Seafood lovers rejoice! Festival Del Mar in Anguilla is the place to be next year. The annual spring festival, often held over Easter weekend, not only celebrates the seafood industry on the British island, but also the destination’s seafaring heritage and history. Anguilla proudly claims its title as the Culinary Capital of the Caribbean, but you’ll have to visit for yourself and make your own judgment.
During your trip for Festival Del Mar, soak in all the local culture you can find in the festival’s location, Island Harbour, which is still mostly untouched by tourism, with its colorful fishing boats and fishing village vibe. The beaches are beautiful for a stroll and you’ll likely meet locals along your way, as you watch fishermen come and go.
The festival itself features an array of cooking competitions for the best seafood soup, seafood salad, local seafood dish, roasted seafood and grilled seafood featuring catches like prawns, shrimp, spiny lobster, conch, marlin and more. Other festival activities include sailing and fishing competitions.
After sampling all the amazing dishes, enjoy Anguilla’s other attractions, like the 33 beaches, championship golf courses, shabby chic beach bars, snorkeling and underwater heritage site, El Buen Consejo.
Though you won’t find too many accommodation options in Island Harbour, just a few miles away, Shoal Bay Villas has a relaxing, laid-back atmosphere. The beachfront property offers 23 apartments with kitchens, balconies and porches, either oceanfront or poolside. The hotel is within easy walking distance of a handful of beach restaurants.