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    Airport Departure Tax

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 25, 2013

    Antigua & Barbuda has a US$28.00 airport departure tax which is payable before you go through security at the airport. You are handed a yellow voucher to hand to immigration as you are stamped out of the country.

    **Check to see if your airline ticket or resort charges have this cost already included.**

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    Rum Punch

    by LadyRVG Updated Jun 12, 2013

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    Every Island I have visited in the Caribbean has their own version of Rum Punch. I am a fan of the drink and love to see how each island brings their own twist to it. It also depends on where your bartender hails from as some bartenders make their own version and not the version typical of the island in which they are working.

    To date; I'd have to say my favorite Rum Punches have been in St. Lucia and Antigua. Their versions tend to be sweeter and have a red hue to them. I look forward to any trip we take to the islands to sample some more island punch.

    I do have my own Rum Punch recipe which is from St. Lucia with a twist of my own personal prefernces injected into the cocktail. It makes me happy to enjoy some Rum Punch at home with Hubby; remembering fond memories of our island trips.

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    It's Always Lobster Season Here

    by cjg1 Written Jun 12, 2013

    Some islands in the Caribbean have restrictions on what months Lobster can be caught and served. Antigua does not have these restrictions so it is always Lobster Season. I know my wife appreciates this as she loves a good Caribbean Lobster Dinner.

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    Dress Appropriately

    by cjg1 Written May 21, 2013

    If you're just hanging at the beach or your resort beach attire is just fine. If you wandering around town, shops and restaurants ; cover up. It is frowned upon and considered rude if you walk around scantily clad or in beach attire when not at the beach.

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    Fresh Coconut Water

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 29, 2012

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    During our stay in Antigua we had the pleasure of drinking some fresh coconut water. The resort had a Caribbean festival during the day that invited local vendors and artisans to the resort. One of the locals was the "Coconut Man". He came suppled with fresh coconuts that he hacked with a Machete and put a straw into. He had some local rum to pour into the water if you wanted it spiked but we chose to have ours natural.

    The coconut water was very sweet and refreshing. We only drank about half of the coconut since we know it can cause some tummy troubles if consumed in large quantities(our friend Cindy had just that problem after drinking the whole coconut).

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    Rum Punch

    by cjg1 Updated Oct 29, 2012

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    Ahh...Rum Punch; what you should drinks on a Caribbean vacation. Rum Punch is a favorite of ours and is always made differently depending on what island we are visiting.

    During our stay in Antigua; we had a variety of "different" rum punches due to the bartenders and where they are from. We're fans of the redish, orange hued Rum Punch which is typically made with Guave, Mango and Pineapple Juices with Rum and some other flavorings. We wound up with some yellowish orange rum punches that I couldn't quite figure out what was in them but I wasn't a fan and neither was my wife.

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    Sunday at the beach

    by henrymyles Written Jan 9, 2011

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    On sundays many of Antigua & Barbuda's citizens will come with their families to the beach, and so it gets pretty crowded on the popular ones - like the clear watered Pineapple beach in the southeast, so you may want to go do something else on a sunday.

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    Local Pronunciation is an-TEE-gə

    by grandmaR Written Apr 10, 2010

    I don't know how to illustrate this tip, but the island name is NOT pronounced as you might think if you just sounded it out.

    Antigua, is Spanish for 'Ancient'. The local pronunciation isn't an-TEE-gwə. The U is not pronounced so they say an-TEE-gə.

    Antigua is an island in the West Indies, in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region. Wikipedia says that it was named by Christopher Columbus after an icon in Seville Cathedral, Santa Maria de la Antigua — St. Mary the Ancient

    There are other places named Antigua, so when you look this up on the internet, be sure you are not seeing something about either

    Antigua Guatemala, a city in the central mountains of Guatemala or

    Antigua, Fuerteventura, a municipality of Fuerteventura Island, Canary Islands, Spain

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  • Nice people, but the expect your respect

    by gert712 Written Dec 29, 2009

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    Antiguans are friendly, but can be taken aback if you haggle on prices excessively or if they somehow get the impression that you are not showing them respect. While tourist areas in some of the other islands are used to negotiating prices, the Antiguans will also, but in a more limited way (not as much as in other countries we visited). They may get a little angry and speak their minds. It really isn't a big deal--they just expect to be treated a certain way, and have no problems telling you so.

    Having said that, this is a beautiful island with great people and a memorable place to visit.

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  • be prepared

    by m_bilodeau Written Apr 20, 2005

    Be prepared for a very relaxed way of doing things. I was dating an antiguan who worked at the hotel i was staying at. She was the front desk person and on several occasions i would drop in to visit with her while she was working to find her sleeping on the couch in the lobby. In general it is best to relax because the united states"rush, rush, rush"wont work here.

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  • Vendors

    by sundreamer171 Written Jun 3, 2004

    People will ask you to check out their stalls/goods, but they are also very kind at going away if you decline. Don't be intimidated, just a polite 'no thankyou' will be enough.

    Get chatting to the guys on the beach for long enough and they will ask to give you an aloe vera rub or such, just a warning.

    People are lovely here, and who can blame them for trying to make a bit of cash from the tourists who overrun their island home!

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    Horrendous roads

    by bellagio Updated Feb 28, 2003

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    The roads are absolutely appalling - full of potholes. Apparently no one pays taxes on this island, so the money isn't available to maintain the roads. Suggest you hire a car for one day. This way you can see the majority of the island in a day. BE WARNED - You will need your drivers licence and then be issued with a temporary drivers licence valid for three months, this costs EC$50.

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    The word 'Obey' means a ghost...

    by allenkite Written Sep 2, 2002

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    The word 'Obey' means a ghost or spirit . . . Because of this, they do not include the word obey in the wedding vows . . . I found this to be quite amusing as my husband really didin't . . . Poetic Justice?

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    Cricket

    by bellagio Written Aug 25, 2002

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    If you are interested in cricket, like me, then you will love the locals. Both men and women alike love the sport. Antigua was the birthplace of two of the all-time greats of the game - batsman Sir Vivian Richards (knighted by the Queen for services to cricket) and voted in the top five cricketers of the century by Wisden (the cricketer's bible) and also the recently retired great fast bowler Curtley Ambrose.

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    Antigua Cavalier Rum

    by cjg1 Written Jan 5, 2012

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    Cavalier is the local Antigua Rum on the island. Every duty free shop and bar has many varieties of it on display. My wife enjoyed a good Rum Punch at Hemingway's made with some of this local rum.

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