Antigua and Barbuda

Many people flock to Antigua and Barbuda for weddings and honeymoons, not surprising with such picturesque beaches, peaceful surroundings and plenty of rum! One thing that Antigua is well known for is its 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.

Don’t think that with no many beaches that they will be lacking in something because quality and quantity are both equal here, the beaches really are stunning. Another attraction that Antigua is well known for is Yachting, many wealthy yacht owners will flock to Antigua for both the Antigua classic yacht regatta and the world renowned Antigua sailing week. You can often find large extravagant yachts at jolly harbour marina. Antigua and Barbuda maintain average temperatures of 27ºC annually, you will find that January is the coldest month to visit, June is the hottest and October is the wettest with 39” of rainfall annually.

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The hurricane season is from June to November with high risk months being mid august to mid October. The land its self is mainly low lying, formed from limestone formations rather than that of volcanic activity, although has some hilly and mountainous areas. The approximate population is around 81,800 people in total. The capital is St Johns, here you will find a small but bustling city with duty free waterfront shopping. There is also a Saturday market that can be a lively start to your morning, great for trying some local street food and buying a variety of items. When you have had enough of the city how about heading over to Nelsons dockyard, the only Georgian dockyard in the world to still be working.

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Other places to visit are the devils bridge a local tourist attraction or Shirley heights, from here you have some great views and on a Sunday night there will be music and food and plenty of rum punch for the weekly party venue. Swimming with the sting rays is also a popular activity here on the island. You cannot come all the way to Antigua without visiting the sister island Barbuda, a very small but very beautiful island, with a pink sand beach not to be missed and the frigate bird sanctuary.

Please note that at this time due to the devastation caused to Barbuda by hurricane Irma that trips may be suspended to Barbuda please check local notices before traveling for updates.

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You can get to the island by the regular ferry service. Please note that at this time due to the devastation caused to Barbuda by hurricane Irma that trips may be suspended to Barbuda please check local notices before travelling for updates. The local airport is V.C Bird international airport, the language of the island ids English and the local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, although the US Dollar is widely accepted.

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