What is Antigua known for?
When it comes down to it, the reasons to love Antigua are all tied into the things the island is most known for: its beautiful white sand beaches, sailing, the 18th century Nelson’s Dockyard, its culinary delicacies, the largest nesting colony of frigate birds in the Caribbean, and much more!
Is Antigua a safe place to visit?
While the island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is generally safe, petty crime can still challenge travelers – even the most experienced. You may have read about violent robbery and murder on the main island Antigua, but attacks on tourists are extremely rare.
Is Antigua expensive to visit?
These islands also have some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches, with Antigua itself boasting 365 of them. This isn’t one of the most expensive Caribbean islands to fly to, and there are many longhaul nonstop flights (especially in season), but it is rather expensive to stay at any of its resorts.
Which is better Barbados or Antigua?
Both have stunning beaches, but Antigua – as the slightly less touristy of the two islands – tends to have more isolated and secluded choices. It arguably has better beaches than Barbados too. However the infrastructure in Barbados is some of the best in the Caribbean, and it’s a very easy island to get around.
Is Antigua expensive to eat out?
While meal prices in Antigua and Barbuda can vary, the average cost of food in Antigua and Barbuda is EC$179 per day. Based on the spending habits of previous travelers, when dining out an average meal in Antigua and Barbuda should cost around EC$72 per person.
What’s the best time to visit Antigua?
The best time to visit Antigua is between mid-December and mid-April when it’s peak season, making it the perfect destination to escape wintery conditions in the US or Europe. A good secondary option is to go to Antigua in May or June.
Are mosquitoes bad in Antigua?
There were a lot of concerns about chikungunya, a mosquito borne virus which has been reported in Antigua. The type of mosquito that carries the virus is active during the daytime, so protection and insect repellents should be used all the time, rather than just at dawn and dusk.
What food is Antigua known for?
Four traditional Antiguan main dishes
- Saltfish and Fungie. Photo credit: CKP1001/Shutterstock.com.
- Jerk chicken. Photo credit: Brent Hofacker/Shutterstock.com.
- Conch. Photo credit: JJava Designs/Shutterstock.com.
- Goat water / Mannish water. Photo credit: vm2002/Shutterstock.com.
- Antigua Black pineapple.
- Johnny Cakes.
Is there sharks in Antigua?
Generally not regarded as a diving destination, our waters are in fact teeming with colourful fish, healthy coral and an array of pelagic species. When Scuba Diving in Antigua, it is quite likely you’ll encounter sharks, particularly reef and nurse sharks.
What is the best currency to take to Antigua?
For this reason, we also recommend that you bring USD into Antigua to spend, but also withdraw East Caribbean dollars whilst you’re there for day-to-day spending money in local businesses. To emphasise, you will have no problem at all spending USD anywhere on Antigua, but change may not always come in USD.
Which side of Antigua is best?
Saint John’s is also the best area in Antigua to stay in for nightlife, drinking, dancing and partying. North of Saint John’s is idyllic Runaway Beach. This charming area is the best neighbourhood in Antigua to stay in if you’re on a budget because it has a great selection of good-value hotels, apartments and chalets.
Which is better Antigua or Aruba?
Aruba is more arid & flat, while Antigua is more hilly and green. IMO Antigua is much prettier & intimate feeling. They both have upscale shopping ops, but Aruba’s shopping is better.
Which is better Barbados or St Lucia?
St Lucia is better for the scenery, with the Pitons and lush vegetation and some lovely dark sand beaches eg at Anse Chastenet or beige sand with good snorkeling at Anse Cochon. Scuba is not bad either. Barbados is more refined and well off, a great island for a first time visitor to the Caribbean.
Which is cheaper Antigua or Barbados?
Antigua is cheaper to eat and food is tastier. Food is actually pretty similar, to be honest. Barbados hotels are more reasonable. Barbados taxis are cheaper.
Is there a rainy season in Antigua?
December to April is Antigua’s high season and the coolest, driest time of year, with an average daily maximum temperature of around 28.5°C. The wet season runs from mid-June to mid-November and can have short spells of heavy rainfall and nighttime thunderstorms.