Famous for seafaring since Admiral Nelson first sailed into port in the late 18th century, Antigua & Barbuda is at the centre of the Leeward Islands, floating in the eastern Caribbean just about 17˚ north of the equator.
The country’s small, English speaking, trimmed with some of earth’s loveliest beaches and made for outdoor adventure and gently great fun family holidays.
Confused by the Antigua & Barbuda connection? Don’t be. Antigua is simply better known and best loved for exceptional resorts, restaurants, water sports and bustling harbour towns.
Barbuda is smaller, less visited and a nature lover’s paradise. But, taken together, they’re one idyllic country.
Antigua’s historic quarter, English Harbour, contains the only Georgian Dockyard in the world. It was built by Admiral Nelson in the late 18thcentury.
Barbuda has a population of just 1000 and is known for the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, cave art and completely deserted pink sand beaches. John’s combination of grand Baroque buildings, colourful Creole traditions and Colonial architecture make it one of the prettiest Caribbean capitals.
Direct flights from London to Antigua. Flying time just under nine hours.
Temperatures of between 25 and 30˚C all year. Hottest months July and August.
Antigua has 365 different beaches and they’re all public.
Both Antigua and Barbuda are completely surrounded by coral reefs and exceptional for diving and snorkelling.
Antigua’s a small island but dense with interesting places to visit, hiring a car is the best way to get about. Cycling is very common too and there are several bike hire shops in St. John’s. The catamaran ferry runs to Barbuda every day and walking on the island is the only way to go.