Antigua is the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda in the West Indies and part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region. Antigua’s economy is totally reliant upon tourism, and is promoted as a luxury Caribbean destination. A yacht charter paradise, English Harbor is filled with sailing charter yachts and the Antigua Yacht Club typically hosts the larger mega charter yachts. Antigua has deeply indented bays to provide perfect sailing conditions year-round.
Capital and Largest city : St. Johns
Official language : English
Area : 281 km2
Population : 80,160
Ethnic groups 91% Black or Mulatto, 4.4% Other Mixed Race, 1.7% White, 2.9% Other
Currency : East Caribbean dollar XCD $
Telephone dialing code: +1268 (AG)
Antigua Yacht Charter “Must Do”
Nelson’s Dockyard is the only continuously working Georgian dockyard in the world and the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is a lovely spot to explore with plenty of restaurants, cafés and shops. The former Admiral’s House now contains the Dockyard Museum. The naval dockyard was once the home of the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars, and served as the headquarters of Admiral Lord Nelson. Visit Stingray City where the water is crystal clear and you can see straight to the sandy white bottom, where rays bury themselves in the sand. Southern rays love attention and you can feed and touch them by hand. Turner’s Beach Bar on Turner’s Beach offers delicious lobster and it has a perfect view of the glowing lava from the active Soufrière Hills volcano on Montserrat island. Antigua Rainforest Zipline Tours offers a variety of courses from a short 45-minute zip-line tour to the full 2.5hr canopy tour with a zip-line adventure obstacle course complete with rope swings, wooden bridges and a 328 foot zip-line. Shirley Heights is a favourite spot for locals and tourists alike, offering a spectacular view over the English Harbor and it is a perfect location to watch the sunset with drinks, a barbecue and local bands playing Caribbean music. The Devil’s Bridge can be found on the east of the island and is a limestone archway flanked by natural sea caves that blast sea water and air from a series of blowholes that leaves an impression on sightseers. Antiqua hosts the Antiguan Jazz Festival in October and the ten-day Carnival celebration filled with costumes, music and floats in summer as well as two well-attended boating festivals in April/May namely the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and Sailing Week.
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V. C. Bird International Airport (ANU) St. John’s, Antigua
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Antigua Recommended Restaurants
Le Bistro (St. John’s)
Catherines Cafe Plage (English Harbour)
Abracadabra Restaurant and Disco-Bar (English Harbour)
Trappas Bar & Restaurant (English Harbour)
Sheer Rocks (Saint Mary’s)
The best weather in Antiqua is from December to May. The dry season and also the peak tourist season begins in January and the sunshine creates one of the most pleasant climates in the Caribbean. The hotel rates remain relatively high until the crowds taper off by the end of April. Note that July to November is hurricane season, although Antigua doesn’t get too much rain during this period.