Travel Tips

Things you need to know when traveling to Antigua



Passports Requirements

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.

Gratuities

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.

Credit Cards

AMEX not accepted for local payments at The Verandah Resort & Spa. Due to ongoing issues with American Express credit card processing, please 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

Telephones

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 tax & service charges

Departure tax is included in your airfare.

Electricity

The resorts predominantly use 110V, the same as in the United States.

Appropriate Attire

Elegantly casual. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Some restaurants stipulate jackets and ties for men and dresses for women in the evening.

Time zone

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.

Currency

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.

Banking

  • Antigua and Barbuda Development Bank
  • Antigua and Barbuda Investment Bank
  • Antigua Commercial Bank
  • Bank of Antigua
  • Bank of Nova Scotia
  • First Caribbean International Bank, Ltd
  • RBTT Bank, Ltd
  • Royal Bank of Canada
  • Swiss American National Bank of Antigua

Banking hours are Monday through Thursday from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm and again from 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm; Friday from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, and 3:00 pm to 5:00 pm.

Medical facilities

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.

Shopping hours

Monday thru Saturday 8:00 am to noon and 1:00pm-5:00pm.

GENERAL SHOPPING

For all your grocery, pharmacy, personal items, and provisioning needs in Antigua, stop by Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy, the Caribbean’s largest and most extensive supermarket. Epicurean’s main store and pharmacy is conveniently located just outside the capital city of St. John’s. Visit: www.EpicureanAntigua.com

Personal safety

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.