Antigua - pronounced An-Tee-ga - is an island set in the Caribbean Sea forming one of the islands of the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua's romantic history began with its re-discovery in 1493 by Christopher Columbus, who named it for the Santa Mara la Antigua Church in Seville, Spain. Antigua, which is partly volcanic and partly coral, is surrounded by superb white sand beaches which are almost entirely reef-protected. An ideal place for swimming, Antigua offers snorkeling and all forms of water sports year round.
Escape even further to Barbuda, 25 miles north of Antigua -- chic, remote and short on hotels but long on seabirds. Investigate one or more of 200 underwater wrecks or enjoy the island's wildlife sanctuaries. The rich and famous find Barbuda especially appealing.
Antigua's size is 108 square miles, while Barbuda's size is 62 square miles. Antigua's population is 67,000, and Barbuda's is 1,200.
Antigua is renowned throughout the world for its regattas and other on water events. This regatta has become one of the foremost classic yacht regattas. The Star Clipper, HMS Rose, Sea Cloud, Eagle, and ships from Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Venezuela, as well as the Sail Training Association, have all shown a strong interest to join over the past few years...
Barbuda: Easily reached by air (taking 10 mins, US$45 return), or (with some difficulty and at a high price, US$150) by boat from St John’s. There are two airports. The main one is just south of Codrington. Carib Aviation will arrange charters and day trips. Return ticket costs US$63, or US$67 if you buy it less than 3 days before departure. The 2nd...
Antigua is a dry island with average rainfall of about 45ins a year and although September-November is considered the rainy season, the showers are usually short. Temperatures range from 73°F to 85°F between winter and summer and the trade winds blow constantly. Antigua has been in the path of several hurricanes since 1995, which was a particularly...
From Europe: British Airways (T4620876, 3 direct flights a week from London Gatwick, connections with Barbados, Port of Spain and St Lucia), BWIA (2 flights a week from London Heathrow) and Virgin Atlantic (2 flights a week from Gatwick), Condor (1 flight a week direct from Frankfurt), Air France (twice a week from Paris).
From North America:...
Mildly tropical - temperatures range between 76 and 86 degrees Fahrenheit
Hottest months - August and September
Coolest months - January and February
Rainy season - summer months
Annual rainfall - 42 inches (3.5 inches per month average)
Year round cooling sea breezes
Antigua - mostly low-lying limestone and coral islands with some...
One cinema in Bridgetown (Globe); Vista cinema on south coast, US$4-5, plus a drive-in not far from the south coast.
For something less glossy and more Bajan, it might be worth trying one of the dances which are advertised in the Nation newspaper on Friday. People hire a dance hall, charge admission (usually US$2.50), provide a disco, and...
Antigua has consistently been chosen in the top ten of the world's tourist destinations for that special event - getting married! Many hotels specialize in taking the worry away from the happy couple - providing a complete package for both wedding and honeymoon. Some offer special rates for wedding guests. And as far as the environment for that special day...
The finest public golf course in the Caribbean!
The Cedar Valley Golf Club is a public course owned by the Government of Antigua and Barbuda with a small number of private shareholders - no membership is required although it is available. The club is situated in a range of sloping hills with some steep valleys - it is varied and challenging - you do not...
Antigua has approximately 2800 hotel rooms. Total tourist arrivals including cruise-ship day-visitors averages over 400,000 visitors per year. Air and other long-stay arrivals and sea (cruise ship) arrivals are approximately equal in number.
The island sustained considerable damage from Hurricane Luis (September 1995) but has now fully recovered. Hurricane...
Antigua offers incentives to companies wishing to develop manufacturing capacity on the island and industries such as gas production, metal roofing, brewing, light electronics assembly are to be found. Additionally, some businesses export commodities such as industrial and medical gases to neighboring islands.
Antigua enacted legislation, in common with a number of other Caribbean territories, to allow the incorporation of I.B.C.'s (International Business Corporations) and a large number of new IBC's are formed each year. It has also enacted legislation to govern the conduct of offshore banking and has attracted a number of international banks to its shores.
Adult literacy rate is greater than 80 percent. Education begins in primary school at age of 5, with entrance to five-year secondary education at age 11 via success in the Common Entrance Examination. Students sit the CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) examinations and may then advance to GCE at A-Level offered by the London and Cambridge syndicates to...
Antigua's local philatelic interests are covered by a Philatelic Clerk stationed at the main St. John's Post Office at Long and High Streets. The central philatelic bureau in most countries will probably have information on Antigua's impressive array of thematic stamps. For example, in the USA, contact the Inter-Governmental Philatelic Corp, 460W 34th...
Antigua's legal system is based on the British system. Civil cases are heard in the High Court while criminal cases are heard at Assizes. Right of Appeal is first to the local Court of Appeal and ultimately to the Privy Council in England.
Access: 100% through mandatory participation in Medical Benefits Scheme
Calorie consumption per day:
Total: About 2,400
Meats: About 825
Vegetable: About 1575
Nurses: About 150
Pharmacists: About 15
Use of contraception: About 50% of married women
Immunisation (in first year of life)
Additional Resources :
Pan American Health...