Antigua Island
Where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic


Antigua Island attracts visitors for its amazing beauty and majestic beaches. Let me show you this nation country of two islands Antigua and Barbuda that prides itself with 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.

The islands are located on the northeastern corner of the Caribbean Sea, where the Caribbean meets the Atlantic. This gives them the advantage of having rough beaches on the Ocean side and calm and exotic beaches on the Caribbean side.

Antigua is the more cosmopolitan of both while Barbuda is calm and underdeveloped with beaches you can have all for yourself. Follow me on a tour of this islands that I know for about forty years.


Please visit our page on Antigua Beaches



Satellite view of Antigua and Barbuda

Satellite view of Antigua and Barbuda

 

  • Official Name - Antigua and Barbuda
  • Capital  Saint - John’s
  • Location - Northeast corner of the Caribbean
  • Area - 443 Sq Km
  • Population - 103,050
  • Languages - English
  • Status -  Independent Member of British Commonwealth
  • Money Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
  • Money Exchange
  • 1 USD = 2.70
  • 1 EUR = 3.17
  • 1 GBP = 3.63




One of the 365 beaches of Antigua one for every day of the year

One of the 365 beaches of Antigua one for every day of the year


Jumby Bay a gorgeous beach in Antigua

Antigua Island Weather

The weather is very nice year-round on Antigua Island. It makes this country a desired destination anytime during the year. The Temperature in the summer oscillates on the upper eighties while in the months of winter a very attractive mid-seventies Fahrenheit degrees.

Like anywhere on the islands the constant breeze blowing from the northeast creates an illusion of coolness very well expected after long hot days.

Like in the neighboring Anguilla Island it rains, but those are tropical rains that go away as fast as they came. These showers may take a maximum of 15 minutes. The rainy season is from October to December, and the hurricane season in the Caribbean is from June to November.

In the past 50 years Antigua has been hit by hurricanes just a few times. I recommend traveling to Antigua Island all year to enjoy

Just note, that during the months of May to November it’s less expensive and you may enjoy any of the All-Inclusive Resorts at bargain prices While during the tourist season, from December to April you’ll have to go deeper into your wallet.



Typical fruit and vegetable in a market in Antigua

Typical fruit and vegetable in a market in Antigua

 

Getting to Antigua Island By air

Major airlines provide direct service to Antigua from Europe, North America and the Caribbean, arriving to Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport.

Airlines flying to Antigua Island are:

  • Air Canada
  • American Airlines
  • United Airlines
  • Delta Airlines
  • British Airways
  • Virgin Atlantic
  • And many more



Antigua Island

Many cruise lines visit Antigua in the Caribbean

Many cruise lines visit Antigua in the Caribbean


By sea

Several Cruise Lines offer regular stops in St John’s Antigua. Among them are:

  • Carnival Cruises
  • Princess Cruises
  • Regent Seven Seas
  • Royal Caribbean
  • Holland America
  • Windstar
  • Celebrity
  • Silverseas

Many Yachts of all sizes visit Antigua regularly. English Harbour is very popular with sailing and yachting. The yachts may dock in other harbors like: Jolly Harbour, Heritage Quay, Deepwater Harbour and Codrington in Barbuda.

Entry requirements for arrivals by air and cruise ships

American, Canadian, Australian, British, European Union and Japanese Citizens need a valid passport, but no visa for a stay of 6 months. Citizens of all other countries should consult the proper authorities before traveling to Antigua.



Nelson Dry Dock one of the landmarks of Antigua

Nelson Dry Dock one of the landmarks of Antigua


Getting around Antigua

Taxis are a great option for getting around Antigua. They are inexpensive and government regulated.

Rental Car is also an easy way to explore the island. Most rental companies are located in St John’s. Driving is on the left, of course. You’ll need to purchase a temporary driving permit for $ 20.00 USD.

The real adventurers will rent a bike or a scooter to be on their own and spending less money in gasoline.

Traveling by sea around the sister islands is easy by renting boat and yachts charters at many of the islands’ harbors.



Carmichael's Restaurant in Sugar Ridge Antigua

Carmichael's Restaurant in Sugar Ridge Antigua


Antigua and Barbuda Dining

We had a great time on our Antigua trip a few years ago. Dining goes from the budget like places to the very elegant dining at the best resorts.

The restaurants in Antigua offer fine dining with both international and authentic Antiguan & Caribbean Cuisine. You can also hear live music at some of these venues.

There are many places that you can enjoy drinking in Antigua anything from local drinks to the finest wines and champagnes.



Scuba Diving or Snorkeling in Antigua Island is amazing

Scuba Diving or Snorkeling in Antigua Island is amazing


Antigua and Barbuda Land and Water Sports

  • Cricket
  • Golf
  • Hiking
  • Walking
  • Horse Riding
  • Tennis
  • Fishing
  • Parasailing
  • Snorkeling
  • Sailing
  • Surfing
  • Windsurfing



The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda


The Museum of Antigua & Barbuda is operated by the Historical & Archaeological Society. The exhibits, show the History of Antigua and Barbuda from its birth to British times to her Independence.

They are located in the Old St John’s Court House, built in 1750.



The Dockyard Museum

The Dockyard Museum in Antigua


The Dockyard Museum shows the story of Antigua's famous English Harbour. The harbor was inaugurated in 1671 as a hurricane shelter for the vessels of the Royal British Navy.

 

Antigua Flag

Antigua Flag Description


Red, with an inverted isosceles triangle based on the top edge of the flag; the triangle contains three horizontal bands of black (top), light blue, and white, with a yellow rising sun in the black ban.

 



For information visit Antigua and Barbuda Official Tourism Website



images for antigua island

museum by jerrye and joy klotz
dockyard by anneli solo

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Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Antigua and Barbuda

Map of the Caribbean showing the location of Antigua and Barbuda


Antigua and Barbuda in the north easternmost country in the Caribbean. Borders the Atlantic Ocean. East of Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands.





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