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Holidays in Antigua and Barbuda

Understanding Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua is perhaps the island which most typifies the modern day view of a small Caribbean destination With few other natural resources, tourism dominates the local economy of both islands Stunning white sand beaches abound, and on Antigua there is no shortage of attendant high-end resorts Barbuda still has the beaches but little tourism-based infrastructure

Investment banking and financial services also make up an important part of the economy with many major foreign banks taking advantage of the nation's liberal banking laws That may all change though after the 2009 arrest of Antigua-based Texan billionaire Allen Stanford who is accused of perpetrating an enormous fraud which may have bilked investors of some US$8 billion

Cricket is a huge sport here and this tiny nation has produced several genuine all-time world greats of the game Cricket fans will certainly not be short of locals to chat with


The Siboney were the first to inhabit the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 BC, but Arawak and Carib Indians populated the islands when Columbus landed on his second voyage in 1493 Early settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667 Slavery, established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua, was abolished in 1834 The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981


The climate is tropical marine with little seasonal temperature variation The islands experience hurricanes and tropical storms July to October, and periodic droughts


Officially 230V 60Hz Most outlets are the standard British type Generally speaking, US and Canadian travellers should pack adapters for these outlets if they plan to use North American electrical equipment in Antigua & Barbuda Contact your hotel and ask to be sure Many places are now built to North American standards

Also in use are non-grounded North American outlets These require an adapter to work with plugs that have the third grounding plug Older North American outlets may not be polarized with one slot wider than the other To remedy this, the wider vertical blade on a polarized plug may be filed down to match the width of the other Otherwise, adapters are available which accept a polarized plug and adapt it for use with a non-polarized outlet

Talking in Antigua and Barbuda

Languages spoken are English official and local dialects There is also an expanding Spanish-speaking migrant population

What to do in Antigua and Barbuda

  • 365antiguacom what 2 know, where 2 go http://www365antiguacom online guide to local entertainment, events, arts, culture and sports

Buying stuff in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Galley Boutique, English Harbour has great clothes
  • 1000 Flowers, St John's has great clothes

Food and eating in Antigua and Barbuda

The national dish is fungie pronounced foon-gee and pepper pot Fungie is a dish very similar to the Italian Polenta being made mainly of cornmeal Other local dishes include ducana, seasoned rice, saltfish and lobster from Barbuda Local confectionaries include sugarcake, fudge, raspberry and tamarind stew, and peanut brittle The various restaurants around the island sell both local and international food

• Lunch might be anything that can be easily bought from a nearby shop, especially a bakery

• Dinner will typically be rice,macaroni or pasta, vegetables/salad, a main course fish, chicken, pork, beef etc and a side dish like macaroni pie, scalloped potatoes or plantains Local drinks are mauby, seamoss, tamarind juice, mango juice and coconut water Adults favour beers and rums, many of which are made locally

On Saturday be prepared to find many drive-by barbecues at important road crossings all over the island They are serving rice and chicken, dumplings, soup, and alike Sometimes they even have a sound system for entertainment

Sunday is the day when the culture is most reflected in the food For breakfast one might have saltfish, eggplant, eggs, bacon, sausages, or lettuce Dinner may include pork, baked chicken, stewed lamb, or turkey, alongside rice prepared in a variety of ways, salads, and a local drink

  • Harmony Hall, near Freetown It closes for the summer on May 6th The best restaurant on the island
  • Mama Lolly, Redcliffe Quay, St John's Vegetarian and vegan friendly home cooking
  • Calabash, Redcliffe Quay's "Vendors Mall", St John's Vegan cuisine Owned by a raw chef who used to work in New York
  • The Roti King, corner of St Mary's Street and Corn Alley, St John's Serves Roti, which is a East Indian dish of rolled Indian flat bread filled with hot and spicy curries and tamarind sauce

The only american style fast food chains operating on Antigua are KFC with three locations and Subway sandwiches in St John's

Drinking in Antigua and Barbuda

  • Papa Zouk, Bar and fish and chips restaurant 2 mins outside of St John's
  • Cavalier Rum , Antiguan Rum
  • Wadadli, Antiguan Beer
  • Oasis, Desalinated water

Accommodation in Antigua and Barbuda

There are many hotels in Antigua so finding one should not cause too much of a hassle

  • Jolly Harbour Resort & Marina, Toll free: United States/Canada: 1-866-905-6559; United Kingdom/Europe: 00 800 1 235 6559, 5 All inclusive
  • Galley Bay, Telephone: 268 462-0302, 6
  • Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort, Phone: 268 462-3733, 7 European or All Inclusive Plans
  • Jumby Bay, PO Box 243, St John's, Antigua, West Indies, Tel 268 462-6000, 8 Known worldwide for providing discern travelers with world class service and distinguished amenities with 40 suites and 11 villas, this resort offers many services and activities for its guests such as sunfloats, snorkeling, and sail boating It also offers convenient vacation packages for travelers

Working in Antigua and Barbuda

Working longer than three months requires an official working license, to be filed with the employer He also has to pay for it There might be good jobs at the tourism sector and the entertainment industry esp on-line casinos and sports betting

Cities in Antigua and Barbuda

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