• ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

WELCOME TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

We can thank a volcanic eruption for the natural beauty that is Antigua and Barbuda. However, we need to thank the people of the double island nation for creating such a warm and inviting destination. You’ll be able to explore the towns and immerse yourself in the culture just as easily as you can experience the rainforests and oceans around the islands. With almost 100 miles of shoreline and 365 beaches (one for every day!) just on Antigua, it might be hard to ever leave to go explore the neighboring Barbuda. In order to protect its truly unique and stunning wildlife and ecosystems, Antigua and Barbuda are at the forefront of many Caribbean green initiatives to make sure that as many people can enjoy the Caribbean region for as long as we can.

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For those who want to learn more about Antigua and Barbuda’s cultural history, you can spend some time at Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour on the island of Antigua. This multi-functional locale showcases the history of the islands, the history of the British Navy in the area, shopping and dining, and even art galleries! There is something for everyone at Nelson’s Dockyard. Nelson’s Dockyard is also listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site!

History buffs that want to learn even more about the islands can head to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in St. John’s. Here, you can learn about the native populations prehistory and history through archaeological artifacts, learn about colonial rule, even learn about the natural history of the islands. You can also do a little bit of research on your own at the on-site research library that is open to the public!

While this stunning dual-island nation is known for its beaches, coral reefs, and crystal clear waters, there is another natural wonder that beckons adventurers to explore: the Barbuda Caves. You can sign up for a tour to explore these unique formations. You’ll see stalagmites and stalactites, miniature rainforests with wildlife living inside, and even ancient petroglyphs left by the native Arawaks.

ENTERTAINMENT

One of the biggest sports on the islands is, without a doubt, cricket. Local players for one of two teams: the Leeward Islands or the West Indies (Windies). It’s so popular that there is an event every November called the Antigua and Barbuda International Cricket Fest. Teams come from all over the Caribbean and elsewhere to hone their skills, compete in friendly games, enjoy some music, and indulge in some home-cooked food!

For those looking for a unique way to enjoy the beautiful weather that Antigua and Barbuda has to offer, you can travel to the islands during Easter weekend. Every Easter weekend, the Antigua and Barbuda International Kite Festival occurs across the country. You can make your own kite along the beaches or you can simply enjoy the sight of hundreds of colors dancing about in the air.

GETTING THERE

Once you decide you want to get yourself a flight to Antigua and Barbuda, you should know that your best option is to go through the international airport in St. John’s on Antigua. With plenty of flights direct from other Caribbean islands, U.S.A., Canada, and Europe, getting to the double island nation will be a breeze.

When you realize you want, or maybe even need, to get to Barbuda, you will want to catch the ferry connecting the two islands.

If you’re planning on making a tour through the Caribbean and want to add Antigua to that stop, you can board a cruise to Antigua. You will dock at St. Johns, where you will be able to explore the markets and architecture of the city just as easily as you can enjoy the hundreds of beaches.

GETTING AROUND

As you explore the island, you might want to guide your own adventures. You can choose to navigate the local bus system, which is a fleet of minivans that travel around Antigua. The vans with the word “BUS” on their license plate are the public buses.

Or instead, you can rent a car from a rental agency. Just keep in mind, in Antigua and Barbuda, you drive on the left side of the road!

WILDLIFE AND NATURE

The birders among us will enjoy the unique experience offered up by the Frigate Bird Sanctuary on Barbuda. The largest Frigate Bird colony in the western hemisphere, avian enthusiasts can see these wondrous creatures in their natural habitat. The national bird unfortunately experienced a bit a hit during the several years of hurricanes, but thanks to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, populations are on the rise again! The sanctuary is home to much more than just Frigate Birds. With more than 170 species spotted in the sanctuary, you can jump on a boat tour and try to spot as many as you can!

For those who want to explore the natural beauty of the island on foot, a trip to the Wallings Nature Reserve on Antigua is a great way to spend the day. With miles and miles of trails leading you through the tropical forest, you will be treated to some of the most breathtaking views that Antigua has to offer. You can either hit trails yourself or opt for a guided hike through the Reserve’s hot spots.

