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OFFICIAL IN-ROOM PUBLICATION OF THE ANTIGUA HOTELS & TOURIST ASSOCIATION

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world’s best-preserved Georgian Naval dockyard, which is still in operation today — with some of the best sailing in the Caribbean. Be sure to sample the delicious local cuisine, which is a great way to interact with us during your visit. If your stay is around the end of July to the beginning of August, you will experience the Caribbean’s “Greatest Summer Festival” — Antigua and Barbuda’s Carnival! You will be mesmerised by all the colourful bands, bangles and beads and stand in awe at the kaleido-

DEAR VISITOR, Welcome to the beautiful twin-islands of Antigua and Barbuda! Here you will find a country of stunning beaches, lush scenery and friendly, hospitable people. We invite you to experience our unique Antiguan and Barbudan charm and hospitality. From the moment you step into our new airport terminal until that final swim before leaving our sun-kissed shores, you will experience warm memories that will last a lifetime. We really do boast 365 of the best beaches anywhere in the world, and yet, there is still much more to see and do. If excitement is what you seek, take a zip through the rainforest, go kitesurfing or simply kayak through a South Coast mangrove for an unforgettable experience. You can also take a step back in time by visiting one of our many historical sites. Popular among visitors and locals is Nelson’s Dockyard — the

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scope of vivid costumes and the pulsating rhythms of the bands parading through St. John’s city in a cultural celebration of our heritage. If total relaxation is your goal, you won’t be disappointed. Wile away your days at any of our spectacular beaches enjoying the cool ocean breezes, brilliant turquoise-coloured water and soft, white powdery sand. Your visit would not be complete without a trip over to our sister island Barbuda, known for its 17 miles of unbroken pink-sand beach, which is a must for visiting yachties. As you can see, everything has been carefully planned for your comfort and enjoyment, designed to create warm and lasting memories of your wonderful time in Antigua and Barbuda. You have heard it all; now it is time to experience true paradise. We invite you to experience one of the most charming and memorable Caribbean destinations for a truly unforgettable vacation experience. Enjoy your stay with us in Antigua and Barbuda. We look forward to seeing you again very soon.

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COLIN C. JAMES CEO, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY


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around the coastline on a catamaran and anchor in one of the many secluded inlets to watch a breathtaking Caribbean sunset, all whilst sipping on a local rum punch. If you are more adventurous you can scuba dive, take a round-the-island safari Jeep tour, horseback ride, sail or hike in the lush green countryside. For the young at heart, a visit to the rainforest canopy zip lines will certainly bring on that adrenaline rush.           Antiguans and Barbudans are

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Take us with you on the go! View the digital edition of Visit Antigua & Barbuda at www.antiguahotels.org.

DEAR VISITOR, On behalf of the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association, I would like to welcome you to our little piece of paradise, Antigua and Barbuda. There is so much to see and do while on vacation here and we hope that this publication helps you fulfil all your dreams for a perfect holiday. Here in Antigua and Barbuda “the beach is just the beginning” since Antigua and her sister isle Barbuda are geographically nestled in the heart of the Caribbean. Antigua, which is only 108 square miles, boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the world, and her twin sister Barbuda is blessed with miles of pink sandy beaches. With 365 stunning beaches, there’s a beach for each day of the year. While on your vacation take the time to explore and discover the many wonders of our islands. Sail

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very hospitable people with a rich culture steeped in the history of their English and African ancestry. Throughout the islands you will observe relics of the past blending with the present, such as windmills, forts and sugar plantations creating a picturesque landscape. You can also visit historical sites such as Nelson’s Dockyard, Betty’s Hope, Fort James and, in Barbuda, Two Foot Bay. Whether your visit is for business or pleasure, fun or adventure, relaxation or romance, sailing or just getting away from it all, there is no place like Antigua and Barbuda. Once you have experienced the warmth of our people and bathed in the glory of our sunsets, you will not want to leave our shores. Make Visit Antigua & Barbuda your companion while on vacation and be sure to experience our many treasures so you can enjoy all that Antigua and Barbuda has to offer. Have a wonderful holiday and we hope that you will come back soon.

SINCERELY,

ALEX DEBRITO CHAIRMAN, ANTIGUA HOTELS & TOURIST ASSOCIATION


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CONTRIBUTORS

PUBLISHED FOR THE ANTIGUA HOTELS & TOURIST ASSOCIATION CHAIRMAN Alex Debrito ACTING GENERAL MANAGER Anthea Watkins

ALISON ARCHER

GILLY GOBINET

JEFFREY DOLLAR LAIGN

Alison Archer is a born Trinidadian. She has cruised the Caribbean cooking on charter sailing boats and lived in Canada and France before returning to Antigua, where she managed a publishing company for 18 years. Now she is enjoying all that Antigua has to offer.

Antiguan artist Gilly Gobinet runs her own Art Gallery in her secluded waterfront residence in leafy Fitches Creek. It showcases her eclectic paintings in watercolour and acrylic, inspired by the rich Caribbean fauna and flora of the surrounding nature. Commissions are also gladly accepted, including pet portraits.

Jeffrey Dollar Laign is a writer and editor based in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Laign created and edited dozens of custom publications for cruise lines, airlines and resorts. As Caribbean editor of Recommend magazine, he came to know and love the many sides of Antigua.

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TED MARTIN

JORGE RAMIREZ

ALICIA E. SIMON

Based in historic Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Ted Martin provides a unique portfolio of services to anyone requiring a photographer. He offers custom photography services for weddings and special events, as well as portraits in his Dockyard studio opposite the Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn.

Jorge Ramirez of Dream Pictures by JR is an awardwinning photographer who has worked for well-known organizations, including the Puerto Rico Tourism Company, Rums of Puerto Rico and Kodak. He’s also developed campaigns for top advertising agencies. Ramirez favours the rich colours of dawn and dusk when natural light is at its most colourful.

Alicia Simon is an accomplished writer. Her body of work includes journalism, screenplays and literary fiction. The New York native, of Antiguan descent, lives with her husband, two sons and two dogs in beautiful Antigua.

SPECIAL THANKS to Shanna Challenger, Melinda Fletcher, Gaye Hechme, Kathy Lammers, Natalya Lawrence, Dr. Reginald Murphy, Shawn O’Garro and Alison Sly-Adams.

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CONTENTS

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WELCOME TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

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BEACHES There are 365 sparkling shorelines to choose from

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HISTORY Discover some of our historical attractions

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EXPLORING Must-do experiences and map of Antigua

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ON THE WATER Fun-filled activities above and below the surface

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SAILING The sailing and regatta capital of the Caribbean

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LAND ACTIVITIES Top things to do for landlubbers

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ECOTOURISM Learn more about our conservation efforts

DINING & NIGHTLIFE Delicious delights and fun after dark

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ARTS & CULTURE Island artists, music and carnival

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SHOPPING Unique treasures and duty-free finds

WEDDINGS Say, “I do” in paradise

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Tips for staying fit and fabulous

COVER PHOTO JOLLY BEACH

INVESTING IN ANTIGUA Real estate and international finance

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Guide to shopping, dining and activities

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USEFUL INFORMATION Helpful travel tips

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WELCOME TO A N T I G UA & B A R B U DA

WHETHER ON LAND OR AT SEA, THIS DUAL-ISLAND PARADISE WILL SATISFY ALL YOUR TRAVEL CRAVINGS. WITH 365 MAGNIFICENT BEACHES FROM WHICH TO CHOOSE, HISTORICAL ATTRACTIONS, MOUTHWATERING CUISINE, SHOPS GALORE AND FUN-FILLED ACTIVITIES FOR ALL AGES, YOU’RE SURE TO HAVE AN UNFORGETTABLE EXPERIENCE.

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A SHORE THING IN ANTIGUA, LIFE’S A BEACH EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR.

he twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is a beach-lover’s paradise, and each of its 365 sun-kissed shores beckons with a distinct ambience and charm. Some tout signature hues — pink, peach and platinum, ivory, ebony and gold — and all are open to the public.


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 Fun Fact

THE WATERS SURROUNDING ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA NURTURE 32 SPECIES OF STONY CORAL. If snorkelling is more your style, don a

Hawksbill Beach

Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun or just want to get away from it all, there’s a beach in Antigua that’s just right for you. But, how do you find it if you don’t have enough vacation time to spend a day at all of the island’s superlative strands? Here’s a guide to some of the best beaches the island has to offer.

FOR FAMILIES

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The waters of horseshoe-shaped Mamora Bay are crystal clear and calm enough for the most inexperienced of swimmers. More accomplished water-lovers may want to take out a kayak or pedal boat. One of two beaches at St. James’s Club is close to a slew of restaurants and must-see attractions. Your clan will clap for family-friendly amenities like restrooms and shower facilities, making it a breeze to transition to your after-beach activities. Pigeon’s Point Beach also gets a thumbs-up from parents with kids in tow. Drop a towel on the sand along with any workaday worries you may have brought from home. Favoured by snorkellers and sunbathers, the beach offers everything a family might appreciate: four alfresco showers, six restrooms, baby-changing facilities and picnic tables. There’s even a playground, if little ones tire of splashing.

FOR LOVEBIRDS Two of the four beaches on Hawksbill Bay sing out to smitten couples. Honeymoon Cove, for instance. The name says it all. Lovers who want to let it all hang out will love nearby Eden Beach, where “skin diving” takes on a whole new meaning. It’s the island’s only clothing-optional beach. If you prefer swimsuits over birthday suits, stake out a spot on the blushcoloured sand that carpets the crescentshaped beach at Half Moon Bay National Park. Wade hand in hand through the surf and stroll down a secluded stretch of sand until you reach a collection of picturesque rock formations carved by crashing Atlantic

mask at Galleon Beach. Just offshore is a reef that draws colourful fish, sea turtles and stingrays. Galleon’s also a good bet for landlubbers, especially those who like to hike. A short walk around the point brings you to the Pillars of Hercules, an impressive collection of columns carved in a cliff by wind and waves. Or, take the high road and tweet scenic pics along Jones Valley and lookout trails as you ascend to Shirley Heights. You’ll be rewarded by magnificent views of English Harbour and neighbouring islands.

FOR “LIMERS” In Caribbean parlance, liming is synonymous with chillin’: doing absolutely nothing, that is, but hanging with the gang and enjoying the moment. The half-milelong beach at Dickenson Bay is, by far, the best place on the island to people-watch and enjoy an ice-cold Wadadli, Antigua’s signature beer. Packed with bars and eateries, it’s always bustling; but you can always make time to lime.

waves. It’s the perfect place to catch the sun setting in a sea of vibrant colours.

FOR BUSY BEES If working out helps you to wind down, you’ll want to find a beach with ample rental concessions and sporting options. Constant trade winds make Antigua a magnet for surfers and boarders. Windsurfers particularly like breezy Dutchman’s Bay Beach. Don’t say you can’t do it until you’ve taken a lesson at a rental facility. A school on nearby Green Island offers windsurfing, kitesurfing and paddleboarding lessons.

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Laid-back socializers will also appreciate Fort James Beach, where locals and tourists alike enjoy bellying up to a shoreside bar and bobbing to the beat of a reggae or calypso band. It’s a favourite of cruise ship passengers, so there are plenty of people to watch. Beautiful Ffryes Beach, on the southwestern coast, is popular with both visitors and locals. This off-road beach has water so clear you can see the ocean bottom.

FOR “ESCAPE ARTISTS” Easily accessible and not a building in sight — that’s what makes Darkwood Beach a great place to get away. Though popular on weekends with locals and cruise ship passengers, it’s virtually deserted on weekdays. The water is warm and tranquil, and the sand is like confectioners’ sugar. Added bonus: It’s on the west side of the island, a great place to catch the sunset. Breezy and cool, Windward Beach is one of Antigua’s best-kept secrets. It’s

Whether you’re looking for fun in the sun or just want to get away from it all, there’s a beach in Antigua that’s just right for you.

BEAUTIFUL BARBUDA Miles of unspoilt seashore and turquoise-coloured water await you on Barbuda, Antigua’s sister island. Hop on the Barbuda Express, a round-trip ferry service, and enjoy a scenic, comfortable 90-minute catamaran ride. You can board the Barbuda Express six days a week at the ferry dock in St. John’s Harbour. Spend a day on its rose-tinted shores and discover this unique island paradise. Princess Diana Beach, a three-mile stretch at the island’s southern end, honours the late royal, who enjoyed vacationing here with her princely children.

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 Fun Fact

THE CRUSHED RED SHELLS OF TINY MARINE CREATURES CALLED FORAMINIFERA GIVE SAND A PINK HUE.

not hard to reach, but swimmers tend to shy away from its rocky shore. That means you can sunbathe, snooze or take a dip — all by your lonesome self.

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FOR WILD-SIDERS Many of Antigua’s beaches are pristine and postcard perfect. Meet up with Mother Nature at Great Bird Island Beach. It’s two miles off Antigua’s coast, accessible only by boat, but you’ll have no trouble finding charter service. Reefguarded and rich with greenery, the island is home to the rare Antiguan Racer, the endangered West Indian whistling duck and extensive colonies of nesting birds. Eco-enthusiasts also will want to take the road less travelled to the beach at Rendezvous Bay. Behind the secluded shore is a 50-acre nature preserve, a haven for 360 types of plants and trees. Birdwatchers should be on the lookout for doves, hummingbirds, egrets, hawks and sandpipers. You can take a nature hike through the brush or even explore on horseback.

FOR BROWSERS If you like shores with stores, bring cash and cards to Jolly Beach, a one-mile

Ffryes Beach stretch of sand lined with vendors selling crafts and souvenirs. After you’ve had your fill of sun and sea, take a short stroll to the marina complex full of restaurants, bars and boutiques, even a supermarket where you might find a truly local treasure to take back home. Popular with locals and tourists alike, especially kite- and windsurfers, Jabberwock Beach is close to shops and restaurants on the northeast coast. You also don’t have far to go to reach the many boutiques at Dickenson Bay. Kiosks offer up spices and handmade wares, and some establishments tout gems and jewellery and other high-end buys.

TO SAVOUR FLAVOUR Soaking up culture is as rewarding as soaking up sunshine. Sample island life by stopping in at a local restaurant and ordering something Antiguans like to eat: salt fish, perhaps, or fungee, a cornmeal creation that resembles polenta. You’ll find a good restaurant and bar right on the sand at Valley Church Beach. Or, you can order takeaway delicacies at casual walk-up eateries. Long Bay Beach also has a certain local flavour missing at locations dominated by resorts. There’s a hotel here, too, but you’ll also meet local vendors happy to fill you in on what real island life is like. Why not stop and chat over a beer and a bite?

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STEP BACK IN TIME

HISTORY COMES ALIVE AT ANTIGUA’S MANY WELL-PRESERVED COLONIAL SITES.

ourists from around the world come to Antigua and Barbuda to enjoy its spectacular scenery and idyllic climate. But soon they discover that there’s more to this twin-island nation than sun, sand and sea. Although it won its independence in 1981, the Caribbean nation boasts a colonial history stretching back to the 17th century; and much of that history has been preserved. The island boasts a wealth of historical attractions to explore. Here are the top picks to get you started on your journey back in time.

Though timeworn, the fort’s façade remains in superb condition, along with the Master Gunner’s house, barracks and canteen.

FORTS OF ANTIGUA

Fort Barrington: On Goat Hill in Fort Barrington National Park, this looming lookout station was charged with spotting foreign ships. Nonetheless, the French captured the fort in 1666. It was liberated with the signing of the Treaty of Breda in 1667. A popular hiking trail leads up to the fort, which was expanded in 1779. Catch your breath after the 15-minute climb and then lose it again as you marvel at the magnificent views of Deep Bay and Galley Bay.

