Q: Is Carimar a hotel or a condo?
A: Carimar is a hotel with the “feel” of a condo. We are lucky that we can offer our guests large “Home Away From Home” accommodations with 1100 square feet of living space, a large living room, a dining room that accommodates six persons, a fully equipped kitchen, two bedrooms, two bathrooms, a lanai or balcony, and free wireless internet and flat screen TV. You can reserve your space directly through the front desk reservations at 866-270-3764 or through your local travel agent.
Q: Does Carimar have a swimming pool?
A: Carimar does not have a swimming pool on site, however, the water in front of Carimar is so blue and clear that it has been called “the world’s biggest swimming pool.”
In addition, Carimar has a swimming pool sharing agreement with a hotel close-by. Their guests use our tennis courts and beach and our guests can use their swimming pool.
Q: Does Carimar have a restaurant?
A: Carimar does not have a restaurant on-site, however, the best value beach bar is right next door – Blanchard’s Beach Shack. In addition, we have several five-star restaurants next door or within walking distance on the beach – Blanchard’s Restaurant is directly next to Carimar and Jacala and Straw Hat are steps down the beach. The Restaurant at Malliouhana is right next door on the east side of Carimar. Every Carimar villa has a fully equipped kitchen with dishes, glassware, silverware, appliances, full refrigerator, range, microwave, blender, etc. to make as many meals in-house as you want. The Best Buy Supermarket is located right up the road and has everything you will need for in-room meals including beer, wine, and spirits. The dining room accommodates six people – perfect for families with young children.
Q: Are there any other budget and/or family restaurants nearby?
A: There are several budget and family friendly restaurants close to Carimar. One is the aforementioned Blanchard’s Beach Shack. B&D’s BBQ is a favorite within walking distance up the road and Ocean Echo (moderately priced) is down the beach to the west. See our blog “Cheap Eats on Anguilla – You Don’t Have to Be Rich to Enjoy and Great Meal on Anguilla”. Picante’s mexican taqueria up the road is also a family favorite.
Q: Does Carimar have air conditioning?
A: Carimar does have air conditioning in every bedroom and ceiling fans in every room. Most of our guests have commented that they do not use air conditioning during the day as the trade winds blow beautiful cooling breezes through every villa. Our guests prefer opening up the sliders and windows to take advantage of these breezes and prefer not to shut themselves inside. Anguilla’s average temperature is 80F. Northeastern trade winds keep the island relatively cool and dry. In the summer months, as with any destination near the equator, there can be a sultry day, so take advantage of the “biggest swimming pool in the world” right at your feet. We are currently in the process of installing a/c in the living rooms as well, starting in October of 2018 with the beachfront units.
Q: Does Carimar have on-site water sports?
A: Carimar does not have a contracted water sports company on-site, however, right next door there is a water sports outpost where you want rent many types of water sports equipment. In addition, Carimar gives our guests free use of snorkel equipment, and our “Carimar Caring” Concierge will gladly procure water sport services for you – including boat charters, sailing cruises, snorkeling and diving trips, stand-up paddle boarding, kite surfing, water skiing, tubing, etc
Q: Does Carimar offer tennis?
A: Carimar has two championship tennis courts on-site with free equipment to use.
Q: Is there grocery shopping nearby?
A: Best Buy opened a large grocery store right up the road within a fifteen-minute walk. You can purchase anything from groceries to wine, beer, and spirits.
Q: Is the water rough or calm?
A: The water in front of Carimar is very calm – see the photo above. However, like every Caribbean island, there are occasional storms out at sea that can churn up some waves on the island. On rare days when the red flag is up, the beaches on the south side of the island tend to be calm. This works both ways – when the south side of the island is rough, Carimar is usually calm.