CLIMATE: The average daytime peak temperature is 83 Degrees Fahrenheit (29 Degrees Centigrade) with little seasonal variation. Rainfall averages 35 inches (89cm) per annum. Wetter during May-October. Lies within hurricane belt which are most likely to develop August-October. Driest period January-April. Check out our Weather page.
BUSINESS HOURS: Commercial: Mon – Fri 8.00 am – 5 pm Sat 8.00 am – 12.00 noon.
Banks: Mon- Fri: 9.00 am – 3 pm Monday-Thursday. Until 5pm on Fridays. Closed at weekends.
Post Office: Open 8:00 am to 3:30 pm Monday to Friday.
DRESS CODE: Casual dress is normal although some hotels and restaurants require ‘elegantly casual’ in the evenings. Please ensure to cover up if you are venturing into the shops from the beach. Officially nudity is against the law in Anguilla and is frowned upon by the islanders.
CAR RENTAL REQUIREMENTS: Temporary driving permits allow holders of foreign drivers licences to drive locally for up to 6 months. They are available for bona fide visitors only. The temporary permits cost $20.00 US or $53.76 EC and are available from the Inland Revenue Department or from most car rental agencies. Book before you come.
DRINKING WATER: Bottled water is most popular and is readily available in shops or at your hotel. Water is collected from direct precipitation, mountain springs and wells, and is chemically treated for purification.
TAXIS: Taxi rates are set by government – there are no meters. Posted rates are for one or two persons; additional persons cost a few US$ dollars extra. Rates go up 11pm-6am. Taxis double as tour guides too…
NIGHTLIFE: Take a look around the local bars and hotels as they provide a range of entertainment. The front desk at your hotel will be able to tell you which nights certain bars and nightclubs are popular.
COMMUNICATIONS: A range of communication services including card phones, payphones and credit card calling facilities are currently provided by Cable & Wireless. They also provide a number of internet services. For the complete picture on cellular roaming services, click here.
SUNTANNING TIPS: Always have sun block at the ready, as even on overcast days as you can easily become badly sunburnt. For those travelling on boats the need for sun block is especially great; you’ve got very little shade and the consistent breezes may well make you feel that your skin is not burning.
CURRENCY: U.S. currency accepted throughout the island and generally the currency everyone deals in. Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC$)is also used. Fixed exchange rates: US$1.00 = EC$2.70. EC$1.00 = US$0.37¢
Police – 911 or 497 2333
Fire & Rescue – 911 or 497 2333
Ambulance – 911
Coastal Emergencies – 497 2871
ELECTRICITY: 120/240 Volts AC (60 cycles) – same as that provided in the U.S.A. – Check with your accommodation before you leave to find out what power outlets their facility provides in case you need to bring your travel transformers.
GOVERNMENT: Anguilla is a parliamentary representative democratic dependency, whereby the Chief Minister is the head of government, and of a multi-party system. Anguilla, the most northerly of the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles, is an internally self-governing overseas territory of the United Kingdom.
LANGUAGE: English, with a distinct Anguillian accent.
TIME ZONE: Atlantic Standard Time (4 hours behind Britain, 1 hour ahead of the U.S. Eastern Seaboard).
LOCATION AND GEOGRAPHY: 63¼ 00′ W 18¼ 15′ N
Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean
Size: 35 Square miles
16 miles long, 3 miles wide
Capital: The Valley
Highest Point: Crocus Hill, at 65m (213ft).
PASSPORTS & VISAS : A valid passport (with at least 6 months before expiration) is required by all visitors to Anguilla. Visitors are required to have a return or onward ticket. Green card holders must have a valid green card and valid passport from their country of origin. Additionally, citizens of certain countries will also need entry visas. To see which countries require visas, click here
SECURITY: Anguilla is an extremely safe island but always be sure to be sensible by not leaving valuable belongings in plain view.