Antigua's hotels are generally small, and many are closed during the summer. Owners may decide to shut down early if business isn't good. There is a high percentage of upscale boutique hotels on Antigua, and competition among them is fierce.

A 12.5% government tax and a service charge of between 10% and 15%, depending on your hotel, are added to your hotel bill, which makes quite a difference in your final tab.

Antigua has lots of shockingly expensive hotels and resorts, but there are ways you can bring down the prices. Consider booking a package if you're interested in one of those pricey places.

Because getting around the island is difficult, your choice of where to stay is crucial. Those who prefer high winds, breaking waves, and dramatic scenery should stay on the northwest side, north of the capital of St. John's. This is an area of middle-bracket resorts such as Sandals. If you want to spend most of your vacation at one resort, venturing out only occasionally, and can afford it, try one of the superexclusive places such as Curtain Bluff, Carlisle Bay, or St. James's Club on the remote southern coast. History buffs interested in atmospheric B&Bs should try either Admiral's Inn or the Inn at English Harbour, unless a good beach is crucial. If it is, then head for any of the big, mass-market resorts, all of which are on sandy beaches.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.