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Southern Caribbean

Aruba  |  St. Lucia  |  Barbados  |  Antigua  |  Curaçao  |  St. Martin  |  St. Kitts

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Currency Codes

  • AWG – Aruba
  • XCD – St. Lucia, Antigua, St. Kitts
  • BBD – Barbados
  • ANG – Curaçao & Sint Maarten (Dutch side)
  • EUR – St. Martin (French side)

 

Aruba


Aruba local time

Aruba Travel Information

Entry Requirements

Travel to Aruba from the USA, Canada, South America, Europe and the Caribbean is possible via most major carriers, either non-stop or with convenient connections. A current passport is required. American, Canadian, and EU citizens do not require visas, nor do most South Americans. (Check on this website for entry requirements).

Click here for information about the entry requirements for Aruba

 

Driving in Aruba

Driving in Aruba is on the right-hand side of the road (as in the U.S.). Local laws require drivers and passengers to wear seat belts and motorcyclists to wear helmets. Children under 5 years of age should be in a child safety seat; older children should ride in the back seat. Right turns at red lights are prohibited on Aruba.

 

Communications

The emergency service telephone number is 911. Your cell phone will work here but check on roaming charges. GSM phones will work in Aruba only if you have an unlocked SIM phone. Contact your local service provider before traveling to Aruba.It is possible to rent a cell phone or purchase a SIM card right at the airport in the arrivals terminal at Setar or Digicel. Wi-Fi is available at most hotels in public areas and rooms as well as at many “hot spots” throughout the island.

 

Tipping

The service charge at a restaurant is shared among servers and kitchen staff. If there is a service charge, a tip is not obligatory but a token amount left for excellent service is greatly appreciated.If there is no service charge, a tip is appropriate as in the US (+/-15%).

 

Health

We have a first-class hospital just a few minutes from the hotel sector, and ALL hotels have a doctor on call 24/7. Drug stores cannot fill a prescription from a doctor who is not on the island, but will advise you on how to obtain one if necessary.

 Ideal For: Beach Bums, Couples, Families, Value

 

Enjoy the charm of windmills, lighthouses and twisting divi-divi trees. Play in the glittering of casinos and luxury resorts, and stroll along the unsurpassed pristine white beaches. Aruba has a desert-like climate, so you can enjoy clear skies, bright sunshine and cooling trade winds almost every day of the year. The island is considered one of the top wreck diving destinations in the Caribbean. Covering about 20% of the island, Arikok National Park is an incredible nature preserve, and the largest national park in the Caribbean. Aruba’s serene settings make it ideal for honeymoons and romantic getaways.

For an excursion outside the resort head to Baby Beach, where you can fill up on johnnycakes at local favorite Big Mama Grill. Travelers can also book a half-day excursion to see inland sights, like the California Lighthouse and the Casibari Rock Formation.

 

St. Lucia


St. Lucia local time

St. Lucia Travel Information

Entry Requirements

U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport to enter St. Lucia. Additionally, you should ensure your passport has a minimum of six months’ validity before traveling to St. Lucia. Visas are not required where the visitor is a citizen of the USA or certain Commonwealth countries, or where there is agreement for exemption between the home country and St. Lucia

 

Money Matters

The currency of St. Lucia is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar which is linked to the US Dollar at the exchange rate of 1 US$ to 2.70 EC$. US$ are widely accepted on the island. Major international credit cards are widely accepted at all large shopping centers, restaurants, hotels, etc. On hotel and restaurant bills there is a Government tax of 8%. A service charge of 10% is also applicable. In some instances these charges are included in prices quoted, so it is best to clarify. The prices on labels in shops are what you pay. Tipping is not automatically added but is customary at about 10% to 12% of bills. Tips are generally accepted by bell hops in hotels, taxis and other persons providing service.

 

Communications

St. Lucia has two very competent telecommunications providers namely Digicel and LIME. They both offer cutting edge technology and can both be contacted on island to secure needed services. Pre-paid mobile phone cards can be purchased island wide for either provider. Many card and coin public phone boxes are available around the island. Cellular phones are available for rent from either provider and more information is available at your port of entry or any tourist information center. Internet access is available at most shopping malls and at LIME and also at a number of internet cafes island wide. Both domestic and international direct dialing are available in St. Lucia. Facsimiles are available through most hotels or through the LIME office in Castries.

