Antigua and Barbuda Travel Facts

The Basics

Country: Antigua and Barbuda
Where is it?: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico
Why do people go here?: Slow down the pace of life and relax on one of 300 plus beaches of the islands. Less touristed than many of its Caribbean neighbors, Antigua and Barbuda are slowly becoming more popular.

What are the main entry points?: Flying into Saint John’s is the most popular, although your cruise ship or yacht is allowed to dock there.

Currency used: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

Country Code: 1

Area codes for Major Cities: 268

Religion: Christian, (predominantly Anglican with other Protestant, and some Roman Catholic)

Population: 86,000

Ethnic Breakdown: 91% Black or Mulatto, 4.4% Other Mixed Race, 1.7% White, 2.9% Other

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Languages: English (official), local dialects

Travel Information

Major Cities: Saint John’s (Antigua)

Attractions: Diving, Sunning, English Harbor

Accommodation: Antigua and Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda Hotels

Tourism Office locations and links: Antigua & Barbuda- Dept. of Tourism Thames St. P.O. Box 363 Saint Johns, Antigua +1-809-462-0480, // //

Off-the-Beaten-Path: Darkwood Beach, Fig Tree Drive

Health Issues: A yellow fever vaccination certificate is required from travellers over 1 year of age coming from infected areas.

Tips for Visiting

When to go: Late spring and early fall will find the temperatures without the tourists

Common Phrases: “Me nah go” meaning “I am not going”, “Ent it?” meaning “Ain’t it?”,

Specific Events/Holidays: Independence Day (National Day), 1 November (1981)

Getting Around: Barbuda has no public transportation, but you can usually hire a driver to show you the sites. Buses will work fine on Antigua (except on Sundays)

Good to know: There is no scheduled transport between the islands; ask at the marinas for a ride.

Cheapest airport to fly into: Antigua V C Bird International Airport is definitely the airport you need.

Need more information?: Check out the Antigua and Barbuda travel guide for more on what to see, where to stay, and how to get there.

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