Anguilla, LIttle Bay

Anguilla: A Sunday Farewell

Little Bay, Scilly Cay + Johnno’s

If you can’t tell from my previous Sunday posts from Anguilla, Sunday is the ultimate day for live music and activities on the island. Johnno’s has their afternoon jazz, Scilly Cay is open with live music, Gwen’s has a string band in the afternoons, and Omari Banks serenades the crowd at da ‘Vida during lunchtime. Experiencing all of it in one day is impossible, but we were on a mission to make it a day of memories, including as much as we could without spreading ourselves too thin.

Little Bay, Anguilla

This trip marked my in-laws last full day on the island, and also marked my last day with out-of-town houseguests that had been visiting us from DC. We wanted to end the trip with a bang, and bring a memorable conclusion to an already jam-packed trip. First up: Little Bay.

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Little Bay, Anguilla

Lest we float empty-handed, we cracked open a jeroboam of rose that we had gifted to my in-laws for their anniversary. If ever there was a time to drink it, this was it. Drinks in hand, we floated in the calm cove without any other visitors in sight.

Little Bay, Anguilla

Perfection.

I’ve talked about Little Bay time and time again (here, for example), but it’s a place that’s truly awe-inspiring; dramatic and unique. As I explained to my mother-in-law during our time there, it doesn’t matter how many times we visit, I can’t help but take pictures. While we’re idling there with no one else in sight, it feels wrong to not capture the moment and take in all of the colors and depth. As a result, I have about a thousand of the exact same photo taken on different days, but you know what? I’m okay with that.

Little Bay, ANguilla

From Little Bay, we made our way to the wondrous Scilly Cay. I just talked about how much I love Scilly Cay a few weeks ago so I won’t go into detail about why it’s amazing. Suffice it to say, it is amazing and in my book it’s a must if you haven’t been. Even if you don’t want to splurge on a crayfish lunch, pop in for a rum punch and take it all in. When you’re planning your itinerary, remember that Scilly Cay is only open on Wednesdays and Sundays with Sundays offering live music.

Scilly Cay, Anguilla
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Typically a Scilly Cay Sunday is plenty in and of itself, but we had a next step involved. Since it was the final day for a number of passengers, we concluded our boat trip by pulling into Sandy Ground to listen to jazz. Sprocka, a veritable living legend on Anguilla, was serenading the crowd with his covers and upbeat originals. If you remember, Sprocka played the cocktail party for our wedding so we have a particularly soft spot in our heart for him! As usual, he was fabulous.

Johnno's Anguilla

It was a bittersweet Sunday with some incredible memories and some sad premature goodbyes. Still, I can’t think of a better sendoff than a mini island tour with friends and family.

For those that have spent time on Anguilla on a Sunday, what are your go-tos? Why?

xo from AXA,

Shannon Kircher, The Wanderlust Effect

More about Shannon Kircher

Shannon Kircher is the founder and editor of The Wanderlust Effect, formerly The Traveling Scholar. Founded in 2009, she has continued to document her international escapes as an expat in Europe and the Caribbean. She is a former resident of London and San Francisco and now calls the island of Anguilla home. In addition to The Wanderlust Effect, Shannon is the Director of Marketing for the Frangipani Beach Resort and is on the Board of Directors of the Omololu International School in Anguilla.

6 Comments

    1. My go – to destinations on Anguilla (besides the great beaches) Elvis Beach bar for some nightlife, Gwen’s for some great food and Ken’s BBQ for the best value on the island.

      1. If you haven’t been to Anguilla this season, you’ll be excited to see what’s going on in the Valley! We used to go just for Ken’s (the go-to!), but it’s expanded into a strip with food trucks, lots of BBQ stations, pop-up bars, etc. — a really cool experience!

    1. Thanks for the reply. That sounds great. Unfortunately, our Anguilla trip this year is limited to just 3 days in the middle of the week this year and we were sad we would miss Ken’s. Is the new food strip just on the weekend’s or is it most every day? We are spending 4 days on SXM and 2 on Saba to mix things up a little.

      1. Ah, darn. I believe the strip is weekends only (maybe Thursdays, too). Saba’s great! If you haven’t been, the hike to the top of Mt. Scenery’s a nice jaunt, and the dining at Eden is fabulous for a nicer meal out!

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