Anegada, literally “drowned island” is the Northernmost of the British Virgin Islands. It lies approximately 15 miles (24 km) north of Virgin Gorda. It is very different from most other Virgin Islands, which are of volcanic origin and mountainious: Anegada is flat and low and formed from coral and limestone, rather than being of volcanic origin. It is the only all-coral atoll in the Virgin Islands and a mere 28 feet above sea level.
Anegada is known for miles of white sand beaches and the 18-mile (29 km)-long Horseshoe Reef, the largest barrier coral reef in the Caribbean, and the fourth largest on earth. The reef is a watery graveyard for many an unsuspecting wind-tossed ship, it is known to have over 300 wrecks in its waters, some of whose artifacts can be seen in a local nautical museum. Aside from the Lobster for which Anegada is mostly known, it is also great for kiting, surfing (it is the Virgin Island that is most exposed to the swell), diving and paddleboarding.
The flora, fauna and scenery is very different from the other Virgin Islands, there are pine trees, bushes and sand dunes (like at the French Atlantic Ocean). The sand is very fine and soft and has a pinkish white color. There are salt ponds that host a growing flock of pink flamingoes. The water is very clear and due to the low depth, the colors are just amazing.
Anegada has only about 300-400 inhabitants (the 2010 census was 275) and there are about 200 tourists visiting per day. Aside from tourism, the key source of income on Anegada is commercial fishing, most of the fresh fish and lobster in the BVIs comes from Anegada.
It is truly beautiful and very relaxed. It is maybe not the place where you want to spend a 3-week vacation, but it is great for a long weekend or a week it is great if you love beaches, watersports and seafood. Anegada is an interesting mix of quiet and sleepy but also very modern, trendy and fun and outgoing.