Vivid blue Caribbean waters frame the white sandy beaches that ring the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, vying with the charming, multi-colored houses found in the capital of St. John's. Once the home of Arawak Indians before becoming a sugar plantation, the islands now welcome visitors to enjoy their many delights, and cheap flights to Antigua and Barbuda via V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) make this pretty part of the Caribbean more accessible than ever.
Flights to Antigua and Barbuda
V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is the only airport large enough for international flights to Antigua and Barbuda. It is located on Antigua, just 5 miles from the capital of St. John's. There is one passenger terminal with restaurants, lounges, shops and a bank. Rental cars are available, although travelers should be advised they must apply for an Antiguan driver's license once they land, at a cost of $20, in order to legally drive on the island. Taxis can take visitors to the center of St. John's for $7 and are easily found outside the main terminal.
Attractions in Antigua and Barbuda
Water sports top the list of activities in this paradisiacal island retreat. Clear water allows for fun activities like swimming with dolphins in Marina Bay or snorkeling with stingrays at Stingray City. Plentiful reefs make scuba diving a rewarding experience, and fun above the waves comes in the form of sailing, kayaking and swimming.
Barbuda has a population of just 1,500, making a visit here the perfect chance to get away from the stress of daily life, as its miles of beautiful shoreline are often deserted. A short ferry trip from Antigua is the best way to visit, and spending time viewing the stone ruins of the Codrington family home makes an interesting diversion from soaking up the sun.
Travel Tips for Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua, Barbuda and their many smaller islands enjoy year-round mild temperatures in the 70s and 80s. The period of September to November marks the rainy season, but low humidity outside this time of year makes the islands a pleasantly balmy destination.
Antigua hosts an annual Seafood Festival in September that features homemade crafts in addition to delectable local seafood specialties. Antigua is also famous for its yachting regattas, with the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club hosting a large event in November. Barbuda celebrates Carnival each year at the end of February with a five-day event including music, dancing, parades and imbibing of the local rum.
A meal for two in a mid-range restaurant will be around $90. There are often impromptu barbecue stands set up at crossroads around the islands where visitors can enjoy grilled meats, seafood and rice for a small price. Fungee is the island's signature dish, a cornmeal pudding-like mixture with savory flavor. Conch fritters, Barbudan lobster, salt fish and other dishes pay tribute to the bounty of the ocean. Coconut sugar cake is a distinctive local dessert that you should sample during your vacation.
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