We have compilled some basic traveller information for you that may help you to plan your trip a little better before you depart on your holiday to our private Caribbean cottages.
Passports and Immigration
We strongly recommend that all members of your party travel with a passport with a validity date of at least six months past the date of your departure from the island. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport you can visit the US Department of State. For information on UK passports, visit the Identity and Passport Service of the Home Office. In our current times, passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.
Calling the US is easy from Antigua. Our resorts offer US Direct calling service, or can connect you with a US operator for calling home.
Departure taxes & service charges
Antigua has a US$20.00 airport departure tax, a room tax of 8.5% and a service charge of 10%.
The hotel predominantly uses 110V, the same as in the United States.
Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants.
Antigua is in the Atlantic Standard Time zone, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time. Atlantic Standard Time is four hours behind GMT.
The official currency of Antigua is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. A recent exchange rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.70. US currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
The closest bank, the Antigua and Barbuda Investment Bank, in Woods Center (a five minute taxi ride away) is open from Monday to Thursday 08:30 to 14:00 and on Friday from 08:30 to 16:00. Banks in St John's have similar opening hours, whilst the bank in the Woods Center is also open on Saturday mornings.
There are several general practitioners and specialists on the island as well as a hospital and a private clinic. No vaccinations are required unless the visitor is arriving from an endemic area. Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.
Antigua is relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions; i.e. don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach. Place your valuables and travel documents in your room safe. Keep your guest room doors and windows locked, especially at night and when you are not in the room.