An important strategic port and valuable commercial colony since the 1600’s, 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 gardens are the perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and windsurfing. An interior rainforest attracts hikers and zip liners, while other land-based activities include golf, tennis, cricket and more.
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 on Atlantic Standard Time for the duration of the year, which places its clock one hour ahead of Eastern Standard time and four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. During daylight-saving time in the United States, Atlantic Standard Time matches Eastern Standard Time. Those traveling from other time zones may have to make slight adjustments in order to become used to the time difference, but this is usually not too difficult with the sun and sand of the Caribbean to ease the transition.
AMEX Not Accepted for Local Payments at Galley Bay. Due to ongoing issues with American Express credit card processing, please be advised that, until further notice, American Express credit cards cannot be used to pay local charges and incidentals at the hotel. Visa, MasterCard, and Discover are welcomed.
The elegantly casual beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Most restaurants stipulate collar shirts and long pants for men and pant suits or dresses for women in the evening. resorts predominantly use 110V, the same as in the United States.
Same as in the US; 10-15% depending on the service. We suggest 50 cents per bag for porters and bellhops, and taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
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.
Antigua has a US$28.00 airport departure tax (normally included in your airline ticket), a room tax of 10.5% and a service charge of 10%.
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.
Banking hours are Monday through Thursday 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and again 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Friday 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.
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, Thrusday, Saturday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm.