Bargaining

There's no bargaining on Anguilla; you're expected to pay the stated price.

Dangers & Annoyances

Anguilla is one of the Caribbean's safest, most peaceful islands. Take the usual safety precautions and avoid leaving valuables unattended at the beach.

Electricity

110-120V; North American–style sockets are common.

Embassies & Consulates

There are no official embassies on the island. Those seeking consular services, however, can contact the Anguilla Tourist Board, which has a list of local contacts representing foreign nations.

Emergency & Important Numbers

Anguilla's country code1-264
Ambulance, Fire, Police911

Entry & Exit Formalities

All visitors need a passport, valid for six months beyond your arrival date, and an onward or return ticket.

Customs Regulations

  • Visitors are allowed to bring food for personal consumption.
  • Allowances apply for the importation and exportation of tobacco (200 cigarettes, 50 cigars or 250g of loose tobacco), alcohol (1.14L of wine or spirits) and perfume (114mL).
  • The website of Anguilla Customs (www.gov.ai/customs) has a duty calculator.

Visas

Visas are not necessary for most nationalities; citizens of some African, South American and former Soviet countries will require a visa – see www.gov.ai for information.

Etiquette

  • Sunbathing Nude or topless sunbathing is illegal island-wide.
  • Beach chairs Check first if there's a charge for beach chairs (often there is) before lounging in one.
  • Road etiquette Don't be alarmed by drivers tooting their horns – it's a common form of greeting among islanders.

Internet Access

Anguilla has reliable wi-fi across the island; most beach bars, restaurants, cafes and accommodations have free access.

Money

The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the local currency, but the US dollar is preferred and often required. Many smaller establishments don't accept credit cards.

ATMs

Banks with ATMs are located in the Valley and dispense both US and EC dollars. Keep cash on hand, as ATMs won't work for all foreign cards.

First Caribbean International Bank

Scotiabank Anguilla In the Fairplay Commercial Complex.

Credit Cards

Larger establishments accept credit cards (including foreign cards).

Exchange Rates

AustraliaA$1US$0.72
CanadaC$1US$0.74
Europe€1US$1.05
Japan¥100US$0.85
New ZealandNZ$1US$0.69
SwitzerlandSfr1US$0.98
UKUK£1US$1.23

For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.

Tipping

Most restaurant bills include a 15% service charge, while hotels add a 10% service charge; no further tipping is necessary.

Opening Hours

Many hotels, bars and restaurants shut in September and/or October. Year-round, laid-back 'island time' means that hours can vary tremendously.

Restaurants Breakfast 7am–10am, lunch 11:30am–2:30pm, dinner 6pm–9pm

Shops 8am–5.30pm Monday to Friday

Supermarkets 8am–9pm Monday to Saturday, 8am–1pm Sunday

Post

Public Holidays

New Year's Day January 1

James Ronald Webster Day March 2

Good Friday March/April

Easter Monday March/April

Labor Day May 1

Whit Monday mid-May

Anguilla Day May 30

Queen’s Birthday Mid-June

August Monday (Emancipation Day) First Monday in August

August Thursday First Thursday in August

Constitution Day early August

National Heroes and Heroines Day December 19

Christmas Day December 25

Boxing Day December 26

Smoking

  • Smoking Smoking is banned inside enclosed spaces including hotel rooms and restaurants. Outdoor areas, including some open-air dining areas, are often not smoke-free.

Taxes & Refunds

At the time of writing, Anguilla was preparing to implement a 10% goods and services tax (GST).

Telephone

  • Anguilla’s country code is 1-264, which is followed by a seven-digit local number.
  • To call the island from North America, dial 1 + 264 + the local number.
  • From elsewhere, dial your country’s international access code + 1 + 264 + the local number.
  • If you are calling locally, simply dial the local number.
  • If you are calling internationally from Anguilla, unless you are dialing a landline within the North American Numbering Plan (NANP), you need to dial the international exit code 011.

Mobile Phones

Check with your home provider about roaming capabilities and costs. Flow is the main local provider, followed by Digicel. The post office sells SIM cards that can be used in an unlocked phone.

Time

Anguilla is on Atlantic Time (GMT/UTC minus four hours). Daylight saving is not observed.

Toilets

  • Restaurants and cafes will generally let you use their facilities even if you're not a paying customer (be sure to ask first).

Tourist Information

Anguilla doesn't have a tourist office open to the public, but brochures and maps are available at most hotels. Alternatively, you can contact the Anguilla Tourist Board by phone or via its comprehensive website for information about the island.

Travel with Children

Anguilla is a very family-friendly destination. Many of the larger resorts have kids' clubs. Children will also adore the island's opportunities for water sports, beach combing and activities such as minigolf.

Supermarkets stock baby-care items including diapers (nappies).

Volunteering

There are no volunteering opportunities on Anguilla, although locals appreciate it if you pick up any rubbish you might see on the beaches.

Weights & Measures

  • Weights & Measures Anguilla uses the imperial system.

Work

Opportunities for work frequently come up in the hospitality sector and construction trades and demand often outstrips supply. Contact employers directly to see what paperwork is required or check with the Government of Anguilla (www.gov.ai).

LGBT Travellers

In general, Anguilla does not have an open-minded approach to gay and lesbian travelers, so it's best to avoid public displays of affection. While homosexuality has been legal on Anguilla since 2000, same-sex marriage is not, and there are no nondiscrimination laws. Hotels, however – especially larger and/or high-end establishments – tend to be more tolerant, so booking a double room shouldn't pose any problems.

Accessible Travel

Anguilla's flat terrain makes things easier for travelers with disabilities or limited mobility compared to many Caribbean islands. In addition, many hotels and villas have rooms equipped for wheelchair users. Wheelchair-friendly bathroom facilities at bars and restaurants are rare, however – confirm when booking.

Download Lonely Planet's free Accessible Travel guide from http://lptravel.to/AccessibleTravel.