Antigua Et Barbuda vakantie

Ervaar Antigua Et Barbuda

Best Places to Visit

Barbuda is Antigua's less developed other half, but therein lies this island's charm. Sitting just north of the main island, Barbuda is well known for its near empty, expansive beaches and untamed natural beauty. The quaint town of Codrington has a certain rustic charm but tourists will surely be won over by the island's gorgeous coastline. Those travellers wanting to get away from the crowds should spend some time on Barbuda.

Half Moon Bay is certainly one of the most beautiful beaches on Antigua Island. It's situated in a region which boasts hundreds of beaches, giving you a great excuse to spend day after day exploring the many different stretches of sand. Just outside of Freetown Village, Half Moon Bay is most recognisable by its pink sands. While the bay is perfect for a few lazy days in the sun, there are also several water sports and activities on offer.

The lesser known and little-visited island of Redonda to the southwest of Antigua, provides an excellent escape from the humdrum of everyday life on holidays to Antigua and Barbuda. Practically deserted, the rocky island makes for an enjoyable and quiet day trip. Home to several species of indigenous bird species, this island, is also an avid birdwatcher's paradise.

The capital, St John's, on the main island is the first encounter of Antigua that most travellers will have. This quaint colonial town is filled with landmarks and historic buildings, making it the perfect place to start a sightseeing tour. It also plays host to several events throughout the year, including the annual carnival which takes place at the end of July.

The Antigua rainforest is probably the most beautiful natural environment and is home to several different fauna, including many indigenous species of bird. The highlight for most travellers visiting the rainforest is the exhilarating canopy tours which are offered by several companies. Why see the forest from the ground up when you can get the most spectacular bird's eye view? As you break through the leaf cover of the tallest treetops, you may find yourself breathless at the beauty of the canopy from above - a natural wonder of the world.

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Need to know

Language

English is the official language in Antigua and is used widely in the tourism and business industries. Several local dialects are also spoken on the island, but English is by far the most prolific tongue. Spanish is also becoming a popular language, especially since many of the migrants to the islands are Spanish-speaking, so you can expect to hear this widely while other world languages may be spoken by other tourists staying near you in the main resorts.

Currency

The official currency is the East Caribbean dollar (EC$), which is divided into 100 cents. All major credit cards including Diners Club and American Express are accepted by most establishments, and ATMs are available at airports, shopping centres and in stores. Currency exchange can be done at large international banks, big hotels and even in some stores, but be wary of what exchange rate you are offered when changing your money in the most convenient locations - it often pays to go off the beaten track for a better rate.

Visas

Citizens from countries which are members of the European Union are permitted entry into the country without a visa for no longer than six months. The same can be said for citizens of the United Kingdom and former British Overseas Territories. All travellers to the region need to have a passport which is valid for at least six months, and it's sensible to allow a little extra on top of this in case your journey home is delayed by a few days.

Climate

The beauty of Antigua's tropical climate is that it stays warm throughout most of the year. November to April is the driest and hottest period, with temperatures reaching highs of 31℃. Summer days are generally accompanied by gentle breezes which cool things down a bit. July to October marks the rainy season, with the island experiencing tropical storms and hurricanes. The best time to visit the region is on the edge of the dry season, in May or June, when temperatures begin to cool but the rain has not yet set in.

Main Airports

The country's main gateway is VC Bird International Airport, which is located in the northeast of Antigua, 15 minutes' drive from the city of St John's. While the country does not have its own national airline, several international carries operate flights to the region, with regular, direct services from the UK.

Flight Options

Antigua does not have its own national carrier but there are several international airlines which make frequent trips to this destination. For more economic travellers, cheaper flight options can be found flying between London-Gatwick, London-Heathrow, Manchester and St John's. The average flight time between London and St John's is around eight hours and 45 minutes.

Travel Advice

The islands of the Caribbean can become particularly busy during European holiday periods such as summer, Easter and Christmas, resulting in increased booking prices. It is, therefore, advisable to make bookings far in advance to avoid disappointment and paying steep fees. It may be beneficial to plan a trip in the shoulder months of May or June.

Other Transport Options

It is possible to reach Antigua by cruise ship. Antigua is a major sea port for many cruise ships coming from Europe, the Americas and Australia. The country's main port is Heritage Quay in St John's, from where overland transfers can be organised to other parts of the country.

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Feiten

  1. 'Antigua' betekent 'oud' in het Spaans, maar het eiland heeft ook een lokale naam, Waladli of Wadadli, wat staat voor 'van onszelf'.
  2. Gitarist en muzikant Eric Clapton is een van de mede-oprichters van Crossroads Centre, een verslavingskliniek gevestigd op Antigua. Hij woont op het zuiden van het eiland.
  3. Andere beroemdheden met huizen op Antigua zijn onder andere Richard Branson, voormalig James Bond-acteur Timothy Dalton en een aantal West-Indische cricketlegenden, zoals Viv Richards en ex-team captain Richie Richardson.

Feiten

  1. 'Antigua' betekent 'oud' in het Spaans, maar het eiland heeft ook een lokale naam, Waladli of Wadadli, wat staat voor 'van onszelf'.
  2. Gitarist en muzikant Eric Clapton is een van de mede-oprichters van Crossroads Centre, een verslavingskliniek gevestigd op Antigua. Hij woont op het zuiden van het eiland.
  3. Andere beroemdheden met huizen op Antigua zijn onder andere Richard Branson, voormalig James Bond-acteur Timothy Dalton en een aantal West-Indische cricketlegenden, zoals Viv Richards en ex-team captain Richie Richardson.

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