About Anguilla (AI)
The British overseas territory of Anguilla (AI) is an archipelago in the Caribbean Sea, consisting of the mainland of Anguilla and a number of smaller, mostly uninhabited islands, shoals, and cays.
Anguilla is located a few kilometers north of its much more famous neighbor, the island of Saint-Martin, and roughly 150 km east of Puerto Rico and the U.S. and British Virgin Island groups. Anguilla itself is a tiny island, 26 km (16 mi) long by 5 km (3 mi) wide, with the majority of its population concentrated in the nation’s capital, The Valley.
The flat and low-lying territory is popular for watersports and cave exploration, notably The Big Springs Cave and The Fountain Cave located in Shoal Bay. Although not exactly a high-profile travel destination, Anguilla is spectacularly popular for dive holidays, owing to its coral reef systems that surround the islands. Scuba and snorkeling enthusiasts flock to the island during peak seasons in May-August, and again from November-January.
Although the region’s weather is generally Caribbean consistent, it lies within the Atlantic hurricane zone, and severe weather can affect visitation to the islands.
Even though its dimensions are pintsized, visitors to will have so much more freedom and convenience if they rent a car in Anguilla. The island’s lone highway, The Valley Road (Route 1), stretches from end to end, providing quick and easy access to every destination and attraction.
There aren’t a lot of cars on the island, so traffic is rarely, if ever, much of a concern.
Navigation is exceedingly simple, and getting lost next to impossible. Travelers arrive at Anguilla Airport, locally known as Clayton J. Lloyd International Airport, situated quite literally across the highway from The Valley, which is not so much a town as a quaint beach outpost with a bunch of restaurants, bars, hotels, and local amenities.
However, many of these establishments are spread out over 200-500 meter distances, and not conducive to walking around. But with little to see or do in the capital, most visitors jet off to their resorts and dive sites scattered across the island. Drivers will mostly be concerned with avoiding the occasional pothole here and there, and reminding themselves not to lock the keys in the car.
Choosing your car
Cheap car rentals in Anguilla are available from Hertz, Budget, Dollar, Enterprise, Sixt, and National at the airport. Choose from minicars, compact sedans, economy hatchbacks, fullsize 4-door sedans, estate wagons, SUVs, specialty vehicles, and 7-12 seater minivans for large groups and families
Tips and advice for renting a car in Anguilla
Anguilla car rentals may not include Collision/Loss Damage Waiver or Theft Protection, so make sure you have travel insurance coverage, or book CDW here on this site.
Debit cards are generally accepted for booking and payment of your Anguilla car hire; however, be advised that excess and deposit amounts are significantly higher than most land-based destinations.
The car rental kiosks at the airport close relatively early in the evening, but will remain open to wait for later flights. Be sure to book your Anguilla car rental in advance to make sure somebody is there when you show up.
You’ll need to purchase an Anguilla driver’s license from the car rental vendor when you arrive to pick-up your vehicle. There are two options: 72-hour and 30-day licenses. There’s no test, just paperwork and pay a fee.
Watch out for goats roaming freely on the roads.
Read the terms and conditions of your rental agreement, looking specifically for any minimum mileage restrictions. You may incur a surcharge if you don’t drive the vehicle more than 75 km (45 mi)