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Destination Antigua and Barbuda, a dual-island nation in the western West Indies east-southeast of Puerto Rico and about 100 km north of Guadeloupe. Antigua and Barbuda is part of the Leeward Islands, and consists of the two inhabited main islands Antigua and Barbuda, a number of smaller islands and the small uninhabited Redonda island about 50 km west-southwest of Antigua. Its highest elevation is Mt. Obama (formerly Boggy Peak) 402 m (1,319 ft.), on the island of Antigua, it is named after U.S. President Barack Obama.

This page aims to give you an overview of Antigua and Barbuda's art, culture, people, environment, geography, history, economy and government.
 
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Antigua and Barbuda

Country Profile





Official Name:
Antigua and Barbuda

ISO Country Code: ag

Time:
Local Time = UTC -4h
Actual Time: Fri-July-31  05:19

Country Calling Code: +1 268

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

Other Cities: Codrington (on Barbuda)

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

Geography:
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.

People:
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 - commodities: petroleum products, bedding, handicrafts, electronic components, transport equipment, food and live animals.

Imports - commodities: food and live animals, machinery and transport equipment, manufactures, chemicals, oil.

Main trading partners: USA, UK, Canada, China and other CARICOM countries.

Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

Background:
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
 

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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.


Maps

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. 

Eng
Panoramic view of English Harbour and southern Antigua from Shirley Heights.
Image: David Stanley
 

News

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


Tourism dominates Antigua and Barbuda's economy, accounting for nearly 60% of GDP and 40% of investment. Agricultural production is focused on the domestic market and constrained by limited water supply and a labor shortage stemming from the lure of higher wages in tourism and construction.
Antigua's economy was severely hit by the global economic crisis and suffered from the collapse of its largest private sector employer, a steep decline in tourism, a rise in debt, and a sharp economic contraction between 2009-11.

Transportation
Airport Services Antigua Ltd. ASA


Caribbean Star Airlines
Antigua based airline.
LIAT
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.


Antigua
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.

Barbuda
Barbudaful
Things to do and see on Barbuda.

Hotels
Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association
Accommodation in Antigua and Barbuda.


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

Travel and Tour Consumer Information
Antigua Beach
Caribbean Beach Scene at Antigua
© High Commission of Antigua and Barbuda




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

Education

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.
 

 

Environment & Nature

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.
 

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

History

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.
 

 

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