Well worth visiting for it's many white sand beaches, turquoise sea, charm and history
Here is a little practical information about the destination to help with your planning, but please do contact us with any questions that you might have.
St. John's is the capital of Antigua and Barbuda and the official language is English, although there is also a widely spoken creole that blends English and West African influences. There are also around 10,000 Spanish speakers.
Local specialities include pepperpot, a hearty vegetable and meat stew usually served with fungee (cornmeal and okra dumplings) and goat water, a spicy goat stew. Fresh seafood is an important part of the local diet, with the catch of the day typically consisting of lobster, snapper or mahi mahi. Fresh fruit is plentiful and the Antiguan black pineapple is famous throughout the Caribbean for its exceptionally sweet flavour. As in the rest of the region, beer and rum are the most popular alcoholic drinks. Antigua's resorts offer a wide choice of international and local cuisine, and the island has seen both Chinese and Middle Eastern food gown in popularity in recent years,
No visas are required for UK, US, Canada or European passport holders but your passport must be valid for 6 months.
The currency of Antigua and Babuda is the Eastern Caribeean dollar (EC$ or XCD). US dollars are widely accepted on the islands, although you will be given change in EC dollars and at a less favourable exchange rate. Credit cards are widely accepted and if taking travellers cheques we recommend taking them in US dollars, rather than sterling, as this will avoid additional exchange rate charges.
Tipping in Antigua is discretionary and should reflect the service you have received, although a service charge of 10% is typically added to your bill in hotels and restaurants.
Our country specialists can advise on any safety concerns you may have. For current information, please refer to the Foreign & Commonwealth Office website.