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Antigua is a small island nation located in the Caribbean Sea. You can find it in the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles. This island gem is part of the West Indies, situated east-southeast of Puerto Rico and northeast of Guadeloupe.
Antigua is known for its stunning beaches and this island attracts tourists from all over the world! They come to soak up the sun and enjoy the warm Caribbean waters.
Getting around Antigua is relatively easy, as the island is small and has a good road network. There are several options for transportation, including:
Taxis: Taxis are available throughout the island. Fares are also regulated by the government and are posted at the airport and in taxi stands. Antigua taxes are typically shared, which means you may end up sharing a ride with other passengers.
Rental Cars: Renting a car is a popular option for visitors who want to explore the island at their own pace. Several car rental companies operate on the island. Remember to drive on the left-hand side of the road, as in the United Kingdom.
Buses: Public buses are available on the island and are an affordable way to get around. However, they can be crowded and we found that they aren’t always as reliable as other forms of transportation.
Minibus Taxis: One unique form of transportation in Antigua is the local minibus or "bus taxi." These small vans operate on set routes throughout the island and are popular with locals. While they may be a bit crowded, they are a great way to experience local life and get around the island affordably.
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The currency used in Antigua is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$).
Many vendors in Antigua may offer goods and services for both US dollars and Eastern Caribbean dollars.
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The official language of Antigua is English and almost everyone on the island speaks it so you can communicate easily with locals during your visit.
That being said, you may also hear Antiguan Creole being spoken by some locals. African, British, and West Indian languages influence this local dialect. It is a unique part of Antigua's cultural heritage.
Antigua has a tropical climate, meaning it experiences warm temperatures year-round with relatively consistent humidity levels. The island enjoys an average temperature of around 80°F (27°C).
The rainy season in Antigua runs from June to November. You can expect the heaviest rainfall to occur between August and October. However, even during the rainy season, there is still plenty of sunshine and dry weather to enjoy.
The driest months are typically January to April.
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The best time to visit Antigua depends on you and your travel goals. If you're looking for the best weather and the driest conditions, the period from December to April is the perfect time to visit. You can expect sunny skies and warm temperatures with minimal rainfall during this time.
We recommend visiting between May to November if you're looking for a more budget-friendly trip. Prices for flights and accommodations tend to be lower during this time. Remember that this period is also the rainy season in Antigua, so be prepared for occasional showers and possible hurricanes.
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English Harbour: English Harbour is a historic district on the southern coast of Antigua. It's home to the famous Nelson's Dockyard, a restored 18th-century naval dockyard. English Harbour also has several beautiful beaches, including Pigeon Beach and Galleon Beach, and plenty of water sports and boating opportunities.
Jolly Harbour: Jolly Harbour is a resort town, and one of our favorite destinations on the western coast of Antigua. It’s known for its beautiful beaches and marina, and is a great place for a more laid-back atmosphere! There are plenty of opportunities for relaxation and beach activities. Jolly Harbour also has a golf course, several restaurants, and a casino for evening entertainment.
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