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.
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 code||1-264|
|Ambulance, Fire, Police||911|
Entry & Exit Formalities
All visitors need a passport, valid for six months beyond your arrival date, and an onward or return ticket.
- 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 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.
- 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.
Anguilla has reliable wi-fi across the island; most beach bars, restaurants, cafes and accommodations have free access.
In Anguilla, drugs of all kinds are strictly illegal and being caught in possession of any will result in prosecution.
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.
Larger establishments accept credit cards (including foreign cards).
For current exchange rates, see www.xe.com.
Most restaurant bills include a 15% service charge, while hotels add a 10% service charge; no further tipping is necessary.
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
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 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).
- 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.
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.
Anguilla is on Atlantic Time (GMT/UTC minus four hours). Daylight saving is not observed.
- Restaurants and cafes will generally let you use their facilities even if you're not a paying customer (be sure to ask first).
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).
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.
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).
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.
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.