Dotting the serrated coasts of Antigua and Barbuda are vestiges of a not-too-distant colonial and militaristic past — the island’s illustrious fortifications. As you admire the vistas from these magnificent ruins, it’s easy to forget you are standing where blood was spilt in battles of another age. Once the crown jewel of the British Empire’s Caribbean territories, Antigua has “reimagined” its fortifications as “living museums.”

Great George Fort/Monk’s Hill: In 1689, after a period of French occupation, the British began work on a fort to safeguard women, children and property in the event of a foreign invasion. Atop Monk’s Hill, 700 metres high, the eight-acre citadel is armed with 30 cannons and boasts exceptional views of English Harbour. Today, avid hikers and cyclists especially enjoy the site.

Fort James: This picturesque bastion on the northwest headland is one of two forts erected to guard the entrance to St John’s harbour. Its cornerstone laid in 1734, the fort was built to quell the threat from nearby French territories St. Kitts and Guadeloupe. The fort is still armed with 10 original 2.5-tonne cannons, which were used to menace would-be invaders and collect an 18-shilling crossing fee. Any ship daring to object would be treated to an eight-pound cannonball across its bow.

Fort Berkeley: Built in the early 1700s on a peninsula at the west entrance to English Harbour, this British rampart was restored to its original glory in 1989. Armed with 25 strategically placed cannons, the fort once deterred enemy ships. Today you’ll see only pleasure vessels cruising through the harbour. Take in the beauty of this space before heading down the path to Nelson’s Dockyard.

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HISTORY PARHAM VILLAGE Established in 1632, Parham was the original capital of Antigua and Barbuda; but as the nation’s population expanded, St. John’s became the new capital. With a population of 1,250, Parham’s main attractions are Parham Hill, Parham Harbour, Great Bird Island and St. Peter’s church.

BETTY’S HOPE SUGAR PLANTATION Betty’s Hope, in Pares Village, was Antigua’s first large-scale sugar plantation. It was built by Sir Christopher Codrington and operated by scores of African slaves. The plantation is no longer operational, but visitors can view the old plantation’s twin stone mills, great house and boiling house.

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NELSON’S DOCKYARD The focal point of English Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard was built in the mid1700s to supply and reinforce the British Royal Navy. Today the area named for Admiral Horatio Nelson is a yachter’s paradise and major tourist attraction, boasting shops, galleries, restaurants and the Dockyard Museum, which celebrates the site’s history and heritage.

DOW’S HILL INTERPRETATION CENTRE Less than three miles from Nelson’s Dockyard is the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre. The 18th-century home of the General Officer of the British Navy now features a multimedia presentation on the history of the nation, from Amerindian settlement to independence. From the observation deck, you are afforded impressive views of the harbour and the ruins of Fort Berkeley.

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Betty’s Hope

BUST OF SIR VERE CORNWALL BIRD The larger-than-life-sized bust of national hero Sir Vere Cornwall Bird, the nation’s first prime minister, is an important piece of history. The sculpture was created to commemorate the contributions made by Bird, who is known as the “Father of the Nation.” It’s a point of national pride and a can’t-miss photo opportunity.

MUSEUM OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA On Long Street in St. John’s, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is housed in the 18th-century St. John’s Courthouse. On the ground floor are exhibits relating to the nation’s history and culture, including geological formations and Amerindian artefacts. On the second floor, peruse the museum’s large collection of pre-Columbian artefacts and visit the library. The museum also features special rotating exhibitions.

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL This imposing church, also known as St. John the Divine, was built on a

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fossilised reef — three times. Earthquakes in 1683 and 1745 destroyed the first two buildings. Now it’s structurally sound but beginning to feel the effects of age. It’s currently being restored, but certain parts of the building and its surroundings remain open for viewing.

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In a remote area on the northeastern coast of Antigua, within the Indian Town Point National Park, is one of the nation’s most famous attractions, Devil’s Bridge. Over hundreds of years, crashing Atlantic waves eroded fragile limestone to form a natural archway. But this geological wonder has something of a dark past. Centuries ago, African slaves threw themselves off the bridge to escape servitude.


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CAPTIVATING CLARENCE HOUSE If walls could talk, few buildings in the Caribbean could match the captivating tale of Clarence House, a royal residence ruined by hurricanes and restored to life as one of Antigua’s top historical sites. Erected at the turn of the 19th century for the Duke of Clarence, who served in the Royal Navy here before taking the throne as King William IV, the building later was a base for commissioners and supervisors at Nelson’s Dockyard. In 1856, Clarence House became the official residence for governors of Antigua and the Leeward Islands. In 1871 a hurricane severely damaged the building. It was subsequently rebuilt — and would be again and again. In 1951, Governor Sir Kenneth Blackburn began major repairs in the wake of two hurricanes that had damaged the building the year before. Then in the 1990s, hurricanes Luis, Marilyn and Georges left the place in ruins. In 1996, Governor-General Sir James Carlisle initiated a major restoration of the house. The goal was to re-create a

classic Antiguan/Caribbean formal residence. It had to be financially self-sustainable, so it opened to the public as a “living museum,” interpreting all aspects of daily life during the house’s heyday. Above all, the restoration had to adhere to the highest standards. The stone masonry, fine joinery, interior finish and the many pieces of traditional furniture that were made on Antigua or are original to the house tell the story of the quality and skills of the tradesmen and slaves who worked in that era. The ground floor or cellar, once an area for storage, has been transformed into a useful space for workshops and small conferences. The upper floor, the residential areas for the governor and his family, is where tourists can learn about daily life in a bygone era. The courtyard, with its dockyard views, is for larger events, such as weddings. Once a storm-battered ruin, Clarence House is now a major addition to the magnificent collection of

Georgian architectural structures in the dockyard. It is, in fact, the crown jewel of this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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ESSENTIAL EXPERIENCES ANTIGUA IS PACKED WITH ATTRACTIONS THAT YOU SIMPLY MUST EXPERIENCE BEFORE RETURNING HOME.

ach year, holidaygoers from around the world head for Antigua and Barbuda in search of sun, sand and sea. But the twin-island nation offers so much more than scenic shores. From adrenalin-pumping sports and honeymoon hideaways to sites rich in culture and natural wonders, Antigua fills its 108 square miles with attractions to interest every kind of visitor and a multitude of ways to experience them. See the sights aboard a kayak or catamaran, hop on a guided tour bus or capture a bird’s-eye view of the islands on a helicopter excursion. If you’d prefer to go solo, book your wheels at Dickenson Bay Car Rentals or Carter’s Rent-ACar and hit the road for a day you’re likely to remember long after you’ve arrived back home.


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TAKE TO THE SKIES To get a bird’s-eye view of Antigua and Barbuda, book a helicopter tour with Caribbean Helicopters. You’ll be treated to magnificent views and great photo opportunities that include Montserrat’s Volcano, Antigua’s pristine coastline, deserted islands, reefs, beaches and more. Fly over to Barbuda and enjoy the island’s beautiful pink-sand beaches or book a day trip and visit other neighbouring islands. It’s a tour you won’t forget!

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Mysterious megaliths dot the summit and slopes of Green Castle Hill, three miles south of St. John’s. No one knows the origin of the standing rocks, but remains of shellfish and pottery suggest that a pre-Columbian culture may have used the hilltop for rituals. Astronomical surveys support the theory that the site served as an ancient observatory for tracking stars across the night sky.

ADVENTURE TO REMEMBER Forget about vines. Channel your inner Tarzan on a zip line canopy tour. Challenge yourself with a dozen lines and four suspension bridges as you work your way through an adventure obstacle course. Then take a literal leap of faith on a thrilling 45-foot descent. It’s fast and furious, and unlike anything else you’ll experience.

BE A CULTURE VULTURE

Two Foot Bay

The indispensable Maps of Antigua & Barbuda, available at various hotels, attractions and other locations throughout the island, covers different points of interest. Not sure where to start? Here are just some of the many offerings you must experience on a trip to Antigua.

COP A CLOSE ENCOUNTER A short speedboat ride takes you to Stingray City, where friendly, hungry southern rays like to congregate around a coral reef in shallow, crystalclear waters. Make a ray’s day by serving it a handful of squid for lunch. The flat, kite-shaped creatures glide right over your palm and suck up the snack with beaky mouths on their undersides. This is a photo op that you can’t pass up.

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Painters, photographers, writers and musicians make up Antigua’s vibrant arts community. Throughout the year, Harmony Hall Art Gallery hosts a variety of exhibitions and craft fairs. And, Sea View Farm Village has been turning out Antiguan folk pottery since the late 1800s. Vendors across the island carry its one-of-a-kind creations. If you want to step back in time and bring home a little bit of the local culture, photographer Ted Martin will capture beautiful images for you at his store in Nelson’s Dockyard.

TRAVEL BACK IN TIME Antigua enjoys a rich colonial heritage, as you’ll discover on a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour. At the close


EXPLORING of the 18th century, the British naval base was home to Admiral Horatio Nelson. Today the world’s only continuously working Georgian dockyard is the focal point of a national park that offers scenery alongside a museum, shops, restaurants and hotels. The Admiral’s Inn, a charming boutique hotel, offers rooms with spectacular views of harbour and hillside. Dating from the 1780s, the building was used to store dockyard essentials like pitch, lead and turpentine, although you’d never guess it given the inn’s stylish décor. Views from the on-site Pillars Restaurant are matched only by the chef’s sublime at the inn and you’ll quickly arrive at Gunpowder House & Suites, on the opposite point. It’s a beautifully restored villa built around an 18th-century gunpowder store. History-lovers will love the four deluxe suites, as well as the menu at Boom, the trendy poolside lunch spot out front.  Refreshed after your historic rest and repast, continue on to find your sweet spot at Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation, which was founded in 1650 and operated continuously for nearly 300 years. Its two restored stone windmills now are the centrepieces of an open-air museum.

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Admiral’s Inn & Gunpowder Suites

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 Did You Know?

THE AMERINDIANS WHO INHABITED ANTIGUA BEFORE THE ARRIVAL OF EUROPEANS IN 1493 CALLED THEIR ISLAND HOME WADADLI.

PAINT THE TOWN Antigua continues to shine after the sun goes down. The island touts a variety of dining venues and a host of welcoming watering holes where you can mingle with locals, toast new friends and groove to an island beat. If you’re feeling lucky, check out the slot and table games at King’s Casino, the country’s largest.

SAY GOOD BUY The island’s best shopping is in St. John’s. Stores line St. Mary’s and High streets. Discover duty-free deals at Heritage Quay, a two-level shopping centre chock-full of treasures. The adjacent Redcliffe Quay boasts more than a dozen art and gift shops, as well as clothing boutiques, restaurants and tour companies. Between the quays, on St. Mary’s Street, vendors proffer local crafts and other souvenirs.

ROCK OUT For thousands of years, ocean waves have crashed against Antigua’s coast, carving out marvellous rock creations like the Pillars of Hercules. You can reach the site from Galleon Beach by following a trail lined with cactus trees and agave plants. Devil’s Bridge, a limestone arch spanning geysers and blowholes, is another natural wonder not to be missed. It was from this bridge, legend has it, that slaves once leapt to their deaths in the turbulent sea below.

WALK ON THE WILD SIDE If you like to hike, you’ll love the pristine paths and trails that showcase Antigua’s natural beauty. Middle Ground Trail is a relatively easy one-mile trek that begins at historic Fort Berkeley and ends at Pigeon Point Beach. Lookout Trail ascends 500 feet to Shirley Heights, overlooking English Harbour. Hike up Signal Trail and you’ll be rewarded with breathtaking views of Rendezvous Bay. And, if you follow the steep trail up to Mount McNish, you’ll pass the historic remains of an island sugar mill.

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LOOK DOWN Shirley Heights, a former British visitors to a lookout nearly 500 feet above sea level. From here, you’ll enjoy impressive views of English Harbour and beyond. On a clear day,

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Your trip to Antigua will be sweet indeed if you’re a fan of succulent fruits. Fig Tree Drive, one of the island’s main roads, is lined with trees bearing mangoes, coconuts, soursops and figs, of course. And, at Christian Valley Agricultural Station in the Sherkerley Mountain Range are entire orchards of tropical delights, including cashew and breadfruit trees. Why not pack some island produce for a picnic at cascading Christian Valley Waterfall?

Antiguans are crazy for cricket. That’s why the country built a 10,000-seat stadium to honour national sports hero Sir Viv Richards, who led the West Indies to victory in the Inaugural Cricket World Cup finals of 1975. It was in his native St. John’s that Richards honed his athletic skills — and he’s not the only homeboy to bat his way to fame. Antigua, in fact, boasts an impressive number of knighted cricketers. Alongside Richards are

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smoking volcano. On Sundays, locals and tourists alike flock to Shirley Heights to chow down on barbecue and savour the music of local bands. Also magnificent are the views from Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, which overlooks the harbour and the ruins of Fort Berkeley. Originally the residence of British naval officers, the centre now offers visitors a fascinating multimedia presentation spanning the island’s history from Amerindian settlement to independence.

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shelters more than 150 donkeys. Stevie, Charlie, Chrissie and Ranger are four of the donkeys you can cuddle and groom.

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ou’ve waited all year to get some time to yourself, escape the rigours of everyday life and just let go. Well, your kids feel the same way! Fortunately, Antigua offers many family-friendly activities so kids of all ages are sure to have a blast — and their parents, too. Check with your hotel concierge to find out if there are kids’ clubs or any special fun-filled activities taking place during your stay. When you’re ready to venture out, here are a few top picks for some family bonding time.

FOR ANIMAL LOVERS Children love animals, and there’s plenty of animal life at the Wadadli Animal Nature Park. In fact, there are 24 species here, both indigenous and from all over the world. Only 15 minutes from St. John’s, whether you like to interact with animals or learn about the exotic birds and tropical fauna, the knowledgeable guides will show you around this highly rated tour. On the eastern side of the island, near Bethesda, the Antigua Donkey Sanctuary

For older children with an adventurous spirit, you can head over to English Harbour for sailing lessons with the National Sailing Academy (NSA). The great thing about your participation is that you thereby contribute to the opportunity for Antiguan children to learn to sail free of charge through the schools’ programme, since the NSA was incorporated as an independent, nonprofit charitable organization. D-Boat Water Entertainment Centre at Shell Beach Marina is one of the top daytime activities in Antigua. Essentially, it’s a water park at sea, and older kids along with their parents will enjoy a family-friendly outing that includes a waterslide, trampoline and the opportunity to swing off a rope into the sea. Families can also book a snorkelling trip to Stingray City, where you can pet and feed stingrays in shallow water. If your kids are already tennis players or would like to learn how to play, Kids Tennis Academy at Jolly Harbour Marina Village caters to all levels. To enjoy pint-size mechanical rides, bounce castles and even a zip line, head over to Merryland Amusement Park on Sir Sydney Walling Highway in St. John’s.

SWEET TREATS After working up a sweat, there is nothing more gratifying than a refreshing treat. Can you say ice cream? Fred’s Belgium Waffles and Ice Cream in St. John’s is the perfect place to cool down with ice cream or sorbet.

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WHEN IT COMES TO WATERSPORTS AND ACTIVITIES, ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HAS PLENTY TO OFFER.

ith 365 beaches, it’s no wonder that Antigua and Barbuda is world famous for their sailing and watersports, as well as shoreside amenities. With cool, calm, crystal-clear waters, you have your pick of activities on the blue that are certain to excite and leave you wanting more.

