Getting to Anguilla

Getting here is tough, no 2 ways about it…especially when you’re coordinating 3 different scheduled arrivals/departure dates from 2 different cities with credit card points and airline miles. I’m travelling with my 4 yr old and 8 yr old. My mom is flying in separately to meet us Friday night, my wife comes next week. So the kids and I left Th night at 7pm for Miami, arriving around 10:30pm, got all the bags, shuttled over to the Holiday Inn Express and crashed. Fri morning, it’s breakfast and off to the airport. From Miami to St. Maarten is about 2.5 hours, just about right for my kids.

After arriving and going through customs (a new stamp for the kids passports), get the bags and find a taxi from the Dutch side of the island to Marigot on the French side, arriving at the ferry dock around 3:30pm. There are people milling about everywhere…this is Friday afternoon and Carnival on Anguilla right? Lots and lots of people headed to the island. One line is for obtaining your boarding pass, one line is for paying your departure tax ($6), one line is for giving your excess bags to the porter, and one line is for waiting to get on the next ferry. There’s a ferry at the dock when we arrive, but no chance of getting on that one. Another comes and goes while I’m in the boarding pass line, but then the pace picks up and we get through the boarding pass, departure tax, and porter line ($1 per bag). Did I mention there’s no air-conditioning for any of this? That’s okay, but the combined travel of about 24 hours and waiting around in lines for getting on planes, going through immigration, waiting on baggage, waiting on taxis, waiting on ferrys is starting to wear on the kids a bit. More…