Destination Information: Antigua and Barbuda

by Kerwin McKenzie on November 25, 2016


Note: All photos of Antigua and Barbuda are compliments of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Board.




Many years ago, I made it to Antigua and Barbuda. It’s the Caribbean island that reminds me of Jamaican the most. As a matter of fact, most Antiguans sound like Jamaicans and vice versa.

This is a two island nation and sadly most people forget about the other island Barbuda. A similar situation happens with Trinidad and Tobago as well. On my visit, I did not make it to Barbuda at all.

The island has a lot to offer in terms of outdoor activities and watersport, food and the kindness of its people. Here is some information to whet your appetite for a visit.



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If you’d like to visit, I’ve compiled some facts to help you on your journey.

  • Time Zone: GMT -6
  • – Currency: EC Dollar.
  • – Language: English.
  • Capital: Antigua – St. John’s. Barbuda – Codrington.
  • Size: Antigua – 108 square miles (pop 85,000). Barbuda – 64 square miles (pop 1,600)
  • – Visa and Health Information: No visa is required for U.S. citizens traveling to Antigua and Barbuda. You do need a valid passport for at least 180 days after your last date of travel as well as a ticket for onward journey from the islands. Here is some additional information for U.S. Citizens. If you are not a U.S. citizen, use this link to check visa requirements.
  • – National Airlines: Liat (LI)
  • – Scheduled Service Airlines Serving V.C. Bird International Airport in St. John’s Antigua (ANU): Air Canada (AC), American Airline (AA), British Airways (BA), Caribbean Airways (BW), JetBlue (B6), Liat (LI), United Airlines (UA), Virgin Atlantic Airways (VS), WestJet (WS). Check here for airline schedules. abm air/svg air two flights a day to Barbuda
  • – Airfare Tip: If looking for a low fare, book at the Web sites for the low cost carriers as you’ll more than likely get the best value there. Try my partner SkyScanner.
  • Ferries: Barbuda Express departs from Long Street in St. John’s
  • – Airport To The City:  You can rent a car or take a taxi to your destination. A local drivers license can be purchased at the airport and is valid for 90 days. Driving is on the left-hand side.


Use the search box  below to see what kind of hotels are available in Antigua and Barbuda or you can use the link from our partner TripAdvisor.

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Things To Do in Antigua and Barbuda




Antigua and Barbuda has 365 beaches; yes one for every day of the year. Here are a few to whet your appetite:

  • – Jabberwock Beach
  • – Dutchman’s Bay
  • – Long Bay
  • – Half Moon Bay
  • – Pigeon Point Beach
  • – Jolly Beach
  • – Fort James




Like many of the Caribbean islands, there are a ton of festivals usually based on the harvesting of crops. You can find a complete list at



Historic Sites

  • – National Parks Antigua –
    • – Devils Bridge
    • – Fort Barrington
    • – Nelson’s Dockyard
      • – Dow’s Hill
      • – Shirley Heights Lookout and Blockhouse
  • – Nelson’s Dockyard Museum
  • – Fort George
  • – Fort Charlotte and the Pillars of Hercules
  • – Fort Berkeley
  • – Betty’s Hope







The beaches on Barbuda are quite rustic and not frequented by tourist. So if you want some alone time this is the place to go. Here are some of the beaches on the island of Barbuda:

  • Fishing Creek
  • Rubbish Bay
  • Two Foot Bay
  • Goat Island
  • River (Princess Diana Beach)



Things to See on Barbuda

  • – Codrington Lagoon national Park: Frigate Bird Sanctuary
  • – Martello Tower
  • – Spanish Point
  • – Caves
    • – Darby’s Cave
    • – Dark Cave
  • – Highland House

4 Things to Do in Antigua and Barbuda

  1. Visit South Coast Horizon’s Eco Park – +1 268 562 4074 or +1 718 554 7884.
  2. 268 Buggies Tour
  3. Thriller Tours
  4. Aqualympia Antigua

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