HANG OUT WITH SOME RAYS Stingray City Antigua is located on the east side of Antigua in a sheltered bay, some 20 minutes by car from St. John’s. It’s then a 10-minute speedboat ride to the sandbar, where dozens of southern stingrays can be found. You can touch, feed and stand up or swim with the rays. You’ll also have an opportunity to snorkel in the crystal-clear waters and snap a few photos of this unforgettable experience. Enjoy complimentary rum or fruit punch on your way back to shore. Stingray City Antigua also offers kayak rentals for another fun aquatic adventure.

KITESURFING AND WINDSURFING Kitesurfing is the new fun craze of the young, fit and adventure-

some. One of the best beaches in the world for this sport is Jabberwock Beach on the northeast coast. December through August is the season to go, because this is when the wind blows the strongest. Kitesurfing Antigua offers some of the best classes on the island. Here, you can sign up for a one-hour introduction to the sport, a four-hour one-day introductory course for beginners, or a two- to three-day course. Also on Jabberwock Beach, you’ll find Windsurf Antigua. Located just five minutes from the airport, this is a mobilebased operation right on the beach. Patrick Scales has been teaching for 25 years, and his guarantee is that he will get you up on the board in one lesson. If you’re staying on the eastern side of the island, head over to 40Knots on Green Island, just minutes away from Nonsuch Bay Resort. Protected by a coral reef, the calm waters and consistent year-round trade winds make it an ideal place to kitesurf, windsurf and SUP Continued on page 40 (stand-up paddleboarding). Don’t be intimidated by the expert-level participants shredding the waters. There are daily courses for everyone, of any level. Continued on page 40


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hooked me,” he says. “If I had a moment to get in the water and ride something, I was there.” As an enthusiast and then an instructor, Phillip was thrust onto the world stage in 2000, after being tapped to participate in a kiteboarding competition. Showcasing killer tricks, jumps, spins, loops and aerials, he dominated the competition and became a reluctant star and international kiteboarding favourite. Just seven years later, after skimming every popular boarding coast, from the

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GROWING UP ON THE NORTH SIDE OF THE ISLAND, a stone’s throw away from one of Antigua and Barbuda’s most beautiful stretches of beach, it’s no wonder that Andre Phillip has always had a fascination — or better yet, an obsession — with the sea. His thrillseeking nature first compelled him to take the literal and figurative leap off a cliff into the indigo sea as a child. Since then, he’s been breaking the rules and the waves as one of the world’s most renowned kiteboarders. A mishmash of skateboarding, windsurfing, surfing and wakeboarding, kiteboarding takes watersports to the extreme. The sport hit the shores of the twin-island in 1999, and, from that time Dre, as he’s known, was enamoured. “It was the first watersport that really

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circuit. Though he had won countless competitions — few of which he can remember simply because he’s “not moved by wins” — the famed boarder quit. “Funny enough, I never really enjoyed being on the competition scene. It wasn’t really about being the best. It was more about what the sport brought to the table. How fun it was, the freedom it gives you and sharing with others. That’s what I wanted to focus on,” Phillip says. Dre did just that, quitting in his prime. That is, after all, the creed of most counterculture purveyors — to buck the system and trod their own paths. His path would lead back to his beloved Wadadli (Antigua’s native name), with a new goal: to be an ambassador for kiteboarding in Antigua and Barbuda. “Honestly, it’s one of the best places to kiteboard in the world because our winds are very steady during our windy season, from November to July. We get nice, steady, clean trade winds. That’s what you want for kiting,” Phillip says. The country’s predictable winds and year-round clear, warm waters also make Antigua and Barbuda an idyllic setting to indulge in watersports of all kinds. For those looking for the best places to shred the water, Phillip says Jabberwock Beach, Half Moon Bay and many spots in Barbuda are ideal. At 37, the newlywed’s passion for kiteboarding hasn’t diminished. He now creates video content to promote kiteboarding and is an avid photographer. He’s also the owner of Tona, a board and apparel company dedicated to the watersporting lifestyle.


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WATER PARK AT SEA For a truly unique experience, spend some time at a water park at sea on a boat. One of the most original tours in the Caribbean is the D-Boat Water Entertainment Centre at Shell Beach Marina, not far from Dickenson Bay. D-Boat is a retired oil tanker turned into a water park and party boat complete with a waterslide, rope swing, trampolines and more. And, there’s no need to pack a lunch — you can enjoy lunch and drinks on board during your choice of three-, four- or six-hour tours.

SELF-DRIVE BOATING Driving your own boat is fun and easy. Antigua Reef Riders offers a thrilling three-hour tour on the water in a 10-foot two-person inflatable watercraft that you drive yourself. An expert guide takes you from the pickup spot by Jolly Harbour south along the west coast to Cades Reef, where you will snorkel the best reef in Antigua before heading back.

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YACHT RACING If you’ve ever marvelled at the America’s Cup and wanted to know what it might feel like, take the helm and man your own yacht in the Antigua Yacht Race with Ondeck Sailing, located in Falmouth. With a maximum of six guests and two professionals, you can enjoy a 45-minute race

against another yacht. Man the winch, pull a line or just watch your fellow crewmates race the yacht to the finish.

CATCH THE BIG ONE Antigua’s waters are brimming with wahoo, tuna, kingfish, mahi-mahi and barracuda, to name just a few of the top


ON THE WATER catches. The Mystic Amara III is located in Jolly Harbour and is operated by Leroy and Theo, two of the most experienced fishermen you will find. They run four- to 12-hour charters throughout the day, for either deep-sea fishing or bottom fishing.

FUN-FILLED EXCURSIONS Wadadli Cats has a fleet of twin-hulled catamarans ranging from 47 to 66 feet and accommodating 25 to 88 passengers. This fun-filled day excursion includes incredible palm-fringed beaches, marine life and neighbouring islands. You’ll stop at several just relax, sunbathe and enjoy the sand. The crew is really great, and they will cook you a fabulous lunch. The bar stays open all day. For those who want to experience Antigua’s tropical ecosystem, Stingray City Antigua offers combination tours that include kayaking, snorkelling and hiking. With Antigua Nature Tours you can kayak amongst the lush mangroves and then relax on the beach or hike to the top of Great Bird Island for amazing views.

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BELOW THE SURFACE Whether you are a beginner or a certified diver, there is some really great diving in Antigua. Soul Immersions Dive Centre is the place to call if you want to experience the thrill of the dive. Dive the sheltered reefs of the nation’s waters, beginning at Indian Creek in Mamora Bay all the way down the southern coast to Curtain Bluff. It also provides pickup and drop-off service.

SUNSET CRUISES AND BOAT TOURS There is no better way to see the beautiful Antiguan sunsets than from the sea, as the sun disappears down the western horizon. Most companies pick up and drop off from your hotel, and they include canapés and an open bar in their price. Tropical Adventures Antigua offers a circumnavigation trip, where you can enjoy the island’s magnificent shoreline and a romantic Mystic II sunset cruise with some of the most majestic sunsets. Wadadli Cats also sets sail around

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Antigua, and you can even choose to go to nearby Bird Island, an uninhabited island that’s been designated as a national park. The protected bay is a perfect place for snorkelling and for children to swim.

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A SAILOR’S PARADISE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA’S CLEAR TURQUOISE WATERS OFFER IDYLLIC SAILING CONDITIONS.

ocated in the centre of the Leeward Islands in the eastern Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda has long been a coveted destination for sailors. Together with its many good anchorages, protected harbours and the constant trade winds, Antigua has superb sailing conditions. Charter boats in the 1960s, based in English Harbour — the ideal hurricane hole originally used by Lord Nelson to protect the British fleet as well as hide from the marauding French — first started organizing races between them to celebrate the end of the sailing season (which generally runs from November to May in the Caribbean when the winds are at their most favourable, temperatures are moderate and hurricanes are not a threat). The Antigua Yacht Club was established to host and coordinate these races, which eventu-

As the marine infrastructure grew over the years, with the provision of marinas and marine facilities, these regattas grew and other regattas and races developed.

ANNUAL INTERNATIONAL REGATTAS

Antigua Sailing Week: The oldest and most well-known regatta, this event takes place in late April/early May, which was the original end of the charter season. It lasts a week and features intense racing by all the boats. Participants number well into the hundreds, coming from the Caribbean, Europe, the Americas and even further afield. There are many parties and social events organized for the crews to enjoy after a day of serious sailing. A break in the middle,

ally grew into a regatta known as Antigua Sailing Week. All types of boats took part initially, but in the 1980s, the classic yacht class formed its own separate regatta known as the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, which celebrated

known as Lay Day, is basically a beach party with various competitions — such as tug-of-war — and other fun activities so that everyone can relax and have a few drinks before resuming their fiercely competitive racing. Rum parties and spectacular musical events — with international reggae and soca artists and bands — make Antigua Sailing Week a very popular event for sailors,

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boats are safely back in harbour. Starting with just a handful of participants, the suc-

of the participating classic yachts makes for a Gentleman’s Race, where safety takes priority over anything else. Whereas Antigua Sailing Week boats are all modern, and now very high-tech, too, the Antigua Classics comprise mostly wooden boats, with some dating back to the 1920s. These stunning yachts are an amazing spectacle, with towering square-riggers, magnificent schooners, fabulous sleek spirit-of-tradition yachts and nippy little traditional boats built on the beaches of Carriacou, making up a unique and remarkable fleet. It is imbued with a particular camaraderie and friendly atmosphere, which is particularly evident at the end of each day’s racing, when everyone relaxes together on the docks, enjoy a few drinks and exchange stories. Unique to this regatta are the Gig Racing and Cream Teas held on the last Tuesday afternoon in the glorious historic setting of The Admiral’s Inn in Nelson’s

cess of this event has resulted in more than a hundred boats registered to take part in February 2018.

Dockyard, where you can expect tea, cake, a beer or two and fun racing for all ages in the tiny classic gigs or dinghies instead of the big racing boats. The Royal Oceanic Race Club (RORC) Caribbean 600: This is a much more recent

Local Sailing Events: Organized by the Antigua Yacht Club, traditional annual races include the Nelson’s Pursuit Race on December 31; the High Tide series, also in December; and the Round the Island Race in January. The Jolly Harbour Yacht Club has regular Saturday afternoon races out

event, now in its 10th year. Hosted by Antigua, which is its starting point, participants sail race a 600-nautical-mile circuit, taking in and going around 14 different Caribbean islands. Watching the start out of English

of Jolly Harbour and also organises a very popular Valentine’s regatta and another well-attended one in November. The National Sailing Academy, together with the Antigua Yacht Club, have compre-

Harbour from Shirley Heights is spectacular, but once the yachts have disappeared from view, they can still be tracked online, showing their progress and relative positions. Returning boats may arrive at any time during

hensive and extensive youth sailing programmes, with the aim of teaching every willing child to sail and to swim. Many mini regattas are also organised throughout the year to introduce young sailors to racing.

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The Super Yacht Challenge: Held in January, the 2018 race heralds the eighth edition of this very exclusive and highpriced event. Entries are limited to 15, and all participating yachts must exceed 80 feet. Lasting three days, the competition was conceived “for the pure enjoyment of yachting,” with races of between 12 and 30 miles out of English Harbour. Oyster Regatta: Exclusively for owners of Oyster yachts from all over the world, these distinctive boats gather in Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour for their annual regatta at the beginning of April. The impressive fleet includes older models, as well as some of the very latest.

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ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK BRINGS TOGETHER MORE THAN 100 YACHTS TO PARTICIPATE IN A VARIETY OF COASTAL RACECOURSES. achts from all over the world arrive in English and Falmouth harbours at the end of April each year to participate in the one of the world’s major sailing events, Antigua Sailing Week. From small beginnings, this regatta has developed over 50 years to become one of the most prestigious regattas worldwide. More than 100 yachts participate annually, ranging in size from 20 feet to more than 100 feet. The regatta attracts serious racing boats, including state-of-the-art,

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high-tech racing machines, along with a variety of performance cruising and cruising boats. The sight of all these yachts, both from vantage points on the shore and from spectator boats carrying onlookers alongside the races, is unforgettable. The reputation of Antigua Sailing Week allows the event to attract some of the world’s top racing boats, including in recent years ICAP Leopard, Phaedo 3, Monster Project, Gladiator, Kialoa III, Scarlet Runner, Tonnerre 4, and Balearia. For five days, crews are challenged with a variety of coastal racecourses encouraging tacking duels around the buoys — all in the picture-perfect setting of the deep blue Caribbean Sea off Antigua’s south coast with the ever-present trade winds. Participants are a mixture of privately owned boats with many race boat and bareboat charters. Chartered boats are hired either as whole boats (with or without skipper) or as individual places, depending upon the crew’s requirements. Spectators enjoy stunning views from cliff tops and bars along the coastline or take to the water in motorboats and tour boats to see the action up close before heading off to snorkel or hit the beach for an afternoon of relaxation. The sailors return from racing to Antigua Yacht Club for daily prize announcements and passionate race analysis, which lasts into the evening. Meanwhile, Lay Day, which takes place at Pigeon Beach midweek, is an opportunity for everyone to enjoy the perfect Caribbean beach day. Starting at midday, the Nonsuch Bay RS Elite Challenge invitational regatta entertains spectators with stadium-style racing right off the beach.

As the afternoon heats up, reggae music and beach games get people moving, whilst the bikini and swimwear competition brings the fun to a crescendo as DJs play on into sunset. Each evening, the bars and restaurants of English Harbour and all around the island offer the perfect evening lime at which islanders, visitors and sailors all mix together in an incredible atmosphere. Whether fine dining, visiting the local vendors or taking in live music and DJs at the many parties that take place throughout the area, there is something to suit everyone. After a challenging week of racing, Antigua Sailing Week draws to a close in the romantic and historic Nelson’s Dockyard, with the best final awards presentation in the Caribbean attended by boat owners and skippers with their crews, friends, wellwishers and race officials. This incredible

event is followed the next day by Dockyard Day with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda Beating the Retreat as the Antiguan flag is lowered to signal the close of Antigua Sailing Week for yet another year. It is a truly fitting end to a week of glorious racing. Antigua Sailing Week is preceded by a feeder race from Guadeloupe to Antigua, on the Friday before, and the Round Antigua Race, a race that circumnavigates Antigua, the day before the official start of Antigua Sailing Week. Both races are optional and scored separately but offer excellent training opportunities for many crews. The 50th anniversary of Antigua Sailing Week in 2017 was an incredible celebration of yacht racing in Antigua. The 2018 edition in April promises to be just as successful.

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THE GREAT OUTDOORS

WITH SO MANY ACTIVITIES TO INDULGE IN, VISITORS ARE SURE TO FIND SOMETHING FOR ALL AGES AND ACTIVITY LEVELS.

here is an abundance of outdoor activities to enjoy whilst on your island adventure, so if you’re not sure where to begin, here’s a roundup of some of the top adventures for landlubbers. You can enjoy heart-pumping adventures or go at a more leisurely pace. Your hotel concierge or front desk can provide additional information and help you book specific tours and activities. If possible, it’s best to avoid busy cruise ship days, since the tours tend to be more heavily booked.


