a fast rate.

Four big hotels will not have the time to open before Christmas season, but many other will reopen, and most of the villas will be available for rental.

Concerning real estate, old wood houses had biggest damages, and also galvanized industrial roofs. Most of concrete houses are in good shape. Of course, some unprotected windows or doors, may have brake sometimes bringing wind and water inside.

Beautiful beaches are still here and people are motivated like never.

See you soon !

hurricane Irma


Carnival 2017 Programme

anguilla carnival summer festival

Pre Carnival Events:

Calypso Semi-Finals – July 14th

Light The Street Fete (ASF Committee) – July 15th

Tiny Tott – July 16th

North Valley Cultural Fest – July 29th

Wet Fete – July 29th

Carnival Events:

August 2nd – 13th

Wednesday August 2nd – Opening Night

Thursday August 3rd – Flow Soca Rave (Formally Soca Monarch)

Friday August 4th – Senior and Junior Calypso Monarch Competition

Saturday August 5th – South Valley Street Festival, Bandclash/Bandorama

Sunday August 6th – A and B Class Boat Races, Kidz and Carnival, Prince and Princess Show, Talented Teen Pageant

Monday August 7th – J’ouvert, August Monday A and B Class Boat Races, August Monday Beach Party

Tuesday August 8th – August Tuesday A Class Boat Race, Soca Relapse (Axa Boy Entertainment)

Wednesday August 9th – Wednesday NCBA A Class Boat Race, Miss Anguilla Pageant

Thursday August 10th – Eyes Wide Shut, August Thursday A and B Class Boat Races, August Thursday Beach Party, Leeward Islands Calypso Show

Friday August 11th – Grand Parade of Troupes
Saturday August 12th – Poker Run (264 Bike Life), Cooler Fete (Revolution Entertainment)

Sunday August 13th – Captains Cup A Class and Champion of Champions A and B Class Boat Races.

Dan Brown in Anguilla

dan brown anguilla

Dan Brown, the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, is an Anguilla lover.

Already a generous donator for the Anguilla Literary Foundation, he accepted this time to offer one of his rare public appearance, to the people of Anguilla.

The event was held at Da Vida restaurant in Crocus Bay.

The author, after a captivating speech about his life, answered a few questions, then signed some books.

Thank you Dan for this great moment.

About Dan Brown:

Dan Brown is the author of numerous #1 bestselling novels, including The Da Vinci Code, which has become one of the best selling novels of all time as well as the subject of heated debate among readers and scholars. Brown’s novels are published in 52 languages around the world with 200 million copies in print.

In 2005, Brown was named one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World by TIME Magazine, whose editors credited him with “keeping the publishing industry afloat; renewed interest in Leonardo da Vinci and early Christian history; spiking tourism to Paris and Rome; a growing membership in secret societies; the ire of Cardinals in Rome; eight books denying the claims of the novel and seven guides to read along with it; a flood of historical thrillers; and a major motion picture franchise.”

The son of a mathematics teacher and a church organist, Brown was raised on a prep school campus where he developed a fascination with the paradoxical interplay between science and religion. These themes eventually formed the backdrop for his books. He is a graduate of Amherst College and Phillips Exeter Academy, where he later returned to teach English before focusing his attention full time to writing.

Brown is currently at work on a new book as well as the Columbia Pictures film version of his most recent novel, The Lost Symbol.