All photographs are courtesy of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Authority.
Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands of the Caribbean and lies just north of the islands of St. Martin, St. Barths, St. Kitts and Nevis. Antigua enjoys a fabulous climate with year round sunshine, averaging 26-30 degrees C, low rainfall and low humidity making it one of the sunniest Caribbean islands.
Just 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, the local Antiguans are proud to say their island has 365 beaches – one for every day of the year. The beaches of Antigua are stunning, largely undeveloped with long stretches of powdery sand, small secluded coves and fringed with a magnificent, protective coral reef. The waters are crystal clear and a distinctly mesmerising Caribbean blue.
With its long British maritime history, Antigua was once considered to be the most important trading port in the Caribbean. Interesting monuments to this history are dotted throughout the island including the restored Georgian “Nelson’s Dockyard” (named after Admiral Nelson himself), Betty’s Hope, one of the largest sugar plantations and the original capital of Antigua, Parham village.
From scenic walks to explore the beauty of the island , an amazing coastline for swimming, snorkelling and diving, idyllic sailing, fishing and fabulous watersports, tennis, golf and horse-riding as well as the “all important” cricket so close to the Antiguans ways of life, Antigua has something for everyone. A trip to Pricky Pear Island or nearby Barbuda with its pink sand beaches is also highly recommended. The capital of Antigua is now St. John’s, a bustling town with original historical architecture, interesting markets and many visitors take advantage of the duty-free shopping at St. John’s Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay.
With the constant passing trade winds and the softly indented coastline, Antigua is the perfect playground for some of the finest sailing in the West Indies attracting enthusiasts from all over the world during the sailing weeks, racing weeks and regattas.
There is a huge range of restaurants with a variety of cuisine located around the island, from relaxed beach cafés to fine-dining at English Harbour and a fun night of steel band music and Sunday evening BBQ at Shirley Heights – a “must-do” of any holiday located high above English Harbour with stunning sunset views.
Worldwide Dream Villas offers a selection of luxury, private villas throughout Antigua from sophisticated retreats for couples to child-friendly family villas, as well as nearby Jumby Bay, a private island resort with an exceptional collection of residences available for rental.
Antigua & Barbuda Key Facts :
Where is the island of Antigua & Barbuda : located in the Eastern Caribbean in the centre of the Leeward Islands, approximately 17 degrees north of the equator.
Getting to Antigua & Barbuda : Regular non-stop flights from the UK with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic (approximately 8 hours). There are non-stop flights from New York and Miami with American Airlines.
Local Currency : Eastern Caribbean Dollars – US Dollars are widely used and the accepted
exchange rate is approximately EC$2.6 = US$ 1
Time Zone : GMT +4
Entry requirements : Full passport ( 6 months validity ) return ticket - for visas please check
Electricity : 220/110v/60ac
Climate : Average Temperatures 24 – 28 degrees C
Heaviest rainfall – October to December - Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches
Cooling northeast trade winds are almost through the year, calming only in September
Local Language : Official Local Language is English