Guest Safety & Security
Guests of Antigua vacation villas will find that the island is relatively safe and secure. Keeping these few health and security concerns in mind will help to ensure that your vacation is enjoyable and hassle-free.
As is true for any vacation destination, we recommend keeping your villa and your rental car locked. Don’t keep any valuables in your rental car, even if it is locked. Antigua does have its fair share of robberies. Valuables left unattended on beaches are also vulnerable to theft.
Driving on Antigua can be challenging, since driving is on the left side of the road and there are sometimes wandering animals and slow-moving heavy equipment on the roads. Stay alert, follow the speed limit, and drive carefully to avoid a trip to the hospital. Seatbelts are recommended for all passengers as well as the driver.
Do not underestimate the power of the Caribbean sun – many a traveler has had his or her vacation spoiled by painful sunburns or sunstroke. Protect yourself with sunscreen and avoid the strong midday rays. To avoid dehydration, drink plenty of non-alcoholic beverages.
The drinking water on Antigua is safe, but it may not be what you’re used to. Many travelers prefer to drink bottled water.
Antigua has one major hospital as well as a private clinic and many qualified doctors, but the facilities are not up to U.S. standards. Doctors and hospitals often expect immediate payment for their services. There is no hyperbaric chamber here; divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island. For major medical problems, contact Holberton Hospital in St. Johns ((268) 462-0251) or Adelin Clinic in St. John’s ((268) 462-0866). For minor medical issues, it’s best to avoid the Antigua medical centers and the insurance hassles that may evolve. Instead, visit a local pharmacy. There are several pharmacies in St. John’s and around the island, and most are open 9-5 Mon-Sat.
For the police, ambulance, or in case of fire, call 911 or 999.