Antigua and Barbuda Favorites

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Antigua and Barbuda Favorites

  • Stray Animals

    My wife and I love animals. Here on the island there are large quantities of strays;in particular cats. The Humane Society does their best to spay and neuter the animals but they are still without homes. The resort in which we have stayed twice has many cats on their grounds which is nice since they keep the rodent population at bay. My wife likes...

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  • Night Time Swims

    Our favorite thing to do after dinner was to take a swim in the pool. The pool is open 24 hours but most guests don't take adavntage of this. We loved having the pool to ourselves and enjoying a swim without worry of sunburn. It was great fun and we so looked forward to it every night.

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  • New Cocktails

    There is something to be said about staying at an all inclusive resort; the free drinks. My wife and I take advatage of this and try as many new cocktails we can. It's often that many cocktails get just one sip before we decide we don't like it. We have found some new favorites over the years: the Chocolate Monkey, The Reggae Top, The BBC and the...

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  • Cruise stop

    One of the best places for information on what to do in various ports is Cruise Critic. The Cruise Critic Antigua forum board was very useful in planning shore excursions, whether the ones offered by the ship or independent, and there is also Antigua port information with hints on where to go, what to do, where the ships dock, where to eat and how...

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  • Money matters

    Antigua uses the Eastern Caribbean Dollar but most vendors will take US dollars. We didn't have any need to use a credit card or ATM but you should be able to use your credit card or ATM card with no problem. Cruise Critic says that ATMs are available across from Heritage Quay.I always like to bring small bills with me when we go to the Caribbean,...

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  • Mail Your Purchases

    At Nelson's Dockyard as you walk in, there are some gift shops and boutiques in which to shop for souvenirs as well as some stylish items of clothing. In addition there are also banking facilities, and a bakery. The gift shop next to the museum in the Naval Officer's House is one of the best in Antigua (although I didn't buy anything there. It...

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  • Green Stones

    When I took the picture of the church "of the parish of St. Paul with St. Barnabas, on the island of Antigua, in the Anglican Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba - Province of the West Indies", I didn't know that it is one of the most photographed churches in Antigua or that it was the oldest church on Antigua at over 250 years old. I had...

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  • Money

    The official Currency in Antigua and Barbuda is the East Caribbean Dollar, which is also the official currency of Dominica, Grenada, St. Kitts & Nevis, St. Vincent and the Grenadines as well as the british overseas territories of Anguilla and Montserrat. It is the successor of the British West Indies Dollar, which it replaced between 1965 and 1983....

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  • Tourist information office

    The tourist information office is not a really well-kept place in Antigua – more a well-kept secret. It was in a cottage in Heritage Quay, now it is hidden in the 1st floor of a small shopping center called “Vendor’s Mall”. You’ll find that at the eastern end of heritage quay. Staff is very friendly and will do the best to answer the questions you...

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  • Free Map

    There are several maps for Antigua and Barbuda, many of them are available for free. The most common one is a pocket map from Skyview (in 2008 it had a canopy tour advertising on the front page). The map is good to get an overview of the island and is sufficient for walks around St. John’s. However, hiking with that map is like trying to sail...

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  • Before departure: Planning your trip via...

    If you do not want to rely completely on the advice given you by a travel agency (which is the most expensive option), a lot of research is necessary. Internet research is the obvious method, but is focused on high-fare tourists. But what is even worse is the reliability of antiguan websites and e-mail adresses. Many pages weren’t updated for a...

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  • Supermarkets

    In Antigua, you won’t find a supermarket chain like Wal-Mart or Tesco. All supermarkets I saw had a somewhat archaic interior and surely most of them were family-owned. It’s the kind of shop you’ll also find in the more rural regions of South America. As there are no chains, every supermarket is different, with some even offering warm meals inside....

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  • Day-tour by taxi

    A day-tour by taxi is a popular way to explore the island and a good choice, if you are arriving on a cruise ship with only little time to see the island. That and the fact that it is a very important income source for the locals are the reasons why I don’t have this tip under tourist traps. However, it is also one of the most expensive ways to get...

