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Anguilla Beach Lovers

Issue #063, January 21st 2012

The perks of going to university in New York City are many... People, restaurants, nightlife, culture. But the real highlight is a "winter break" that stretches from the middle of December until the end of January. That means 6 weeks out of the cold and into Anguilla!

Somehow, though, all that time flies by so fast. Next week we will be in NYC, gearing up for the new semester.

These have been six fun-filled weeks, with plenty of time spent with our family and "puppies," catching up with old friends and making new ones, beach days, discovering more "favorite" spots.

And that means lots of new webpages! More on that below. First, though, I'd like to tell you about a cool contest that has started...

Dad's Anguilla Photo Challenge

Dad is hosting a special challenge on's Facebook page. If you haven't already "liked" that page, please go there now and click the "Like" button.

He is posting a series of 10 photos. My Mom and Dad will take out the winner (and significant other) to dinner at 1 of their 4 favorite 5 Star restaurants!

How do you win? Two ways...

  • be first to correctly identify the photo
  • add your own interesting story about the particular location.

Highest combined total wins.

He has already presented 4 of the challenges, experimenting to find the right difficulty level. There are some sharp Anguilla-lovers out there who got his first two really quickly.

That, of course, gets my Dad's juices going. So he's upped the challenge level. But he always has some subtle clues to help folks get the answer. He says, "You just have to look hard for them." ;-)

There is still lots of time to win. Not only are there 6 challenges left, but adding stories about the location identified in each challenge also counts...

You can find the URLs of all 4 challenges at the most recent Photo Challenge by clicking here. This link takes you to the 4th challenge....

Scroll down to the comments section, where you'll find the correct answer ("Sherrick's Bay/Cove Castles), which "stumped the band" at first. Add your own story, if you have one.

Just above the comments section, you'll find links to the 3 previous photo challenges. You can add your own story to any or all of those, too!

And finally, stand by! Photo Challenge #5 goes up as soon as this issue of Anguilla Beach Lovers goes out to everyone! So everyone has the same chance.

So head over to Facebook, find Photo Challenge #5, and join in the challenge to find out who has bragging rights to be called...

"The Anguilla Expert"

The restaurant choices? A selection of 4 of my parents' favorite restaurants...

  • da'Vida

    I don't think we'll ever forget our first meal at the sensational da'Vida restaurant...

    Our appetizers were Thai fish cake, lobster bisque, grilled vegetable salad that came with tasty goat cheese fritters, and curried chicken dumplings.

    Dinner included Lamb, Angus Beef Tenderloin, Tropical Lobster, and Katouche Crayfish Tails. My Dad swears their Angus Beef Tenderloin is the best steak on the island.

    The experience goes beyond the food. The Zen/Caribbean architecture and sensational layout was created by David and Vida Lloyd, with Vida's husband Clyde. The unique ambience and physical location right on the beach is a special treat in itself.

    Sunset tapas are not to be missed. If you like, start with the tapas on the "bar side" and then move over to the "restaurant side" for the rest of dinner!

  • Tasty's

    This Anguilla institution is known for its subtle Caribbean charm, and the Anguilla cuisine cooked up by famed head chef and owner Dale Carty. Raised in Anguilla, Dale cooks with wide knowledge of and experience with Caribbean flavors and natural ingredients.

    His skills were sharpened as he worked under the Master French Chefs Michel and Jo Rostang. Dale is in high demand privately, too, doing in-villa catering.

    The Warm Goat Cheese Salad and Black Bean Soup are two starters you can't go wrong with. For the main course, the Grilled Tuna Steak, Coconut Crusted Parrotfish and the pastas always get rave reviews.

    Tasty's also serves a very tasty breakfast and lunch.

  • Straw Hat

    Straw Hat has been one of our top favorites since we first started coming to Anguilla, back when it was a much smaller restaurant perched completely above the waters of Forest Bay.

    Peter Parles and his wife, Anne, are delightful hosts and have built what has become an "Anguilla must-dine." We've tried just about everything on the menu. It's hard to recommend a favorite, but if pressed, try...

    • the Straw Hat spring rolls for starters
    • wasabi-crested tuna
    • jerk tenderloin
    • red curry prawns
    • the panko crusted snapper filet
    • and, of course, the garlic mashed potatoes

    Honestly, though, you can't go wrong with anything on the menu. We always leave Straw Hat beyond happy, especially after a pleasant chat with Peter who always has some great inside scoops on what's going on.

  • Mango's Seaside Grill

    This ever-elegant Anguilla restaurant on Barnes Bay is the true definition of a seaside grill. Right on the sea's edge, the restaurant's wooden deck is just slightly elevated from the beach's sandy shores. You can nearly reach out and touch the waves.

    Mango's ambience is a blend of high-end restaurant and laid-back "beach shack." There is a certain finesse and feeling of sophistication that you will find here.

    The restaurant boasts a classic menu with many Anguillian favorites, all cooked to perfection.

    A gracious staff, and a genuinely warm and friendly owner, Dave Coburn, Mango's is one of the island's top fine dining options. It is one of my Dad's personal favorites.

    While Mango's is a special spot for dinner, it recently added a lunch menu, too. Click here to read our lunch experience at Mango's.


To win dinner at your choice of the above 4 restaurants, head over to's Facebook page as soon as you see this.

Take a shot at the newest Photo Challenge (#5), which should be up very shortly after you see this. And remember, there's more than one way to win... Add an interesting fact or true personal experience at any location featured in the previous challenges.

"Like" the page (if you have not already done so) so you don't miss the remaining challenges. Liking a page is supposed to put future posts from Anguilla Beaches' page onto your Facebook news feed, but I've read that the best way to be sure to receive posts from a Facebook page is to like and comment on some of the posts, too, which shows Facebook that you want more from that page.

When you see a photo challenge, pop over and play! You can still add stories to previous entries and there's lots to time to win... 6 new photo challenges still to go.

Before telling you about all the new pages that I've added, including some wonderful beach walking tours, here's a special offering from a sponsor of

Carimar Beach Club's Winter Special

What Else Is New Since I Last E-Mailed You?

#1) Blanchards Beach Shack
The Blanchards have another Anguilla restaurant success... Blanchards Beach Shack, the original barefoot beach bar they intended on creating decades ago. Serving tasty beach fare, this is the spot for a reasonably priced, idyllic beach day on Meads Bay.

#2) Petals Update
I have heard great things about Petals Boutique at Frangipani Beach Hotel on Meads Bay. I had the chance to check it out on this trip to Anguilla. Yuki and I were impressed! It is the top Anguilla-wear outfitter and souvenir shop. They carry many hard to find labels that suit Anguilla's tropical temperatures, and unique and travel-friendly souvenirs for friends at home. Mainly a store for women, I even found a unique gift for my Dad.

#3) da'Vida 2011-2012 NYE Party: A Night in Japan
This was our second year ringing in the New Year at da'Vida. With a perfectly prepared four-course meal, live entertainment and fireworks over Crocus Bay (captured on video), da'Vida did it again... It was a night to remember.

#4) Temenos Golf Course Update
Temenos Golf Course is officially out of receivership, and has been brought back to its former glory by CuisinArt Golf Resort & Spa. The course is back in pristine condition, complete with an authentic Italian club house restaurant (Italia), pro shop and PGA golf pros.

#5) Anguilla Beach Walks
Kristin has been continuing to write her famous and widely loved beach walks. This time she walks three popular and very different Anguilla beaches...

That is all for January.

Stay tuned in February for reports on Anguilla's most authentic Italian restaurant, Italia, and updates on Koal Keel and Hibernia, a well as a new look for!

Until next time,

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