Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua's position in the West Indies makes it the gateway to the Caribbean. Although passed by the majority of shipping routes, it remains quiet, in part due to the enormous number of beaches to enjoy here; the tourist board boasts there are so many that you can spend each day of a year on a different one. Away from the beach, explore colonial-era sugar mills, Nelson's Dockyard and Fort James, watch cricket, the national obsession, drink local rum and enjoy the deliciously slow pace of life.
Neighbouring Barbuda is essentially just a single, vast beach. Little more than a sand bar surrounded by coral reef and populated by frigate birds; the Caribbean's largest rookery is also here, making it popular with birdwatchers.
The Practical information displayed here is taken from The Traveller's Handbook, published by WEXAS (2009). While all possible care was taken to ensure accuracy at the time of publication, we are aware that situations change, so for the latest information and up-to-date visa requirements, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0616.
Tropical, warm and relatively dry throughout the year. Some rainfall from September-November. Best visited during the cool and dry December to April period, the peak tourist season.
Carnival, Antigua's big annual festival, starts at the end of July and culminates in a parade on the first Tuesday in August. Most Carnival activity takes place in St John's. Calypso music, steel bands, masqueraders, floats and street 'jump-ups' are all part of the celebrations. Another music event is the annual Antiguan Jazz Festival, which takes place in October. Antigua's Sailing Week is a major week-long yachting event in April, attracting about 150 boats. In addition to races, there are rum parties and a formal ball, with most activities taking place at Nelson's Dockyard and Falmouth Harbour. In June, Barbuda has a celebration of its own called Caribara.
Superb seafood, including lobster and red snapper. Extensive choice in hotels including local curries, pilaffs, and roast suckling pig. Local drinks include coconut milk, ice-cold fruit juices and rum punches. There are no licensing restrictions.
As with many islands around the world, the pace of life on Antigua and Barbuda is deliciously slow, particularly on the smaller Barbuda, which is home to just two per cent of the country's population. Best to chill out, grab a cocktail and just go with the flow. Casual wear is accepted in all bars and restaurants, however it is not acceptable to wear scanty clothing or beachwear in towns or villages.
VC Bird International (ANU), 8 km from St John's.
Light aircraft and boats between islands, good all weather roads and car hire easy to organise on arrival. Local buses are infrequent but taxis are available everywhere with standard rates.
The itinerary ideas listed below are designed to give you a flavour of the things to do in Antigua and Barbuda. We can adjust any element and tailor-make your trip though, to suit your individual needs and available time. To start planning your trip, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0616.
The places to stay listed below only represent a handful of the accommodation options available in Antigua and Barbuda. We can also recommend and arrange accommodation to suit your personal tastes and budget. To start planning where to stay in Antigua and Barbuda, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0616.
The types of holiday listed below are just a flavour of the experiences available in Antigua and Barbuda. We can also suggest and plan alternative types of holiday to take into account your individual interests. To start planning what to do whilst away, talk to one of our destination specialists on 020 7590 0616.
Alison Kent - Caribbean Specialist
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