Antigua

Antigua essential information

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Find everything you need to prepare for a charter in Antigua. From important base information to required documents for international travel, you can use this information as your guide before and during your charter. Don't forget to pack a copy to take with you.

Plan

Before you go

Address
Sunsail Antigua
Nelson's Dockyard National Park
English Harbour, Antigua, West Indies

Base hours
8am - 5pm, seven days a week 
Season: This destination is open from early November through the end of June.

Please note: base is unable to accept cash or personal cheques, and cannot give cash back on credit or debit (Switch/Delta) cards.

Time zone
UTC/GMT -4 hours

Tourist information center
Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority
Third Floor, ACB Financial Centre
High Street
St John’s, Antigua
Tel. 1.268.562.7600 | Fax 1.268.562.7602 
Email: [email protected]
Website: visitantiguabarbuda.com

What to bring

Customs + immigration
Entry, exit, and visa requirements depend on the locations you are departing from and traveling to. You are responsible for having the correct documents so make sure to check with the consulate of the countries you plan to visit before you travel. Visit gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice for the latest information.

Sailing licenses
No sailing licenses are required for cruising in this region. We strongly advise that you take any sailing certification on holiday with you as this is useful should you be contacted by Customs or Port Police. 

The skipper and first mate will be required to fill in a sailing resume prior to arrival at the base to confirm that they have the necessary skills to sail in this region.

Luggage + packing list
Please pack using soft-sided bags, as these are easier to store on your yacht. The base has no facilities for holding luggage. Pack lightly and review our suggested packing list below for required and necessary items to bring.

  • Pack essential prescription medicine and change of clothing in a carry-on bag*
  • Passport and other travel documentation
  • Tickets and paper confirmations for pre-planned activities
  • Light-colored, light-weight clothing
  • Formal wear for upscale dining establishments
  • Swim wear and cover up
  • Hats and sunglasses
  • Sandals and flip-flops
  • Athletic shoes and hiking boots
  • Travel-sized toiletries and hygiene products
  • Bug spray and OTC pain relievers/ointments such as motion sickness relief
  • 12V DC to 110V AC power inverter (for boats without generators**)
  • 12V to USB power adapter for charging mobile devices

*We would highly recommend packing prescription medicine and essential clothing (swimsuit, t-shirt and shorts) in your hand luggage as occasionally your luggage may arrive at the base after you do.
**All boats include a 12V DC outlet (a "car" outlet). Boats with generators have 110V outlets in the Caribbean and 220V in the Mediterranean and Exotic locations.

Currency
Local currency – Eastern Caribbean dollar (ECD)
The United States dollar (USD) is sometimes accepted as well but we highly recommend carrying the local currency with you as not all restaurants and stores accept USD, debit, and/or credit cards.

Gratuity
10 to 15% tip is standard at restaurants, taxis, etc. $1 per bag is standard for bellhops.

Security deposit
A security deposit must be paid at the base by Visa or Master Card and is refundable at the end of your charter subject to there being no loss or damage. To significantly decrease your security deposit, purchase our Yacht Damage Waiver insurance ahead of time.

What's on board

Coolers
Coolers are available at the base on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. Only one per boat.

Mobile phones
Check with your service provider for information about cell coverage in this region.
We offer a free mobile phone to rent with a security deposit of $200 USD.

Music + iPods
While most of our newer boats have Bluetooth capability, we cannot guarantee all boats are outfitted with this equipment. For your convenience, we highly recommend you bring an AUX cord so you can listen to music from your mobile devices.

Drone

The use of flying drones may be restricted in some areas. For current drone regulations in this destination, please visit https://uavcoach.com/drone-laws-in-antigua-and-barbuda/

Electricity
All yachts in this destination are equipped with 110V two-pin plugs. Don't forget to bring a USB adapter to charge your phone as not all yachts are equipped with usb outlets.

For more information on what's included on your yacht, please view the full list here.

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