Anguilla - Off the beaten track
Prickly Pear Cays
Offshore islands popular for diving include Prickly Pear Cays, which has caverns, ledges, barracudas and nurse sharks. This is also a popular spot for snorkelling. Tour boats leave Sandy Ground for Prickly Pear daily.
Sandy Island, lying 1.6 km (1mi) off Sandy Ground, is a small islet consisting of little more than some fine sand and a couple of coconut palms - you can walk around the whole thing in just 10 minutes. The island is surrounded by shallow reefs that offer reasonable snorkelling, with waving finger corals, sea fans and small tropical fish. You can arrange the five-minute boat ride to the islet at Sandy Ground.
Just off Island Harbour, in the centre of the bay, is the tiny private island of Scilly Cay, which has an open-air restaurant and bar and is fringed with a beach of bone-white sands. It can make for a fun afternoon of food, music and swimming.
This four kilometre-long (2.5mi) island lying just off Anguilla's northeastern tip is covered in scrubby vegetation and inhabited by herds of scruffy goats. It has a beach on its western side, an abandoned airstrip (rumored to have once been used by cocaine runners) and some good snorkelling spots. There are no facilities, so bring your own picnic. The short boat ride to Scrub Island can be arranged at Island Harbour.