> Thank you so much! I am new to this forum so
> hopefully I am answering everyone! I will
> checkout all of the information in the posts
> above! I will let you know what I find out.
> We are also planning to visit Anguilla one day. I
> have only been there once and loved it. Please
> give me your thoughts on this visit.
> Also -- what are some good bars on St. Maarten --
> I understand the Sunset Beach Bar has closed!
Anguilla has become one of my most favorite places so I would have to say, yes, a daytrip is definitely worth the effort. We've done the cat trips over a number of times so our preference these days, if not actually over-nighting, is to take the Marigot ferry over and then a cab to Shoal Bay.
There are many great spots along the beach at Shoal Bay, Uncle Ernie's being but one , Elodia's another, and there's our favorite, Gwen's, for another, along with many other stops as well. I think they all rent chairs and umbrellas and if I remember correctly, they're a little less expensive than on St. Maarten/St. Martin. Remember, you will need your passports for this trip regardless of how you choose to get there.
There are any number of other places where you might enjoy spending a day, but the two previous places are just fun places to hang and chill and do some serious beaching and snorkelling and if you happen to go over on a Sunday, there's a pick-up reggae band at Gwen's that's a real hoot. There are many more up-scale places if that would be your preference, but as I said, we love AXA and Gwen's.
And if none of these appeal and you and your friends want to spend some serious money for lunch, you could always take the ferry over and catch a cab to Scilly Caye for a lobster lunch on their beach. Very pricey, very beautiful and very good and no credit cards accepted as far as I know, but beware, they are only open a couple of days and sadly, I don't recall which ones.
Regarding rental cars, we've also used Lesley Bruce of Kennys Car Rentals for about ten years now, every trip, and he's never let us down yet and we really appreciate the fact he puts us in our car and on our way directly from the airport without making other stops. I'm thinking all the local agencies are probably good but if it were me I'd avoid the name brands - they're just not the same on the island as they are Stateside.