Antigua and Barbuda

 

Antigua and Barbuda boasts of a different beach for every day of the year. Most of the beaches in the area are surrounded by coral reefs, where visitors can sink their toes into fine, white sand.

There are plenty of activities to engage in once you have arrived on the island. There are a few casinos to pass the time before a romantic walk on the beach. Tons of shopping and dining opportunities throughout Antigua await the eager tourist.

The capital St. John’s, offers many hotel selections, as well as restaurants, beach bars and places to enjoy a variety of water sports. The capital is located 6 ¼ miles from the airport, which is also less that a mile from the Deep Water Harbour Terminal. St. John’s is a port city that serves as the point of commerce, industry, shopping, as well as government. This area is good for a day filled with shopping or a stroll throughout some of the available historical points.

Fascinating Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour, for centuries recognized as on of the finest shelters in the entire Caribbean, was built by the famous Admiral and still stands, just as it was. It is now the home of one of the world’s biggest ocean racing events. “Sailing week,” is a fun-filled experience in itself.

This spacious island, with its rolling hills and sightseeing, maintaining a priceless village ambiance to add to the sensation of timelessness.

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Quick Facts

Antigua Weather
Average temperatures High/Low: Summer 85/77 degrees. Winter 82/75 degrees.

Average annual rainfall: 45 inches.

Clothing
Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Some hotels and restaurants stipulate jacket and tie for men and dresses for women in the evening.
Currency
The Eastern Caribbean dollar is fixed to the US$ at US$1.00 = EC$2.60. Travellers’ cheques and credit cards welcomed
Language
English
Time Zone
EST +1. GMT -4.
Taxes
Departure tax: US$20.00. Service charge 10% and government tax 8.5%.
Entry Requirements
Canadian, UK nationals and US need one of the following for entry – A valid passport or an original or certified birth certificate accompanied by a valid driver’s license with photograph or a Citizenship card or naturalization certificate with photo identification. All visitors must have proof of onward or return tickets. [ /accordion ] general emergency: 999 or 911
Health Precautions
Antigua & Barbuda are relatively crime free, but exercise normal precautions; i.e. don’t leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.
Behaviour
Dress is informal unless formal dress is specifically requested. Beachwear is not acceptable in towns or villages. Relatives and good friends generally embrace. Friends tend to drop by unannounced, but an invitation is necessary for acquaintances or business associates. Although gifts will generally be well received, they are normally only given on celebratory occasions. Flowers are appropriate for dinner parties; bring a bottle only when specifically requested. Smoking is accepted in most public places.
Driving
Driving is on the left. There are nearly 1000km (600 miles) of roads in the country, most of which are all-weather. The speed limit outside towns is 88kph (55mph).

Airlines
Air Canada. American Airlines. British Airways. Carib Aviation. Continental Airlines. LIAT. Virgin Atlantic. US Airways. Connecting flights can be made in surrounding islands.
Flight Duration
Baltimore: 4 hrs.

Frankfurt: 9 1/4 hrs.

London: 8hrs.

Miami: 3 hrs.

New York: 4 hrs.

Newark: 4 hrs.

Paris: 8 hrs.

Puerto Rico: 1 hr.

Toronto: 4 hrs.

Airport Details
(ANU) V.C. Bird International Airport to English Harbour – approx. 14 mls. St Johns downtown – approx. 5 mls. St Johns shoppingarea – approx. 5 mls
Taxis
Fares are fixed and should be agreed before hand. Fares are available at the taxi dispatcher’s desk at V.C. International Airport and other ports of entry.
Best Beaches
There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. Northwest Coast: Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, Fort James, Fort James, Hawksbill. Southwest and South Coast: Fryes Bay, Darkwood Beach, and the beaches around Johnsons Point, Rendezvous Bay and especially Doigs Beach, Pigeon Point East Coast: Half Moon Bay, Long Bay
Marriage
Located 17 degrees N, 61 degrees W, Antigua is 108 sq mls with low undulating hills, rising slightly in the south. The heavily indented coastline provides many bays & harbours. Highest point is Boggy Peak, 1,319 ft high. Barbuda a 62 sq ml coral island is located 28 miles northeast of Antigua. Its highest point is 125 ft above sea level; this area is called the Highland Hills. Barbuda boasts beaches, which are among the best in the world’s beaches of finest white and pink powdery sand (from the tiny pink coral shells).
Tipping
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.
Electricity
Part of the island is 110 volts; the remainder is 220 volts on 60 cycles. Most hotels carry dual voltage..