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 Antigua & Barbuda - General Info

Time Zone

UTC -4

Yachting Essentials

Electricity
Voltage: 230v (Airport area is reportedly Antiqua 110v)
Frequency: 60Hz

Yacht Services in Antigua

All the marine services in Antigua are published in the annual Antigua & Barbuda Marine Guide, which is readily available at all ports of entry. As well as services available in Jolly Harbour there is a wide selection of companies at English and Falmouth Harbours.

Be advised that all the marine services are extremely busy during Antigua Sailing Week, and it is advisable to plan any maintenance type work in advance of this period. All the companies are used to the pressure during Antigua Sailing Week and work long hours to cope with the workloads, but avoid leaving things to the last minute. Also after Antigua sailing week it will be difficult to obtain chandlery goods, as there is only a limited supply on the island, which can tend to be depleted at this time of year.

Money

East Caribbean dollar (EC$) US dollars are widely accepted, as are credit cards.

Effective 1 July 2015, the I cent and 2 cent EC coins will be withdrawn from circulation. The coins will no longer be valid either as consumers will not be able to conduct transactions using these coins. Persons can present the coins at any of the commercial banks which operate within the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) to receive face value.

A price rounding system will be implemented within the ECCU countries for the settlement of cash transactions only, whereby the total payment, inclusive of duties, fees and taxes, will be rounded symmetrically to the nearest five cents. Non-cash payments using cheques, debit andcredit cards will not be impacted and therefore will not be rounded.

Communications

International dialing code for Antigua Barbuda is 1 +268

For mobile phones that are switched to roaming there are several mobile networks in Antigua. Cirgular, Cable and Wireless Caribbean , Digicel and APUA.

Digicel update December 2014:
Anyone cruising through the islands using Digicel should be aware that you cannot top up a sim from one island in another as used to be able to. So if for example you want to use the sim bought here while cruising through other islands, you should either put on a large enough sum to cover your needs, or you can set up an account and do it online, but you cannot get it topped up in another island.
You can top-up Digicel at
https://online-top-up.digicelgroup.com/

Be sure to mark any mail/parcels sent to Antigua for collection by you as "ship in transit". See useful report here.

Diplomatic Missions

Events

Midsummer Carnival, July/August

Antigua Sailing Week
(End of April)
Tel:+1 268 462 8872 Fax:+1 268 462 8873
Entry forms can be downloaded from the web site.
Classic Yacht Regatta
, c/o Antigua Yacht Club, , PO Box 103 St Johns, Antigua
Tel:+1(268) 460 1799 Fax:+1(268) 460 1799
Held in mid April; prior to Antigua week.

Emergencies

Tel 999, 911

Antigua & Barbuda Search & Rescue(ASBAR), Tel (268) 562-1234, or  (268)725 5044  Fax (268) 460 1444, VHF Ch 16, Email - info@absar.org

Coastguard Tel +1(268) 462-3202, +1(268) 462-0671, VHF Ch 16

Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas.

Pharmaceutical services are widely available.

Publications

Imray and Adlard Coles Pilot Books are available at a discounted price for Noonsite.com users via World Cruising Club

Grenada to The Virgin Islands
By Jacques Patuelli
Published by Imray (3rd Edition 2014)
ISBN: 9781846235818
See www.imray.com/publications
Fully illustrated with plans and photos, many of which are new for this third edition, the guide is packed with interesting and useful background information on the Caribbean; its history, tourism, geography and details on sailing in the islands.

A Cruising Guide to the Lesser Antilles 2.0 (Volume II: Leeward Islands)
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published by www.freecruisingguide.com (Feb 2016)
Also available at Kindle as well as all other EPub bookstores

Cruising Guide to The Northern Leeward Islands 2017/2018
By Chris Doyle
Published by: Imray (1st Edition)
ISBN: 9780991455058
The Cruising Guide to the Northern Leeward Islands covers the islands of Anguilla, St. Martin & Sint Maarten, St. Barts, Saba, Statia, St. Kitts, Nevis, Redonda, and Montserrat.
Included are over one hundred up-to-date color sketch charts, full color aerial photos of most anchorages, island pictures, and detailed shoreside information. A free 17 x 27 inch waterproof planning chart of the northern and southern Leeward Islands is now included in each edition.

A Thinking Mans Guide to Voyages South - the many facets of Caribbean Cruising
Author: Frank Virgintino
Published: 3rd Edition January 2013
Available as a Kindle version at www.amazon.com as well as other EPub bookstores.
The latest edition of this route planner is larger than ever. For more details see this report

Cruising Guide to The Leeward Islands
By Stephen J Pavlidis
Published by Seaworthy Publications (2nd Edition 2012)
ISBN: 9781892399366

Routes and Waypoints
By Captain Pieter D. Brown
Publisher Baico Publishing Consultants Inc., Ontario, Canada (2011)
ISBN: 978-1-926596-83-9
A Navigational & Piloting Guide of Suggested Routes with Waypoints from Eastern Canada to Grenada including: the Canadian & USA E. Coasts, Bahamas, Turks & Caicos, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Leeward & Windward Islands.
Read Review here

Department of Tourism

The Antigua Barbuda Marine Guide is without doubt the best source of info. and is online
www.antiguamarineguide.com/

Antiguanice.com
Useful site that publishes a yachting newsletter with amongst other things, updates to entry procedures, calendear of events, recommended anchorages etc.

www.interknowledge.com/antigua-barbuda
Information website for Antigua and Barbudua.