The international dialing code for St. Lucia is 1 758. To call the UK from St. Lucia dial 011 44 plus number. To call USA dial 1 plus number.

 

Health

Immunization is not required unless coming from an infected area within six days of arrival, however, Hepatitis A, Polio and Typhoid are recommended. Drinking water is safe from the tap and bottled mineral/distilled water is also available. There are several pharmacies in Castries, one on the Gros Islet Highway and one in Gablewoods Shopping Mall and in JQ Charles Mall Rodney Bay. Most hotels have “over the counter” medication, such as Aspirin and first aid facilities. All hotels have doctors either resident or available on call. A resident doctor’s visit costs approx. US$ 15 (approx. EC$40- EC$50). For a “call-out” visit it may cost more.

 Ideal For: Adventure-seekers, Beach Bums, Couples, Divers

 

 

Sparkling bays glisten in the sunlight along the picturesque sandy coves. Exotic rain forests burst with the vibrant hues of tropical flowers and vegetation. The “Twin Peaks” of the Pitons rise magnificently from the sea. Whether you’re after romance, rejuvenation or adventure, St. Lucia is the perfect destination. With its natural landscape of gorgeous palm-fringed beaches and tranquil waters, the island is a water sports lover’s dream. St. Lucia’s west coast is home to stunning reefs and wrecks, ideal for snorkeling and diving. The southern part of the island is a “must see” with it’s abundant natural wonders. Also not to be missed are Sugar Beach and dolphin and whale-watching cruises out of Marigot Bay.

Barbados


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Barbados Travel Information

Entry Requirements

U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport to enter Barbados. No visa is needed to enter Barbados for stays up to six months.

 

Communications

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Barbados are: Fire: 311, Police: 211, Ambulance: 511.

 

Tipping

The service charge at a restaurant is shared among servers and kitchen staff. If there is a service charge, a tip is not obligatory but a token amount left for excellent service is greatly appreciated.If there is no service charge, a tip is appropriate as in the US (+/-15%).

 

Health

The main medical facility in Barbados is Queen Elizabeth Hospital and medical care is good for the region

Ideal For: Beach Bums, Couples, Families, Foodies, Golfers, Value

 

 

Barbados is a charming tropical island made up of English, African and West Indian heritage, and it has the cuisine to showcase this glorious infusion of cultures. You can’t help but fall in love with the locals, with their welcoming hospitality and a diverse culture all their own. Most famous for it’s endless pink and white sand beaches, the western “Gold Coast” beaches are the most popular with their calm waters. Situated slightly East of the Atlantic hurricane belt, Barbados is a safe bet for travelers year-round, though the island does experience both wet and dry seasons (mid-December through April is dry season) Barbados is more remote than the more popular islands in the Caribbean so it’s a little harder to get to, and a whole lot harder to leave!

Antigua


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Antigua Travel Information

Entry Requirements

A valid passport is required and must be good for 90 days following your departure date from Antigua and Barbuda. No visa is required as long as you have an onward or return ticket, confirmation of accommodation, and can produce evidence of your ability to maintain yourself in Antigua and Barbuda.

 

Communications

The local equivalent to the “911” emergency line in Antigua and Barbuda is 999 or 911 (either number will work).

 

Tipping

The service charge at a restaurant is shared among servers and kitchen staff. If there is a service charge, a tip is not obligatory but a token amount left for excellent service is greatly appreciated.If there is no service charge, a tip is appropriate as in the US (+/-15%).

 

Health

There are qualified doctors in Antigua and Barbuda. One public hospital and two private clinics provide the medical care for the island.

Ideal For: Beach Bums, Couples, Families, Divers

 

 

Silken sands. Captivating coves. Secluded shores. There are 365 beaches in Antigua, one for each day of the year. Tucked along the bays of the island, Antigua’s beaches are some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. The pace on the island is decidedly Caribbean, a relaxed and easy pace where you can interact with locals and not get caught up with the hustle of normal life. With the island only being 9×12 miles we encourage you to get off the resort, explore the friendly communities and dig into the culture that makes Antigua so rich.

