FAQs about Antigua


Where is Antigua and Barbuda?

Antigua and Barbuda is an Island in the West Indies, lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It is located the northern part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17°N of the equator, 61°480 W. The capital of Antigua (main island) is Saint Johns.

Do I need a visa?

Antigua enjoys visa free access with over 102 countries around the world including the USA, Europe and Commonwealth nations. Please check with your travel agent to ensure that your destination of origin is on this listing.

What is the Language?

The official language of Antigua and Barbuda is English; however, locals tend to speak an English dialect or carry varying accents.

What weather can I expect?

Antigua and Barbuda has a tropical climate, hot, sunny and humid all year round, with a relatively cool and dry season from January to mid-April, and a hot, humid and rainy season from mid-June to mid-Novem

Where should I go shopping?

Whether you plan to spend a day shopping while on holiday in Antigua, or you are arriving on a cruise ship Antigua has a wide variety of shops and boutiques to offer. There are also a number of shops where you can make duty free purchases. From beautiful Antiguan handmade gifts, jewelry and souvenirs to cool Caribbean clothing, there are shops where you will find your own Caribbean treasure to take home with you. These include the Heritage Quay Duty Free Shopping area in Saint Johns, Saint John’s Shopping area, English Harbor and Jolly Harbor Commercial Centre, just to name a few.

What sort of nightlife is there?

You will find lots to do while in Antigua as numerous bars, restaurants, karaoke spots and casinos are open late night on island. From the south east parts of the Island such as English Harbor, Jolly Harbor area in the South and numerous other spots in and around the St. Johns Capital.

What activities should I partake in?

There is always something to do in Antigua no matter the time of the year. Enjoy a great vacation away from the cold during winter or have loads of fun and rum punch during the Nation’s Greatest Carnival festival in the heart of summer. Looking to relax? We do that too, choose a combination of tours for nature & adventure lovers, or learn about our rich history from the numerous heritage and cultural sites dotted around the island. For example, take an educational tour of Antigua’s World Heritage Site ‘Nelsons Dockyard’.

Can I drink tap water?

Tap Water on Island is treated and distributed by a Government agency and safe for drinking, however alternative portable drinking water is available for purchase.

What currency can I use?

The local currency used is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (ECD), however US currency is accepted. The exchange rate is approximately US $1.00 = ECD $2.70