Antigua boasts 365 beaches of pure white sand, one for each day of the year.

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Antigua Antigua boasts 365 beaches of pure white sand, one for each day of the year. Most of these rest on the side lapped by the calm Caribbean waters, and with such a selection available there is a beach for every taste. For watersports such as sailing and waterskiing there are many open expanses of beach, while for your relaxation there are the beautiful and secluded cove beaches. Antigua is one of the Leeward Caribbean islands, and at 14 miles long and 11 miles wide has a landmass of around 108 square miles. Today’s visitors to Antigua’s impressive coastline can admire the coral reefs which attract snorkellers and divers from all parts of the globe.

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Information on Climate / Weather

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Average Temp (C)
28 28 29 30 31 31 31 31 32 31 29 28
Hours of Sunshine
7 7 7 8 8 7 8 8 7 8 8 7
(in mm)
122 86 112 89 97 112 155 183 168 196 180 140

Information on Driving

Driving is on the left. The speed limit outside towns is 88 kph (55mph).

Information on Currency

East Caribbean dollar (EC$) = 100 cents. Notes: from 5 to 100 dollars. Coins: from 1 cent to 1 dollar. Major credit cards are accepted in tourist hotels and shops, as are US dollars.

Information on Health

Health facilities, hygiene and disease risk vary worldwide. Please contact your general practioner or travel clinic for more information

Information on Time

GMT -5 (GMT -4 in summer)

Information on Tipping

10 % is included on hotel bills for staff gratuities, plus an 8.5 % government tax. Taxi drivers expect 10 % of the fare.

Information on Water

Bottled mineral water is recommended.

Information on Transport

Taxis are marked with a letter H on a green number plate. There are standard rates for standard trips—inquire in advance. The bus is cheap but the schedules are strictly informal.

Information on Things to do

Fort James - A small fort at the north side of St John's Harbour, was first built in 1675, but most of the present structure dates from 1739. It still has a few of its original 36 cannons, a powder magazine and a fair portion of its walls intact.

Carlisle Beach - This expanse of beach, located on the southwestern coast of Antigua, is endowed with transparent waters and fine sand, making it excellent snorkelling territory. As you paddle around, gaze at a remarkably diverse array of tropical fish. Guests of the Curtain Bluff Hotel frequent this spot, as it is adjacent to the resort. Although the beach is close to a hotel, it is rarely very crowded. The more popular tourist destinations are farther away.

English Harbour - Unquestionably the biggest tourist draw on the island, this town is steeped in history. Its key is Nelson's Dockyard, dating to 1743 and presently a port of entry. Under the management of Antigua's National Parks system, the site contains hotels, shops, restaurants, a museum and more. Tours are available several times daily. Apart from the dockyard, there are forts and the village itself to explore. Public buses stop at the entrance to the dockyard regularly.

Fig Tree Drive - This route provides unexpectedly lush rainforest scenery in otherwise dry Antigua. Pick up the road just past the town of Liberta heading west. Only a small sign marks the turnoff, and the road is unnamed. But within minutes, you'll be deep in the jungle! The thick tropical vegetation is dotted with shanty houses, many selling fruits, homemade jams and pepper sauces.

Potworks Reservoir - Believed to be the largest body of freshwater in the Eastern Caribbean, the Potworks Reservoir is a delight for birdwatchers, especially along this coast. Snow egrets, West Indian whistling ducks, cattle egrets and osprey make their homes here.

Information on Banks

Open Monday to Thursday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.; on Friday open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 3 to 5 p.m.

Information on Electricity

220 volts AC, 60 Hz. American-style 2-pin plugs. Some hotels also have outlets for 240 volts AC; in this case European-style 2-pin plugs are used.

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