Antigua and Barbuda Quick Guide

If you're looking for a dreamy Caribbean getaway, Antigua and Barbuda should be at the top of your list. This charming island duo offers a variety of interesting sites and tourist attractions, promising an unforgettable experience. Antigua boasts attractions such as the Antigua Cruise, the Antigua Grand Hotel, Carlin Bay Yacht Club, and the Rainforest City. These places are highly famous for their scenic beauty, fascinating cultural heritage, and friendly people. You can witness seals, butterflies, and hummingbirds in their natural habitat, making it truly worth visiting.

Explore the Pristine Beauty of Antigua

Antigua is a British Virgin Islands (RN) and American Overseas Territory located on the eastern coast of Venezuela. It is one of the busiest tourist destinations in the Caribbean, most famous for its pristine sandy beaches and serene waters. Positioned between the Caribbean and the Atlantic, it is known for its rainforests, spectacular reefs, and pristine beaches. Its English Harbour is the site of historic Nelson's Tower and the world-famous Yacht Club.

St. John's - The Vibrant Heart of Antigua

In the city of St. John's, you can immerse yourself in the vibrant culture and commercial hub of Antigua. Here, you'll find elegant museums, art theaters, and a delightful array of restaurants. The Antigua Golf and Beach Resort are another attraction on the island, where you can play golf amidst lush tropical gardens and enjoy the panoramic view of the Caribbean. The Rainforest City is also a must-visit place to learn about the wildlife of the area and have a look at the rich flora and fauna.

Accommodation Options in Antigua

Antigua offers a range of accommodation options to suit different preferences and budgets. Whether you're seeking a friendly ambiance and good service at the La Trattoria hotel or a comfortable beach bed at the Maitre' Beach Resort for your family, you'll find the perfect spot to unwind and relax.

For a small yet excellent choice, the Hilton Garden Inn is a great option. With beautiful pools and a fitness center for children, this hotel is conveniently located close to the airport, easily accessible by the airport bus service or taxis. Enjoy the swimming pool and a refreshing drink at the bar during the summer.

Exploring the Island

If you want to see more of Antigua, consider renting a resort suite from one of the many different resorts available. This will ensure you have a memorable and comfortable stay that meets all your needs.

Remember that while there are several Antigua hotels to choose from, some parts of the island may have entry restrictions. If you prefer a different experience, you can travel to Antigua via airplane and explore all the wonders this Caribbean paradise has to offer.

So, pack your bags, put on your sunglasses, and get ready to be enchanted by the stunning beauty and warm hospitality of Antigua and Barbuda. Come and discover the magic of this Caribbean paradise!

What vaccinations do I need?

Up to date information for vaccinations before you travel to Antigua and Barbuda are available from the NHS Fit for Travel website.

Is it safe to travel?

Best time to visit?

The best time to visit Antigua is between mid-December and mid-April when it's peak season, making it the perfect destination to escape wintery conditions in the US or Europe. A good secondary option is to go to Antigua in May or June.

Do I need a Visa?

British Passport holders don't need a visa to visit Antigua and Barbuda. On entry, you'll be granted a specified period to stay. If you wish to stay longer, you must apply and pay for an extension of stay through the Antigua and Barbuda Immigration Department.

See which forms you may need for entry into Antigua and Barbuda.

What currency do i need?

The official currency of Antigua and Barbuda is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD). If you're looking to transfer or spend money in Antigua and Barbuda you can grab amazing Eastern Caribbean Dollar deals via (GBP to XCD).

What about the wildlife?

On the small island of Barbuda if you’re lucky you might spot elusive wild deer and wild boar. There are also wild donkeys and nesting sea turtles.

What is the traditional food?

Creole food? The national dish is fungie (pronounced "foon-jee") and pepper. Fungie is a dish similar to Italian Polenta, made mostly with cornmeal. Other local dishes include ducana, seasoned rice, saltfish and lobster (from Barbuda).

What Languages are spoken?

English is the official language. The Barbudan accent is slightly different from the Antiguan. In the years before Antigua and Barbuda's independence, Standard English was widely spoken in preference to Antiguan Creole. You can learn some basic Creole before you travel to Antigua and Barbuda and really impress the locals!

How much do you tip?

The currency in Antigua and Barbuda is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (Standard gratuity is 10-15% depending on the service. We suggest 50 cents per bag for porters and bellhops, and taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.).

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Time Difference

The GMT time difference is -5 hours

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