Caribbean Travelweb


Guide To Antigua

 

Description

Antigua is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.

Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands, and is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island.

Antigua is almost completely surrounded by well-preserved coral reefs, walls, and shipwrecks. The southern and eastern coasts of Antigua is surrounded by shelfs, providing excellent conditions for spectacular shallow diving and snorkeling. There is little or no current in most places, the water is warm and clear, and tropical marine plants and animals are diverse and plentiful. You will also find 365 beaches, giving you a new beach each day of the year.

Barbuda is located about 30 miles north of Antigua and is much smaller at 68 square miles. With it's population of 1500, Barbuda is known for peace and quiet, and the feeling that time has passed it by. Enjoy the deserted pink and white beaches, or take a boat ride through the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Codrington Lagoon. But if you are looking for bright lighs and action, your in the wrong place.

Getting There

Air Travel

V.C. Bird International Airport, located on the northeast corner of Antigua, is the point of entry for visitors arriving by air to Antigua & Barbuda. There are both direct flights and connections from North America via San Juan and St. Martin and several weekly flights from Europe. Scheduled and charter service is available to many of the neighboring islands. Flying times: New York--4 hrs.; Miami--3 hrs.; Baltimore--4 hrs.; Toronto--4 hrs.; Puerto Rico--1 hr.; London--8 hrs.; Frankfurt--9 1/4 hrs.; Paris--8 hrs.

Airlines Serving North America

Air Canada
(800) 422-6232
(268) 462-1147

American Airlines
(800) 433-7300
(268) 462-0950

US Air
(268) 480-5601 Extension 5704

Air Travel


V.C. Bird International Airport, located on the northeast corner of Antigua, is the point of entry for visitors arriving by air to Antigua & Barbuda. There are both direct flights and connections from North America via San Juan and St. Martin and several weekly flights from Europe. Scheduled and charter service is available to many of the neighboring islands. Flying times: New York--4 hrs.; Miami--3 hrs.; Baltimore--4 hrs.; Toronto--4 hrs.; Puerto Rico--1 hr.; London--8 hrs.; Frankfurt--9 1/4 hrs.; Paris--8 hrs.

Airlines Serving North America

Air Canada
(800) 422-6232
(268) 462-1147

American Airlines
(800) 433-7300
(268) 462-0950


Traveling By Air From The UK

British Airways
(Five times a week)
Reservations: 0845 77 333 77 (24hrs)
www.britishairways.com

Virgin Atlantic
(Twice Weekly)
Reservations: 01293 747 747
www.virgin-atlantic.com


Airlines Serving Europe

British Airways
(800) 247-9297
(268) 462-3219

Virgin Atlantic


Inter-Island Airlines

LIAT
Scheduled service from the Caribbean and South America.
(268) 462-0700
http://www.liat.com

Air St. Kitts/Nevis
Charter service to most neighboring islands.
(268) 465-8571 (Call collect)

 
Departure Tax
Antigua & Barbuda has a US$20.00 airport departure tax
 

Entry Requirements

All visitors to Antigua and Barbuda must have an onward or return ticket. Citizens of United States, United Kingdom and Canada citizens do not require a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda and may travel on one of the following:

Valid Passport
Original Naturalization Certificate
Persons visiting are permitted to stay as long as their business takes, provided that:

a) this is no longer than six months
b) they have an onward or return ticket
c) they have confirmation of accommodation
d) they can produce evidence of their ability to maintain themselves in Antigua and Barbuda

Getting Around

Taxis
Taxis are readily available throughout Antigua. They are also available for island tours. Rates are preset, there are no meters.

Buses
There is some local bus service; schedules and routes can be obtained through the hotels

Rental Cars
Renting a car is an ideal way to discover more of Antigua while on your vacation. There are numerous international and local rental agencies available. Driving is on the left side of the road.The cost is about US$40-50 per day. In addition to a valid driver's license from your country of residence, or an international driver's license, a permit to drive in Antigua is required. The rental agency can assist you in getting this temporary license, which costs approximately US$20 and is valid for three months.

Helpful Visitor Information

Taxes
There is a room tax of 8.5% and service charge of 10% (in lieu of tipping).

Money Matters
Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. U.S. currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.

Medical
There are several general practitioners and specialists on the island, a hospital and a private clinic. No vaccinations are required unless the visitor is arriving from an endemic area. Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.

Dress
Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but not town, shops or restaurants. Some hotels and restaurants stipulate jacket and tie for men and dresses for women in the evening.

Electricity
Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages available.

Shopping Hours
Monday thru Saturday 8:00am to noon and 1:00pm-5:00pm.

Personal Safety
Antigua & Barbuda are relatively crime free, but as with any place you may visit, exercise normal precautions; i.e. don't leave valuables unattended in rental cars or on the beach.

Activities and Attractions

Beaches
There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. The great majority rest inside the calm, protected waters of the island's Caribbean side. All are open to the public, and so the challenge posed to a visitor is not how to gain access to the best of them but simply how to locate the beach that suits one's taste. Exploring on your own is the best way to do this, although it is wise to bring a companion along to particularly isolated locations.

Barbuda's smooth coastline is edged with long pink and white sand beaches protected by barrier reefs. In fact, the pristine pink beaches of the southwestern shore stretch as far as ten miles without interruption. The beaches of the island's eastern shore, facing the Atlantic, are somewhat rougher, although they are outstanding for beachcombing.

Sailing/Boating
The waters of Antigua are perfect for sailing. During late April / early May, Antigua Sailing Week goes into full swing, This is a major yacht-racing event and attracts hundreds of boats. The Antigua Yacht Club holds races throughout the year. On Antigua you can charter anything from a 20-foot ketch to a giant schooner. Or book a day cruise on the 108-foot "pirate ship" the Jolly Roger. This is the largest sailing ship in Antiguan waters and they offer lunch, snorkeling and dancing. There is a Glass Bottom Boat which takes people out to the coral reefs and there are also excursions to Bird Island. Boat trips around the island with stops at smaller islands can be arranged on catamarans.

Diving/Snorkeling
Antigua & Barbuda has hundreds of wrecks to explore and good shelf diving. Arrange for diving equipment through your hotel or guest house.

Hiking
Hiking has not been much developed as an organized activity, although Antigua has many trails and tracks that are well suited to it. Most of the popular hikes lead to one or another of the island's many hilltop fortifications: Fort George sits atop Monk's Hill, and Fort Barrington (captured by the French in 1666) is on the promontory at Deep Bay. The Historical and Archaeological Society frequently arranges group hikes.

Golf
There are two golf courses on the Antigua: an 18-hole, 70-par course at the Cedar Valley Golf Club and another at Jolly Harbour. The K-Club on Barbuda also has its own 9-hole course.

Hunting and Fishing
Sportfishing, bonefish in Barbuda's Codrington Lagoon, hunting of deer, boar, various gamefowl on Barbuda. Licenses and gun permits must be obtained in Codrington Village. The Antigua and Barbuda Annual Sport Fishing Tournament is held in May of each year.

Horseback Riding
There are several stables located on Antigua. See your hotel desk to arrange this adventure.

In addition to the activities above, there is also kayaking, windsurfing, biking, tennis, cricket, swimming with dolphins and much more to keep you active during your stay.

 






©2017
Caribbean Travelweb