Honeymoon Trip to Anguilla – Tuesday, July 23, 2013
For the Baldo reader’s out there who are interested, I thought I’d document our Honeymoon trip to Anguilla. We had a great time for sure. We ate great food, lounged on incredible beaches, met some wonderful people, and walked hand in hand down our new journey of love and life with each other. I hope you enjoy these journal notes as much as we enjoyed living them.
We woke up early, 6:15; our first full day on Anguilla! We ate our left over French pastries from Sarafina’s for breakfast, cleaned up, then went for an exploratory walk around the Viceroy grounds. Viceroy truly is exceptionally beautiful. We walked down to the little beach by the pool, and were both awestruck by the clear turquoise water and soft white sands. The water was cooler than I expected, but was perfect for the hot climate. We walked around some more, taking pictures of everything, and had some refreshing water with pineapple slices in it at one pool, and some with citrus slices and strawberries at another.
Renting a Car on Anguilla
We then went to the lobby and met with our rental car agent. She was super nice, and gave us a Honda CRV instead of the sedan we reserved because she was out of them. We loaded all our day stuff in the car and then took off to explore. Driving on the left is the way it is in Anguilla, which was different and took a bit to get used to. It wouldn’t have been as much of an issue, but the steering wheel of our CRV was on the left, not the right. Everything was off because of it. I only nearly killed us on the wrong side of the road once before I got the hang of it. We explored all over the island, and found several of the restaurants we wanted to try while on Anguilla. Renting a car was a fantastic choice!
Grocery Stores on Anguilla
While in The Valley area, we stopped at Proctor’s, the grocery store recommended to us by the Viceroy front desk clerk. We had a good laugh as we spotted some bags of Idaho potatoes! I guess you’re never far from home when you live in Idaho.
We bought some mangoes, bottled water, Sadie’s diet coke, some snacks, and some Caribbean cooking sauces. The store had a good selection of things, and even had a little deli with rotisserie chickens and such.
While looking at the sauces, we asked a lady nearby if she had any recommendations. She said that she didn’t really know because she always cooks her own. Turns out she was a local chef on the island and loves food…..”the joy of life” as she calls it. We told her we were cooks too and we had a fun little chat. At the checkout line, I asked her if she would be interested in teaching us how to cook some authentic Anguillan dishes. She seemed thrilled at the suggestion, and gave us her number. How freaking cool!
Shoal Bay, Beach of Dreams
From there, we headed up the road to the East side of the island, and stopped at Shoal Beach. Wow! I’ve never seen anything like it before. The water was so exquisitely clear and turquoise blue, and the sand was white and super soft. It was like talcum powder/powdered sugar! We waded in the water a bit, then headed back to the car.
Lunch at Smokey’s, Cove Bay Anguilla
We backtracked our way back to the West end, and turned south to go have lunch at Smokey’s, one of the restaurants that came recommended from everyone we talked with. It was freaking awesome! Right on the beach of Cove Bay, with the same beautiful water and sand. This sand was also really soft, and felt exactly like soft brown sugar. The “Island Pride” Seafood Salad and the Curry Goat came highly recommended, so that’s what we ordered. Wow! Both were delicious.
After lunch, we grabbed some lounge chairs and went down to the water. We went out to neck depth, and floated and waded around for a couple hours. The water felt so good! It was a little overcast, but still hot out. Once we had enough, we went back to our chairs and chilled for another hour, enjoying some terrific virgin piña coladas from the bar. They were garnished with cinnamon, and had a bit of caramelized flavor.
Dinner at Dolce Vita, Anguilla
We drove back to Viceroy, showered, cleaned up again, and headed out to dinner to Dolce Vita, a highly recommended Italian restaurant.
I didn’t really want Italian, but Sadie really did, and it sounded fine. I’m glad we went. The place looked like crap on the outside, but inside was nice, and it had awesome beach front dining on a great covered patio deck. I ordered the Parpadelle with Duck Sauce, and Sadie ordered the Grilled Crayfish with Pasta in a garlic wine sauce. Both were amazing, and we shared the dishes. But the crayfish were really something. Super sweet, moist, and better tasting than lobster! Anguillan crayfish look cool too, like a small claw-less lobster with lots of speckled colors and a bunch of spines. Very very good meal.
Back at the hotel, we called Eula, the chef from the store, and set up a time to cook with her on Friday. Exciting!
What an awesomely perfect day.
The Bald Gourmet takes his loving bride to Anguilla for a honeymoon.
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