Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua & Barbuda is an island state comprising the two  islands of Antigua and Barbuda.  The island of  Antigua is 108 sq miles in total while Barbuda located a few miles north extends to 62 square miles.  Both islands are famous for the number and variety of their sandy beaches.   The two islands are located in the Eastern Caribbean and form a part of the Leewards Islands chain.

The Government of Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is a constitutional Monarchy headed by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England.  The political system is a Parliamentary Democracy with a bicameral legislature comprising an elected House of Representatives and an appointed Senate.

Capital and language of Antigua & Barbuda
The capital of Antigua is St. John’s while Barbuda’s capital is Codrington and the official language is English.

Transport links  to Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua has an International airport with daily links to the UK and to major US and Canadian cities as well as local connections to the other islands in the wider Caribbean.  The airport at Antigua acts as a hub for the region facilitating many flight connections. Barbuda is accessible by air and sea from Antigua.

Antigua and Barbuda, located at just about 17 degrees north of the equator, experiences tropical conditions year round.  In the winter months the trade winds bring near perfect conditions with temperatures in the low to mid 20s C and near constant sunshine and only passing showers.  In the summer months temperatures rise to the low 30s  and the winds are less reliable.  The hurricane season is generally from June through to November.

Antigua and Barbuda offers a large number of possibilities ranging from five star resort hotels to secluded international restaurants to casual beach eateries.  Local specialities include  pepper pot and fungi, ducuna and saltfish, seasoned rice, and goat water just to name a few.

A range of accommodation options are available for visitors ranging from 5 Star resort hotels, friendly business hotels, holiday condominiums, and small guest house properties.

Major international events of note:

Sailing week runs from the last weekend in April,  a major international sailing event with entries from all over the world. One of the few sailing events that is truly a spectator sport as there is excellent viewing over the racing areas from the heights around Nelson’s Dockyard and other vantage points as well as from spectator boats.

Carnival Week runs from the last week of July to the 1st Tuesday in August,  a distinctive national festival.

Antigua Charter Yacht Show (ACYM) runs from the 2nd week in December,  this is one of the major events on the large yacht calendar and brings together a large number of the best of the world’s superyachts with brokers arranging charters on them.  Visitors can walk around the three marinas and admire all the boats as well as enjoy the supporting activities.

Visa requirements
Countries such as United Kingdom, USA, and some Commonwealth countries do not require a visa.

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