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Welcome to Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua &Barbuda

Continent: Americas  

Capital: St John’s

Population: 91, 295 (2014 estimate)                                                                                

Dialing Code: +1 -268

Currency:Eastern Caribbean dollar 

Time zone: AST (UTC-4)

Language: English, Antiguan Creole


Antigua & Barbuda is a country comprising of two beautiful major islands and several smaller islands (including Great bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands). Located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean and its name was given to it by Christopher Columbus In 1493, naming it in honor of the virgin of La Antigua in the Seville Cathedral.

Due to the high number of beaches surrounding the Islands, the country was nicknamed “Land of 365 Beaches” and as a visitor you can explore one for every day of the year.

The action takes place mostly in Antigua with its sister city Barbuda being quieter and relatively unexplored. Antigua is Spanish for ancient while Barbuda is Spanish for bearded. These islands are famous for their expensive yachts, honeymooners and Scuba divers from all over the world.

If you ever feel the beaches too quiet for you, the steamy rainforest and endless historic sites such as Shirley Heights are here for you to explore.  Barbuda was once a scavenger’s paradise but today it is home to one of the region’s most significant bird sanctuaries.

Information & Facts

Attraction Overview

Antigua plays host to a lot of attractions and activities to engage in. From Sport oriented activities include but not limited to hiking, tennis, Golfing, hunting, and cricket to water activities for the divers, boating runs, kayaking and more.

Visitors will also get a taste of the nation’s famous local game of Warri – an ancient board game that is played using shells placed in cups. Explore the history of the country by taking a trip to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda which displays exhibits as old as the building itself which was built in 1750.

The most famous landmark in Antigua is Nelsons Dockyard, home to Admiral Horatio Nelson. You can also follow the road along Fig Tree drive for breathtaking views of the rainforest and steep farmlands.

Other must see attractions include: St John’s Cathedral, Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Highland house, Two foot bay caves, Betty’s Hope and Indian Town point.

A visit to the less developed Barbuda is a must. See the wild beauty of the deserted beaches, heavily wooded interior and wildlife. Codrington, the main town has a laid back and old fashioned feel to it


Antigua was one of the first Caribbean islands to actively encourage tourism and it still constitutes a large part of its economy accounting for more than half of the country’s GDP. Manufacturing and agriculture also make up some parts of the economy with its main trade partners - Barbados, Guyana, Trinidad and Tobago, USA and Canada. In 2013, the country officially launched the citizenship by investment programme where investors can become citizens and hold an Antiguan passport. 


The Islands enjoy a balmy tropical climate which is warm and relatively dry throughout the year. The rainy season runs from June to November. Tropical storms are common during this period. Hurricanes also occur once in a year. Visitors are advised to dress lightly and bring waterproofs for the rainy season


The country has an extensive telephone network. Most hotels have telephone facilities although you can contact your local telephone company for roaming charges. Internet facilities are also available in the larger cities and resorts, although they might be dial-up rather than broadband or wifi connections.

Most of Antigua & Barbuda broadcast media is politically owned or controlled. The country’s first independent  radio station is now operational and cable tv is also available


The culture is predominantly a mix of West African and British cultural influences.   Rich in history, the country’s population is predominantly Christian with the majority denomination being Anglican but there are also Methodists, Roman Catholics, Pentecostals, Baptists and Seventh Day Adventists.

The country is full of warm and welcoming people. Salutations such as good morning and good evening are common and seen as a sign of good will and manners. Failure to do so will result in being regarded as rude.  Friends tend to drop by unannounced.It is an offence for anyone, including children to dress in camouflage clothing and those found wearing any military type clothing will be arrested. Homosexual acts are illegal.


Duty Free

The following items may be imported into Antigua & Barbuda without incurring customs duty:

• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco.
• 1L of wine or spirits.
• 170ml of perfume.

Banned imports:
Prohibited items include arms and non-prescription drugs. Restricted goods requiring a licence include vehicles, meat, plants, fruits and vegetables, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and firearms.


The electric voltage is 220/110 volts AC, 60Hz. Most hotels have both voltages, and American-style plugs with two flat pins (with or without round grounding pin) are standard.

Getting Around

For air travel, Bird International Airport is the only point of entry. There are both direct and connecting flights into the country depending on your location. Within the country, ntigua Barbuda Montserrat Air operates daily scheduled flights between Antigua and Barbuda.It is perfectly safe to drive around Antigua by road and explore the country. Public transport does exist but buses tend to serve locals rather than tourists. Taxis are reliable and plentiful.

Cruise ships are also available at St. John’s Harbour and Heritage Quay. Private boaters can enter at St. John's Harbour on the west coast, English Harbour or the St. James' Club in the south, or Crabbs Marina in the northeast. For more info


Health services are very good but expensive. Hence, health insurance is strongly recommended Recompression chambers are on nearby Saba and St Thomas (travel by air ambulance). Please note that the private health clinic, Adelin does not accept medical travel insurance in payment for treatment, and will require a deposit of US$4, 000 by credit card before treatment can be givengue fever may occur. Normal precautions against mosquito bites should be taken. Don’t forget to have a bottle of water nearby. Tuberculosis and hepatitis B vaccinations are sometimes recommended.


English is the official language but many locals speak a sort of patois. There are some Spanish-speaking communities too


The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. Recent exchange rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.65. US currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.

Passport Visa

All visitors to Antigua and Barbuda must have an onward or return ticket. Citizens of United States, United Kingdom and Canada citizens do not require a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda and must travel on a VALID PASSPORT.

Persons visiting are permitted to stay as long as their business takes, provided that:

a) this is no longer than six months
b) they have an onward or return ticket
c) they have confirmation of accommodation
d) they can produce evidence of their ability to maintain themselves in Antigua and Barbuda

Cruise ship visitors who would normally require a visa do not require one provided that they arrive in Antigua and Barbuda in the morning and depart the same evening.

In transit passengers traveling within the same day, who normally require a visa, do not need a visa for entry into Antigua and Barbuda, provided that they have proof of their onward journey.


Antigua & Barbuda are relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions; i.e. don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.


Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time and the same as Eastern Daylight Time. GMT -4.


Same as in the US; 10-15% depending on the service. Some restaurants & hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity. If in doubt, just ask. Give porters and bellhops 50 cents per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.

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