Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico, off the coast of South America. It is comprised by major inhabited islands Antigua and Barbuda; and a number of smaller islands such as Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands, and Redonda on the further south. It was formerly part of the British Empire, which heavily influenced its governance, language, and culture. Its capital and largest city is Saint John’s. It earned the nickname "Land of 365 Beaches" because of the numerous beaches surrounding the islands.
What to see & do
Tourism plays a huge role in Antigua and Barbuda, ultimately making it a modern-day small Caribbean destination. There are plenty of tourist destinations in the country to visit. Nelson’s Dockyard, for one, is the top destination in Antigua. This extensively restored Georgian-era marina, operating since 1745, used to be the home of British Royal Navy until 1889. Learn the history of the island, the dockyard and life at the forts at The Dockyard Museum. There’s also the remote Rendezvous Bay, one of the most beautiful beaches in Antigua. See stunning views of English Harbour and out to Guadalupe when you head to the ruins of Shirley Heights, military fortifications that were built in the 18th century. There’s also the white-sand beach of Half Moon Bay; the Creole restaurant Papa Zouk, famous for its fish soup, rum selection, and casual, energetic vibe; explore the wildlife and go on exciting outdoor adventures in Antigua Rainforest Company; go windsurfing; and play water sports.
How to get around within Antigua and Barbuda
The most common way to get around the country is by taxi or tour operators. While taking the bus is a more cost-effective option, it is much slower. The best spots in the islands are accessible by car. You can rent a car to go to these areas, especially if you are staying for a week or more. The cheapest car rental you can find is Tropical Car Rentals Antigua. Barbuda Express offers ferries from Antigua.
How to get there
To get into the islands, one must first obtain a visa. That is, if you are not an EU citizen, which are all eligible for entry without a visa. If you’re flying in, you’ll most likely disembark at V.C. Bird International Airport, the country’s main international airport. It is located in north eastern Antigua on the outskirts of Saint John's, serving flights to and from the United States, Canada, Europe, and other Caribbean islands. There’s also LIAT (Leeward Islands Air Transport Services) in Antigua, which operates flights to and from various destinations in the Eastern Caribbean. American Airlines/American Eagle (Miami and San Juan, Puerto Rico), United Airlines (Newark, NJ), Delta Airlines (Atlanta, GA and New York JFK), and US Airways (Charlotte, NC) fly to and from the US; Air Canada (Toronto, Ontario) to and from Canada; British Airways (London-Gatwick), Condor (Frankfurt, Germany), Livingstone (Milan, Italy), and Virgin Atlantic (London-Gatwick) to and from Europe; and American Airlines/American Eagle (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and Caribbean Airlines (Barbados, Trinidad and Kingston, Jamaica) to and from the Caribbean. The other way to get in is by cruise ship. Yacht charters offer another alternative in and around the islands. There are plenty of cruise lines and yacht charters that serve Antigua.
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