Island Safari tour

All-terrain vehicle rentals

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ACTIVE PURSUITS If you are fit and energetic, there is no more exhilarating way to see Antigua than on a mountain bike. Call Salty Dogs Rentals, owned and operated by Dean and Patricia Laderoute, who have spent the last decade sailing and exploring the Caribbean. It has two convenient locations — one in Jolly Harbour Commercial Centre and one in Redcliffe Quay in St. John’s. Salty Dogs offers ATVs (all-terrain vehicles), also known as quad bikes. Be sure to bring your driving licence, long pants, sunscreen, sunglasses, good footwear and a camera. The half-day tour takes you on a scenic route through the island, and there is even a stop at a beach to cool off (or rinse off). Located in the lush Fig Tree Drive rain forest on the southwest coast, the Antigua Rainforest Company is Antigua’s zip line and rope challenge course operator. There are a total of 13 zip lines and a challenging obstacle course. You can also combine ziplining with kayaking, snorkelling, a Stingray City tour or the beach. Enjoy a thrilling Segway (remember Paul Blart: Mall Cop?) tour with Segway of Antigua and Barbuda, where you can tour St. John’s (three hours) on a Sunday

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at 10 a.m. when the traffic is usually light. You can also book the Historic West Coast and Beach Tour (two hours) Monday through Friday at 9 a.m. This incredible experience is not to be missed.

ISLAND TOURS If you are looking for guided tours of Antigua, look no further than Tropical Adventures Antigua. They have a choice of three excellent tours — the Island Safari 4x4 Discovery, the Island Safari and Half Moon Bay or the Island Safari Gold. Each tour is approximately six hours long and includes lunch, swimming and taking in all the main sights of Antigua. Antigua is a relatively large island, so renting a car can be a big help, whether it’s for sightseeing, going out for dinner or just getting from point A to point B. If you did not book one in advance, contact Dickenson Bay Car Rentals or Carter’s Rent-ACar to reserve a car for the day or your whole trip. They provide very personal service and will bring the car to you.

TOP FOR TOURISTS Your vacation would not be complete without a trip to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park in English Harbour. The centrepiece of the park is the dockyard, which was originally created as a British naval base in 1725. It is the world’s only Georgian dockyard still in existence and is home to many historical artefacts, with its history well documented in the Dockyard Museum. The area is full of beautiful, old

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colonial buildings that served the officers and sailors in times gone by, some of which today house shops and restaurants. If you are looking for a world-class golf course in Antigua, Cedar Valley Golf Club near St. John’s is an 18-hole course with inspiring views and a challenging layout. This is a great experience for golf aficionados looking to get in some tee time during their visits. If you are into air pistol shooting, clay pigeon shooting or archery, or think you’d like to try them, then get in touch with

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Reservoir Range Outdoor Activity Centre. It is located in the southeast of the island close to the Potworks Reservoir. It also has three waterfront picnic pavilions for rent with undercover dining tables, barbecues and hammocks, which entitles you to a 25-percent discount off the other activities they offer.

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MASTER BLASTER. KING OF SIXES. NATIONAL HERO. Sir Isaac Vivian Alexander Richards is known by many names. To the world he is recognised as one of the most formidable batsmen ever to hit the cricket field. But here at home, everyone knows this native son as the pride of Antigua and Barbuda. Born and raised in St. John’s, Richards grew up with a faith in religion and a passion for cricket. He made his debut in 1972 and played professionally until he retired from the game in the 1990s. In a career that spanned almost half a century, Richards broke records and stole the hearts of cricket fans worldwide. Posted to the helm of the West Indies cricket team in 1984, Richards is the only captain in the team’s history never to have lost a Test Series. In 2000, Richards was voted one of the top five cricketers of the century. Two years later, Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack named him the greatest One Day International (ODI) batsmen of all time. A living legend, Richards is one of only six Antiguan National Heroes. Now in his late 60s, he is also a national Tourism Ambassador, an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) and a Knight

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of the Order of the National Hero (KNH). Given such acclaim, it’s hard to imagine that Richards’ name will ever be forgotten in this dual-island nation. In fact, the 10,000-seat, state-of-theart Sir Vivian Richards Stadium opened in North Sound in 2007 — just in time to famously host the Cricket World Cup.


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GET OUT AND EXPLORE! With so many sightseeing opportunities all around you, be sure to set aside plenty of time to tour the island. John Francis — or Big John, as he’s affectionately known — a tour guide with Tropical Adventures Antigua, suggests that visitors go on an island tour, see the sights and eat local food. One of the favourite stops on his tour is the historic Guard House on Shirley Heights, which boasts one of the most scenic views in all of Antigua. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

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ECOTOURISM

A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE

FROM DRAMATIC MOUNTAIN VIEWS TO VIBRANT MARINE ENVIRONMENTS, ANTIGUA, BARBUDA AND REDONDA OFFER DIVERSE NATURAL TREASURES.

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urquoise waters. Sun-kissed sand. Historic sites and a sumptuous cuisine. There’s much to love about Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda. The Environmental Awareness Group (EAG) shines a spotlight on the country’s spectacular wildlife and natural ecosystems by engaging in education, research and conservation programmes. Take a walk with us and we’ll introduce you to some of the creatures and habitats that make up our country’s wild side.

THE OFFSHORE ISLANDS CONSERVATION PROGRAMME (OICP) The OICP began as the Antiguan Racer Conservation Project in 1995. Its mission was to rescue the critically endangered Antiguan racer, a snake found nowhere else in the world. At the time, there were only 50 left. After restoration efforts on Great Bird Island, the snake population bounced back to 1,200 on several outlying islands. The OICP cites three primary goals: • Keeping invasive alien species, specifically rats and mongooses, away from restored islands • Garnering support for conservation work by increasing public awareness of endemic plants and animals • Training residents to be citizen scientists, thus decreasing our dependence on external expertise

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Our offshore islands are particularly important. They serve as a refuge for many of our rare plants and animals. Since the inception of conservation work on our islands, we have observed biodiversity bounce back in abundance and beauty. The offshore islands also are vital to one of the OICP’s most successful initiatives, the Floating Classroom. This programme brings science alive, helping children to experience nature firsthand. The children tour the North East Marine Management Area, the largest marine reserve in Antigua; explore mangroves; spot birds; learn about important ecosystems and use binoculars to observe wildlife, including, of course, the Antiguan racer.

REDONDA RESTORATION PROGRAMME (RRP) A haven for seabirds, Santa Maria la Redonda once was a major source of guano used to make phosphate fertilisers. Mining operations ended after World War I and Redonda was abandoned by workers but not by invasive rats and goats, which multiplied rapidly and overran native wildlife. Until recently, Redonda was described as a dying island, a mere rock sticking out of the sea. Closely resembling the surface of the moon, Redonda’s unstable slopes sent avalanches of dirt sliding into the sea following any slight disturbance. The tiny


devoured eggs, chicks and reptiles. Goats

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ensured that vegetation did not thrive,

Our country’s waters are home to

numbers decimated because of the numerous challenges they face from

and the handful of trees that remained survived only by clinging to cliffs out of

foraging sea turtles: leatherbacks, green,

eggs to adulthood. Predators such

hawksbill and loggerheads. During the day, a sea turtle may be spotted gliding

as rats and mongooses ravage

through the water or bobbing up and

isle was overrun by 6,000 rats, which

their reach. Redonda is globally recognised as an

Sea turtles have had their

eggs. Humans have compounded

important bird area because of its

down in sea grass beds. During the

the problem by the overconsumption of turtle meat and eggs. In

significant nesting seabird populations of brown, masked and red-footed boobies;

night, female turtles lumber ashore to

addition, turtles get caught in

dig nests, where they will deposit as

fishnets or are struck by boat

magnificent frigate birds; and red-billed

many as 150 eggs the size of golf balls.

propellers. Their shells as well are

tropicbirds. Redonda is also home to

The warmer the nests, the more females produced; the colder the nests, the more

prized for jewellery making.

males. After two months, hatchlings

properties can cause hatchlings to become disoriented and go towards the road rather than to the sea, where they meet their demise. The ASTP volunteers spend late hours on dark beaches, monitoring nesting turtles. Thanks to ASTP, locals learn about these amazing creatures and efforts to ensure their survival. Additionally, the ASTP team facilitates walks where residents and visitors can assist in monitoring turtles as they come ashore, nest and return to the sea.

critically endangered species of reptiles including the Redonda pygmy gecko, the Redonda tree lizard, and the Redonda ground dragon. The Redonda Restoration Programme, a collaboration of the Environmental Awareness Group, the Government of Antigua and Barbuda, and Fauna & Flora International — has stepped in to reverse the degradation of the island. The goats have been relocated to Antigua, and the rats have all been removed. Seedlings have sprouted, and we wait with great anticipation to see Redonda once again become a thriving ecosystem.

emerge from their shells, usually at night, and make for the sea, guided by the light of the moon. It’s estimated that only 1 in 1,000 sea turtle hatchlings will survive to adulthood. Sea turtles play a huge role in balancing ecosystems. For example, green turtles, considered lawn mowers of the sea, keep sea grass beds well manicured. Leatherbacks love jellyfish, which are big consumers of fish eggs and larvae, and keep their population under control.

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BE A RESPONSIBLE VISITOR We’re pleased that you are discovering our islands and hope that you’ll help us with our conservation efforts. Here’s how: • When visiting offshore islands, be sure to check your belongings for any invasive items, including ants and seeds. • Do not disturb nesting birds. You may cause eggs to crack, and chicks may be exposed to extreme heat. • When leaving, take all your garbage with you. • Whilst on the coast or on a boat, secure all items. An animal that mistakes the article for food may ingest anything blown away. • Stick only to established paths to minimise disturbance to wildlife. • Take lots of photos and tell everyone about your fantastic time on our shores!

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STATE OF THE ART THROUGHOUT ANTIGUA, YOU’LL DISCOVER A DISTINCT VARIETY OF CREATIVE TREASURES.

ust like a piece of artwork that is brought to life with vibrant colours and textures, Antigua’s arts scene boasts unique work by extraordinary artists representing different genres.

ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS Antigua has a vibrant art community, with traditional local arts and crafts on display at the Arts and Crafts Market on Market Street, where artisanal soaps, hats, leather goods, bags, basketware, miniature steel drums and colourfully painted calabashes and shack shack seeds from the flamboyant tree are on display. The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, on Long Street in St. John’s, gives the historical basis for these crafts. The vivid decorative glass bottles by artist Heather Doram are also featured in its gift shop. There are also a number of amazing art galleries and artists with open studios. The most central is Stephen Murphy’s funky Zemi Art Gallery in Redcliffe Quay, right

next to Sarah Fuller’s Pottery Shop, with ceramics in beautiful shades of blue and turquoise. On nearby Redcliffe Street, The Goldsmitty is home to Hans Smit’s distinctive jewellery, using gold, silver and precious stones as well as Antiguanite, polished petrified coral exclusive to the island of Antigua. Nearby is Miranda Askie Designs, a store that features her bold, original and custom-made costume jewellery. Close to the airport, on the waterfront, is Gilly Gobinet’s Art Gallery in lovely, secluded Fitches Creek. The eclectic gallery features her vibrant watercolour and acrylic paintings of Caribbean flora and fauna. On the way to English Harbour is Cedars Pottery in Buckleys, showcasing the spectacular carvings and sculptures of Michael Hunt and the ceramics of his wife, Imogen Margrie. Deep in the heart of the rain forest is Sallie Harker’s lovely Fig Tree Gallery, featuring her own imaginative art and that of other Caribbean artists.


ARTS & CULTURE In English Harbour, Nancy Nicholson’s Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery displays her own eye-catching ocean-inspired pottery as well as local art. In Nelson’s Dockyard are the beautiful marine carvings of Carl Henry, all lovingly made from local wood, such as mahogany. In the same area is Michael Strzalkowski, better known as Scrim, who specializes in carved objects and jewellery, using whalebone, stone and precious metals.

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FESTIVALS & CULTURAL EVENTS Antigua Carnival: There are many annual festivals and cultural events in Antigua and Barbuda. The most notable is Antigua Carnival, always held at the end of July and the beginning of August, with more than 10 days of dazzling parades, including a special children’s parade, powerful music, brilliant songs and keenly fought competitions for Carnival Queen, Calypso King and Best Road March, amongst others. The costumes, craftsmanship and artistry are central to the event, which originated as a display of pageantry celebrating freedom from slavery. The first official event took place in 1957. Since then, a certain Brazilian influence has resulted in the use of bikinis, feathers, sequins, metallic fabrics and other finery used in the colourful original theme chosen by every troupe, each led by a marching band. Barbuda Caribana: This takes place in May, during Whitsun; and as well as dazzling parades, heady music and the calypso competition and queen show, there is horseracing and a food festival. Mango Festival: This generally takes place after the Antigua Carnival and celebrates the luscious fruit in all its forms and varieties: cakes, candies, preserves and chutneys, ice cream, soaps and drinks, including wine. Mangoes are present in abundance, in various forms, shapes and sizes, from the popular smaller variety, to the smooth Julie grafted version right up to the enormous “bellyful.” As they ripen, these delicious fruits have colours ranging from lavender, green and yellow to orange, scarlet and fuchsia — a sight to feast both the eyes and the lips. Independence Week: On November 1, 1981, the nation of Antigua and Barbuda gained its independence from Great Britain. This

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historic moment is commemorated annually and includes a ceremonial parade, food fair, youth rally and schools panorama competition and fashion show. Leading up to Independence Day, government buildings, businesses and schools show their civic pride through decorations and adornments using the colours of the national flag. Many Antiguans and their children wear the national costumes in the form of dresses, skirts, tops, waistcoats and hats made from the traditional red, green and yellow madras cotton.

ISLAND SOUNDS One of the earliest folk music styles was benna, based on local gossip and current events. More popular these days, however, are calypso and soca. Calypso was born hundreds of years ago in the Caribbean sugar plantations as a way of communicating when talking to each other was not allowed. Often political, to this day it addresses topical and often controversial issues, with catchy songs and sing-along choruses. It is an integral part of Antiguan culture. Competitions are judged on the use of language, clarity and stage performance. Soca has become popular throughout the Caribbean and is a fusion of calypso and soul. Its trendy rhythm dominates the street parties and parades, and during the Carnival season, artists throughout the country release new music and compete for the title of Soca Monarch. Popular local artists include Tian Winter, Claudette Peters and Ricardo Drue.

The steel drum or pan was invented in Trinidad in the 1900s (hotly debated by Antigua!), when used oil drums were magically transformed into an ensemble with different tones and nuances. Played together, they produce amazing music, ranging in style from calypso through soca and from pop to classical orchestra. Competitions abound both nationally and internationally. The most spectacular in Antigua takes place in November. It’s a competition involving bands from various islands as well as Antigua’s own. This pan festival is very popular, with hundreds of adults and children swaying and jumping to the rhythm of the music as they perform.


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IN LIVING COLOUR GILLY GOBINET’S ART GALLERY BOASTS A STRIKING COLLECTION OF ORIGINAL PAINTINGS.

For those interested in Caribbean art, a visit to Antiguan artist Gilly Gobinet’s Art Gallery is a must. Located in her secluded waterfront residence in leafy Fitches Creek ( just 10 minutes from the airport), Gobinet’s walls abound with her original paintings in watercolour and acrylic. Visiting her gallery is an inspiring experience, since every room is brought to life with her unique artistic expressions. In the kitchen, pineapples and cartoon rastas hang next to delicate watercolours of yellow-breasted bananaquits and darting jewel-like hummingbirds; in

the sitting room, vivid frangipani flowers go hand in hand with the beautiful sea blues of turtles and pelicans. Portraits of dogs, local chattel houses and classic yachts are featured in the dining room, along with small watercolours of goats, sheep, orchids and palm trees. This eclectic mix of artwork can be enjoyed whilst relaxing on colourful, comfortable sofas and cushions, which complete the vibrant harmony in this peaceful, little-known backwater of Antigua. You’ll discover that very little space has escaped the attention of Gobinet’s brushes. Hand-painted murals even adorn the courtyard walls and the outer edges of the swimming pool. She also enjoys welcoming guests personally and is delighted when a visitor finds a painting he or she likes. “What better way to take a memory of our beautiful island back home than with a piece of original art?” Gobinet says. She also recognises that art is very personal, and if visitors don’t find what they want, Gobinet gladly accepts commissions. Thanks to her versatility, buyers leave satisfied.

