For those that have visited peaceful Anguilla during any other week of the year, you’ll know that the island is synonymous with utter tranquility. Besides the sounds of laughter, ocean lapping up on the sand, and the clinking of rum punch glasses, the beaches are generally a place of unadulterated relaxation.
Then comes Carnival week, Anguilla’s Summer Festival, with August Monday’s festivities. During this one week – this one day – the island is transformed. BBQ stations line Sandy Ground, Heineken tents dole out rum punch in quantity, and a stage situated in the sand is home to live bands that get the crowd dancing from day to night. Boats from St. Martin and St. Barths pull into Sandy Ground to tie up and celebrate at one of the Caribbean’s biggest beach parties. It’s a holiday on the island, and for many, the countdown to August Monday begins 364 days in advance. Even those that prefer to skip the madness of the beach party should pop down for a moment to take it in; it’s people watching at its finest and it’s an event that captures the spirited culture of Anguilla and the joie de vivre of its people.
The Frangipani Beach Resort was completely booked up for this year’s Carnival celebration and it was a week for the books. For some guests it was a first. For many, it was a tradition. Here are some snapshots from August Monday: