Beach + Island

World's Sexiest Islands

by Jason H. Harper

ANGUILLA

Perfect for: A long-weekend jaunt for "reconnecting"—preferably with as few clothes as possible

The scene: Sixteen miles long and three miles wide, Anguilla (view slideshow) has 33 of the most fantastic beaches in the Caribbean, and there are no T-shirt or postcard stands sullying any of them. Gargantuan cruise ships aren't welcome, either. What does this mean to you? Well, as you cuddle on the sand with the warm sea nibbling at your toes, you won't be set upon suddenly by a sunburned family of six toting digital cameras. And you won't have to contend with tacky casinos or skyline-wrecking high-rise hotels, as Anguilla doesn't allow those, either. Who might you be seeing instead? Celebrities such as Denzel Washington, Brad Pitt, Beyoncé, or Jennifer Aniston, who come here for the same reasons you do: mind-blowing beaches and no fears of being photographed by gawkers.

Don't miss: Lunch on the islet of Scilly Cay. Stand at the dock in the harbor and wave your arms to call over the restaurant's boat. Five minutes across the water awaits a feast of grilled seafood, rum punch, and a live jazz guitarist. Since there's no electricity, the live lobsters are kept in natural tide pools. Argue over which is better—the food or the setting.

Between the sheets: Anguilla's beaches are hard to beat, and the best is arguably the two-mile-long, white-sand-carpeted Shoal Bay East. So make your daily commute as painless as possible, and stay at , located on the beach itself. This 27-suite property has a happy-go-lucky vibe, in no small part because of the crowd that comes for the open-air restaurant Kuyah and its rollicking bar. Body shot, anyone?

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