When is the Cheapest Time to Fly to Anguilla?
The best time for cheap flights to Anguilla is during the summer season from May until August. This time of year is considered ‘low season’ with some rain and humidity. September through November is the cheapest time of the year for Anguilla flights, although many businesses are closed at this time. Peak season is from December to April.
When is the Best Time to Book your Flight to Anguilla?
For the best deals on flights to Anguilla, the best time to book is as early as possible. Flexible dates and last-minute flights can help you stay on budget. When looking at dates, keep in mind that from June to November is hurricane season and more rain is expected. However, Anguilla is considered one of the driest of the Caribbean islands. To see the island festivities, travel during the summer as most occur during this period.
Flying to Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (AXA)
Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (AXA) is the only international airport in Anguilla and named after the first Anguillan aviator. It is located two kilometres from The Valley, the capital of Anguilla.
There are several UK airports such as London Heathrow Airport, Gatwick Airport, Manchester Airport and Edinburgh Airport with flights to Anguilla. Since AXA is served only by domestic charter flights, there are no direct flights available from the UK. This means that all return flights will require several stopovers, mainly in American cities like Philadelphia, Orlando and Miami. All flights have a final stop in San Juan, Puerto Rico before setting off for Anguilla. Indirect Anguilla flights are available through major airlines like British Airways, American Airlines and Virgin Atlantic before a final charter flight with Seaborne Airlines.
On Arrival and Getting Around the Airport
Clayton J Lloyd International Airport is a small international airport with a single terminal. It has a long runway and no jet bridges. Facilities are limited, but include a restaurant and gift shop. Apart from international flights, AXA also serves both chartered and scenic Anguilla flights.
Getting to the City from Clayton J Lloyd International Airport (AXA)
To travel from AXA to The Valley and other parts of Anguilla you can either take a taxi or hire a car. Taxis are the best and most convenient way to get to your accommodation and are easily found outside the terminal. If you prefer to travel independently, local car hire companies are available just outside the airport. Most car hire agencies will issue an Anguillan driver’s licence as this is required by law. As in the UK, cars are driven on the left-hand side of the road, although most steering wheels are also on the left in Anguilla.
Why visit Anguilla?
Anguilla has 33 sunny beaches for you to discover. Popular beaches include Rendezvous Bay, Shoal Bay and Meads Bay. For a quieter beach experience, visit Long Bay or Black Garden Bay. Anguilla’s beaches are more than just sand and crystal-clear waters – each has its own characteristic features. Blowing Point is filled with fishermen, vendors, locals and tourists. Captain’s Bay is best for picnics and hiking in the surrounding rocks. Corito Bay, Cove Bay and Savannah Bay are just some of the beaches that are excellent for snorkelling.
Then there is Sandy Ground beach, the liveliest and most popular beach in all of Anguilla, filled with live music, food and drinks, as well as people, boats and festivities. It is also a popular spot for Anguilla’s Carnival, the island’s biggest summer celebration, which combines, music, pageants, boat races and many other activities. Boat racing is Anguilla’s national sport and a part of its celebrations like the Easter Festival del Mar and Anguilla Regatta.
Don't Forget Before you Fly
Before travelling to Anguilla, it is a good idea to bring some Eastern Caribbean dollars with you, in particular, to pay for transport. Apart from Eastern Caribbean dollars, US dollars are also accepted. If you prefer to pay by card, local shops, hotels and restaurants accept most major credit cards. As a British overseas territory, British nationals do not need a visa to enter the country. However, your passport must be valid for at least six months from your date of entry.