Frequently Asked Questions

 

Here are some frequently asked questions and their answers. If you have questions that are not answered here, please contact us. We will respond almost immediately between 8:00AM and 10:00PM.

If we rent fewer than 8 bedrooms, do we get exclusive use of the property?
Whether your party rents some or all of the bedrooms, you get exclusive use of BeachCourt; it is a private villa, not a hotel. Your party only will be on the property, and no one else will be using your pool, your tennis court, or your house.

What documents do we need to enter Anguilla?
Bring your passport.

Once we arrive on Anguilla, how do we get to BeachCourt Villa?
Your concierge will meet you, whether you arrive at the airport or ferry terminal. If you are delayed (and you are unable to reach us), cab service is available at all times.

After our initial arrival, how do we get around?
We strongly recommend that you rent a vehicle (car, van, or jeep—rental agencies have many options, and we will be happy to help you). As beautiful as your home here will be, there is so much more to see on Anguilla; and a car is the best way to see it. If, for any reason, you do not wish to drive, cabs and drivers are available; and—again—we will be happy to make arrangements for you.

Are there restaurants nearby?
Yes, Tropical Sunset (Ernie's II); Madeariman Reef; Ernie's; Ku; Sandpiper's; Elodia's; Gwen's Reggae Grill; Zara's and Serenity are all directly on Shoal Bay and no more than a 1½ mile from BeachCourt. By car, there are numerous restaurants within a 10-15 minute drive.

If we want to eat in, where do we shop?
There are many convenience and grocery stores within a 10 minute drive of the house. Every year the quantity and quality of groceries improve. Nonetheless, do not expect extensive selection of beef or fresh produce. There is something of everything, but not what you are used to in the United States or Canada . On the other hand, there is fresh fish, lobster, and crayfish. Also, great baguettes and pastries at Le Bon Pain, in Island Harbor (about a 10 minute drive from the house). Beer, wines, and all liquors are widely available, at reasonable prices.

Also, for an extra charge—and with advance notice—we can provide you with a chef or catering service.

Are groceries expensive?
Laying in “staples” (coffee, milk, cereal) costs about the same as in the northeast United States. Nothing is outrageously expensive. Most stores show prices in Eastern Caribbean (“EC”) dollars. The EC dollar equals slightly less than $.40 US, so that “EC” prices can give you “sticker shock” until you realize that the US dollar price is only 40% of the EC price. Everyone accepts US currency (or credit cards), and the cashiers are scrupulously honest in all respects (including converting EC to US and vice versa).

Is there phone service? How can we be reached, and how can we reach others?
Phone service on Anguilla is excellent, and there are numerous phones within BeachCourt. Once you have made arrangements to stay, we will provide you with the telephone number, and others may call you (there is an answering machine that will be programmed to handle your in-coming calls, should you desire). You will be able to call out locally and internationally. Caution: long distance calls are quite expensive; you are better off having “home” call you than you call “home”. Of course, if you must stay in touch, bring your laptop and utilize (at no cost) our high speed cable internet. Before you come, make sure you know how to access your normal email accounts. Read your email (and the on-line edition of your local newspaper) while overlooking Shoal Bay (coffee never tasted so good).

What is your electric current?
Everything on Anguilla is similar to 110 voltage currency in the US. No adapters are required for anything that would work in the U.S.

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