Everyone loves the idea of catching some sun on a luxurious Caribbean island, but most people don’t have the resources to fly to the beach whenever they want to. Celebrities have the resources to travel, and some own private Caribbean villas or even entire islands! Well-heeled celebrities with oodles of cash can pitch up on a luxury yacht or charter a private jet to the Cayman Islands, St Kitts and Nevis, St Barts, and Anguilla to enjoy a peaceful vacation away from fans and photographers. Who can blame them?
So, what is it about Anguilla that draws a host of celebrities, including Liam Neeson, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Shakira? Let’s find out.
At certain times of the year, Anguilla is filled with celebrities. Luckily, there’s plenty of vacation rentals within the average man’s budget, so you can get a taste of the island too! You can eat out and be seated alongside Uma Thurman and Ethan Hawke, or return to your luxury beachside villa and catch Robert De Nero or Drew Barrymore enjoying a dusk stroll on the sand. It may sound crazy, but you have a higher chance of bumping into a famous person on Anguilla than almost any other Caribbean Island.
Chilling on Anguilla
Celebrities love the chilled-out vibe on Anguilla. They know they can book a suite in a five-star resort hotel or rent one of the exclusive Anguilla villas and not be pestered by over-enthusiastic paparazzi. Celebs go to LA or Cannes to be seen and admired, but they don’t always want to have their every move documented when they are on vacation.
Many celebrities eat in the island’s best resort restaurants, but you might also spot them slumming it in a beachside burger joint or snack bar. Just because they can enjoy the finest lobster washed down with vintage champagne, doesn’t mean they don’t like to try freshly cooked pork tenderloin at the Sand Bar on the Beach or sample Caribbean fusion dishes at Smokey’s at the Cove.
The big resort hotels have their own private beaches, but with 33 different stretches of sand to choose from, celebrities don’t have a problem finding a secluded beach where they can relax and enjoy the water. If you pitch up at a quiet, secluded stretch of sand with a novel and a bottle of water, don’t be too surprised if you spot someone famous catching some sun or taking selfies for Instagram.
Hang Out with the Locals
Part of the fun of going on vacation is that you can live it large, free from the constraints of normal life. Celebrities spend most of their life living under a microscope, so it’s no wonder they love to kick back in a quiet, sun-drenched retreat like Anguilla. Tourism is a very important part of the Anguillan economy, so the locals like to take care of visitors, famous or not.
Locals love to gossip about who’s staying on the island, but they will always make sure their celebrity guests are well looked after. Going to Anguilla will make you feel like a celebrity, even if you aren’t one!