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25 TIPS WHEN TRAVELING TO ANTIGUA
1. Use sun block, as the rays in the Caribbean
are stronger than many people realize.
2. Don’t forget to bring along some bug spray.
3. Take your passport, and if you don’t have one, apply for
one at least three months prior to your trip.
4. If you plan to rent a car, realize that you’ll be driving
on the left side of the road.
5. Take extra precautions with prescription drugs. Carry medicines
in carry-on bags in their original packaging.
6. Get the best rates by traveling during the summer or fall months.
7. Purchase comprehensive travel insurance.
8. Remember that there is a $20 USD departure tax.
9. Bring comfortable sneakers/beach shoes.
10. Photocopy all of your travel documents and leave with a relative
who you can contact if you lose your information.
11. Bring a hat and sunglasses.
12. The monetary conversion rate is US$1 to EC$2.70.
13. Best shopping deals are found at Heritage and Redcliffe Quays.
14. Local time is Atlantic Standard Time, which is one hour ahead
of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time.
15. If someone asks you to “whine up yourself,” don’t
fret, they are merely asking you to dance.
16. Part of the island is wired with 110 volts and the remainder
is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages available.
17. Attire is informal, but conservative. Beach attire is not appropriate
for town, shops or restaurants. Some hotels and restaurants stipulate
jacket and tie for men and dresses for women in the evening.
18. Most business are open Monday through Saturday 8 a.m. to noon
and 1 p.m. to 5 p.m.
19. No vaccinations are required.
20. Taxis are not only plentiful, but most drivers are happy to
serve as your “tour guide.”
21. Go to www.antigua-barbuda.org or call 888 268-4227 for more
information about Antigua and Barbuda.
22. Gratuity--expect to tip between 10 and 15% depending on the
service. Some restaurants and hotels will automatically add a 10%
gratuity. If in doubt, just ask. Give porters and bellhops about
$1 per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
23. Calling home is easy--most hotels offer USA Direct calling
service, or you can be connected with a U.S. operator for calling
24. Cell phones coverage is available; however, check with your
carrier to ensure you have international calling privileges.
25. When booking a taxi, charter guide, etc., always confirm price
first and whether currency quoted is in USD or EC.
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