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.
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.
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.
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
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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 $20. Remember,
when you take to the road, British rules apply, so keep to the left.
Pedestrians should remember to look right before
Many hotels offer Internet acces. There are also many internet cafes
located around the country particularly in St. John’s,
Jolly Harbour and English Harbour.
The departure tax payable by tourists when leaving Antigua is US$
Check dates and prices for Miami Cruises
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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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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