Antigua and Barbuda Travel Information
Area: Antigua is 108 square miles; neighboring Barbuda is
62 square miles.
Language: English is the official language but Creole is
Population: 67,000, with about 30,000 residing around St.
Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time, one hour ahead of Eastern
Rainy Season: The island receives only
forty-five inches of rainfall annually; this is a hot, dry place in summer.
Showers are most frequent September through November.
Getting There: Antigua is an important Caribbean hub. Every
major airline serving the islands stops here. A few carriers even fly in directly
from Europe . Antigua is such an important airport that it's possible to fly
from here to other island destinations and even South America . Carriers include
American (www.aa.com); Continental (www.flycontinental.com); BWIA (www.bwee.com);
Air Canada (www.aircanada.ca); British Airways (www.britsh-airways.com). LIAT
(800/468-0482) connects from other islands. Flights to Barbuda all leave from
Antigua's V.C. Bird airport.
Documents: A valid on-going/return ticket is a must. American,
Canadian and British citizens need only supply proof of citizenship such as
a birth certificate with a raised seal and a photo ID. Everyone else needs
a passport and perhaps even a visa.
Currency: The Eastern Caribbean dollar, worth about US$2.70.
US dollars are good anywhere. Most prices are quoted in EC. Banks are open
8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 3 to 5 p.m. Monday through Thursday; from
8 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
Taxes & Tipping: An 8.5% government
hotel tax and a 10% service charge. Taxi drivers expect 10%-15% and porters
EC$1 per bag. The departure tax is US$12.
Electrical Current: 220 volts in most
places, though 110 is provided in some hotels. Transformers are usually
Restaurants: Read Antigua
Restaurant Reviews from our Travelocity.com partner. Go to Mexico & The Caribbean and check the Antigua Restaurant Index.
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