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Holidays in Antarctica

Understanding Antarctica

Although several countries have laid claim to various portions of Antarctica, it is governed by the 1958 Antarctic Treaty, which establishes the continent as a peaceful and cooperative international research zone There are no cities per se, just some two dozen research stations with a total population ranging from 1000-4000 depending on the time of year These are maintained for scientific purposes only, and do not provide any official support for tourism The laws of the nation operating each research station apply there

Private travel to Antarctica generally takes one of three forms: 1 commercial sea voyages with shore visits by far the most popular, 2 specially mounted land expeditions, or 3 sightseeing by air Approximately 80 companies belong to the International Association of Antarctica Tour Operators 1, a membership organization which regulates non-research travel to the region In the 2005-2006 summer season, an estimated 26,250 people visited Antarctica or the surrounding waters


Flora and fauna

Antarctica is notable for being the only continent with no significant land plant life and no native land mammals, reptiles, or amphibians There are no polar bears; they are only at the North Pole However its shoreline serves as nesting ground for many species of migratory birds and penguins, and the Southern Ocean surrounding it is home to many fish and marine mammals, including whales


Don't be fooled by all the ice: Antarctica is a desert The region's moisture is all tied up in frigid seawater and the huge sheets, shelves, and packs of ice which cover nearly all of the continent plus surrounding waters There is little snowfall here, and even less rain


For tourists, Antarctica is accessible only during the austral summer season from November to March, during which sea ice melts enough to allow access, coastal temperatures can rise up to highs of 14ºC 57ºF and there are twenty four hours of daylight During the winter the sea is impassable Temperatures can fall to -40ºC and there are twenty four hours of darkness

The above temperatures apply to the islands and coastal regions that tourists ordinarily visit Temperatures in the interior, such as the South Pole, are far harsher, with summer highs of around -15ºC 5ºF and winter lows plummeting to -80ºC -112ºF


For most people, reading about Antarctica is the only affordable means of experiencing the continent Books range from wild works of fiction to non-fiction accounts of the extraordinary early missions of adventurers looking to conquer Earth's last land frontier

  • At the Mountains of Madness — the earliest science fiction/horror story to take place on the continent, written by HP Lovecraft, detailing the adventures of a geological expedition to Antarctic Mountains, where the researchers discover something so inconceivable that they lose their minds
  • Endurance : Shackleton's Incredible Voyage, by Alfred Lansing
  • Endurance, by Caroline Alexander
  • A First-Rate Tragedy: Robert Falcon Scott & the Race to the South Pole, by Diana Preston
  • Mawson's Will, by Lennard Bickel
  • North Pole, South Pole: Journeys to the Ends of the Earth, by Bertrand Imbert
  • Scott's Last Expedition: The Journals, by Robert F Scott and Beryl Bainbridge
  • Shackleton, by Roland Huntford
  • South Pole: 900 Miles on Foot, by Gareth Wood and Eric Jamieson
  • The Worst Journey in the World, by Apsley Cherry-Garrard
  • Terra Incognita, by Sara Wheeler

Talking in Antarctica

The native languages of the nations operating bases are used English is the lingua franca used between different stations

What to see in Antarctica


Anguilla has many farms of corn, peas, tomatoes and other crops To see, buy or learn about plants and animals in Anguilla one can visit The Department of Agriculture, located in The Valley, Anguilla

Anguilla National Trust is an organization whose task is to preserve Anguilla's natural environment, historic and cultural resources and archaeology They can provide information on Anguilla's environment and conduct tours

Gardens in Anguilla are:

  • Hydroponic Farm and Organic Gardens, CuisinArt Resort and Spa, West End
  • Endangered Species Garden and Indigenous Local Plants Gardens, Cap Juluca Resort

The Angilla Beautification Club ABC also hosts an Annual Flower and Garden Show

What to do in Antarctica

Hiking, Art Gallery Tours, Horseback Riding at Seaside Stables, El Rancho Del Blues and CLiffside Stables Tennis, Golf at Play-A-Round Mini-Golf Park and Temenos Golf Club, Spa and Wellness, Glass-bottom boat, Swimming, Snorkeling, Fishing, Festivals: Anguilla Summer Festival, Tranquility Jazz Festival, Moonsplash, Festival Del Mar, Annual Anguilla Yacht Regatta and Annual Lighting of the Christmas Tree

There are many places to lounge, listen to music and dance such as:

