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Destination Antigua and Barbuda, a virtual travel guide to Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda. This page aims to give you an overview of Antigua and Barbuda's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
Beside a country profile with facts and figures, the page contains links to sources which provide you with all the information you need to know about this Caribbean island nation, e.g.: official web sites of Antigua and Barbuda, country guides with extensive travel and tourism information on accommodation, tourist attractions, events and more like weather information, maps, statistics and local newspapers from Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua Beach
Caribbean Beach Scene at Antigua
© High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Country Profile

Flag of Antigua and Barbuda
Flag of Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda form the independent nation of Antigua and Barbuda, within the Commonwealth of Nations.
They are part of the Leeward Islands in the West Indies. The island nation located in the eastern Caribbean Sea was populated by Amerindian tribes when Christopher Columbus "discovered" it in 1493. He named the island "Santa Maria de la Antigua".
Settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667. They established slavery to run the sugar plantations on Antigua.
Antigua and Barbuda became an independent nation in 1981, but it is still British in many of its traditions.

Neighboring island states: Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Related countries: UK
where in the Caribbean is Antigua and Barbuda

Official Name:
Antigua and Barbuda

ISO Country Code: ag

Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Sun-Mar-1  11:07

Country Calling Code: +1 268

Capital City: St. John's (Antigua, pop. 30 000).

Other Cities: Codrington (on Barbuda)

Type: Constitutional monarchy with Westminster-style Parliament.
Head of State: Queen ELIZABETH II
Independence: 1 November 1981 (from the UK).
Constitution: 1981.

Location: Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico.
Area: Antigua: 281 km² (108 sq. mi.);
Barbuda: 161 km² (62 sq. mi.)
Total area: 442 km² (170 sq. mi.)
Terrain: partly volcanic and partly coral, generally low-lying, with highest elevation 405 m. (1,330 ft.).

Climate: Year-round tropical maritime, cooled by steady trade winds.

Nationality: Noun and adjective--Antiguan(s), Barbudan(s).
Population: 88,000 (2011 census)
Annual population growth rate (1999): 1.1%.
Ethnic groups: Almost entirely of African origin; some of British, Portuguese, and Levantine Arab origin.
Religions: Principally Anglican, with evangelical Protestant and Roman Catholic minorities.
Languages: English.
Literacy: 90%

Natural resources: tourism

Agriculture products: Cotton, fruits, vegetables, bananas, coconuts, cucumbers, mangoes, sugarcane; livestock.

Industries: Tourism, construction, light manufacturing (clothing, alcohol, household appliances)

Exports partners: Germany 49.5%, UK 29.7%, France 3.5% (2004)

Imports partners: USA 21.8%, Singapore 18.8%, China 10.7%, Poland 6.7%, Trinidad and Tobago 4.6%, UK 4.4% (2004)

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

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Official Sites of Antigua and Barbuda

Government of Antigua and Barbuda
Official site of the Government of Antigua and Barbuda.

Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Antigua and Barbuda
Official site of the ministry.

Diplomatic Missions
High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda
The High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda in London, promoting tourism and investment.
Permanent Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the UN
Official site of the Mission of Antigua and Barbuda to the United Nations.
Visa Entry Requirements
Information on Visa Requirements for Antigua and Barbuda.

Map of Antigua and Barbuda
Shaded Relief Map of Antigua and Barbuda.
Google Earth Google Earth Antigua and Barbuda
Searchable map and satellite view of Antigua and Barbuda.
Google Earth Google Earth St. John's
Searchable map and satellite view of Antigua and Barbuda's capital city.

Map of Central America and the Caribbean
Reference Map of Central America and the Caribbean. 

English Harbour - Antigua and Barbuda
English Harbour © HC of Antigua and Barbuda


The Antigua Sun
News from Antigua.
Antigua and Barbuda News
Antigua and Barbuda news provided by High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda.


Arts & Culture

Antigua Carnival 2005
Keeping the Wadadli Spirit Alive.

Museum of Antigua and Barbuda
The Museum informs on culture and history of Antigua and Barbuda.


Business & Economy

Airport Services Antigua Ltd. ASA

Caribbean Star Airlines
Antigua based airline.
Antigua based Caribbean airline.

Barbuda Express
Ferry service between Barbuda and Antigua.  

Destination Antigua and Barbuda - Travel and Tour Guides

Discover Antigua and Barbuda: Caribbean islands, English Harbor, Dickenson Bay, Shirley Heights Lookout, Betty's Hope sugar plantation.
Steel-bands, Calypso singers, Limbo shows, Casinos.
Accommodation, hotels, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, horseback riding, biking, sailing, cruising, scuba diving, tours and much more.

Antigua & Barbuda - Official Travel Guide
The Official Homepage of the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism.

High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda
The High Commission provides also tourism information.

Antigua & Barbuda Today
The Daily Observer, Antigua & Barbuda's Oldest Daily Newspaper,
presents Antigua & Barbuda.

Explore Antigua
A compilation of information about the Island.
Antiguan Voice
A community site for all those in Antigua and Barbuda, and around the world.
Inside Antigua
Antigua & Barbuda community website.

Things to do and see on Barbuda.

Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association
Accommodation in Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua Classics
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta.
Antigua Barbuda Marine Guide
Internet site of the annual magazine for yachting visitors.

Travel and Tour Consumer Information

St. John's
Capital City St. John's - Antigua
© High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda


University of Health Sciences Antigua - School of Medicine
The University has Liberal Arts and Sciences Programs in addition to the various Medical Programs for the healthcare & non-healthcare professionals.


Antigua Barbuda Environment
Resource for information on the islands environment.

Eastern Caribbean Coalition for Environmental Awareness
Overall objective of ECCA's programme is to strengthen regional initiatives within the Eastern Caribbean, promote community based nature and heritage tourism, environmental education and to improve the conservation of island ecosystems.


Archaeology in Antigua
Introduction into the rich and colourful history of Antigua.
Historic Antigua and Barbuda
Site about Colonial Antigua and Barbuda.
Museum of Antigua and Barbuda
The Museum provides information on Antigua and Barbuda's culture and history.


The Antigua Network Directory
Directory of Antigua and Barbuda related sites.
Antigua and Barbuda Visitors Links
Links to information for visitors.

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