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Caribbean, West Indies
The West Indies is a large group of islands that separate the Caribbean Sea from the Atlantic Ocean. It is comprised of three main island groups namely the Bahamas, the Greater Antilles and the Lesser Antilles. The island nations are often frequented by tourists who come mainly to visit the beautiful white sandy beaches.
    The island states together with Guyana which forms part of the South American continent, are also known by their world class cricket team, which is also a winner of the World Cup twice. As these states together hold the privilege of hosting the 2007 cricket world cup, millions of visitors from all parts of the world are expected to reach them to watch the thrilling and the much awaited Cricket World Cup. Those visiting the islands to watch the Cricket World Cup should not miss the wonderful and fantastic sights in the islands that can be a memorable experience in itself. 
Caribbean, West Indies
Situated largely on the Caribbean Plate, the area comprises more than 7,000 islands, islets, reefs, and cayes. The West Indies consist of the Antilles, divided into the larger Greater Antilles which bound the sea on the north and the Lesser Antilles on the south and east (including the Leeward Antilles), and the Bahamas. Bermuda lies much further to the north in the Atlantic Ocean and is sometimes included in the West Indies. Geopolitically, the West Indies are usually reckoned as a subregion of North America and are organised into 28 territories including sovereign states, overseas departments, and dependencies. At one time, there was a short-lived country called the Federation of the West Indies composed of ten English-speaking Caribbean territories

Hotels
Cricket World Cup 2007Hotels
The Caribbean Islands houses a number of hotels that offer comfortable accommodation options and serve quality food and a variety of dishes. The pleasant and romantic ambience and the outstanding service they provide draws in plenty of tourists. There are also hotels that are located near to the cricket stadiums preparing to host the Cricket World Cup Cricket 2007. They provide ample opportunities to relax and enjoy the great food during breaks from games.

Heritage Hotel is a popular hotel in Antigua with 18 bedrooms on Heritage Quay and its 31 bedroom main block has large rooms with refrigerator and furniture. It gives a real pleasant atmosphere to the customers. Joe Mikeís Hotel Plaza, an older central hotel is another famous hotel in Antigua that features special food and cozy rooms. The Admiralís Inn, Anchorage Inn, Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort and the Palm Bay Beach Club and the Tamarind Restaurant are the popular cheap hotels in Antigua.

There are many low range, midrange and high-end hotels in Grenada that provides a friendly atmosphere to its guests. Its wonderful location on the beach front fascinates the people visiting here. The Coyaba Beach Resort, the 80-room hotel near the Grand Anse Beach gives a splendid view of the ocean. Flamboyant Hotel, also located on the beach side is one of the best options in the area. It has a number of accommodations and has a restaurant, a minimart and a car rental. The famous Grenada luxury hotels include Calabash Hotel, La Luna and Spice Island Beach Resort. The rate of villa booking range from $ 500 per person per night to $ 10 000 per night. There are also cheap hotels in Grenada that has a rate ranging from 30 Euros to 50 Euros per night.

   
Caribbean, West Indies
Tips
Passport and Visa
For nationals of the United States, United Kingdom, Canada, and Commonwealth countries a visa is not required for stays of up to six months.  A valid passport, birth certificate, naturalization papers and a return ticket are required.

Customs
The following items are duty free. 200 Cigarettes or 100 Cigars, 1 bottle (26 Oz.) of liquor, and 1 bottle of wine.  Pets are not allowed in from North America but are allowed in from England with proof that they are rabies free. 

Currency
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (E.C.), and is based on the US Dollar.  The exchange rate varies from $ 2.55 to $ 2.70 EC for one US dollar.  As usual the banks give the best exchange rates and hotels the worst. Credit cards and travelers checks are widely accepted.

Creepy Crawlies and Other Dangers
While Nevis is a generally safe island, there are things you have to watch out for.  Watch out where you walk with bare feet, there are red ants, scorpions, and centipedes which can sting. Watch out for the Manchenil Tree, it grows near the beach and produces a small green apple-like fruit. The leaves, branches, and sap can cause burning much like poison ivy, but worse. The numerous lizards are harmless. 

Television and Radio
Most hotels have cable, so many US network and cable stations can be seen. There are also local stations from Nevis, and other nearby islands that are available on cable. There are numerous radio stations that can be received from all over the Caribbean and even the US! Some good stations for local music and news are VON radio Nevis on 895 AM, ZIZ radio St. Kitts 555 AM, ABS radio from Antigua on 620 AM, and for a bit of a American slant on things WOSO from San Juan, Puerto Rico on 1030 AM. On the FM dial you will find far less, but you will find the GEM Radio Network scattered all over the dial. 

   
Tipping/Gratuities
Same as in the US, 10% to 15%, depending on the service. Some restaurants and hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity. If you are in doubt, do not feel uncomfortable asking.  Usually, porters and bellhops receive $ 1.00 per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare. 

Telephones
Calling the US is easy from St. Kitts & Nevis. Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or they can connect you with a US operator.

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