Travel Tips

Useful Information for Planning Your Holiday on Antigua

Our staff at Sugar Ridge are always happy to answer your questions and help you with any information you might need. However some pieces of infor mation are good to know as you pack your bags and plan your trip.

Climate

Antigua is known for its tropical climate that remains mostly dry and warm throughout the year. Ranging from lows of 72°F (22°C) to highs of 104°F (40°C) you will want your cool clothing no matter what time of year you visit. The rainy season runs between June and November, making daily rain showers common.

Clothing

Lightweight and cool clothing is recommended for your stay on Antigua—you’ll most likely be living in tank tops and shorts! Women should pack a few dresses and men a few collared shirts for any dressy occasions such as visiting a nice restaurant or event. With the range of activities available we recommend bringing walking shoes along with your sandals and other footwear of choice.

Country Code

+1 (268) is the country code for Antigua.

Currency

Antigua and Barbuda both use East Caribbean dollars, but US dollars are widely accepted. Keep in mind that if you use an ATM around town, you will receive East Caribbean dollars. At Antigua’s international airport there is a bank and exchange bureau for your to change your money upon arrival.

Customs

Customs requires that visitors have their proper identification as well as an outline of travel, including departure date. It is a good idea to travel with a hard copy of your hotel reservation for proof.

Department of Tourism

Antigua’s department of tourism can be reached at +1 (268) 462-0480 or by e-mail at [email protected].

Electricity

All of Sugar Ridge’s outlets are 110v with an electrical frequency of 60 hertz, which is compatible with American plugs and devices. If you’re travelling from Europe or other countries with different electrical outlets, please look into bringing an adapter.

Embassies & Consulates

Antigua has 18 foreign embassies and consulates. Please visit embassy.goabroad.com to find the contact information that is right for you.

Hospitals

Mount St. John’s Medical Centre is Antigua’s main hospital, at about a 15-minute drive away, with many others in surrounding areas. Mount St. John’s can be reached at +1 (268) 484-2700.

Legal Drinking Age

The legal drinking age at Sugar Ridge is 18.

Language

English is the official language of Antigua, however many locals speak Antiguan Creole.

Pharmacies

A pharmacy is located just down from Sugar Ridge near Jolly Harbour should you need to visit. However we always recommend that all prescriptions be filled before you travel to ensure you have what you need.

Taxes

Antigua has a 15% sales tax that is charged to all purchases.

Taxis

Our reception is happy to call you a taxi. Many taxi fares are fixed rates depending on your destination. Hiring a taxi driver is also an excellent way to explore the island as most drivers are also trained tour guides.

Tipping

Most hotels and restaurants will automatically add a 10% service charge, so make sure to check your bill before adding gratuity.

Water

All water at Sugar Ridge is filtered and safe for consumption, with bottled water available for purchase. While exploring around Antigua it is recommended that you only drink water that is bottled and avoid tap water and unfiltered ice.