Antigua is an island located in the Eastern Caribbean. Sailing, cricket, diving and beaches are the name of the game on this island, thought there are things to do on the island besides frying yourself on the beach or viewing the world beneath the water. For details, check out the Things to Do section below and the Antigua Activities website. Believe it or not, you can even hunt deer, boar, various game fowl on neighboring Barbuda.
English is the official language of Antigua.
The official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. US currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere. To find out about converting other types of currency to dollars, visit our currency converter.
Accommodations in Antigua consist mainly of hotels and all inclusive resorts. That being said, budget lodging is hard to come by. The least expensive rate I was able to find was $47.50 with a shared bathroom, but that was MUCH cheaper than the next that came in at $72 or the average that was in the $200 range.
Food and Drinks
You definitely wont go hungry in this destination with a plethora of dining options and Carribbean style cuisine.
There is some sort of holiday or event going on every month in Antigua. Check out the list of 2007 Antigua events. Carnival is a big deal on Antigua, an eleven day party. The carnival festivities include Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions of Calypsonians, the Panorama steel band competition, and the spectacular Parade of Bands to the Miss Antigua Pageant and the Caribbean Queen’s Competition.
Getting There & Around
Many airlines offer service from North America, including Air Canada, American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Continental Airlines, Delta and US Airways. The UK and Europe are well connected as well, with flights from British Airways, Caribbean Airlines, Sunsail Airways and Virgin Atlantic. Island hopping can be accomplished with Air St. Kitts/Nevis, Carib Aviation, Caribbean Airlines, Caribbean Star Airlines, LIAT and Montserratt Airways.
The preferred method of getting around the island is by rental car or cab. Taxi drivers are authorized tour guides, if you want him or her to show you around along the way.
Electronics and Phone
Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages available.
Things to Do
English Harbor is a great place to visit, with the historic Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. If you want to chill out and barbecue, check out Shirley Heights. There are hiking trails in the area that lead up to the fort. The Sea View Farm Village produces traditional clay works, which offer a nice glimpse in to the native traditions. St. John’s, the capitol of Antigua, is chock full of colonial architecture for those of you who like to look at buildings. There are several museums in the city as well. Water sports are well represented, with sailing and diving opportunities, as well as several lovely beaches.