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CLAUDETTE PETERS

CULTIVATING A GENERATION

by ALICIA SIMON

When Claudette Peters takes the stage, she literally takes the stage — unleashing a voice so powerful it can either silence a room or bring it to its feet, depending on her mood. That is the definition of a diva. And the prolific singer-songwriter takes her title and her music seriously. “It’s all about being relevant every single year. I think that is what we should all do... It doesn’t matter how old you are or how long you have been in the industry. Being every year,” Peters says. It is this type of humility and drive that has kept the Out Deh star relevant and dominating the industry for more than 16 years. She burst onto the scene in 2002, with the breakout hit Something’s Got a Hold on Me with Da Bhann. Peters then led a succession of jam bands, including Dread and the Baldhead, High Intensity and Taxik, before striking out on her own and going head to head with Antigua and Barbuda’s most talented artists. After her All I Know win in 2005, Peters dominated the Soca Monarch competition until 2008, when she took a voluntary hiatus. She returned in 2010 and continues to win competitions, accolades and the hearts of the people throughout the region. The next step for the diva is mentorship and cultivating the next generation of female soca artists to assume her throne. “I’ve taken up the mantle to make sure that we have other female artists, so, in the near future, I can be replaced!” the greeneyed diva says. “At the beginning, I wanted

WHITNEY. MARIAH. CÉLINE. BEYONCÉ. Monikers so recognisable that surnames are completely optional. All talented, all powerhouses, all divas. And, in Antigua and Barbuda, that artist is simply known as C.P., Claudette Peters, Soca Diva. There is, however, nothing simple about her, her artistry, her vision and her passion for music.

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to be up in front of everything. But, growing in the business… seeing females bloom in the islands, I thought things must be done to help my country’s artists mature.” Peters isn’t just talking the talk. She has collaborated with divas throughout the region. Trinidadian singer and songwriter Faye-Ann Lyons-Alvarez wrote Peters’ 2012 hit No Tomorrow. In 2017, her mentor Allison Hinds of Barbados was featured on her song Represent. Though Peters accepts all of her titles — artist, diva and mentor — the one she relishes is mom. “I don’t see C.P.; I see Mom. When I look in the mirror, I say, ‘Good morning, Mommy,’” the mother of two says.

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CARNIVAL BRINGS MEMORABLE MOMENTS AND AN ARRAY OF ACTIVITIES FOR EVERYONE TO ENJOY EACH YEAR.

CELEBRATING 60 YEARS xperience Carnival, bacchanal, fête, fantasy and freedom with the people of Antigua and Barbuda! This annual festival celebrates the twinisland nation’s emancipation from slavery on August 1, 1834. Considered one of the Caribbean’s greatest summer festivals, this 12-day event is spectacular. And, visitors do not have to limit themselves to watching the parades and competitions: All comers are welcome to take part in the parades of the different mas (masquerade) troupes, wearing the amazing costumes. Never a dull moment, there is truly something for everyone during this short period, jam-packed with memorable activities that will last a lifetime. During mas, participants join a group and commit to its theme — whether it is matching T-shirts or feathered and sequined costumes — and parade down the streets of St. John’s, accompanied by soca music, each troupe led by its own band. Locally and throughout the region, this is called playing mas. If you’re a “fêter,” T-shirt mas is a must; and various hotels organise groups of

make memories of a lifetime. Just remember to drink responsibly. There are plenty of transportation options for those who want to imbibe. If you want to be swayed by the music of

musical entertainment. Local and regional bands hit the stage and tear it down. The Party Monarch Competition is arguably the most popular competition of the season. Witness the nation’s most talented soca artists take to the stage and compete for the crown. Wadadli Beer Calypso Monarch Competition features talented wordsmiths, better known as calypsonians, who fiercely compete to be crowned number one. If you have a passion for pageantry and cultural events, don’t miss Jaycees Caribbean Queen Show, where regional delegates compete for the crown. Antiguans and Barbudans are serious about the steel pan; join the intense competition as the nation’s steel bands battle for supremacy at Panorama. There is plenty for the kids to enjoy, too. Junior Carnival is a day dedicated to familyfriendly fun. Spend the day watching the children parade in their costumes through St John’s. Come and cheer on the nation’s adolescents as they represent their schools and talents at Teen Xplosion. Junior Carnival is dedicated to the youth. It starts with a parade through the city, where children are

Antigua and Barbuda, enjoy the renowned soca and calypso offerings. Wadadli Jam Band Face Off is the ultimate in Caribbean

adorned with costumes, and ends with the Junior Calypso Monarch Competition and Junior Party Monarch Competition.

guests to take part in it, providing special T-shirts for the occasion — and many visitors enjoy the unforgettable experience of dancing through the streets. After the calypso competition on Carnival Sunday evening, everyone takes to the streets from about 4 a.m. onwards on Carnival Monday for j’ouvert (pronounced joovay), with the costumed troupes dancing through the streets and following their bands until around 10 a.m. After a fun-filled sleepless night, revellers take a welldeserved rest until the prize-giving in the evening. On Tuesday afternoon, everyone dons their finery and dances around the city streets one last time, known as last lap. If you have a passion for partying, there is no shortage of all-inclusive parties to take part in throughout the Carnival season, at least one each night — and even daytime fêtes. Drink, dance, enjoy the music and

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EXPERIENCE ANTIGUA’S SCINTILLATING SHOPPING, FROM ELEGANT BOUTIQUES TO ONE-OF-A-KIND JEWELLERY AND LOCAL CRAFTS — PLUS DELIGHTFULLY DUTY-FREE DEALS.

he retail landscape of Antigua is vast and offers visitors the perfect opportunity to enjoy many shopping areas. After all, shopping is always a fun thing to do whilst on holiday. The main shopping area in Antigua is in its capital, St. John’s, where you will find treasures galore, as well as incredible duty-free deals in Heritage Quay and historic Redcliffe Quay. In between the two is the vibrant Vendors’ Mall, where you can get bargains galore on T-shirts, summer dresses, beachwear and local handicrafts. All of this is in the heart of the city on the waterfront of St. John’s Harbour, where cruise ships dock on a daily basis.

HERITAGE QUAY Enjoy steel bands and other local entertainment whilst you shop duty-free for the best deals in jewellery, designer clothing labels, leather goods, china and world-famous fragrances. Of special interest are Diamonds International, which carries Cartier and Bulgari, as well as their beautiful diamond jewellery; Abbott’s Jewellery & Perfumery, which offers Rolex and other famous brands of watches and jewellery; Colombian Emeralds International, boasting highquality handcrafted emerald jewellery; Sterlings, a family-owned store carrying an extensive selection of top designer-brand jewellery and watches; Diamond Republic, offering a wide selection of beautiful jewellery; and AMA Caribbean Gems, offering fine jewellery and luxury goods since 1988.

Island Beach Bums is filled with bohemian and chic surfer beachwear, as well as fun T-shirts; Tropic Wear boasts casualwear for men, women and children; Shoul’s Liquor and Perfumery tempts you with fine liquors, cigars and perfumes; Yofi-Inspired by Nature has wonderful natural skin-care products and handmade soaps; LAND Shop is brimming with unique leather items for the whole family in their quaint little shop; Gingerlily offers elegant and fashionable resortwear for the stylish woman. And, of course, you must stop at Sunseakers, which has been dressing entire families since 1983. This well-known boutique offers a huge variety of designer swimwear, as well as sundresses, hats, sarongs, beach bags, flip-flops and more.

REDCLIFFE QUAY Historic Redcliffe Quay takes you back in time with its charming Gallic atmosphere within the courtyard, surrounded by beautiful tropical landscaping. There are some excellent restaurants where you can relax and enjoy a meal and a cool drink whilst browsing through a variety of shops that showcase local handicrafts, artistic souvenirs, clothing, toys and so much more. Don’t miss The Goldsmitty, where you can choose uniquely created jewellery, all designed by the owner, Hans Smit. Zemi Art Gallery, where owner Stephen Murphy is constantly at work creating whimsical, funky arts and crafts mostly from recycled and found Caribbean objects, is another unique shop. Silver Chelles specialises in

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These words not only define Miranda Askie Designs but also personify the designer’s eclectic aesthetic. In fact, you cannot speak of the design without speaking of the creator — as they are one in the same. With jewellery, clothing and handbags as intrepid and unique as Askie’s personality, the artist is dedicated to spreading her very own brand of beautiful to customers at her Redcliffe Quay–based design house in St. John’s. She creates and adorns her clientele with statement-making pieces. Now entering the third year at her new location, or third season, as the fashionista would say, Askie has set out to “accessorise the positive” and bring out the inner diva in each of her clients — ensuring that they leave with a signature piece skilfully crafted with thought and care. “It’s not only about selling a piece to the individual… I want them to feel classy. I don’t want them to feel that I am selling them a piece that I want them to have, but rather a piece that they need,” Askie says. Her design begins somewhere in the recesses of her imagination, where, before she ever gets started, she imagines every curve of the bangle, drape of the fabric or embellishment on the purse. And for Askie, design resides everywhere — even in the blush and subtle inflections of colour on a mango. The palette must “speak” to her and whisper its path. “Whether it is a fabric, something natural or sometimes, even a fruit, it will speak

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to me. I pick colours and designs that speak to me. Once I sit down, I play with my pieces and begin to create,” Askie says. Natural materials such as coconut husk, copper, lava stone and coral and semiprecious stones — including her signature quartz, amethyst and jade — are everpresent in her designs. Askie’s designs are made not only with gems and semiprecious stones but also with the inspiration of the land itself. An equally important component to her fashion is her diverse heritage. The “afrocreole” flare of Dominica, the calm serenity of Barbuda and the “fiery boldness” of Antigua are all endemic in her distinctly small-island creations. In the end, Miranda Askie is about inspiring a sense of magnificence when someone is adorned with one of her designs. “Everyone should leave here feeling like royalty,” she says.

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ALL SHOPS ARE CLOSED ON SUNDAYS AND PUBLIC HOLIDAYS. beautiful silver jewellery complemented with unique seashells. Noreen Phillips Couturier offers elegant and glamorous clothing that is “part Carnival, part Park Avenue” designed by the former fashion model herself. The Toy Shop has toys galore — even ones that you have forgotten about — in this sweet old-fashioned hut. Exotic Antigua always has something cool and tropical to wear to remind you of your vacation. C & C Wine Bar will welcome you during or after your day of shopping to relax with a drink, or enjoy some of their sumptuous gourmet delights. Browsing around St. John’s is also fun. Howell Jewellers has a wide selection of jewellery and watches, and also offers custom designs. Don’t miss a visit to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda on Long Street, with its delightful gift shop that promotes 100 percent locally made handicrafts. Also, on St. Mary’s Street is an excellent bookshop, where you can pick up local best-sellers and international authors. There are lots of hidden treasures on the streets of St. John’s. Check out the craft market down by the vegetable and fish markets, as well as the Workshop for the Blind, where visually impaired workers produce items to sell — all in the same area of Market Street.

FRIARS HILL ROAD A short drive out of St. John’s, travelling north, is Friars Hill Road. Here, you will find new and exciting shopping experiences in three different malls. Woods Mall, offers banks, a supermarket, a pharmacy, speciality doctors’ offices and an emergency clinic, as well as a few shops such as Payless and RadioShack. Village Walk Shopping Centre has a bank, a food court, an inclination shop, a clothing shop, stationers and an excellent liquor store. Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy, Antigua’s largest grocery store and pharmacy, conveniently opens early and closes

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late, seven days a week. It has now become more like a one-stop shop where you can find freshly prepared meals to go, fresh-baked breads and desserts, baby supplies, liquor, ATM machine and much more. Tucked away on the same side of the road is The Gazebo, which is overflowing

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with exotic and unique items from Mexico and Indonesia. It’s well worth a visit. Further along is Royal Palm Place, which boasts an excellent restaurant called The Larder, stationers, an optometrist, a dentist, a speciality hair salon, an inclination shop and American Airlines ticket sales office.

Enjoy a wonderful day browsing and shopping in Nelson’s Dockyard, located in English Harbour, and in the Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth Harbour. There is exotic clothing, pottery and other local handicraft shops that are particularly unique to this part of the island. A stroll around this enchanting area is a definite must, with excellent restaurants and places to stop to just rest awhile — enjoying the yachting scenery, the Dockyard Museum and other historic points of interest.

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Phone: (268) 562-8961 / 8917 islandbeachbums.com Silver Chelles

108 Heritage Quay St. John’s . Antigua Phone: (268) 462.0746

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JOLLY HARBOUR SHOPPING COMPLEX Picturesquely set on the waterfront in Jolly Harbour, you can walk through the beautifully manicured gardens on the boardwalk to the various boutiques, a bank, real estate and car rental businesses, a pharmacy and another well-stocked branch of Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy.

V.C. BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT If you’re heading home and crave some last-minute buys before you say goodbye, stop at the many duty-free shops inside the airport. There are liquor stores, where you can purchase fine Antiguan rum, as well as shops offering perfumes and mementoes of your vacation — for yourself and your loved ones back home.


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EXOTIC ANTIGUA

Tel: 462-2972 exoticantigua@gmail.com

Tel: 562-1288 exoticantigua@gmail.com

The Harbour View Bar & Café is the only waterfront bar and Café downtown with a splendid bay view. Its elevated position allows guests to spend their time relaxing in the lounge area enjoying cooling trade breezes. Primarily open for breakfast and lunch, Harbour View Bar and Café serves fresh salads, sandwiches and paninis, exotic cocktails and refreshing smoothies.

Exotic Antigua, located in Redcliffe Quay, specialises in jewellery, bags, hats, linen and cotton tropical clothing for both men and women, all at affordable prices. They offer excellent customer service to create a great shopping experience.

THE TOY SHOP

C&C WINE BAR

Tel: 462-1041 clefsangel@hotmail.com

Tel: 460-7025 info@ccwinehouse.com

Shopping for gifts? The Toy Shop makes it easy for you. They have a wide selection of local, hand-crafted dolls, steel pans and coconut carvings, spices, local condiments, rum cakes, Susie’s hot sauce, jams and more. And if you are looking for beach stuff, T-shirts or bags, you’ll find that too.

C&C Wine Bar is a small open-air bar with bags of personality. Offering a wide selection of South African wines and a simple but satisfying menu, it’s a great way to spend a laid back evening. Famous for its Lasagne Thursdays (make reservations), this small bar packs a lot into a small space.

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FRED’S BELGIUM WAFFLE & ICE CREAM Tel: 460-7025 fredswafflesandicecream.com There is nothing that beats the island heat like a sweet treat! Based in Redcliffe Quay, Fred’s Belgium Waffles & Ice Cream offers a wide variety of ice creams, sorbets and Belgium waffles. Made with the freshest local ingredients all products are made daily on location.


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SILVER CHELLES

Tel: 562-1820

Tel: 789-2662 silverchelles.com

This trendy new restaurant in the Historic Redcliffe Quay of St Johns offers a wide variety of fresh local and international dishes. The exotic drinks are the exact refreshment you’re looking for on a sunny day. It is enhanced by the welcoming atmosphere and the outdoor patio filled with plants will surely give you the tropical relaxing feel. Cutie’s welcomes you for breakfast, lunch or dinner.