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  • International phone calls

    There are public phones quite everywhere in Antigua. However, it is not that easy to call home. First, Antigua deviates a little from international standard: Here, you have to dial 011 and then your country code (for example, 01131 for the Netherlands). Most public phones accept credit cards, but no fare is indicated – so a short call may end up in...

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  • Breathtaking beaches, water, and weather

    To describe Antigua is simple. Peaceful, clean, and charming. The island itself is quite small and very easy to get around. You will find all of the locals to be accomodating and pretty well spoken. The activities on the island are limitless and are geared towards many different types of individuals. The weather is some of the best in the...

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  • Antigua

    The people are extremely friendly. Make sure you eat a Bun and Cheese. Also hit Jackson's in St. Johns for simple west indian food. Be sure to visit St. John's Cathedral also. The south part of the island is more rural and covered with green peaks. The beaches are truly amazing. Every beach on the west coast is gorgeous. Half moon bay on the east...

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  • General Info

    Telephones: Calling internationally is easy from Antigua and Barbuda. Most hotels offer Direct calling service, or can connect you with an operator. Electricity: Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages. Appropriate Attire: Informal, but conservative. Beach attire is appropriate for the beach but...

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  • REAL Antigua Holiday Help

    As a resident of Antigua, I take a personal interest in helping our visitors or those planning to visit to make the best decisions possible according to their holiday expectations. I have so many favorite things about Antigua & Barbuda that it would take forever to list them all here... Please feel free to contact me for any questions you may have...

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  • Hire Vehicles & Antigua's Roads

    If you are planning to rent a vehicle during your stay we would advise against renting either motorcycles or cars.Stick with the slightly more expensive option of renting yourself a Jeep. Not much investment has gone into maintaining Antigua's roads and if you are planning to drive terrain like Fig Tree Drive you will be grateful of choosing this...

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  • Currency

    Antigua's currency is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar ( $EC ) but the $US dollar is widely accepted. We found ourselves using $USD throughout our stay - much easier to keep track of conversions.Our Tip : If you need to change travellers cheques make sure you do so at the banks in St Johns. There are loads of banks here so you will not have a problem...

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  • Electricity

    Antigua does not seen to have a standardised electricty system. Some parts of the island operate on 110v and other parts 220/240v. Most appliance chargers are universal so they should accept either voltage.At the Rex Halcyon Cove Resort the socket outlets in our room were US type outlets so we needed an adaptor. However, other people in our group...

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  • The weather

    We visited Antigua in September, at the tail end of the rainy season. For most of the time we enjoyed fabulous sunshine, so be sure to pack plenty of a high factor sun lotion. However, as you can see from the photo, we did see a few downpours! These were very heavy, but never lasted more than about 10 minutes, and the sun was soon out again.

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  • Take a cab to a beach!

    Shore excursions cost a lot of money - for a small fraction of the cost you can catch a cab ride...Either pick a beach at random, or ask your cabbie for a good place to swim/sun/snorkel/sail/fish......

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  • Beachcomber Motel

    We stayed here for a few days as it was close to the airport and we had no reservations in town. it gave us time to shop around.

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  • Blue skies sand beach

    The weather is great The native people are so shy and nice.Ask before taking a picture as some think you are stealing their soals. Others want to be paid.

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  • Steel Band playing

    The evenings following the steel band from one hotel to another. Following the steel band from hotel to hotel night after night and watching the LIMBO dancers.

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  • Visit the Blue Water

    Visit the Blue Water and the Half Moon Hotels. We also visited HALF MOON BAy where there was a huge housing development being built by OKEEFE's. What a great view from the top of the cliff just before we arrived there. I had so ,many great pictures but lost them over the years.

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  • Go up to the Shirley Heights...

    Go up to the Shirley Heights National Park .. the ocean views are spectacular Fondest memory ... drive around the island solo with map in hand, and having to stop every half hour or so to ask someone to point out where I was on the map. It was useless. The streets shown on the map had no signs on the road. The streets with signs on the road were...

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  • visit Nelson's dockyard, which...

    visit Nelson's dockyard, which was used by a number of British admirals including Horatio Nelson, as the home of the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars. Several buildings are restored.

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  • RELAX . . . Simply enjoy the...

