Antigua & Barbuda
|Jumby Bay & Curtain Bluff are 2 of the region's top resorts.|
Look out for potholes and the narrow country roads. Many streets in St. John's are one-way, so observe signs and the traffic flow; avoid driving after dark because conditions can be dangerous. The island averages 11 miles across at most point, so if you stray from the main road you can't go too far. In Barbuda, taxis and rental cars are available at Codrington Airport; there is no public transportation.
Where to Stay: Antigua can be expensive. The top resorts include the 300-acre offshore island of Jumby Bay (800/223-7636); the SSt. James' Club at Mamora Bay (800/345-0271); Curtain Bluff, considered the island's premier resort (888/289-9898). At Nelson's Dockyard is the Copper and Lumber Store Hotel (268/460-1058); The Admiral's Inn at English Harbour (800/223-5695) and The Inn at English Harbour (www.theinn.ag). The Catamaran Hotel & Marina at Falmouth is a popular but inexpensive property (800/223-6510). Some hotels close in September and October.
Camping: Illegal and strictly enforced. The island likes to project an upscale image, and campers don't fill the bill. Furthermore, officials have been known to refuse entry to travelers who don't look like they have sufficient funds to cover their stay.
Safety & Health Warnings: Not dangerous but highly annoying are the tiny insects called "no-see-ums," a nuisance on the beaches around sunrise and sunset. Carry repellent.
Hiking & Walking Services: Hiking is still in its formative stages. However, a walk through tropical forest to the top of the hills at Antigua 's southern end are offered twice daily by Tropikelly Tours, located in St. John's. The trail passes Wallings Dam, an important water source before desalinization was introduced. The end of the climb offers a good view of the island and, on a clear day, a look at Montserrat, Guadeloupe and Nevis. The climb is short, between 40 and 50 minutes. For information, call 268/461-0383 or fax 268/462-5464. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Snakes & Other Venomous Creatures: None.