NOREEN PHILLIPS COUTERIERE Tel: 462-3127 noreenphillipscouturiere@hotmail.com “Women’s alluring attire should reflect elegance and drop-dead glamour.” Noreen Phillips haute couture designs have graced the Caribbean fashion arena for three decades. Her collections are fashionably current, timelessly detailed and globally seamless. The store has a range of pret-aporter clothing, hats, accessories and handbags.

SALTY DOGS RENTALS AND ADVENTURES Tel: 562-8341 saltydogsrentals.com Explore off-road Antigua, under lush rainforest canopies, through fields of lemongrass and stopping at the famous Body Pond Dam- a scene right out of Jurassic Park! Along the way, enjoy the St John’s market district, a Rastafarian bush village, scenic lookouts and stop at a palm-fringed beach. Note: Automatic and Manual 5- speed transmission are available.

Silver Chelles is a beautiful jewellery boutique situated in the heart of historic Redcliffe Quay. Specialising in polished seashells set in sterling silver, every piece is handcrafted and unique. Seashell adorned bags, gifts and shells are also available.

ZEMI ART GALLERY Tel: 562-7662 wadadliwatercolours@yahoo.ca Local artist Stephen Murphy, known as an eco-artist, takes a fresh look at producing art and crafts. Using mostly recyclable materials, Stephen produces some of the most unique art and jewellery found in the eastern Caribbean. The contemporary art and design collection includes original, limited editions and an array of up-cycled art. VISIT ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 2018

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DELICIOUS DELIGHTS WITH A WIDE VARIETY OF RESTAURANTS, NIGHTCLUBS AND BARS, THERE’S ALWAYS SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO ON YOUR NEXT CULINARY OR NIGHTTIME ADVENTURE.

ntigua and Barbuda is known worldwide for its fabulous fare. Whether it is local, international or fusion, there is something — including fine cuisine, casual eateries and sweet treats — to delight every palate.

DICKENSON BAY AREA If you’re in the Dickenson Bay area, visit Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar to dine in a rustic eatery by the sea, open for breakfast through dinner. Ana’s on the Beach boasts Mediterranean fare and eclectic ambience, whilst you dine a stone’s throw from the Caribbean Sea. Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts is home to one of the most famous restaurants in Antigua, the Warri Pier Restaurant, where you can enjoy dinner in the romantic setting of a private pier over the sea or enjoy a typical English afternoon tea from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. every day, except Sunday. The Trade Winds Hotel is another Dickenson Bay landmark. Set on a beautiful hill overlooking the bay, the Trade Winds Hotel is renowned for its restaurant, The Bay House Restaurant & Bar. A TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award winner, it offers live entertainment on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays and is rated one of Antigua’s finest. Continued on page 76


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Chic Dining in Paradise

Make time for this must-visit tropical oasis at least once before you leave Antigua.

WHERE YOU’LL WANT TO BE TO WATCH

Lunch is a fun tapas menu, made for sharing, with a focus on fresh,

THE SUN SET OVER THE PALM TREES

locally sourced ingredients. Head

AND THE PLUNGE POOL. It’s hard to

Chef Simon Christey-French is

resist the lure of this stunning

passionate about and a master of his

restaurant and bar, which sits gracefully in the cove of a magnificent bay, overlooking the crystalclear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Stylish young owners Kate and Alex Rocks — Alex, a London-trained chef, and Kate, with roots in the music industry — have created a hidden gem, a true tropical oasis of calm. It’s the perfect combination of fabulous food and a chic, effortlessly chill vibe in a stunning location. It’s no surprise that Sheer Rocks has earned an outstanding reputation on the small island as the coolest, absolute-must-visit spot. Spend your afternoon chatting over leisurely lunches, lounging on four-poster daybeds, sipping cocktails, listening to epic playlists and taking a dip in the plunge pool. The mojitos, rum punch and anything off the bespoke G&T (Gin and Tonic) menu are an absolute must.

trade. His menus are innovative and exciting, with the utmost attention to detail and presentation. The tuna tartare and sticky pork are certainly worth sticking around for. Hang out until sunset when Sheer Rocks transforms into one of the most romantic and tranquil restaurants imaginable. Dinner is served in secluded pavilions overlooking the rocks. Choose from the a la carte or an exceptional five- or seven-course tasting menu, with optional wine pairing. Service is friendly, with the perfect balance of attentive yet discrete. It’s the stuff that dreams are made of. Be sure to have a peek in the corner boutique on your way out. The Coco Riko luxury beachwear line is bold, bright and brilliant. We highly recommend taking home a copy of their Music on the Rocks CD or their hand-jarred “salts and spices.”

STAY CONNECTED FOR THE LATEST RESTAURANT NEWS sheer-rocks.com enquiries: info@sheer-rocks.com weddings & events:  events@sheer-rocks.com t: +1 268-562-4510 t: +1 268-464-5283 Sheer Rocks @sheerrocks @Sheer_Rocks

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FORT JAMES Located in Fort James, midway between St. John’s and Runway Bay, Millers by the Sea Beach Bar and Restaurant is steps away from the beach, serving local fare but specialising in seafood. If you are going to dine here, make sure to make a reservation.

ST. JOHN’S Harbour View Bar & Café is primarily open for breakfast and lunch, and you can enjoy paninis and fresh salads or a latte whilst taking in the views of the harbour. The café is currently open from October to May. Centrally located in St. John’s, C & C Wine Bar is a quaint, open-air bar

Admiral’s Inn & Gunpowder Suites

with a wide selection of South African wines and a simple menu. After dinner, take a short walk to Fred’s Belgium Waffles and Ice Cream for a refreshing treat, including sorbet and freshly made Belgian waffles. For the perfect combination of Italian cuisine and fine wine, visit Ticchio Italian Food and Wine. The shop, which flies in wine, cheese and fresh seafood directly from Italy every week, is in Village Walk on Friars Hill Road. The restaurant and 10-room inn is located on Dockyard Drive in English Harbour.

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If you’re looking for a sweet bite to

Enjoy fresh and delicious Italian specialities

eat, don’t miss Donut Ace in Redcliffe

at La Bussola Restaurant & Pizzeria while overlooking Dutchman’s Bay. Nearby, Garden

perfect spot to enjoy a flavoursome, varied menu with delicious drinks to

Grill is a local hotspot with a menu that features

boot. If you’re looking for an authentic

deliciously decadent farm-to-table dishes.

Italian experience right in Antigua, do not miss Incanto Restaurant & Lounge Bar,

Quay — the red velvet cinnamon rolls are to die for! Hemingways Caribbean Café, located in a historical building overlooking the hustle and bustle of the city, is the perfect spot to people-

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watch as you enjoy delectable local

If you’re travelling to the southern side of the

where you can experience the best of both world’s — Italian cuisine right on the

fare on the terrace. Cutie’s Bar & Restaurant, a relative newcomer to the

island, stop by Turners Beach Bar and Grill,

nation’s crisp, clear waters. Located in

located on a popular beach and perfect for a

The Admiral’s Inn, Pillars serves its a la

Redcliffe Quay scene, is a quaint

carte meals on a shaded terrace over-

garden oasis that serves up a fusion of

Caribbean-style lunch and drinks before heading into the warm waters. Sugar Ridge

international and Caribbean meals.

Resort features two distinct restaurants on

looking the waters of Nelson’s Dockyard. Be sure to sample their tasty seafood.

its property: Carmichael’s for gourmet fine

Take a short boat shuttle over from The

dining, and Sugar Club Restaurant, with its

Admiral’s Inn to Boom, a restaurant

international menu and many themed nights. Poised on the edge of a bluff at Cocobay Resort, overlooking Ffryes Bay, Sheer Rocks offers a delicious Mediterranean menu and drinks in a stunning setting that is not to be missed.

located in front of historic Gunpowder House. Here, you can lounge or take a dip in the infinity-edge pool before or after your scrumptious meal.

HODGES BAY/ DUTCHMAN’S BAY Ocean Point Resort & Spa is located between the airport and St. John’s. Their newly opened Sottovento on the Beach Restaurant is an alfresco restaurant on the beach, serving Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. It is a romantic place to eat whilst listening to the sound of the waves from the ocean. The restaurant can be reached by boat, with dock mooring available to guests.

ENGLISH HARBOUR Savour the Caribbean-fusion French menu and enjoy the open-air garden terrace at Zambuka Cafe and Bar in English Harbour. A stone’s throw from historic Nelson’s Dock-

’ROUND SOUTH If you’re looking for an authentic Antiguan feast, head over to O.J’s Beach Bar & Restaurant, a favourite eatery that is popular with locals. Located just steps from Crab Hill Beach, the view alone is worth the trip.

Coconut Grove Open Everyday Breakfast . Lunch . Dinner

Coconut Grove extensive menu offers the finest cuisine with a caribbean flavour. Dining on the water front at Dickenson Bay is truly an unforgettable experience. Tel: 268-462-1538

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INN&&RESTAURANT RESTAURANT INN "Experience hospitality" Italian restaurant • Innour with 10 rooms • Terrace * ITALIAN RESTAURANT * INN WITH 10 ROOMS * TERRACE RESTAURANT OPEN MONDAY TO SUNDAY 7:30am - 10:30pm HARBOUR WALK Dockyard Drive (English Harbour) W.I. “Experience our ANTIGUA hospitality.” Tel. +1 (268) 562-8672 RESTAURANT OPEN MONDAY TO SUNDAY 7:30am - 10:30pm ticchioinnandrestaurant@gmail.com www.ticchiofood.com HARBOUR WALK Dockyard Drive (Enlish Harbour) Antigua W.I. Tel. +1 (268) 562-8672 | Ticchioinnandrestaurant@gmail.com ticchiofood.com VISIT ANTIGUA & BARBUDA 2018

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They say that nighttime is the right time, and that is certainly true of Antigua’s vivacious nightlife. So, when the sun sets and the moon ascends, it is not the end of the day — not by a long shot. Prepare to indulge in myriad scrumptious culinary delights and lively entertainment, each with its own individual flair.

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part of the National Parks, is a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. At 4 p.m., you are welcomed onto the grounds of this former military complex by the rhythms of a steel band, aroma of barbecue and breathtaking views of English Harbour. The mood changes as the sun sets, as evening ushers in a reggae band and lively party vibe. Colloquially, “to lime” is to hang out and have a good time, and that’s just what you’ll be doing when you visit BeachlimerZ, at the end of Dickenson Bay, just off the waters of historic Fort James. Daily happy hour is from

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5 to 7 p.m., and there are live bands Thursday through Sunday. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, head to Road House Restaurant & Bar in Newfield, a quaint restaurant and bar that offers a purely authentic local experience. On Sunday evenings, a live band rocks the party; and then a DJ plays music late into the night.

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CHARLES BATCHELOR IS LAID BACK. He’s not particular about much — not even the spelling of his last name, which he’s partial to at the moment — Bachelor is just fine, too. What the manager of Sheer Rocks Restaurant is meticulous about is his craft, his art, bartending. “Everyone says that they are a bartender. Some people are just going to the bar and mixing drinks, though. We could mix two drinks that look the same, but don’t taste the same,”

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mean rum punch.’” The next day, he started bartending at Sheer Rocks. Since then, his role has continued to evolve. He has now earned the title of manager and a reputation for tantalising diners with tales of a life spent on a tropical paradise, all over a finely curated drink. That’s what friends do, right? And everyone is a friend to the father of three, who says he has never met a stranger. Whether serving the everyday Joe, a repeat customer or a celebrity, such as singer Mariah Carey, Batchelor regards everyone like royalty, saying, “We treat everyone like a celebrity.” Though his duties are wide-ranging since being promoted to manager, he always stays close to his roots, pitching in at the bar whenever he has a chance. Even though he gets playfully goaded by the young bar staff about his age, he takes it in stride. “They say I’m getting old, but I’m not cold,” Humty, as he’s also known, says. Batchelor is quick to note that the mouthwatering, varied menu at Sheer Rocks is complemented by the right drink pairing. He admits to loving everything on the menu but says guests should not leave without tasting the pork loin with creamed cabbage, his personal favourite. His favourite drink to make is the mojito. The right amount of fresh mint, lime, sugar and soda water topped off with rum-soaked sugar cane are the key. However, when asked for the exact recipe, mum’s the word. “I can’t give away all the tricks,” he says. “You’ll just have to come down and find out for yourself.”

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ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA IS A PICTURE-PERFECT DESTINATION FOR AN IDYLLIC WEDDING OR HONEYMOON.

un-kissed beaches. Stunning villas. Glamorous yachts. Historic sites. It’s no wonder that many visitors fall in love with Antigua and Barbuda — and with love itself. Each year more than 1,200 couples come to the dual-island nation to exchange vows, renew commitments or make honeymoon memories to last a lifetime. This destination seems to have been made for lovers. That’s why tourism officials are working to grow the island’s standing in romance-travel tourism. You’ll find event planners to handle every detail of a wedding, reception and honeymoon, as well as wedding concierges at resorts and independent agencies throughout the island; and they are more than pleased to produce the most romantic show of your life. Just ask Jodi Weinrich. She and her fiancé, Robert, had travelled extensively on his catamaran throughout the Caribbean. “Out of all the islands we visited, Antigua was our favourite. The people of Antigua are friendly and welcoming.”


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When it came time to marry, Antigua was the obvious choice. “It was the most romantic, stunning day you could ever dream of,” Weinrich says. “Just pure bliss. Nothing less. The most beautiful day I have ever experienced.” Weddings are wonderful — there’s no doubt about that — but pulling off the perfect ceremony can add a lot of stress to your life. For this reason, it’s best to hire an experienced wedding professional to take care of all the details. That’s exactly what Weinrich did

with her choice. Weinrich’s pictureperfect ceremony took place at historic Nelson’s Dockyard. There’s no shortage of beautiful venues throughout Antigua, including Papa’s By the Sea in Falmouth Harbour. It’s the perfect place for a beach wedding. And if you’re looking for a hair stylist, as well as a photographer to capture this memorable occasion, Steph & Vlada’s in Jolly Harbour features both a salon and a photo studio. Once all the details are taken care of for you, all you have to do is say, “I do.”

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LOVE CONNECTION “Planning a wedding isn’t just about business — it’s about people,” says romance concierge Melinda Fletcher of Life Love Memories. Fletcher takes the stress out of managing ceremonies and receptions, allowing couples to fully enjoy the most romantic day of their lives. “From alterations on the wedding dress to taking up a hem on the groom’s trousers, we are your ‘go to’ concierge,” Fletcher says. “At Life Love Memories, it’s all about the personalised, professional service that exceeds expectations.” When working with couples, Fletcher likes to think of herself as a trusted family member, always on hand to answer questions and allay concerns. “From the moment a couple makes contact,” she says, “I am available to help create a one-of-a-kind lifetime event with all

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details impeccably executed. From catering options to silverware to live entertainment and location, we coordinate all aspects of the occasion, giving you the time to focus on starting a new relationship with your one true love.”

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LOVE LETTERS It’s easy to get married in Antigua. Just remember your ABCs: A is for Application. Your wedding planner will help you fill out the paperwork and file it at the appropriate agency. B is for Booking. Set the date and location well in advance. Let your planner handle the details. C is for Ceremony. Say “I do” and the deed is done. Now it’s on to the honeymoon!

