With daily direct air access from North America and Europe and being the hub of Caribbean yachting, Antigua is a crossroads of the world albeit natural, simple and protected.
A favourite of European royalty, the English-speaking twin-island nation of Antigua & Barbuda has hosted the world’s privileged for generations, with its laid-back elegance, turquoise waters, luxury yachts and celebrity residents.
Truly a world-class destination as evidenced by its growing multi-national population over the last decade, Antigua is also steeped in history dating back thousands of years. The island was famously the major British Naval base for more than two centuries due to its expansive winding coastline and large natural harbours.
Today, the nation is an independent member state of the British Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State. The year-round tropical climate attracts varied international residents, and together with the friendly local population of 85,000, this makes the country a very comfortable place to integrate.With daily direct air access from North America and Europe and being the hub of Caribbean yachting, Antigua is a crossroads of the world albeit natural, simple and protected.
The favorable growing conditions and plentiful marine life make the country’s culinary experiences fresh and delicious, and the abundance of outdoor activities make for a very healthy lifestyle. It is no surprise a mix of internationally famous politicians, entertainers, and fashion designers live here in some of the most beautiful homes in the Caribbean.
Antigua’s government continues to demonstrate its commitment to the tourism industry with projects such as the US $75M expansion of the international airport, which is the region’s hub for international flights, allowing increased flight numbers, passenger jet bridges and overall higher efficiency. Antigua levies no capital gains or inheritance taxes and there is no tax on income generated outside the country.
A member of the United Nations (UN), British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organization of American States, among many other international organisations, the nation’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), pegged to the US$ at EC$2.7/US$1.
Antigua is easily accessible from its primary tourism source markets, namely Europe and North America and travel is quite straightforward from all parts of the world. Located in the Eastern Caribbean, the VC Bird International Airport welcomes daily and/or regular direct flights from London, New York, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, Toronto, Montreal, Frankfurt and other international cities as well as most regional destinations. The new U.S. $75M terminal opened in summer 2014 is the largest and most advanced in the region increasing the country’s capacity to receive larger aircraft, more frequent flights, and hence more visitors, and sustain Antigua’s position as the prime travel hub for the Eastern Caribbean.
The Antigua private jet terminal makes air charters to surrounding islands such as St. Barths and Anguilla easy excursions. Antigua has six ports of entry for yachts all manned with customs and immigration, the primary hubs for luxury yachts being English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour.
180 sq. miles (Antigua 108, Barbuda 72) (442 square kilometers)
80,000 approximately (2011 census)
Warm year-round tropical climate, 24 to 32 degrees depending on the time of year
Eastern Caribbean Dollars (ECD). Pegged EC$2.70 = US$1, USD are accepted almost everywhere
Atlantic Standard Time, GMT -4.
Antiguans have a conservative attitude towards dress. Casual attire should be worn as a minimum for visits to St. John’s or meetings
It is customary in Antigua to greet the people you meet in offices, waiting rooms etc.