Antigua and Barbuda has a service-based economy, dominated by international tourism from key markets such as Miami, New York, London and Toronto. Two of the major tourist attractions are the Mega Yacht show and Sailing Week. The mega yacht show takes place in April and again in December each year, while sailing week takes place in late April each year. The yacht show attracts mega yachts from all over the world and presents an opportunity for yacht owners to enjoy the climate and festivities in grand style twice each year. Sailing Week also attracts boats and yachts from all over the world to participate in various races. 


The island also has a strong devotion to cricket and its cricketers are among the world's richest cricket talent.  Antigua has produced four of the best players in the West Indies and the world: Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Richie Richardson, Sir Curtley Ambrose and Sir Vivian Richards. The most celebrated sports/cricket legend in Antigua is Sir Vivian Richards, who ranks among the greatest cricketers of all time.


Antigua is known for its 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. Its rich history and spectacular topography provide a variety of popular sightseeing opportunities including Nelson Dockyard, which is stunning example of a Georgian fort and is Antigua and Barbuda’s most renowned landmark. Other places of interest include English Harbour, a historical district of 15 square miles of Nelson’s Dockyard National Park; Shirley Heights, which has an array of military buildings overlooking English Harbour; and Betty’s Hope, which was built in 1674 and is the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua. There are also several museums which tell the story of Antigua and Barbuda from its geological birth.



Island Facts

Location
Antigua and Barbuda is the hub of the Eastern Caribbean with everyday direct international flights to/from many cities such as London, Miami and New York. The islands are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Maarten.

Geography
The largest of the Leeward Islands, Antigua, is a 108-square mile limestone and coral island recognized for its numerous coves, bays, 365 white sand beaches and clear turquoise-colored waters. The sister island of Barbuda lies 27 miles northeast of Antigua with a land area of 62 square miles. The current population is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s.

Language
English

Climate
Sunny and warm all year with soothing trade winds, the average temperature ranges from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer.

Government
A parliamentary democracy; gained independence from Great Britain in 1981.
​Member of the Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of American States (OAS), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), and the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Permanent member of the United Nations.

Currency
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD$) is pegged to the US Dollar at US$1.00 XCD = XCD$2.70. US bills are accepted by most stores and businesses and change is given in E.C. currency.

Economy
No taxes on worldwide income.
​Main industries: tourism, financial services, construction.
Served by major international banks.

Culture
Carnival and cricket are two of the best ways to experience the rich culture of this twin island nation. During these two festivals, the entire country comes together to celebrate.

Accessibility
Easily accessible by direct flights from London, New York, Miami, and Toronto.
Visa-free travel to over 130 countries.

Distinctions
Famous for its beautiful beaches and rich history. Antigua was named by Christopher Columbus in 1493 in homage to Santa Maria de la Antigua, the miracle-working saint of Seville, Spain. In 1632, Antigua was permanently settled as a colony by the British. In 1784, the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain’s most important Caribbean base.


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