Getting married is one of the most important days of your life and can be a bit stressful with planning the wedding of your dreams. To ease your stress, Papa’s is offering an all-inclusive tailor-made Wedding Package. Please call our wedding coordinator on +1 (268) 720-7134 Falmouth Harbour Falmouth, St. Paul’s Antigua | Telephone: 1 (268) 561-7633 | Email: papasantigua@gmail.com

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HEALTH + WELLNESS

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FIT AND FABULOUS ANTIGUA MAKES IT EASY TO LOOK AND FEEL YOUR BEST.

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ho says you can’t have your rum cake and eat it, too? Antigua is the perfect place to relinquish workaday worries, but you don’t have to abandon the fitness regimen you’ve worked so hard to maintain or deny yourself any of the pleasures this island paradise has to offer. Keep on track at a gym. Indulge in a detoxifying seaweed wrap at a luxurious spa. Soak up the sunrise as you stroll along a secluded beach or take a hike to Shirley Heights. Make your yoga moves on a sandy shore, alone or with a group. You can even work out with a certified trainer like national cycling champion Kevinia Francis, who manages the Island B-Hive stand at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.


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BEAUTY AND THE BEACH Beauty may be “skin deep,” as the saying goes; but caring for your skin is essential if you want to look and feel your best. It’s especially important if you’re out and about all day in a sunny paradise like Antigua. Skin is your body’s largest organ, but maintaining its health doesn’t have to be a big chore, says Ty Domp, international manager of YOFI–Inspired by Nature in Heritage Quay. Domp offers beautifying products like Dead Sea salts from Israel, along with tips to help you protect and preserve the vitality of your skin. 1. Face facts. Your face will appreciate it if you avoid falling asleep without removing your makeup. Remember to cleanse and moisturise. 2. Avoid touching your face. This is a hard one, because we touch our faces several times a day. However, oil and dirt can cause outbreaks, especially in a new environment.

3. Protect your pores. Worship the sun but don’t forget to slather on UVA/UVB sunscreen. Even on cloudy days the sun’s rays can damage the skin. Liberally apply sun protection throughout the day, especially after activities such as swimming. 4. Water, water, water! “Most of us remember to hydrate our skin with moisturizers and cleansers,’’ Domp

says, “but it is more important to hydrate your skin from the inside, especially for tourists who are not used to our climate.” 5. Give plants a chance. If you overdo it in the sun and burn your skin, try a time-tested remedy from Mother Nature. Aloe vera plants, which grow all over the island, produce a gel that is cooling and soothing. Squeeze a leaf for quick relief.

As Francis will tell you, fitness doesn’t have to be a chore or take much time. Follow a few simple suggestions and you may return home in better shape than when you arrived. 1. Eat. No need to count calories in Antigua. The island’s cuisine is delicious and good for you: fish served up from the sea, vegetables packed with vitamins and minerals, and fruits so juicy and sweet they can serve as dessert. 2. Drink. A full day of fun in the sun can drain you. Replenish yourself regularly with water. And try some fresh coconut water. It has electrolytes and is refreshing to boot. 3. Explore. Exercise doesn’t have to be exhausting. It can be fun on an island like Antigua, which offers so many outdoor activities. See the sights to stay in shape; swim in warm, clear waters; jog along the shore or follow a hiking trail. 4. Seek. Don’t be afraid to ask for help. Take a class. Sign up for a biking tour. Get guidance from professional trainers like Francis. And, above all, have a good time. You’re on vacation — and you’ve never looked better.

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INVESTING IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA

SEARCHING FOR YOUR PIECE OF PARADISE? INVEST IN PROPERTY AND YOU MAY BECOME A CITIZEN OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA.

ith some of the most sought-after properties in the Caribbean, Antigua and Barbuda presents an attractive environment for investing in real estate. As a result, Antigua and Barbuda’s real estate sector has witnessed an increase in interest from foreign buyers in recent years. In addition, Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP), which is one of the most recent CIPs in the world, is currently attracting the attention of overseas investors who are seeking a second citizenship and alternative residency, as well as international investment opportunities. In this connection, the government of Antigua and Barbuda has recently approved a number of real estate development projects that qualify for citizenship. The programme presents a win-win proposition for the economy of Antigua and Barbuda, as well as for investors seeking profitable returns on investment (ROI) within a stable business environment. Once you have chosen to invest in a property in Antigua and Barbuda, its location will have a significant impact on the value of the property and influence your lifestyle. Antigua and Barbuda has been blessed with 365 stunning white-sand beaches and is surrounded by the azure seas of the Atlantic Ocean and the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Take into consideration whether you want to be able to walk straight out onto one of the island’s stunning beaches or to wake up each morning with spectacular views over the sea and the surrounding

islands. The cost of a luxurious beachfront villa may well run into the millions of dollars, but if the property is higher up in the hills, a short distance inland, the price may be significantly lower. The choice is yours, and with many residential projects currently under development, there exists a wide range of real estate options available across the island.

A PLETHORA OF OPTIONS The west coast, with its stunning vistas of beaches and crystalline seas, has been very popular with overseas investors. Jolly Harbour offers a plethora of real estate options, from marina-front condos to luxury beachfront villas. This secure, friendly, gated community offers a wide range of facilities, including a sports complex; a commercial centre with shops, banks and restaurants; an 18-hole golf course and an excellent supermarket — everything you need for day-to-day living. Just outside Jolly Harbour, on a spectacular peninsula of untouched hillsides surrounded by white-sand beaches, is Pearns Point – The Peninsula. This USD $300 million high-end residential development offers 59 plots over 141 acres. The Peninsula ensures unrivalled security yet maintains convenient accessibility. Pearns Point has some of the largest beach plots available in the world, and at over an acre these will not be ordinary beachfront homes. Pearns Point will also be home to a branded five-star boutique hotel clubhouse. Tamarind Hills is a new development on the southwest corner of the island with views over the ocean and the neighbouring island of Montserrat. The developers are

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INVESTING IN ANTIGUA building a stunning collection of apart-

As many of the real estate offerings are located within properties that are already

effective way to jump start the economy

porary Caribbean feel. These beachfront freehold homes are a fantastic rental

operating successfully, returns on invest-

by re-attracting Foreign Direct Investment (FDI), renewing interest in the real

opportunity, especially with the rental

ment may be realised sooner; and with resorts achieving a high occupancy rate,

programme that is being offered.

investors are able to make wise decisions

general economy.

English Harbour, the yachting capital of the Eastern Caribbean and home to Antigua Sailing Week, is another area

based on solid and substantial evidence. Antigua and Barbuda offers investors

estate market and spurring growth in the

HOW IT WORKS

the opportunity to gain an alternative citizenship passport, which is a powerful

The Antigua and Barbuda CIP Act was Investment Unit (CIU) was staffed on

approved real estate projects in the area.

tool for international tax planning, offering mobility and freedom to travel and extra

South Point Antigua is a premium boutique

privacy in banking, as well as the safety of

August 26, 2013, and opened for business on October 10, 2013. The first application

condo hotel development featuring an

an additional country to reside in.

was received in November of that year,

growing in popularity with overseas investors. There are a number of CIP-

exclusive waterfront location, breathtaking views over the harbour and five-star services. The development blends elements of local architecture, feng shui, and minimal-design interiors to create a unique Caribbean flair. These condos are available for individual or shared ownership.

For more information on any of these real estate developments, contact Island Living Antigua at info@islandlivingantigua.com. Gaye Hechme is managing director of Island Living Investment Services, Ltd.

BEAUTY AND SERENITY Windward Estates, on the bluff at the entrance to Falmouth Harbour, offers a collection of dream villas. Each villa within this gated community is being built to respect the natural beauty and the serenity of the location. Nonsuch Bay Resort is currently one of the largest ongoing developments in Antigua and Barbuda. This gated community is laid out over 40 acres of land surrounded by water on three sides on the eastern coast of Antigua at the western end of beautiful Nonsuch Bay. The first phase of the project has now been completed with 62 one-, two- and threebedroom apartments, as well as 19 villas and 15 three-bedroom townhouses along with a clubhouse and restaurant, and a yacht and sailing school. The second phase will consist of 188 additional units, a marina village with restaurants, cafés and boutiques, tennis and squash courts, parking, a helipad, and a spa and fitness centre. An upcoming resort on the north coast is the Hodges Bay Club. Set on nine acres of lush tropical gardens, Hodges Bay is an exclusive beachfront resort and residential community blending contemporary style with the charm and character of the island. The resort will provide sophisticated hotel accommodation, residential villas and executive residences along with distinctive dining options and extensive leisure facilities.

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PASSPORT TO PROSPERITY A NEW LAW CLEARS THE WAY FOR FOREIGN INVESTORS TO BECOME CITIZENS OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA. n this age of advancing technology, instant communication and increased mobility, becoming a global citizen has never been more desirable. That’s why Antigua and Barbuda’s relatively new Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) is proving to be popular amongst investors. Speedy processing and the quality of real estate offerings available give the programme a serious competitive advantage. Like many countries, Antigua and Barbuda suffered a major setback after the 2008 global economic crisis. Consumers in source markets — Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States — experienced a reduction in disposable incomes and began travelling less frequently. Because tourism is the main driver of the economy in Antigua and Barbuda, the

passed in April 2013. The Citizenship by

and the first citizenship was granted in February 2014. Under the CIP Act, amended in April 2016, applicants 18 and older must submit to a rigorous Due Diligence (DD) or background check process. All applicants must apply through a locally licensed agent: a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda or a lawful resident of no fewer than seven years. Applicants then are subject to processing and due-diligence background checks, an extremely involved and stringent procedure. The CIU employs a multi-tiered process that involves, but is not limited to, searches in global sanctions and embargo lists, alerts and watch lists issued by financial regulators and law-enforcement and other governmental agencies from around the world. These lists contain profiles of high-risk and “potentially” high-risk individuals and entities, Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs) and their relatives and close associates, high-profile criminals and blacklisted entities. Also included are individuals and entities appearing on lists such as the World Bank Ineligible Firms List, Office of the Comptroller of the Currency and the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC). The unit engages the services of international DD providers to conduct extensive research on all members of the applying family in every place they would have lived for more than six months during the past 10 years. The CIU also collaborates with regional and international law-enforcement agencies, and focuses on such matters as direct or indirect involvement with terrorism, international investigations or cross-border money-laundering activities. It is only after this process is completed


INVESTING IN ANTIGUA that a decision is rendered. If derogatory

CITIZENSHIP BENEFITS

information is discovered at any of these

To date, more than 1,000 families are

stages, the applicant is denied. If approved, applicants and their families may apply for

enjoying the benefits of Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment

For more information about the Antigua

citizenship by:

Program. These include: • A straightforward application process,

and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment

• Investing a minimum of USD $400,000 in an approved real estate project • Investing a minimum of USD $400,000 in an approved business • Contributing USD $100,000 to the National Development Fund

no minimum net-worth requirement or

In addition, applicants must pay varying stipulation is that new citizens spend at least five days on Antigua or Barbuda in the five years following the granting of citizenship.

SERIOUSLY SUCCESSFUL The CIU takes its responsibility seriously, and all of the unit’s international partners are involved in the vetting process. That’s a prime reason that the CIP has enjoyed rapid success. The CIU staff, composed mostly of individuals from the private sector, offers a turnaround time of about 60 days and is one of the most efficient units in the region. Also, Antigua and Barbuda has maintained a strong presence in the high-end tourism sector for more than four decades and so already has certain infrastructures in place, making the country an attractive portal for real estate and business investors. The twin-island state, moreover, has learned from already-established programmes and thus models its real estate offerings and escrow arrangements accordingly. The unit, for example, exerts some control over management of escrow accounts. That gives investors confidence that developers will deliver on their promises. It’s also important to note that the CIU has been very visible in the international community by participating in industry conferences and establishing a strong presence in several high-quality publications. Visibility, a culture of efficiency, a robust due-diligence process and a climate of transparency and accountability have prompted international industry partners like Henley & Partners and Arton Capital to endorse Antigua and Barbuda as the number one programme in the region. Henley & Partners went a step further and ranked the programme third globally.

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Program, visit www.cip.gov.ag or email info@cip.gov.ag.

previous business experience, with a decision usually rendered in 60 to 90 days • Living in a safe, stable “Westminsterstyle” democracy modelled after that

processing fees. The only residency

nities to improve the economic livelihood of Antiguans and Barbudans.

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of the United Kingdom • Free movement into and out of Antigua and the ability to work or start a business • No restrictions on dual nationality • Visa-free access to 134 countries • Stable currency: USD $1 = EC (XCD) $2.70 (XCD) since 1976 • Recent elimination of personal income tax • Avoidance of the 5 percent non-citizens’ licence on purchase of real estate • No tax on worldwide income, inheritance, capital gains or investment returns • A well-established legal and regulatory framework, supporting civil and commercial relationships • Citizenship for life, once residency requirement is met, in an active, committed member-state of the international community

THE CARIBBEAN ISLAND NATION IS MAKING ITS MARK ON THE GLOBAL FINANCIAL STAGE.

Antigua and Barbuda was the first Caribbean nation to permit investment in approved businesses, an initiative that

ntigua and Barbuda, in the eastern Caribbean, is a crossroads for financial services within the rest of the West Indies. In addition, the country’s 30-year-old financial centre operates within a time zone convenient to providing international financial services. Although best known for its 365 white-sand beaches, Antigua enjoys a growing reputation as a trusted Caribbean destination for both tourism and international financial services. The government is vigorously pursuing programmes to

other jurisdictions are now copying. The CIP has spurred resurgence in the country’s real estate sector and renewed interest in the hotel sector. This economic boost has allowed the country to look at projects focusing on environmentally responsible technologies such as solar energy and reverse osmosis. Revenue flows from CIP, in fact, are expected to foster cottage industries such as agro-processing, improve the agricultural sector and support

enhance and strengthen these two sectors as key pillars of the economy. Antigua’s international financial centre is relatively small, but there is every indication that the nation’s stable, sovereign jurisdiction is attracting clients seeking more personal attention for their wealth-management portfolios. As the world recovers from the 2008 financial crisis, the Caribbean has seen a resurgence of business. Antigua and Barbuda, for example, was the fastest-

creation of new industries, thereby ensuring diversification of the economy. In the meantime, the local populace benefits from direct contributions to social-development programmes, as the CIP creates more employment opportu-

growing economy in the Caribbean region in 2016 and resisted a wave of accelerating inflation, according to a report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC).

NATIONAL BENEFITS

Antigua and Barbuda is positioned as an


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exchange of expertise and collaboration amongst 156 financial intelligence units worldwide to fight money laundering and financing of terrorism.

