ANGUILLA "Helpful Travel Hints" suggested by HARBOR LIGHTS

Airplanes
Apothecaries
Bicycles
Car rentals
Cabs
Currency
Departure tax
Driving
Drug Stores
Emergency
Exchange rate
Ferries
Grocery Shopping
Guided tours
Fire
Hospital
Hotel tax
Immigration
Language
Mail
Map
Money
Passports
Pharmacies
Phones
Police
Planes
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Bikes
Multiscenic Tours in George Hill or at the Blowing Point Ferry Terminal | (264) 497 5810. Boothes {(264) 497 2075} also has bikes, as does Bow's Cycle Rental {(264) 497 2323} and they also have scooters and mopeds . We only suggest biking for very fit and ambitious guests. The roads can be tricky and the heat can be a challenge. A bike is not really a viable form of transportation (to replace a car) but it can be fun for an adventure.

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Cabs
There are cab stands at the airport and ferry terminal. All the friendly cab drivers know the way to Harbor Lights and $20 will take you almost anyplace.

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Car Rental
As a British island, one drives on the left. You will need a local driver's license (show your valid license and pay a small fee at the rental agency). So far, so good. The speed limit is 30 mph. Keeping to the limit will help to avoid the potholes and the four-legged road impediments.

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Currency
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar (a U.S. dollar is equal to exactly $2.68 EC and does not float). This currency is used in several of the former British colonies. Like many islands in the region US dollars intermingle - they are universally accepted, but you may get change in EC. Credit cards are becoming more common in the largest resorts and restaurants but the smaller businesses cannot pay the transaction costs and tend to accept cash or checks. We recommend that you bring travelers checks or use a local bank for access to a cash advance.

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Drugs
There are two drug stores: The Paramount Pharmacy is just west of the Valley, Anguilla's center. {(264) 497 2366} and the Government Pharmacy in the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Sandy Ground has an emergency room {(264) 497-2551}.

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Emergency/Fire/Police/Hospital/Ambulance
Emergency calls to the police and fire departments are handled via 911. For routine business, call (264) 497 2333. The Princess Alexandra Hospital in Sandy Ground has an emergency room | (264) 497-2551. This number also gets an ambulance.

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Ferries
Ferryboats connect Anguilla's Blowing Point with Marigot Harbor in St Martin. They run every half hour from 7AM until 5PM with a couple later trips. Check the schedule and check the seas. The fee is $10 plus the $2 departure tax (one-way). There are several ferry companies running boats. A round-trip ticket will tie you to that particular boat on the return, so for the greatest flexibility, use the one way tickets.

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Language
The official language is English.

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Map
We have provided a
map, but a more detailed map can be obtained at the airport, ferry dock, car rental agency, or at Harbor Lights.

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Passports/Visa/Immigration
US and Canadian citizens need proof of identity, which preferably is a passport. An expired passport (five years max) or a picture driver's license and a birth certificate with a raised seal, or a picture driver's license and a voter registration card, or a picture driver's license and naturalization papers will do the trick. Our advice is to bring your passport.

You will need an ongoing or return ticket and you can only stay for three months.

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Phones and Mail
Note that much of the Caribbean RECENTLY received new area codes. Anguilla was one of the lucky "winners" and now has a brand new number: 264. To call from the US, just dial 1 264 497 and the four digit number. International direct dial is available for long distance calls from the island. It is cheaper to get a phone card from Cable and Wireless and use it in the specially marked phone booths. At the Blowing Point Ferry and Airport there are AT&T USA Direct phones that accept AT&T cards and Visa or MC.

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Planes
American Airlines (
website | (800) 433 7300 | local (264) 497 3501 or 497 3131) makes it from San Juan with its American Eagle subsidiary. LIAT flies in from several other caribbean islands: Antigua, St Maarten, St Thomas, St Kitts, and Nevis. Winair comes in from St Thomas and St Maarten. Air Anguilla has flights to St Maarten and the Virgins.

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Grocery Shopping
There are larger grocery stores in The Quarter at the center of the island and smaller, one-room, superettes spread about. You can walk to Island Pub or Davis Loyd's which carry all the basics and are fun places to pick up a missing ingredient. The people are great and happy to find whatever you might need.. For other shopping, see
shopping in the Things to do page.

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Taxes
The departure tax is $10 for
planes and $2 for ferries. There is an 8% tax on accommodations.

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Tours
Check with Kathie for island tours by road, sea, or hiking boot. Kathie is always up on the latest offerings and where the value can be found.

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