An important strategic port and valuable commercial colony since the 1600s, Antigua was known as the “Gateway to the Caribbean” due to its geographic position that offered control over the major sailing routes to and from the region’s rich island colonies. This breathtaking island measures 108 sq. miles and is circled by 95 miles of indented coastline and beaches.
The largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, Antigua is renowned for its 365 white-sand beaches and impressive maritime history. Its rich culture, fine restaurants and local nightlife offer an array of activities and sightseeing possibilities. History lovers can explore Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in picturesque English Harbor, its Georgian-style naval buildings date back to the 18th century. The marina also hosts popular sailing and yachting events. The island’s pristine beaches and beautiful coral reefs are the perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling, kayaking, windsurfing and paddle boarding. An interior rainforest attracts hikers and zip liners, while other land-based activities include yoga, golf, tennis, cricket and more.
The island also hosts many international events such as sailing regattas and cricket matches and not least, the ever colorful annual carnival. On top of this, of course, the food, rum, music and hospitality in Antigua are legendary.
Elegantly casual. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Some restaurants stipulate collared shirts and trousers and dresses for women in the evening.
BANKS & BANKING HOURS
There are branches of the following Banks located in St. John’s: ECAB, First Caribbean Bank, Global Bank, RBTT and more. Banking hours are from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. Monday to Thursday and from 8:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. on Fridays. The Reception will also exchange money for you, although amounts are limited due to banking regulations.
We accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card. Please note that a credit card is required upon arrival for authorization.
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 and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
The departure tax is included in the price of your airfare ticket. Service fees are included in your nightly rate.
The voltage in Antigua is 110 volts AC and 60 cycles (the same as in the USA). The electrical wall outlets are compatible with the American electrical system. Warning: UK and European appliances require converters and plug adaptors.
A service charge is included in your bill in lieu of gratuity. You are, however, free to reward outstanding service with an additional gratuity, by using the tip box at the Reception Desk upon departure.
We strongly advise all our guests ensure they have adequate and appropriate travel insurance which also includes cover for any sporting activities where applicable.
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. However we advise those guests with specific medical conditions to ensure they bring a sufficient supply of their own medication.
Passports are required. We strongly recommend that all guests travel with a passport validity date of at least six months past the date of departure from the island and check specific country of origin requirements. For information on obtaining or renewing a US passport please visit the US Department of State. For information on UK passports, visit the HM Passport Office. In our current times, passports are the most expeditious and reliable form of identification when traveling domestically or internationally.
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.
Monday to Saturday 8:00 a.m. to noon and 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. Most shops are closed on Sundays.
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.