Friday, August 14, 2020

Antigua (ahn-TEE-guh) & Barbuda (bahr-BYU-duh)

Fort James Beach, Fort Bay, Antigua
Photo Credit: Kelcie Papp

"Land of 365 Beaches"

  • 3100 BC, Siboney's were on Antigua.
  • In 1632, the English settled on Antigua.
  • In 1685, Barbuda was leased to two brothers.
  • In 1705, Christopher Codrington wanted to purchase Barbuda from Queen Anne; a 99-year lease was granted for the price of "one fat sheep if demanded".
  • In 1889, English Harbor closed.
  • Until 1981, the English ruled the island.
  • In 1968, became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations.
  • In 2003, the American University of Antigua College of Medicine was established.

Fun Facts
  • These islands are Spanish for ancient and bearded.
  • Tourism dominates its economy with supplemental income from financial services and online gambling.
  • The Black Pineapple is not black but, rather differs to it's dark green exterior unripe color.
  • Betty's Hope (Antigua) is the only operational wind-powered Sugar Mill amongst the Caribbean Islands.
  • Crossroads Center, a drug and alcohol addiction rehabilitation center (Antigua) was founded by Eric Clapton, Guitarist, and hospital executive groups.
  • Antigua was one of the first countries to legalize, license, and regulate online gambling.
  • You may enjoy reading: A Small Place (written by Jamaica Kincaid) and Hornblower in the West Indies (written by C.S. Forester).
  • A movie that may inspire your travels, The Sweetest Mango (2001).
  • Antigua is one of the busiest Eastern Caribbean cruise ports.

Good to Know
  • Daylight savings time not observed.
  • Barbuda Express, high-speed catamaran runs between St Johns and Barbuda five days a week.

Hurricane Season is June - November, their impact usually occurs between mid-August to mid-October.

  • Coolest Season: January - February
  • Humid & Hottest: August
  • Peak Season: December - April
  • Shoulder Season: May - November

For American travelers who have been to The Bahamas or the Virgin Islands wishing to further explore the Caribbean Islands, this can be a great next destination.

Why visit Antigua?
Offers a sophisticated atmosphere with pink or white sand beaches, bird watching, bone fishing expeditions, rich history, sailing, deep-sea fishing, sea kayaking, snorkeling, tennis, and tubing. 

Your Must-See & Do
Historical Sites: Betty's Hope Estate and Fort Berkeley.
Museums: Museum of Antigua & Barbuda. 
Popular Attractions: Antigua Distillery, Botanical Gardens, Cades Reef, Devil's Bridge, Falmouth, Fig Tree Drive, Heritage Quay, Liberta, Mount Obama (formerly Boggy Point), Nelson's Dockyard, Parliament Building, Public Market, Redcliffe Quay, Shirley Heights, St John's Cathedral and St Peter's Church. 
Why visit Barbuda?
Great for a day trip, otherwise an island destination offering true solitude and quietness with pink or white sand beaches, bicycling, bird watchers, hiking and wilderness.

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