The island of Antigua is 108 square miles while Barbuda is 62 square miles. Antigua is located at 17ºN and 61ºW and Barbuda is 25 miles to the north of the mainland. Our Average temperature is 24 degrees C or 75 degrees F.
Antigua & Barbuda offers our visitors a wide variety of accommodations, from luxury resorts, timeshares to intimate vacation cottages all located on our beautiful white beaches. Antigua’s population is approximately 78,000 with about 30,000 residing in and around the capital of St. John’s. The population of Barbuda is around 2,000, most of whom reside in Codrington. Most of the population is of African descent, although there are many persons from British, American, Portugese, Lebanese, and Syrian origins. Many retired Europeans and North Americans have made Antigua their permanent home.
With its 365 tranquilizing beaches, numerous cultural events, natural surrounding and our Caribbean hospitality, you are sure to feel a peace of mind and happiness while in Antigua like none other. The official language of the country is English, although natives speak a local dialect known as Creole.
There are several societies that promote arts, drama, music, and horticulture. There are many athletics, cricket and soccer (locally called football) clubs. Cricket is the national sports and Antigua has produced several top international cricketers such as Dr. Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson, and Curtly Ambrose.
Sailing is a big sports in Antigua, it hosts the annual internationally recognized Antigua Sailing Week.
Golf and tennis are also important to a select few.
The Antiguan Carnival is a celebration of music and dance held annually from the end of July to the first Tuesday in August. The most important day is that of the j'ouvert(or juvé), in which brass and steel bands perform for much of the island's population. Barbuda's Carnival, held in June, is known as Caribana. The Antiguan and Barbudan Carnivals replaced the Old Time Christmas Festival in 1957, with hopes of inspiring tourism in Antigua and Barbuda.
It is a ten-day festival of colorful costumes,beauty pageants,talent shows, and especially good music. The festivities, which celebrate emancipation, range from the Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions of Calypsonians, the Panorama steel band competition, and the spectacular Parade of Bands to the Miss Antigua Pageant and the Caribbean Queen's Competition. In addition to these major events, the nonstop revelry of this eleven-day carnival includes innumerable smaller festivities, including local concerts, food fairs,parades, and cultural shows.
With the many exciting social events throughout the year,Antigua will definitely persuade you to make it your new vacation hot spot or you may decide to purchase one of our luxurious properties and make it your new permanent residence. You may also decide that a commercial investment in Antigua will be your next business venture. No matter what direction you choose, Antigua holds the magic key as the perfect location for your Caribbean Paradise.