Antigua. It’s small, but it’s for everyone.

Curaçao


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Curaçao Travel Information

Entry Requirements

All U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport for all air travel, including to and from Curaçao.  All sea travelers must have a passport or passport card.No tourist visa is required

 

Driving in Curaçao

Driving on Curaçao is on the right-hand side of the road (as in the US).  Local laws require drivers and passengers to wear seat belts, and motorcyclists to wear helmets.  Children under 5 years of age must be in a child safety seat; older children must ride in the back seat.  Right turns at red lights are prohibited on Curaçao, and U-turns are often restricted. Traffic signs prohibiting actions have a red circle around them, but not the red slash you expect to see in the United States.

 

Communications

Curaçao’s international code is 5999; there are no internal area codes. All local telephone numbers are seven digits, except for some special numbers, which are three or four digits. International roaming is available in Curaçao, so you will be able to make and receive calls outside the coverage area. Local companies are UTS (United Telecommunication Services) and CT (Curaçao Telecom).

Emergency numbers:

Police & Fire Dept: 911
Ambulance: 912
Coast Guard: 913
Long distance operator: 021
Local phone numbers: 9221
International phone numbers: 022

 

Money Matters

Curaçao currency is the Antillean guilder (also called the florin), which is abbreviated as Nafl. Our Ang. U.S. dollars circulate freely, so it is possible to get by using only American dollars or credit cards. Please note that vendors can rarely supply Curaçao money in U.S. currency. Major credit cards are accepted almost everywhere on the island. ATM machines can be found all over the island at major population centers and at the airport. To recognize an ATM machine, look for the signs “Bankomatiko” or “Geldautomaat.” Most ATMs offer the option to withdraw in local currency or US dollars.

 

Electricity

Curaçao electricity is 127/120 VAC at 50 cycles. This means that most appliances made in the USA (60 cycles) will work well, except for electrical devices with internal time mechanisms. For electrical appliances from the USA, you do not need an adapter plug. We use the same two-pronged flat plugs as in the States.

 

Tipping

The service charge at a restaurant is shared among servers and kitchen staff. If there is a service charge, a tip is not obligatory but a token amount left for excellent service is greatly appreciated.If there is no service charge, a tip is appropriate as in the US (+/-15%).

 

Health

Medical care is generally considered to be good on Curaçao.  There is one general hospital, St. Elisabeth Hospital (SEHOS), whose medical standards can be favorably compared to small hospitals in the United States. SEHOS recently obtained a decompression (hyperbaric) chamber and the medical staff to offer treatment for scuba divers suffering from decompression sickness.    Several private clinics such as the Antilles Adventist Hospital, provide medical service on par with a small clinic in the U.S. The many drug stores or “boticas” provide prescription and over-the-counter medicines.  Visitors will need to obtain local prescriptions and may not be able to find the same drugs that they would in the United States. Emergency services are usually quick to respond.

Ideal For: Beach Bums, Couples, Families, Divers, Foodies

 

 

Curaçao is where tropical charm, Latin style, a proud African heritage and European sophistication meet in the Caribbean. The fun shines night and day on pristine beaches, world-class dive sites, unique family attractions, historic monuments, museums and golf courses. Curaçao’s long standing ties to Holland are reflected in rows of crayon-colored townhouses with red tiled roofs that line the streets of Willemstad, a UNESCO World Heritage city. Curaçao’s heritage represents more than 50 nationalities. Dutch, Spanish and English are spoken here, as well as Papiamentu, a colorful Creole dialect.

Sint Maarten/St. Martin


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Sint Maarten/St. Martin Travel Information

Entry Requirements

All U.S. citizens must have a U.S. passport for all air travel, including to and from Sint Maarten. All sea travelers must also now have a passport or passport card. We strongly encourage all U.S. citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport or passport card well in advance of anticipated travel. You are required to have an onward/return ticket, proof of sufficient funds and proof of lodging accommodations for your stay. The typical length of stay granted by immigration to U.S. citizens is 30 days, and may be extended to 180 days by the office of immigration.

 

Driving in Sint Maarten/St. Martin

Driving on Sint Maarten is on the right hand side, as in the United States. Right turns at red lights are prohibited, and traffic conditions may require careful driving. Local laws require drivers and passengers to wear seat belts and motorcyclists to wear helmets. Children under 4 years of age must be in child safety seats; children under 12 must ride in the back seat.

