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Visit Antigua and Barbuda Island Port of Call in the Caribbean
Above: Port of Antigua and Barbuda Island in the Caribbean.

About the island

Barbuda is one of those very few islands in the Caribbean that remains so undeveloped as to seem deserted at times. The Island's endless white and pink sand beaches are left to the peaceful wanderings of those lucky enough to sojourn here.

Activities on Barbuda are relaxed, including beachcombing (on the northeastern Atlantic coast), fishing and hunting and, at the island's resorts, golf, tennis, snorkeling, and diving.

Capital: Codrington
Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico
Size: 100 square miles (259 square km), 2.5 times the size of Washington, DC.
Population: 1,000
Language: English
Climate: Temperatures 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.
Terrain: Mostly coral limestone islands. The highest point on the island is Highlands at 124 feet (38 meters).
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Tourism info: Call Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism and Trade (305) 381-6762, (888) 268-4227
Getting there from Miami: Antigua and Barbuda is located 1,322 miles miles (2,127 km) from Miami, FL. The easiest way to visit the Island is to fly.


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Bahamas Abaco Island  

Travel Requirement: Beginning Jan 1, 2008, the Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative requires all U.S. citizens, citizens of the British Territory of Bermuda, and citizens of Canada and Mexico visiting Barbuda to have a passport or other secure document that establishes the bearer’s nationality to enter or re-enter the United States.


There is a large selection of tours in Antigua, from eco tours and snorkeling to land tours, yacht charters and sport fishing.

This sovereign nation state consists of a number of islands, of which Antigua is the largest, and most populated. Barbuda, just north of Antigua is the other main island. The islands have a tropical climate, with fairly constant temperatures year round. The un-inhabited island of Redonda is 35 miles (56 km) southwest of Antigua.

The islands are mostly low-lying, with the highest point being Boggy Peak. The main town is the capital Saint John's on Antigua; Barbuda's largest town is Codrington.

See a birds eye view of the region with our Google Caribbean Map.

Getting around

Receiving daily international flights, VC Bird Airport is a hub for onward travel to other island destinations, with 3 local small plane operators flying in and out daily.

The closest islands are Barbuda, Montserrat, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts, Nevis, St Martin and Dominica.

If you plan to rent a car in Antigua, be aware you will be driving on the left. The only islands in the Caribbean where you drive on the right are Aruba, Cuba, Dominican Republic, Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique, and the Netherlands Antilles.

Taxi service is available on the island. Although metered rates vary, they are reasonable and are fixed by law. Bicycles and scooters are also available for rent at most popular tourist centers.

You can use your home driver’s license but you'll need to purchase a temporary Antigua driver's license for $20. Remember, when you take to the road, British rules apply, so keep to the left. Pedestrians should remember to look right before crossing streets.

Many hotels offer Internet acces. There are also many internet cafes located around the country particularly in St. John’s, Jolly Harbour and English Harbour.

The departure tax payable by tourists when leaving Antigua is US$ 20.

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United State diplomatic representation

Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda
610 Fifth Avenue, Suite 311, New York, 10020
Phone: (212) 541-4117
Fax: (212) 757-1607

Consulate of Antigua and Barbuda
25 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 300, Miami, FL 33131
Phone: (305) 381-6762
Fax: (305) 381-7908

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Web links

Barbuda - Wikipedia
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CIA Factbook --Antigua and Barbuda
The CIA factbook says the dual-island nation's agricultural production is focused on the domestic market and constrained by a limited water supply and a labor shortage stemming from the lure of higher wages in tourism and construction.

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