    RELAX . . . Simply enjoy the person you came with and slow down to 'Antigua Pace' . . . Take time to talk with the native Antiguans . . . Extremely proud and friendly people . . . Photo is of me and one of our lovely waitresses at Coconut Grove Getting married on the beach at sunset . . . It was perfection . . . The owner of Siboney Beach Club,...

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  • Go see Shirley Heights. On...

    Go see Shirley Heights. On Thursday and Sunday afternoons and evenings steel drum and reggae bands mix with the rum punch, view and sunset for a fantastic time. Locals sell their trinkets and braid hair, etc. The atmosphere is fantastic, music is great, but lookout for the rum punch, its a hefty drink. The Antigua Sailing Week brings in racing...

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  • Hiking to Rendevouz Beach,...

    Hiking to Rendevouz Beach, also reached there by small raft. Completely desolate beach, with jungle-rainforest background, buterflies and spring flowers blooming all around. Crystal tourquoise waters warm and remote enough to smiw naturally without a swimsuit!!Also, Shirley's Heights a weekly Sunday night barbeque party with steel drums and...

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  • Hit the beach!

    When flying into the island the many shades of blue of the ocean is amazing. The most strking thing to me was the colour of the water.The beach at Jolly Beach had the most unbelievable shade of turquoise and that was my view as I woke up to each day.

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  • We stayed a couple of days on...

    We stayed a couple of days on Antigua, did a island tour by renting for the day a 'taxi with chauffeur'...This was not very expensive and since this guy was a local, he showed up the best places. >>> Picture : general view of the St John's bay I found out that the best beacheas are on the south coast.Generally speaking, the island is very...

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  • See Shirley Heights for...

    See Shirley Heights for sunsets and musicNelsons boatyard English Harbourand as many beautiful bays as you can manageSt Johns, the main town Beautiful clear blue skies, clean yellow beaches, sunsets to die for, Green, green scenery and the friendly people.

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  • As most people will tell you...

    As most people will tell you Shirley heights is definitely worth a visit. The Steel band and ice cold red stripe are as memorable as the stunning view and sunset.St Johns is also well worth a visit with the stark contrasts of the almost shanty town feel to Little Switzerland, the shopping village tailored for the cruise ships . Incidently the...

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  • A great time to go is Jan/Feb...

    A great time to go is Jan/Feb the wether is hot but bearable and it is the tail end of the monsoon season, so not many tourists, you'll always get virtually empty beaches and a table in the bar, but it is far from quiet. If you need proof of this go to one of the parties on Shirley Heights and party down with steel bands and calipso/regge music,...

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  • Beautiful sandy beaches

    The wonderful warm and sunny weather and the gorgeous beaches. Antigua is said to have 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.

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  • Take the Excellence power...

    Take the Excellence power catamaran to Barbuda. Snorkeling was pretty good & the beaches are incredible. If you have a tendency to get seasick, you might want to take precautions. The ride over is very choppy, but it was a blast! Also, go to Shirley Heights on Sunday night for the sunset, barbeque & band. The view is phenomenal. Take the Kokomocat...

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  • I don't have much more to say...

    I don't have much more to say about Antigua and I don't know why it is not classified alone in Virtual Tourist because I never saw Barbuda and I don't know anything about it.

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  • Have to go on a personal jeep...

    Have to go on a personal jeep tour through the island. My sister got married there on the beach at our resort and it was the best. We had 12 people with us and we stayed at the St. James Club it was a great party!!!

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  • See the beautiful and serene...

    See the beautiful and serene beaches and take a snorkel tour with Shorty! Also go out with Kokomo Cat-they are a terrific bunch of people. The people are great on this island! Our fondest memory is our first sunset complete with green flash on Deep Bay.

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  • Visit Half Moon Beach....

    Visit Half Moon Beach. Pristine and unexploited, this is one of my favourite beaches on Antigua. Have a cab driver take you there. It's maybe a half-an-hour drive from St John's.

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Antigua and Barbuda Hotels

  • Rex Halycon Cove

    We hav stopped at the Rex Halcyon Cove for the our last 2 trips to Antigua. On our first trip the...

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  • Galley Bay Hotel

    Five Islands P.O. Box. 305, Antigua Island, ag

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Verandah Resort & Spa

    Indian Town Rd, Saint Philip, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

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