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FAQs about Antigua & Barbuda

Updated: Feb 10


FAQ about travel to Antigua & Barbuda

FAQs & tips on travel to Antigua & Barbuda

I have travelled to the island of Antigua on multiple occasions over a 30 year period as a couple, with my children and more recently as a solo traveller. A number of FAQs about Antigua have led me to create this post. In addition to the most common questions I have been asked, I have added other information and tips that may be useful to know.


Perhaps it is your first time considering a visit to the twin island nation of Antigua & Barbuda and you have questions that are not answered here. If this is the case and you have a different query please email me at info.worldwidetravelideas@gmail.com and I will respond within 24 hours.


How do I get to Antigua from the UK?

London to Antigua flights are with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. They offer direct flights to the island from the UK. Virgin Atlantic departs from London Heathrow and British Airways from London Gatwick. British Airways outbound flights take approximately 8 hours and 30 minutes with the inbound flights taking slightly less time at around 7 hours and 30 minutes. I highly recommend flying with British Airways, particularly BA Premium Economy flights.


How do I get to Barbuda from the UK?

There are no direct flights to Barbuda from the UK, they are via Antigua. Take the Barbuda Express Ferry from Redcliffe Quay in the capital, St Johns. The crossing takes around 90 minutes. Alternatively there are charter flights with SVG Air on small seven seater planes that take 20 minutes or helicopter flights via CalvinAir Helicopters.


What language is spoken in Antigua?

The official language spoken in Antigua is English.


How big is Antigua?

The island of Antigua is small - just 14 miles in length and 11 miles in width with a population of approximately 95,000.


What is the weather like?

Temperatures are pretty consistent in Antigua with average daily highs around 30°C, dipping to early-mid 20s of an evening, depending upon the time of year. The wet season is from July - November with a low risk of hurricanes during this time too. The peak season for travel is between December and April. Prices will be at their peak during this period.


What is the local currency?

The local currency is East Caribbean Dollars although United States Dollars are widely accepted. Note if something is paid for in US$s the change will be given to you in East Caribbean Dollars (XCD).


Are the local laws and customs different to the UK?

It is currently an offence for adults or children to wear camouflage clothing. Click on the local laws and customs link prior to travel for the most up to date information and guidelines.


What are the best beaches to visit in Antigua?

Antigua is an island blessed with 365 beaches, all of which are public. Locals say there is one for every day of the year. You will find beaches for relaxation or watersports, others good for snorkelling. There is even a clothing optional beach. Have a look at my blog post about some of the best beaches in Antigua for more detailed information and recommendations.


Is Antigua a romantic island?

Antigua is a wonderful destination for a romantic holiday. The white sand beaches are made for couples to stroll hand in hand, watch a beautiful sunset or swim together in turquoise hued water.


Some hotels such as The Royalton Antigua offer luxurious stays in over-water bungalows complete with butler service. Additionally there is an option to dine on the beach under the stars. The Copper & Lumber Store have wedding packages that include an on-site wedding planner. The location and setting of this hotel is particularly picturesque with elegantly furnished suites.


Fine dining restaurants are in abundance, some in waterfront positions with twinkling lights at night. Have a look at the 'Antigua Restaurants' page for some highly recommended restaurants to dine at whilst on the island.


Many hotels are equipped with spas offering indulgent treatments to relax together such as massages for couples. You can have a look at some of the hotels I recommend on the 'Antigua Hotels' page.


Is Antigua a good island to visit as a solo traveller?

In a nutshell, yes. I have travelled to Antigua on a number of occasions and found it a very safe place to travel to alone. Obviously exercise the same precautions as you would at home ... don't flaunt expensive items and jewellery, book taxis when travelling around at night and organise trips through reputable companies. Check out the Antigua Hotels page of my website for a list of the places I have stayed and can personally recommend for solo travel.


What are the places of interest in Antigua & Barbuda?

There are a lot of activities to do here and because the island is so small they are all within a relatively close proximity to one another. For some of the most recommended places to visit on the island, click on the 'Things to do in Antigua' link.


What is the food like in Antigua?

Food in Antigua is of a high standard with restaurants serving a good mix of local and International dishes. I have enjoyed excellent food from roadside pop-up venues to fine dining restaurants. Due to Antigua's history, local food has influences from South America, Europe and Africa. Have a look at the 'Antigua Restaurants' page for some personal recommendations of where to eat.


Will I need a visa to travel to Antigua?

You will not need a visa to travel to Antigua if you hold a British Passport.


Are there additional taxes to pay in Antigua?

Yes there are two additional taxes to consider when booking accommodation in Antigua. All hotels will charge a Tourism Guest Levy of US$5 per person per night for anyone over the age of 6 years old. There is also a Resort Tax charged at all inclusive resorts which is like a service charge. This varies. For example Jolly Beach Resort charges US$12 per room per night. Elite Island Resort Hotels charge US$24 per room per night.


UK Government travel advice to Antigua


Click on the link for up to date Antigua travel advice and restrictions.


Tips


Lobster season

Seafood lovers should bear in mind that May and June is the lobster breeding season. It is not allowed be purchased or sold during these months and will be unavailable in all restaurants.


Snorkelling

Some all inclusive hotels no longer loan out snorkels following the pandemic. If you enjoy snorkelling it is probably best to bring your own. Hotel shop prices can be expensive.


US$s

Nowhere in Antigua will accept a US$ bank note if it is even slightly torn. Not even the bank will change them. So make sure that notes you get from the bank before you travel are in top condition. Also check change given when purchasing in Antigua. Most places give change in EC$s but not all.





Note: I will receive a small commission if any bookings are made via the British Airways or Expedia links on my website

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