While sitting on Cap Juluca’s pristine white sand beach, basking in the Caribbean sun and looking out over the peaceful waves of Maundays Bay, one is enveloped in a sense of serenity. Tension seems to drift away with the tide and concern is carried away on a light breeze. This tranquility is now as it was for thousands of years on the island of Anguilla when inhabited by a peaceful and gentle tribe of Amerindians called the Arawaks. The Arawaks have their origins in South America. Adventurously moving from island to island, the Arawak culture was established throughout the Caribbean. Evidence on the island tells us that the Arawaks had made a home on Anguilla as far back as 1500 BC.
For thousands of years they lived a utopian existence, farming and fishing. Much of what we know of the Arawak culture on Anguilla comes from the petroglyphs and archeological remains discovered in two ceremonial cave sites on the island, The Fountain and Big Spring. The Fountain Cavern features fresh water pools and the Arawaks used the cave for both a source of fresh water and a ceremonial site. This accounts for the large number of petroglyphs found in the cave - the most well-preserved petroglyphs in the Lesser Antilles.
Some petroglyphs, as well as a 5m high stalagmite carved into an enormous head, were identified as the Arawak god JOCAHU “CREATOR – GIVER OF CASSAVA.” Others featured an arc with a solar orb flanked by chevron lines. This is believed to be the rainbow spirit, a mystical being that was covered with fine feathers of all colors. His name was Juluca, and he was said to bring luck to fishermen who saw him while on the sea. Cap Juluca was named for the rainbow spirit whose presence can still be felt even today. For after the rains have come and gone, the sun shines through the bright colors of the rainbow and beauty is shared with all. For thousands of years, the Arawak people cultivate peace and tranquility on Anguilla and today we offer a taste of that serenity and invite you to feel the spirit at Cap Juluca.