Frequently Asked Questions
About the Island
How do I get there?
You can fly on either Tradewind or Seaborne Airlines to Anguilla(AXA) from San Juan. More major airlines fly into Juliana Airport in Sint Maarten(SXM) and from there you can take a small air shuttle or a 20 minute ferry ride over to Anguilla.
What are the entry for Anguilla?
A passport is required for everyone including US citizens.
What is the language and currency?
Anguilla is a British Overseas Territory so English is spoken here. The island uses US dollars and Eastern Caribbean interchangeably.
Can I use credit cards or access ATM machines?
Certainly most restaurants, grocery stores and car rental agencies accept credit cards though you should probably ask first and have some cash available . There are ATM's on the island where you can get cash advances on your credit cards...for the requisite fee.
Do I need currency adapters for my personal electronic devices?
Electricity is 110 Volts AC.
Can I use my cell phone and/or call 800-numbers?
You cannot access toll-free numbers on Anguilla. You can call those numbers but you will be charged regular, long distance rates. You can use your cell phone if your home carrier has a roaming agreement with Cable & Wireless or Digicel. And the villa has a vonage voip phone for calling the U.S. free of charge.
Is internet capability available?
Yes, the villa has wireless dsl, and internet access is available in most restaurants around the island.
About the Villa
Is the villa air-conditioned?
Yes the bedrooms are, but the rest of the house is not. The tropical breeze here is so refreshing that we prefer to sleep with the windows open (the windows are all screened) so we can enjoy the sounds of the ocean and the fresh air. It is usually cool at night in Anguilla (quite so, in fact, in the winter months), and there are ceiling fans in all the rooms.
Do I need insect repellent?
Again, because Banana Wind is a coastal home away from any stagnant salt ponds and benefiting from that persistent breeze, there are rarely any mosquitoes or other biting insects (except perhaps in the warmer, rainy months of late summer) and even then only for a day or two at the most. In addition, the house if fully screened for added protection. However, if you are sensitive to insect bites, it
might be a good idea to bring some along.
Are there laundry facilities?
Yes, there is a washer and dryer in the house.
Since Anguilla is a semi-arid island, where does the water come from: and is it safe to drink?
Water is a precious commodity in Anguilla and every effort is made to conserve water. The water in the villa comes from rain water. It is perfectly safe to drink (we do so all the time), but there is a reverse osmosis water filtration system hooked up to a drinking water faucet at the prep sink in the kitchen for your convenience. Bottled drinking water is also available all over the island.
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If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at:
510-315-0550 from the States
264-497-6120 on island