Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda are two of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Clear turquoise waters ring this tropical paradise, which is dotted with 365 white sandy beaches. The pristine pink beaches of the south-western shore stretch as far as ten miles without interruption. It’s no wonder that the island has become a secret retreat for the rich and famous.
For those who live and visit this paradise, there is an array of activities to keep you busy from sunrise to sunset. Diving, snorkelling, sailing, and fishing ensure that there is no lack of choice in terms of water sports. On land, one can explore the beauty of this lush tropical paradise or simply laze on one of the many pristine sandy beaches.
Antigua & Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth state in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is the larger of the two islands, measuring 281 km2, whilst Barbuda, located to the north, covers an area of 161 km2. Antigua & Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy with a British-style parliamentary system of government. The government has three branches: legislative, executive and judicial.
The main economic driver is tourism, which accounts for about 60% of the island’s income, with key target markets being the U.S., Canada and Europe. Other economic drivers include financial services (Antigua & Barbuda are an attractive offshore jurisdiction), agriculture and to a lesser extent, manufacturing. Although U.S. dollars are widely accepted on the island, the unit of currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$).
The climate on these islands is sunny and warm all year round with soothing trade winds. Temperatures do not vary that much throughout the year – they are generally between 24 and 30 degrees in the daytime. The coolest night time temperatures can drop to as low as 20 degrees which can feel very cool and in the summer can be as hot as 27 degrees. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the eastern Caribbean islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September.