Antigua is a tropical island 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 Guadeloupe and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Bart’s, and St. Martin. Antigua and Barbuda is reputed for having 365 beaches more than any other island in the world!
Weather: The weather in Antigua is mostly warm and Tropical. The best temperatures are usually experienced between March to August. September to November are particularly hot and humid. As with most tropical islands there is the risk of insect bites from mosquitoes and sand flies. So be sure to arm yourself with insect repellent especially if you will be visiting between September to November.
Currency & Language: The official currency is the EC$ but the US$ is widely accepted. Banks and hotels will also exchange Euro and Pounds Sterling.
Getting Around: Taxis and car rentals are the best ways to travel around the island. The public transportation network is not very extensive and is unavailable in some areas after nightfall.
Popular Antigua Tours: Wadadli Cats Catamaran Circumnavigation, Adventure Antigua Eco Tours on Sea, Excellence Power Catamaran Cruises to Barbuda, Island Safari Jeep Tours, Caribbean Helicopter Tours to Montserrat and other locations.
Sites to Visit : The most popular tourist sites include: The National Museum, Shirley’s Heights, Devil’s Bridge, St. John’s Cathedral, Fort James, Betty’s Hope Plantation, Half Moon Bay and Nelson’s Dockyard National Park.
Events: The most popular Island events are Carnival in early August, International Cricket usually in March/April and the Antigua Sailing Week Regatta held in April.
Night Life and Entertainment: The two main casinos are Kings Casino in St John’s and Grand Princess Casino in Dickenson Bay. The top night clubs are Rush, Abracadabra and Club Savoy. There are numerous bars, restaurants and chic hang out spots in English Harbor, Jolly Harbor and around Dickenson Bay. Be sure to check out the very popular Sunday night Caribbean party at the Look Out Bar at Shirley’s Heights.
Shopping: The premier shopping plazas are Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay in downtown St. John’s.
Other Relevant Info: Electricity in Antigua is 110/120 Volts, 60 Hz. Appliances must have an American type AC wall connection or you must bring an adapter. Most cell phones with international roaming work on the Island.