Antigua travel guide

Antigua Travel Guide

A Quick Intro to Antigua and Barbuda

Once a British colony, Antigua and Barbuda gained independence in 1981 but is still part of the Commonwealth with King Charles III as head of state. The island’s economy largely depends on tourism but it often faces challenges from severe weather, particularly hurricanes.

Positioned between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the country consists of two main islands – hence the name Antigua and Barbuda. Every year Antigua and Barbuda hosts one of the Caribbean’s biggest Carnivals – a huge street festival with thousands of people dressed up in elaborate, brightly colored costumes. It also hosts Sailing Week, which welcomes sailors from all over the world.

Notable places worth visiting on the island of Antigua include Half Moon Bay, the colorful capital of Saint John’s and Shirley Heights, which offers incredible panoramic views of the island and the ocean.

Barbuda is the quieter of the two islands and boasts some impressive beaches, including Pink Sand Beach, 11 Mile Beach and Princess Diana Beach.

Saint John's in Antigua and Barbuda

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