Antigua and Barbuda between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean is a twin-island nation, consisting of the two major inhabited islands Antigua and Barbuda, plus several smaller islands including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden, York Islands, and Redonda. The country’s capital and largest city is St. John’s on Antigua. Antigua and Barbuda lies in the middle of the Leeward Islands, part of the Lesser Antilles. Climate in the country is described as tropical marine, with little seasonal temperature variation.
What to see & do
Antigua and Barbuda is also known as the “Land of 365 Beaches” due to the many stunning white sand beaches that surround that islands, with Antigua having several luxury resorts, making it a major Caribbean resort destination. Barbuda also does not fall short of superb beaches, and has fewer facilities than Antigua, making it a destination for those who just like to unwind in a peaceful surrounding. In the capital, St. John’s, the annual Carnival festival is a major attraction, which takes place between late July and early August. Local cuisine and drinks are also a must-do in St. John’s with its many restaurants. The country’s national dish is fungie and pepper pot, along with other local dishes such as ducana, seasoned rice, saltfish, and lobster. Don’t also forget to try local confectionaries like sugarcake, fudge, raspberry and tamarind stew, and peanut brittle. During Saturdays, drive-by barbecues can be found at major road crossings. Nightlife here is also lively, as there are many clubs in the city. Other popular attractions in Antigua and Barbuda are the Sherley Heights, a Historic National Park, and the sailing regattas which are interesting to watch. The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and the superyacht Oyster Regatta are both held in April. Popular activities in Antigua and Barbuda are scuba diving, hunting, and saltwater fishing.
How to get around Antigua and Barbuda
Tourists on Antigua and Barbuda usually get around by taxi or tour operators. Buses are also a slower alternative. The country has many nice spots that are waiting to be discovered, and they are best explored via rental cars. The least expensive car rental is the Tropical Car Rentals Antigua, which picks travellers up at the airport. There is also the Antigua-rentacar. When going between islands, Barbuda Express has ferry services.
How to get there
V. C. Bird International Airport on the island of Antigua is the main international airport of the country. It is located eight kilometres or five miles north of east of the capital St. John’s. The airport handles flights to and from the United States, Canada, Europe, and other Caribbean islands. It is a hub for ABM Air and LIAT. Air Antilles Express, Air Canada, Air Transat, American Airlines, British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Condor, Delta Air Lines, Thomas Cook Airlines, United Airlines, US Airways, Virgin Atlantic, and WestJet also operate at V. C. Bird International Airport. Cruise lines also have services to Antigua.