Antigua and Barbuda makes news headlines once again, and this time as CNN Travels’ 22 best locations to visit in 2022. This was recently updated on the 4th of January, 2022 and It’s no surprise that the beautiful Island of Antigua and Barbuda made this list!
According to the globally recognized news network, ’Not only is the twin-island nation blessed with miles and miles of pristine white and pink sands — Antigua famously has a beach for every day of the year — it also lays claims to the longest running Sunday party in the Caribbean, which takes place at restored military lookout Shirley Heights’. The country’s friendly islanders, vibrant culture and most especially their beautiful beaches have made this great feat possible! Barbuda, the smaller of the two islands, was famously one of Princess Diana’s favorite vacation spots, while veteran actor Robert De Niro co-owns a resort in the area with Australian billionaire James Packer.
Cricket is a massive deal here, so the England Tests, which are being held in Antigua in 2022, are one of the most anticipated events of the year. The official test match between England and the West Indies will take place at the stadium named after Antiguan cricketing legend Vivian Richards in March. Antigua and Barbuda has been gaining recognition for its sustainability efforts in recent years thanks to a number of successful green initiatives. Single-use plastics are banned, while the “Green Corridor”, a collection of environmentally friendly hotels, resorts and businesses has been established across the southwest coast of Antigua.” — Tamara Hardingham-Gill
Antigua and Barbuda 2022 Travel Prospects
With the emergence of the new variants of the COVID-19 pandemic, there are a lot of uncertainties travel agencies are faced with. Will there be another global lockdown? No doubt, there are already travel restrictions put in place by countries across the world in order to curb the spread of the Omicron variant.
Going forward, certain tests and vaccination evidence would be the only way to gain entry into countries worldwide. Antigua and Barbuda would not be an exception as it is known to welcome tourists from all over the world. As at 20th December 2021, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda updated their COVID-19 travel related measures, which require the full vaccination of individuals above the age of 18 years alongside a negative result on a COVID-19 PCR test must be taken 72 hours before arrival to the country. The downside is that there would be a maximum gathering of 10 persons. So, all hope is not lost when it comes to having a great vacation.
What makes Antigua and Barbuda so unique?
Antigua and Barbuda as an independent commonwealth nation composed of two major islands and other smaller ones. The bigger one, is called Antigua and the smaller island, Barbuda. Hence the name, Antigua and Barbuda. The island is located in the Caribbean and boasts of beautiful historical attractions, rain forests and 365 beaches. That is one beach per day for a whole year.
This English-speaking country has several shipyards in its capital, St. John’s. The population of Antigua and Barbuda is about 68,000 and the Climate falls between 75 degrees and 85 degrees Fahrenheit all year round.
Antigua and Barbuda boasts of having the best beaches in the Caribbean owing to their unique pink and white sands all around the island. Some of the beaches are isolated and would require a shuttle to access, while some are within walking distances. The hospitality of most resorts meets international standards and when it comes to security on the island, foreigners have nothing to worry about.
When visiting Antigua and Barbuda, be prepared for a series of exciting activities ranging from Land activities to water activities including excursions. The country is big on cricket games as well as hiking and bird watching. Considering the water mass surrounding the country, Antigua and Barbuda have lots of water activities including Scuba diving and snorkeling, boat cruises, wind surfing to mention a few.
Not too keen on water sports? The island has several agencies that handle excursions to different attractions across the island. Whether by boat, Safari, or Helicopter, they have got you covered.
Also, if you are one so keen on historical truths, Antigua and Barbuda has a museum in the capital Saint John’s. So much information from inception to the present day ‘Antigua and Barbuda’ can be found. So, there is not a single dull day on the island. No wonder the island made the top of CNN’s best destination locations to visit in 2022!