ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TRAVEL GUIDE
Blessed with 365 beaches, Antigua offers you a different beach every day of the year. If privacy is a requisite, you’ll find it is waiting for you on soft white sand looking over turquoise blue waves. If you enjoy action, numerous water sports are sure to keep you busy.
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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA QUICK FACTS
Capital: Saint John's
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)
Area: 443 sq km
Population: 96 286 (2018)
Language: English (official), Antiguan and Barbudan Creole
Religion: 73.2% Protestant (21.5% Anglican), 19.6% Other
Electricity: 230V/60Hz (UK plug)
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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA PUBLIC HOLIDAYS
1 November, Independence Day
9 December, National Heroes’ Day
26 December, Boxing Day
Also, Good Friday, Easter Monday, Whit Monday, and Carnival Monday and Tuesday.
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WEATHER SYNOPSIS
Caribbean island nations have a tropical climate with one rainy season, from May to November. Average annual precipitation throughout the region is 2200 mm or higher but varies widely. All countries in the region experience drought conditions. The climate on the coasts is humid and warm with high temperatures averaging 32°C in the hottest month (July) and 29°C in the coolest month (February), and lows averaging 24°C and 23°C, respectively. Further, into the interior, the climate cools due to an increase in altitude, with recorded nighttime readings as low as 12°C.
SPORT & ACTIVITIES
HIKING & CYCLING IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Outdoor activities in Antigua and Barbuda are best enjoyed during the drier months from December to April but are generally accessible throughout the year.
BEACH OPTIONS IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Although you can visit the stunning beaches of Antigua and Barbuda at any time of the year, the dry season from December to April is by far better.
SURFING IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Antigua and Barbuda are not the best of surfing destinations, but they do get some pretty good surf from November to February. The best beach is Turtle Bay.
KITESURF IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
The windy kitesurfing season in Antigua and Barbuda is from December to May, with some fantastically beautiful and diverse spots.
For more details on kite surfing in Antigua and Barbuda expand this section!
HEALTH RISKS IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA
Be aware of possible health risks in
Antigua and Barbuda
Zika Virus - Zika is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. Zika can be passed from a pregnant woman to her fetus. Infection during pregnancy can cause certain birth defects. There is no vaccine or medicine for Zika.
Dengue - Dengue is spread mostly by the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito. These mosquitoes bite during the day and night. About one in four people infected with dengue will get sick. For people who get sick with dengue, symptoms can be mild or severe.