Information & Facts
Providence has a humid continental climate, its characteristic
extremes between summer and winter however moderated by the
Atlantic Ocean. Although it is fairly wet, annual average rainfall
being 45 inches (1,140mm), this is spread evenly throughout the
year so it does not interfere too seriously with holidaymakers'
enjoyment of the island's hot summers. In the summer there are
occasional thunderstorms and a slight threat of hurricanes. Winters
can be very cold and stormy, with snow (amounts each year vary
greatly), and high winds.
English is the most common language but Spanish is often
spoken in south-western states.
The US Dollar (USD) is the unit of currency and is divided into
100 cents. Only major banks exchange foreign currency. ATMs are
widespread and credit cards and travellers cheques are widely
accepted. Travellers cheques should be taken in US Dollars to avoid
hassles. Banking hours are Monday to Friday 9am to 3pm.