Antigua and Barbuda

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Travel information about Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda is a sovereign state in the Americas, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. The total land area in Antigua and Barbuda is approximately 442.6 square kilometers, and with over 94,731 people. Antigua has a deeply indented shoreline with many natural harbors and beaches; Barbuda has a large western harbor, as well as mostly low-lying limestone and coral islands, with some higher volcanic areas.

Capital city of Antigua and Barbuda: St. John’s

Closest neighbors to Antigua and Barbuda: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico.

Best times to visit Antigua and Barbuda: Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round, so it’s pretty obvious that it’s all year round kind of experience throughout the year. The island had warm, steady winds, a complex coastline of safe harbors, and a protective, closely unbroken wall of coral reef. It would make a perfect place to hide a fleet.

How to get to Antigua and Barbuda: Antigua is a major hub in the region so many regional and international airlines fly here, as well as it has a major port of call for cruise ships. Its regional hub in Puerto Rico is the entry from many US cities to over 30 Caribbean Destinations. In addition, Delta, US Airways, United Airlines, WestJet, JetBlue, CanJet and Air Canada have direct flights from various North American gateway cities to Antigua. Also, British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate direct flights from the UK, while Alitalia has a direct flight from Milan, and Condor from Frankfurt.

Visa requirements for Antigua and Barbuda: Visas are not required prior to arrival for most visa-exempt countries. Citizens of United States, United Kingdom and Canada citizens do not require a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda. Tourist Visa-on-Arrival is granted on arrival and will be valid for entry and stay into Antigua and Barbuda within the period of its validity subject to states listed. A single entry Tourist Visa-on-Arrival is granted for staying up to 30 days.

Currency of Antigua and Barbuda: The currency in Antigua and Barbuda is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Official Language of Antigua and Barbuda: English is the official language of Antigua and Barbuda

UNESCO World Heritage sites in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua Naval Dockyard and Related Archaeological Sites (2016)

Scuba diving safety tips

Keep these rules of thumb in mind whenever you are on or by the water:

  1. Think safety at all times. Planning reduces risk and gives you more worry-free fun.
  2. Bring the necessary equipment. It should be in good condition and easily accessible.
  3. Respect the sea and the weather. Only go out with your boat when it is safe.
  4. Follow the rules of the sea, and make sure you know what they are.
  5. Wear life jackets or other flotation devices.
  6. Make sure you are rested and sober. Do not drive a boat while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  7. Be considerate, and remember that safety, the environment, and the well-being of everybody is a common responsibility.