Antigua & Barbuda

The beach is just the beginning

In the island where summer is not a season but rather 365 days. 365 beaches and more than 365 reasons to visit Antigua and Barbuda. Cushioned by white sandy shores, blessed by pristine beaches. Antigua and Barbuda lie in the eastern arc of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles, positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean Sea meet. If you are dreaming of a picture perfect destination, wake up in Antigua. 

Antigua & Barbuda Travel Tips: Top things to do 

Adventure

  • Plunge beneath the surface of Paradise Reef’s mile-long coral gardens
  • Sail Antigua and Barbuda’s turquoise seas aboard a glass-bottomed boat or even a motorized pirate ship replica
  • Soar up to 351 feet on a zip line across Antigua’s lush rainforests
  • Watch more than 5,000 birds at Frigate Bird Sanctuary, while relaxing on the deserted beaches of Barbuda
  • Spot Antigua’s elusive ‘green flash’ at sunset while partying with the locals on Sunday evenings at the Shirley Heights military lookout
  • Get a taste of Antigua’s once thriving sugar cane industry at what remains of Betty’s Hope, the island’s first plantation
  • Stock up on duty-free goods at Heritage Quay Complex

Culture: 

The culture of Antigua and Barbuda (local creole pronunciation, Antiga and Barbueda) is a classic example of a creole culture. It emerged from the mixing of Amerindian (Carib and Arawak), West African, and European (primarily British) cultural traditions. Specific traces of these parent cultures as well as influences from other Caribbean islands (e.g., reggae from Jamaica) are still very evident in this emergent culture. Before Christopher Columbus arrived in 1493, Antigua and Barbuda had the Carib names of Wadadli and Wa’omoni, respectively.

Antigua and Barbuda’s only airport, VC Bird International, is located five miles northeast of St John’s. It is the only way to enter these small islands other than by the cruise ships which regularly dock here. Antigua is just one of many day trip stops for liners island-hopping across the Caribbean. The three-hour Barbuda Express voyage or a quick charter flight are the only ways to travel between Antigua and the much more sparsely populated island of Barbuda.

It doesn’t take long for visitors to get around Antigua’s 56-mile long coastline. One of the island’s most scenic routes is the 20-mile Fig Tree Drive across the main mountain range through several picturesque villages and lush rainforests along the island’s southern shores. Those who use rental cars must drive on the left and be extra cautious after dark, as few of the island’s roads are properly lit. Antigua’s public transportation options are cheap, yet unpredictable. Buses are available, while expensive taxis often feature drivers who double as helpful tour guides. There is only one road on Barbuda outside of its only major community, Codrington.

Sights

  • Stingray City
  • Nelson’s Dockyard National Park
  • Shirley Heights
  • English Harbour
  • Antigua Sailing Week

Notable Holidays and Festivals

  • Antigua Sailing Week – April 28th – May 4th
  • Labour Day – first Monday in May
  • Whit Monday – May-June Varis
  • Carnival (last for a week) – August 1st
  • Independence Day – November 1st
  • Vere Cornwall Bird Day – December 9th