  • Elvis Beach Bar, Sandy Ground
  • Ripples, Sandy Ground
  • Johnno's Beach Bar and Grill, Sandy Ground
  • Pumphouse, Sandy Ground
  • Rafe's, Sandy Ground
  • Dune Preserve, West End
  • Elodias, Shoal Bay, there is a live band on Sunday evenings
  • English Rose Restaurant, The Valley, karaoke on Friday nights
  • Ko Ko's Beach Bar, Island Harbour
  • Scilly Cay, a small island a few minutes away from the main island

Buying stuff in Antarctica

The East Caribbean dollar was fixed in 1976 at an exchange rate of 27 per US dollar US dollars are accepted everywhere but change will be in East Caribbean currency Credit cards are taken at hotels and restaurants not everywhere will accept Amex Mastercard/Visa preferred Stores will have all prices listed in East Caribbean dollars


Food and eating in Antarctica


There are many places to dine in Anguilla, with a wide variety of cuisines to chose from The prices also vary depending on the selected restaurant


  • Uncle Ernie's on Shoal Bay beach; inexpensive local BBQ;
  • Smitty's 1 in Island Harbor
  • Scilly Cay in Island Harbor; pronounced Silly Key; take a boat or swim out to this tiny island off the island Food is great also the rum punch!! This is a nice place to lounge on a Sunday afternoon
  • Roy's 2 above Crocus Bay; started by a British expat and his wife Great bargain lunches on Fridays Very well known for their fish and chips
  • The Pumphouse in Sandy Ground next to the old salt flats
  • Johnno's is an Anguillan landmark, run by John Johnno on Sandy Ground beach It is an open air bar, restaurant and at night a dance club on the beach, often with live local bands
  • Zara's, Shoal Bay - Listen to the Chef, Shamash, sing love songs in his kitchen while you watch him prepare your feast

Reservations: 497 3229

  • Sandy Island, Sandy Ground, 476-6534 Simone for reservations A tiny offshore island where you're guaranteed a GREAT time! Be brave and try the rum punch!!
  • English Rose Restaurant, The Valley
  • Ripples, Sandy Ground
  • Elvis Beach Bar, Sandy Ground
  • Elodias, Shoal Bay
  • Gwen's Reggae Grill, Shoal Bay
  • Tasty's at the Dune, West End
  • B & D's BBQ, Long Bay
  • Big Jim's BBQ, Blowing Point
  • Amy's Bakery, Blowing Point
  • Mary's Bakery, The, Quarter
  • Hall's Unique Bakery, The Valley
  • Le Bon Pain, Island Harbour
  • Oriental Restaurant and Bar, The Valley; Chinese restaurant
  • Landing Strip Restaurant, Blowing Point
  • Nico's Restaurant, The Valley


  • Michel Rostant at the Malliouhana 3 Incredible view, an awesome view and great food Conde Nast traveler rated this restaurant 100 out of 100
  • Hibernia 4 Unique food, gracious hosts and a wonderful time always Worth the drive!
  • Blanchard's 5 Great decor, which is unfortunately undermined by the bland food
  • Mango's 6 Directly on the beach, with wonderful seafood
  • Straw Hat 7 Don't miss the crayfish here!
  • Altamer 8 Delicious lobsters big as orbiting moons, great service
  • Deon's Overlook 9Formerly Cyril's Overlook of Montauk/NY fame but now in the trusty hands of Deon Fabulous seafood and great gazpacho soup!
  • Koal Keel Restaurant, The Valley
  • Caprice, West End
  • Kemia, Cap Juluca Hotel, West End
  • Pimms, Cap Juluca Hotel, West End
  • La Luna Rosa
  • Le Bistro, Malliouhana, West End
  • Santorini, CuisinArt, West End
  • Veya, Sandy Ground

Drinking in Antarctica

Accommodation in Antarctica

Antarctica has 24-hour sunshine during the southern hemisphere summer Visitors should ensure that they take steps to keep regular sleeping hours as continuous daylight disturbs the body clock There are no hotels or lodges on the continent, and research bases will not generally house guests Most visitors sleep on board their boat, although land expeditions will use tents for shelter

Working in Antarctica

It is possible to obtain employment with scientific expeditions in Antarctica Induction and training need to be undertaken prior to departure for Antarctica

The following agencies are responsible for staffing bases in Antarctica:

  • Raytheon Polar Services http://rpscraytheoncom/ Agency responsible for staffing all United States Antarctic bases Applicants can apply through the web site or at one of the Antarctic job fairs held around the country
  • British Antarctic Survey http://wwwantarcticaacuk/employment/indexphp The British Antarctic Survey staffs bases in the Antarctic and surround region including the Falklands and South Georgia

Cities in Antarctica

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