One rental agency is within easy walking distance of the Mongoose; the others will pick you up free of charge and take you to their office to fill in the paperwork. We recommend the rental of a four wheel drive vehicle as this capability is necessary in order to visit some locations on the island plus the terrain is extremely hilly and can be slippery after a light shower. Note: we do drive on the left hand side of the road.
You must show proof of a valid driver's license from a recognized jurisdiction in order to rent a vehicle.
There is a telephone in the office that guests can use for local calls and to make credit card or collect calls. Please note that 800 and other toll free numbers are not free calls in the BVI; therefore, these numbers should not be direct dialed on the office telephone. Most Cellular phones do work in the BVI – but please check what the roaming rates are before using your cell phone. Many persons change their cell phone simm card to a local simm card and therefore are guaranteed local rates, no roaming charges.
Mongoose Apartments has a guest computer in the office so that guests can have internet access
We also offer free wireless within the apartments to our guests.
Electric power is standard North American 117v 60 Hz and uses the standard North American 15 amp plug..
Quito's Gazebo, Big Banana, Rhymer's, Stanley's, The Elm, Netties, Myett's, Callwoods and Sailor's Rest are all beach restaurants/bars within easy walking distance from the Mongoose. All serve lunch and dinner and some serve breakfast. They also offer happy hour and evening entertainment most evenings.
Bobby's MarketPlace, a North American style supermarket, is open every day from 7:00am-10:00pm. Columbus Sunset Bar also offers drinks and a variety of items for sale. There are two local bakeries, Miss Elaine and BestKakes. Or if you wish, you may make a trip to Road Town and shop at RiteWay/Cash and Carry, One Mart or Bobby's MarketPlace. Remember we are an island where everything is imported, so prices do tend to be higher than some are accustomed to.
There is a coin operated laundromat at Rhymer's Beach Hotel and behind Bobby's MarketPlace.
The U.S. dollar is the local currency. Many, but not all, establishments accept Visa, MasterCard, American Express and/ or Discover. Most establishments accept traveller's cheques when making a purchase.
SNORKELLING/OTHER ISLAND VISITS
There is snorkelling on Tortola in Cane Garden Bay, Smuggler's Cove, Brewer's Bay and Long Bay, Beef Island. Or, take a ferry boat to Jost van Dyke (leaves daily from West End; sometimes a water taxi is possible from Cane Garden Bay), Virgin Gorda (leaves daily from Road Town), Anegada (leaves from Road Town) and US Virgin Islands (leaves daily from Road Town and West End). Take a day sail/boat to an uninhabited island for beautiful snorkelling/diving (leaves from West End or Road Town). Want to learn to dive or continue with your diving – dive shops are located in Road Town, Nanny Cay and Jost van Dyke.
MARRIAGE/WEDDING VOW RENEWALS
It would be my pleasure to help you arrange a wedding/renewal of vows when you are here in the BVI. And of course, love to have you and or your family and friends stay with us when they attend your special event.