Update History

October 2017: Publications and Links updated.
October 2017: Hurricane Irma update added.
March 2017: Formalities checked and updated.
November 2016: Clearance checked.
May 2016: Pet information updated by David Pattison.
October 2015: Customs, Immigration, Pets and Security sections updated.
July 2015: Publication added.
May 2015: Publications checked.
April 2015: Updated information added to General/Money.
December 2014: All formalities checked/updated.
May 2013: Barbuda new clearance info. from Mark Jensen of SY Sea Life and confirmed by Chris Doyle.
February 2013: All formalities checked and updated, including link for Pet Regulations. Medical section updated.
February 2013: Barbuda clearance note added following report from Gonzalo Rubio Paris of S/V Kazaio.
October 2012: Updated eSeaClear information for clearance as Antigua has signed up to new service.

Noonsite welcomes information and updates especially regarding clearance, customs and immigration procedures from cruisers visiting this country.

Please E-mail noonsite with any new information, updates or corrections. Even just a short email confirming that the current data is accurate would be most helpful.

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Pclubbe
Pclubbe says:
Nov 12, 2017 10:53 AM

We are returning to Antigua in December. Many times we have visited Barbuda , this year with the devestation caused I was considering guving it a miss . Is anyone aware of restrictions sailing there , as may just do a quick 30 mile trip and moor overnight without landing at Coco point. Was also concerned over the approach with shifting sands?

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 10:18 PM

Anchoring in Antigua: Non such Bay (green Island) is one of the most beautiful anchorage in the area: Easy entrance by the south, excellent protection from the swell and a lot of room for everyone. Going out through the north channel is quite easy as the channel is well defined. However, we have been disappointed by the north sound: The most beautiful beach on Long island (Jumby bay) is 100% private and used by a huge resort and private villas. We got evicted from the beach by a security guard...too bad for the kids. Great bird island is OK but some guides talk about amazing snorkelling. We have been disappointed.

rochero
rochero says:
Jun 09, 2016 10:13 PM

Clearance is easy but bureaucratic in English HArbour. However, if you plan to clear out in Barbuda, be armed with patience as you have to visit several places, most of the time closed at the open hours ! However, BArbuda is a paradise: Cocoa Point is nice and protected. Low Bay is gorgeous, as long as the swell does not come in. Don't miss the visit to the fregate birds sanctuary with a local guide. You will learn a lot about the island and the local culture. Locals are very proud of their island and they deserve to be respected: It is forbidden to go by yourself with the dinghy to the sanctuary and we witnessed french cruisers going there by themselves and making fun of local guides. What a shame.

Max Terragni
Max Terragni says:
Feb 07, 2016 09:11 PM

Just cleared in English Harbour. 7th February 2016
We are moored in Falmouth, we went ashore with our dinghy and 10 minutes walk we found English Harbour
The custom and immigration office is open Monday to Sunday 8am to 4:45pm.
I suggest to arrive with the eSeaClear form completed already, otherwise there are computers available in the office.
I completed the entire process, custom, immigration and port authority for the cruising permit in less then 30 minutes.
Officers were friendly.

Solcina79
Solcina79 says:
Jan 30, 2016 09:54 PM

The two best places to anchor in Antigua are Falmouth and Jolly Harbour. The last one is beautiful and the water is turquoise and is very good shelter. The east coast is more dangerous because of the stronger winds and surf and the reefs, but Non-Such Bay is worth it.
Barbuda is Paradise and you must anchor at Cocoat Point and enjoy its incredible beach.
Antigua is the base of the huge yachts and is very busy and lively because of the younger crews.

Sue Richards
Sue Richards says:
Dec 28, 2014 03:36 PM

Posted on behalf of Erik Roll, SY Senseless (USA):
Just cleared in at Jolly Harbour on 12/20/2014. Process took 3 hours.
3 offices, Customs, Immigration and Port Authority. Official opening hour was 8 am, but only Immigration was there on time. Port Authority was 1 and 1/2 hour late and left after 15 minutes to go for breakfast.
You need to enter all data including crew list into eSeaClear system. Then they print the information out on forms which are signed and manually processed by each department. The officials are friendly and cooperative, but the system is inefficient. Smile you are on Island time.

David Southwell
David Southwell says:
Mar 02, 2014 01:01 PM

Be very careful of customs in English Harbor. One of the Caribbean 600 competitor owners made the mistake of sending his crew to customs and went to the airport- he was fined $5,000 EC for this minor infraction, and made to pay it in cash before the boat was cleared. This has happened to others (see the Jolly Harbor entry in the Cruising Guide). The US consular representative has become involved and described this as extortion. For US cruisers, the consular representative is helpful.

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