NATIONAL HEROES AND MUSEUMS

Sonia Williams: The track and field sprint runner took Antigua and Barbuda to the Beijing Olympics in 2008. Williams has medaled in various Caribbean and Latin American regional competitions.

Heather Samuel: The track and field sprint runner took Antigua and Barbuda to the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. Samuel also competed in numerous regional events, such as Central American and Caribbean Games, where she medaled several times.

For those of you who want to learn a little history of the islands, you can visit the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Antigua. With exhibits focused on the art and artifacts of the early native populations, colonial life, and modern life, there is so much history to learn of these unique islands.

For those who want to learn more about Admiral Nelson, you can visit the Admiral’s House Museum on Antigua. You can learn about the British occupation, colonial life, and even some maritime history of the island. The preserved house also gives visitors a unique look into the colonial world.

ECO-TOURISM

Lovers of all things adventure will enjoy an afternoon spent at the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. You can climb up into the lush tropical rainforest and then zipline through the trees. You’ll soar like a bird through this breathtaking scenery! There’s no better way to truly experience the wonders of the tropical canopy.

If you’d rather enjoy the island at ground level, you can take in the scenery with a unique perspective at Antigua Paddles. Whether you want to join a group kayaking outing to the remote mangroves or hop on a motorized boat for a guided tour of the islands, you’ll experience something truly amazing. Don’t forget to bring a camera and plenty of sunscreen!

DONATE

Like many Caribbean islands, Antigua & Barbuda rely on its natural beauty to attract visitors to its shores. The Antigua & Barbuda Marine Association began to protect the marine environment and help organize the boat races that attract attention to the island. You can donate to their cause to help further not only the country’s environment, but also their economy.

The Antigua Street Pastors is a group that uses local Anglican faith to help members of society who feel lost, abandoned, or ignored. Volunteers go out every week to talk to those in underserved and under-represented communities. They also maintain relationships with several help centers across the country to make sure that individuals get the help they need. You can donate to their cause to help them continue to make a positive impact in the lives of people of the country.

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Capital: St. Johns, Antigua
Population: 102,000
Language: English
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Religion: Christian – Anglican
National Bird: Frigate Bird
National Flower: Agave karatto
National Dish: Fungie and Pepper: Similar to polenta, but made with cornmeal. Some local peppers help give it a kick.
Motto: “Each endeavoring, all achieving”
The National Flag: The flag has a red background with an inverted triangle taking up the center third. The inverted triangle as a black background with a band of blue in the middle and a white point near the bottom of the flag. Coming out of the blue band there is a seven point sun. The red represents the slavery forefathers, the black represents African heritage, the blue represents hope, the sun with the blue and white together represent the beaches.

ENTERTAINMENT UPDATE

It’s the second dose of Antigua’s Natural Beauty Festival! FRO FEST ! Experience our Beauty Row, Empowerment Chat, Give Aways, FroFest Marketplace, Eats & Treats, Entertainment, Spoken Word, Live Demos on Hair and lots more!

TOURISM UPDATE

Tourism to the West Indies island welcomed a record-breaking 27,301 visitors in April, a 17% increase from the same period last year, according to the Ministry of Tourism and Investment.

Last year was a record year for tourism, and this year is shaping up to be the same. Year-to-date, tourism to Antigua and its sister island Barbuda is up 8.59% with 117,920 visitors.

Antigua’s government signed a memorandum of agreement with global cruise giant Global Port Holdings (GPH) to expand the St. John’s Port facilities, allowing it to handle Royal Caribbean’s Oasis-class ships, as well as modernize it and add new shops, Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Minister Charles Fernandez said. GPH will also be investing in a water park.

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Half Moon Bay, Antigua

Stingray City, Antigua

17 Mile Beach, Barbuda

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, Antigua

Dickenson Bay, Antigua

St. John’s, Antigua

Devil’s Bridge: Indian Town National Park, Antigua

Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Fig Tree Drive

Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Barbuda

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