Antigua and Barbuda Local Customs

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  • Local Customs
    by LadyRVG

Antigua and Barbuda Local Customs

  • Airport Departure Tax

    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

    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...

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  • It's Always Lobster Season Here

    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

    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

    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...

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  • Rum Punch

    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...

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  • Antigua Cavalier Rum

    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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  • Wadadli Beer

    When travelling my wife and I try to sample the "local" beer. Wadadil is the local brewed beer in Antigua. The beer is light and crisp;not bad. Prices are right too with most beer under $2 a bottle.

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  • Sunday at the beach

    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

    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....

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  • Nice people, but the expect your respect

    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...

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  • be prepared

    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,...

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  • Vendors

    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...

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  • Horrendous roads

    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...

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  • Good souvenirs include straw...

    Good souvenirs include straw goods, batik, silk screen printed cottons, and dolls. A warri board makes an unusual souvenir, if you can learn how to play the game.

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  • The word 'Obey' means a ghost...

    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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  • People of Antigua seem to be...

    People of Antigua seem to be very friendly, try the rum of Antigua **Cavalier** rum :)~Very good and it's only like 5 us dollars per bottle.

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  • Cricket

    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)...

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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

  • Cocobay Resort

    Valley Church, Bolans, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

  • Carlisle Bay Antigua

    Old Rd, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 5 out of 5 stars

  • Blue Heron By Rex Resorts

    Johnsons Point, Antigua and Barbuda

  • K Club

    Barbuda (Antigua)

  • Yepton Beach Resort

    The Yepton Beach Resort is where we were married in July 1994 and was a small privately owned hotel...

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  • St. James's Club

    Mamora Bay, Saint Paul, Caribbean

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Solo

    Hotel Class 4 out of 5 stars

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