Quick Facts

U.S. Travelers: 

Valid passport needed for entry.

Official Language:



United State Dollar is widely accepted.

Capital of Antigua:

St. John's

Fact Sheet


Year-round temperature 81° F


Medical facilities in Antigua and Barbuda do not meet U.S. standards. The principal medical facility is Mount St. John. There is no hyperbaric chamber; divers requiring treatment for decompression illness must be evacuated from the island. Make sure your health insurance plan provides coverage overseas. We strongly recommend supplemental insurance to cover medical evacuation.

The largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, Antigua is renowned for its 365 white-sand beaches and impressive maritime history. It's rich culture, fine restaurants and local nightlife offer an array of activities and sightseeing possibilities. History lovers can explore Nelson's Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Located in picturesque English Harbor, its Georgian-style naval buildings date back to the 18th century. The marina also hosts popular sailing and yachting events. The island's pristine beaches and beautiful coral gardens are the perfect setting for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, kayaking and windsurfing. An interior rainforest attracts hikers and zip liners, while other land-based activities include golf, tennis, cricket and more.

July sees Antigua host its huge summer Carnival, with soca music, steel bands, high energy parties and parades taking over the island. The main Carnival period usually runs late July to early August. 

A piece of history that should not be missed is Betty’s Hope Estate, the island’s first and largest sugar plantation, established in 1650. It was owned by the Codrington family for almost 300 years. It’s free to visit and gives travelers an important glimpse into Antigua’s history. Today it’s being slowly restored, but is still worth a visit.

Other notable destinations include the botanical gardens near the Parliament building, which are perfect for a light afternoon stroll. The Antigua Distillery on Friars Hill Road is a fun stop. It’s where Cavalier rum is made, so visitors can buy a bottle to bring home as a souvenir. The Public Market in St. John’s harkens back to a simpler time. There are exotic fruits and vegetables as well as ready-to-eat food and drinks. Next to the Public Market is the Craft Market, where travelers can purchase handmade goods to bring home. The markets area bustling and offer a snapshot into Antiguan life.

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