Antigua and Barbuda...The Caribbean as you have always imagined
Events...Coming in July 2005...
CARIBBEAN COMEDY FESTIVAL
HOLY FAMILY CATHOLIC PARISH BAZAAR & FOOD FAIR -
Annual event held at the Michael's Mount in St. John's. International food, culture, games and competitions for a good family day out .
ANTIGUA YACHT CLUB – GREEN ISLAND WEEKEND
FIELD TRIP organized by the Environmental Awareness Group.
48th ANTIGUA CARNIVAL
Antigua & Barbuda News
Same as in the US; 10-15% depending on the service. Some restaurants & hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity. If in doubt, just ask. Give porters and bellhops 50 cents per bag, taxi drivers 10-15% of the fare.
Calling the U.S. is easy from Antigua and Barbuda. Most hotels offer USA Direct calling service, or can connect you with a U.S. operator for calling home.
Antigua & Barbuda has a US$20.00 airport departure tax, a room tax of 8.5% and service charge of 10% (in lieu of tipping).
Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, which is fixed to the US dollar. Recent exchange rate was US$1.00 = EC$2.65. US currency, traveler's checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
There are several general practitioners and specialists on the island, a hospital and a private clinic. No vaccinations are required unless the visitor is arriving from an endemic area. Recompression chambers are available by air ambulance at nearby Saba and in St. Thomas. Pharmaceutical services are widely available.
Passports & Immigration:
U.S., Canadian and U.K. nationals require proof of citizenship--a valid passport, original or certified birth certificate. U.S. residents and others should contact the nearest tourist office for entry requirements.
Traveling with Pets
The following guidelines must be followed when importing any animal into Antigua & Barbuda:
There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. The great majority rest inside the calm, protected waters of the island's Caribbean side. All are open to the public. Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, located along the island's developed northwestern coast, are the place to go for those who want the fully-loaded resort beach experience. The beaches of the hilly southwest corner of Antigua are especially quiet beaches worth the rough travel necessary to reach them. On the southeast corner of the island is Half Moon Bay, now a National Park and a good choice for a family outing. Long Bay, on the easternmost point of the island, is another good choice for families, as it is completely protected by its reef.
Barbuda's smooth coastline is edged with long pink and white sand beaches protected by barrier reefs. The pristine pink beaches of the southwestern shore stretch as far as ten miles without interruption.Is so nice!
From the Heights one can look far out over English Harbour, and on Sunday afternoons the view is accompanied by barbecue, rum punch, and the plangent strains of steel band and reggae music. The site is named for General Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands when the area was fortified in the late eighteenth century. Close by is the cemetery, in which stands an obelisk erected in honour of the soldiers of the 54th regiment.
Antigua and Barbuda are almost completely surrounded by well-preserved coral reefs, walls, and shipwrecks. The southern and eastern coasts of Antigua and virtually the entire coast of Barbuda are surrounded by shelfs, providing excellent conditions for spectacular shallow diving and snorkeling.The southern and eastern coasts are considered to offer the most consistent diving; for more advanced divers, the ledge of Sunken Rock on the south coast is a popular site. Dive depths generally range from 25 to 80 feet and can reach 180 feet; distances from shore to site are in some cases no more than five minutes and at most 40 minutes away.Barbuda's encircling reefs contain an enormous number of wrecks, most of which are yet to be explored.
As an island composed of limestone, Barbuda has many caves to explore. There are two main sites at Castle Hill and Two Foot Bay. The road to Two Foot Bay is more accessible to visitors so these are most commonly visited, Castle Hill is a long and bumpy ride. The caves at Two Foot Bay range from small crawl-in holes to huge cavernous areas, complete with stalactites and stalagmites and many fossils.