 

Language

English is the predominate language in the island, however the official language on the St. Maarten side is Dutch, and is officially French on the St. Martin side. French Creole, Spanish, Papiamento and other languages are also spoken.

 

Electricity

(Dutch St. Maarten): 110-volt AC, 60 cycles (same as U.S. & Canada)
(French St. Martin): 220-volt AC, 60 cycles (requires the use of adapters and transformers)

 

Communications

Calls to St. Maarten/St. Martin from the U.S. are international calls and require the following country codes:
(Dutch St. Maarten): +721 followed by 54 and the seven-digit local number
(French St. Martin): +590, 590 again followed by the six-digit local number

 

Tipping

The service charge at a restaurant is shared among servers and kitchen staff. If there is a service charge, a tip is not obligatory but a token amount left for excellent service is greatly appreciated.If there is no service charge, a tip is appropriate as in the US (+/-15%).

 

Health

Medical care is generally considered to be good on Sint Maarten. Health care is tiered, so the level of accommodations will vary according to insurance and ability to pay. Sint Maarten Medical Center (79 beds) is a relatively small hospital where general surgery is performed. Complex cases are sent to Curacao, or another country. Airlift is available to Puerto Rico and the continental U.S. in case of medical emergency. Please be aware that there is no decompression chamber available on either side of the island.

Ideal For: Beach Bums, Couples, Families, Foodies

 

 

All the finer things in life can be found on this elegant island that shares the cultures of two countries. To the south is the Dutch side, Sint Maarten, with its cosmopolitan capital of Phillipsburg, duty-free shops, glitzy casinos and night spots. To the north is the french side, St. Martin, with its chic boutiques, French cafés and charming accommodations. Visit both sides of the island for a true taste of this diverse paradise. There is no physical barrier, and people and goods can travel freely between both parts of the island.

St. Kitts


St. Kitts local time

St. Kitts Travel Information

Entry Requirements

U.S. citizens must have a valid U.S. passport with at least six months’ validity left until expiration in order to enter St. Kitts and Nevis. We strongly encourage all U.S. citizen travelers to apply for a U.S. passport or passport card well in advance of anticipated travel. Additionally, proof of sufficient funds and a return or onward passage might be required. There is a departure tax of $60 XCD (about $22 USD) payable in cash, or by credit card – Visa or MasterCard – at the airport.

 

Electricity

The domestic market is served by a 230 volt single phase supply. However, a 110 volt supply is available in most hotels.

 

Communications

Cable & Wireless (Lime) and Digicel are major telephone service providers in St. Kitts & Nevis. Direct Dialing, Leased Circuits, Internet, Class Services, Voice Mail, Caller ID and other features are currently offered. ISDN and DSL services are also available. The area and country code for St. Kitts is 1-869. Internet services are available at all of the hotels, as well as from an Internet Cafes across the city. Broadband connections (DSL & Cable) are also available, as are Web developing and hosting services.

Emergency Numbers:

Police / Ambulance – 911
Fire – 333
Air Ambulance – (869) 465-2801
JNF General Hospital – (869) 465-2551

 

Tipping

A 10% service charge is normally included in hotel bills. In restaurants, leave 10%-15%. Tipping taxi drivers is not customary.

 

Health

There are no particular health concerns associated with St. Kitts. Therefore, special vaccines are usually not required. Modern ambulatory services are available and there are specialists in most fields of medicine. A brand new state of the art hospital was opened in 2003, and emergency 911 services are available. The water is of good quality and suitable for drinking. It is collected from direct precipitation, mountain springs and wells, and is chemically treated for purification. Locally bottled water is also available.

Ideal For: Beach Bums, Couples, Families

 

 

This tranquil island full of natural beauty boasts exotic black and white sand beaches and emerald-green rain forest. The island of Nevis, which is the other half of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis, is a mere 2 miles away and worth exploring as well. While your on Saint Kitts it’s worthwhile to hike to Mt. Liamuiga, a dormant volcano on the northeast coast. Brimstone Hill Fortress, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is the largest fortress ever built in the Eastern Caribbean.

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