Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, boasts 365 beaches-one for every day of the year. The island is also a popular sailing destination and has a wealth of excellent restaurants, tours, and excursions.
69,108 (2006 estimate, Antigua and Barbuda)
280 square kilometers (108 square miles)
Boggy Peak, 402m (1319 ft)
Antigua's currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar. The exchange rate for the US dollar is fixed at $2.65 EC to $1.00 US. US currency, traveler's checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
Passport requirements vary for each destination; it is your responsibility to verify you have the correct documents prior to travel. After January 1, 2006 a valid passport is required for travel to all the Caribbean and Mexico.
Antigua lies within Atlantic Standard Time, four hours behind Greenwich Mean Time. The island is one hour ahead of North American Eastern Standard Time, except during Daylight Savings Time when the island is on the same time as Eastern Standard Time.
Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road on Antigua (like England).
Some outlets on Antigua use 220 volts (like Europe), while others use 110 volts (like the US). Most villas have both types of outlets, and those that don't have both will provide adapters. Ask the staff before plugging anything in.
English is the official language; however Antiguans do have a lilting accent.