SUPPORT FOR BUSINESS Antigua provides ideal support for information technology services and internet-driven business opportunities that demand more sophisticated financial services. The Antigua & Barbuda Investment Authority assists investment enquiries and identifies related up-market tourism destination for the more

incentives for certain investment categories.

discriminating visitor and similarly appeals

International business companies (IBCs),

to client relationships for banking services.

trusts and foundations also benefit from a tax-neutral business environment. There is a fully experienced and professional sector composed of attorneys and licensed company providers that can assist in clearing names, registration of corporate entities and trusts, and referral of clients for bank account relationships in the jurisdiction. That Antigua and Barbuda is a small, sovereign, stable, tourism-related jurisdiction that complies with international regulations is appealing to many investors. The country is increasingly attractive to international investors from Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and Far East seeking private banking services and wishing to balance their portfolios with real estate investments in the jurisdiction. Antigua’s international financial centre enjoys the commitment of its public and private sectors to meet the challenges of a connected financial world. It has appropriately reorganised itself to meet the requirements of modern business and

BUSINESS-FRIENDLY CLIMATE Antigua has successfully reshaped its regulatory and business operations to provide a safe harbour for Foreign Direct Investments (FDIs) and to attract businesses looking for a more stable environment. The country, in addition, is a full member of the Group of International Finance Centre Supervisors. The jurisdiction undergoes regular peer evaluation by the Caribbean Financial Action Task Force, as well as reviews by the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), giving enhanced scrutiny to the financial centre’s operations. Antigua balances the client’s needs for confidentiality with the requirements of meeting international financial regulatory standards through Tax Exchange Information Agreements with the United States, United Kingdom, France, Australia, Netherlands, Ireland, Belgium and a dozen other countries. The jurisdiction has been found to be in compliance with the highest international standards of transparency and exchange of information as set by the Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). Complying with these requirements keeps Antigua and Barbuda on the OECD’s “white list.” The island nation is also cooperative with the United States’ Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA). All banks have been duly registered and work through an approved Inter-Governmental Agency (IGA) arrangement. Another plus is that the jurisdiction is a member of the Egmont Group, which

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the surge of global demands for financial solutions to serve international business, wealth management and ecommerce services. It is redefining the role of international banking relationships and complementing business opportunities that need technology-driven solutions. The combination of well-regulated financial service providers and the ability to offer modern financial services in a stable environment makes Antigua and Barbuda a premier location for doing global business. Brian Stuart-Young is chief executive officer of Global Bank of Commerce, Ltd., in St. John’s, Antigua.

BUSINESS-FRIENDLY ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA WORKS TO ATTRACT CAPITAL FROM AROUND THE GLOBE.

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ost visitors to Antigua and

Barbuda cannot fail to be impressed by the climate and natural beauty of the island, the peace and stability of the government, and the friendliness of the people. Given the unpredictable and often turbulent events around the world these days, more people might be thinking: What would it be like to live or do business here? Grant Thornton, the leading financial services provider in Antigua, is helping investors who are considering such a move. In a developing country like Antigua and Barbuda, there are opportunities to make successful investments in many different areas, including several industry sectors that are yet untapped. Tourism is by far the largest sector of the economy, and there are other opportunities in agriculture, offshore banking and online gaming. There are also three offshore medical schools that contribute significantly to the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), which is one of the highest per capita in the sub-region. Antigua is scenic but also cosmopolitan, with a high quality of life and superb air links. The country, for example, offers daily flights to Europe, the United States, Canada and the wider Caribbean. The twin-island nation also has an “open” economy, with no foreign-exchange controls or other barriers to repatriation of profits. The EC dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar, which helps with financial stability. Throughout the islands are many stunning, untouched areas that are the stuff of dreams from a real estate developer’s perspective. Private property ownership laws — based on United Kingdom common law — are well developed and supported by the islands’ High Court system.


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INVESTING IN ANTIGUA The government is always seeking inward investment, so projects that meet certain criteria benefit from government support in terms of generous tax incenTamarind Hills

tives and other waivers. The government also is approachable, offering easy access to key decision-makers. Antigua’s infrastructure continues to develop at a rapid pace, as evidenced by the country’s new state-of-the-art airport. In addition, the English-speaking

views. Knowledgeable real estate agents

Under the Citizenship by Investment

are on hand to help buyers find their

Program (CIP), individuals and their families

workforce is highly literate and well

dream homes.

can apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship by making a qualifying investment in

educated; work permits, as needed, are

Whilst Antigua is not a tax haven,

issued for non-CARICOM nationals to fill

residents pay no personal income tax,

real estate or business, or contributing to

local skills gaps.

inheritance tax or capital gains tax. Business profits are taxed at up to 25 percent, and there are a variety of transaction taxes, including a Value-Added Tax (VAT) at 15 percent. In recent years, the business-friendly island nation has made great efforts to pave the way for investors who might be considering basing operations in Antigua and Barbuda. Permanent Residency status is obtainable with a minimum residence requirement of only 30 days per year and payment of a flat tax of USD $20,000 per year. And thanks to a new law, the country has widened the path to citizenship.

the National Development Fund.

QUALITY OF LIFE Antigua and Barbuda is famed for its perennial tropical climate. Outdoor pursuits such as sailing, tennis and golf are enjoyed year-round. The country has a wonderful, relaxed feel due in large part to its friendly, cosmopolitan populace. And new residents are impressed by the quality of health care, including a modern hospital and many private, specialist medical practitioners. Those shopping for a home find a wide range of real estate options, including properties with stunning ocean

Investors who make the move to Antigua and Barbuda will find guidance at Grant Thornton. The company is licensed to submit citizenship applications under the CIP and offers application services, tax and residency advice, outsourcing services and escrow services. The firm’s staff also offers expertise with audits, taxes, corporate services, Internet Technology consulting, outsourcing and general advisory services. The firm is a member firm of the Grant Thornton International network. Robert Wilkinson is a partner with Grant Thornton in St. John’s, Antigua.

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Your one-stop-shop for provisioning, Epicurean can supply all your needs including general groceries, fresh meat, produce, seafood (including sushi), and specialty and UK products such as Waitrose brand. We also have a great selection of wine, beer and liquors. In addition, we offer a BUY BIGGER bulk section which is great value for the yachting community. FRIAR’S HILL LOCATION P 268.484.5400 F 268.481.5450 Hours 6:00a.m. to 11:00p.m. JOLLY HARBOUR LOCATION P 268.481.5480 F 268.481.5499 Hours 6:00a.m. to 11:00p.m.


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ANTIGUA REEF RIDERS, p. 39 Tel: 728-5239 www.antiguareefriders.com Captain your own 10-foot, two-seater inflatable Reef Rider. Located in Jolly Harbour, Reef Riders allows guests to test their skills as they cut through the waves. On arrival at Cades Reef you can snorkel and marvel at the diverse marine life. CARIBBEAN HELICOPTERS, p. 33 Tel: 562-TOUR www.flyCHL.com Up, up and away! For more than 18 years, the skilled pilots of Caribbean Helicopters have been offering panoramic, bird’s-eye tours of Antigua and neighbouring islands. CEDAR VALLEY GOLF CLUB, p. 51 Tel: 462-0161 www.cvgolfantigua.com Cedar Valley Golf Club is just the place to tee off. Close to town, the 18-hole championship complex boasts aweinspiring vistas and a challenging course. This 6,157-yard, par-70 course offers an enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels. D-BOAT, p. 40 Tel: 734-2628 www.dboatantigua.com Moored just off the coast of Antigua, by Maiden Island, D-Boat Water Entertainment Centre guarantees a day of fun in the sun for all ages. Step aboard the retired oil tanker that is now a water park and party boat and enjoy the waterslides, trampoline and swing that catapults you into the sea. NELSON’S DOCKYARD NATIONAL PARK, p. 29, 53 Tel: 481-5021/22 www.nationalparksantigua.com Historic Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, once a British fort named for Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson, is arguably the most visited site in Antigua. The buildings have been modernised, but they retain their original naval heritage. Be sure to visit the numerous shops and restaurants there. ONDECK, p. 42 Tel: 562-6696 www.ondecksailing.com/antigua Take the helm and sail into Antigua’s waters with OnDeck. Crew an Antigua yacht race, sip champagne on a sunset cruise, enjoy a snorkel and beach stop on a half- or full-day cruise or take one of many RYA (Royal Yachting Association) sailing courses. Guaranteed fun for guests from eight to eighty. SOUL IMMERSIONS DIVE CENTRE, p. 42 Tel: 720-8314 www.soulimmersions.ag Soul Immersions offers a full range of diving courses and activities for beginners as well as experienced divers. Certified divers will take you out to one of the many dive sites off Falmouth or English Harbour where you can explore fascinating marine life. Snorkelling and kids’ programmes are available, too. STINGRAY CITY ANTIGUA, p. 40 Tel: 562-7297 www.stingraycityantigua.com Meet up with friendly stingrays as you snorkel around a magnificent coral reef at Stingray City Antigua. Enjoy swimming and feeding these cuddly creatures and other reef dwellers. Afterwards, head back to the coast and relax with a complimentary rum or fruit punch.

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TROPICAL ADVENTURES ANTIGUA, p. 41 Tel: 480-1225 www.tropicalad.com Discover Antigua by land, sea and sky on a day tour with Tropical Adventures Antigua. Savour unique experiences that allow you to see the natural beauty of the country, whether on a 4x4 off-road adventure, kayaking through mangroves or circumnavigating the sea on a catamaran. WADADLI CATS, p. 43 Tel: 462-4792 www.wadadlicats.com Wadadli Cats offers three different catamaran tours through Antigua’s clear waters. Take a 60-mile tour around Antigua’s coast, snorkel at Cades Bay Reef or commune with nature on the Bird Island & Kayak Eco Tour.

DINING & NIGHTLIFE

BAY HOUSE RESTAURANT AND BAR, p. 78 Tel: 462-1223 www.twhantigua.com/dining Bay House Restaurant & Bar at Trade Winds Hotel offers alfresco dining overlooking the Caribbean Sea from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. The restaurant’s innovative Caribbean and international menu features the freshest produce, seafood and island spices. Evening entertainment includes live jazz and reggae. “Ecstatic” Happy Hour is from 5 to 7 p.m. daily. BOOM RESTAURANT, p. 30 Tel: 460-1027 www.admiralsantigua.com Boom, the new poolside restaurant at Gunpowder House, has spectacular views overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard and the harbour. Enjoy delicious fresh lunches and your favourite cocktail or glass of wine. BUCCANEER BEACH CLUB, p. 31 Tel: 562-6785 www.buccaneerbeach.com The Buccaneer Beach Club is a cosy beachfront property on famous Dickenson Bay beach. The property is surrounded by a tropical garden, which assists in providing a tranquil atmosphere that only a premier Caribbean resort can offer. C&C WINE BAR, p. 70-71 Tel: 460-7025 info@ccwinehouse.com C&C Wine Bar is a small open-air bar with plenty of personality. With a wide selection of South African wines and a simple but satisfying menu, it offers a great way to spend a laid-back evening. Reserve a table on famed Lasagna Thursdays. CARMICHAEL’S AND SUGAR CLUB AT SUGAR RIDGE, p. 11 Tel: 562-7700 www.sugarridgeantigua.com Sugar Ridge is a modern, intimate boutique hotel for the discerning traveller who wants to connect with the beauty of Antigua. Dine at the hotel’s two distinctive restaurants, Carmichael’s and Sugar Club, and enjoy the spectacular views. COCONUT GROVE RESTAURANT & BAR, p. 78 Tel: 462-1538 www.coconutgroveantigua.com Nestled amongst palm trees on Dickenson Bay beach, Coconut Grove Restaurant offers a versatile menu to suit every taste. Start your day with the Full Monty breakfast, take a swim or sunbathe, and then stay for a lunch of freshly caught fish. The mood transforms at night, when you can dine by candlelight.

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CUTIE’S BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 70-71 Tel: 562-1820 www.facebook.com/cutiesantigua Cutie's Bar & Restaurant is the trendy new eatery in historic Redcliffe Quay that offers a wide variety of fresh local and international dishes for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The exotic drinks are the exact refreshment you're looking for on a sunny day. FRED’S BELGIUM WAFFLE & ICE CREAM, p. 70-71 Tel: 462-1941 www.fredswafflesandicecream.com Nothing beats the island heat like a sweet treat! Based in Redcliffe Quay, Fred’s Belgium Waffles & Ice Cream offers a wide variety of ice creams, sorbets and Belgian waffles. All products are made daily with the freshest local ingredients. GARDEN GRILL, p. 79 Tel: 464-0207 www.facebook.com/gardengrillanu Garden-fresh salads, sizzling burgers and so much more. That’s what you’ll find at this popular spot at Dutchman’s Bay. HALCYON COVE BY REX RESORTS, p. 79 Tel: 462-0256 www.rexresorts.com/antigua/halcyon-cove Protected by a mile-long coral reef, the spectacular beach at Dickenson Bay is one of the best in Antigua and is home to the Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts. Boasting a lively but laid-back ambience, this familyfriendly hotel is set within beautifully tented gardens opening directly onto the stunning sandy beach. HARBOUR VIEW BAR & CAFÉ, p. 70-71 Tel: 462-2972 exoticantigua@gmail.com In Redcliffe Quay, this is the only waterfront bar and café downtown with a splendid bay view. Its elevated position allows you to relax in comfort in the lounge area. Stop in for breakfast and lunch. Harbour View Bar and Café serves fresh salads, sandwiches and paninis, along with exotic cocktails and refreshing smoothies. HEMINGWAYS CARIBBEAN CAFÉ, p. 81 Tel: 462-2763 www.hemingwayantigua.com Located on the veranda of a West Indiesstyle house in St. John’s that dates to 1829, this is a perfect example of a Hemingway haunt during the time this celebrated author spent in the Caribbean. Familyowned and run for the past 29 years, enjoy authentic Caribbean style cooking that caters to all for breakfast, lunch and dinner. INCANTO RESTAURANT, p. 76 Tel: 789-4531 www.incantoantigua.com Chefs here are adamant about using fresh produce from island farmers and what a difference that makes! Treat yourself to a plate of pesto gnocchi and see for yourself. KING’S CASINO, p. 83 Tel: 462-1727 www.kingscasino.com Since 1988, King's Casino has been Antigua's number-one entertainment destination with state-of-the-art slot machines, all the best table games, a live-action sports book, bar and more. It’s in the heart of St. John’s just off the cruise ship pier. LA BUSSOLA, p. 77 Tel: 562-1545 / 785-5436 www.labussolaantigua.com Fresh, enticing Italian specialties star the menu at this restaurant, pizzeria and bar.

Order a savoury slice or dive into a bowl of succulent seafood. No one leaves hungry. MILLERS BY THE SEA, p. 81 Tel: 462-9414 deborah2868@gmail.com On the white sand beach at the end of Runaway Bay, Millers by the Sea specialises in fresh seafood of all kinds prepared the Antiguan way. Open every day for breakfast, lunch and dinner, the restaurant offers live entertainment nightly and a happy hour Monday through Friday. OJ’S BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 76 Tel: 460-0184 www.facebook.com/ojsbeachbar You can’t go wrong trying one of OJ’s outstanding meals for lunch or dinner. Lobster Salad, Sautéed Garlic Shrimp and Seafood Pasta are island favourites. PAPA’S BY THE SEA, p. 80 Tel: 561-7633 www.facebook.com/PapasBarAndRest Come early and leave late, take a dip in the pool or a paddle in the ocean, try Papa’s famous grilled lobster, sip perfect cocktails at sunset and make new friends. PILLARS RESTAURANT, p. 30 Tel: 460-1027 www.admiralsantigua.com Pillars, named after the 18th century pillars lining the outdoor terrace, serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. The tree-shaded terrace is a delightful place to sit and eat looking out over the water. Local seafood is their speciality and they use fresh local produce whenever possible. SHEER ROCKS, p. 75 Tel: 464-5283 www.sheer-rocks.com Poised on the edge of a bluff overlooking Ffryes Bay, Sheer Rocks offers a Mediterranean menu eclipsed only by its beautiful setting. Enjoy tapas for lunch, aperitifs at sunset, and dinner overlooking floodlit rocks. Afterwards, dip your feet in the plunge pool as you enjoy a nightcap. SOTTOVENTO ON THE BEACH AT OCEAN POINT RESORT AND SPA, p. 12 Tel: 562-8330 www.sottoventoantigua.com Just a few steps from the sea, Sottovento offers a mix of exquisite Mediterranean flavours prepared by a Michelin-starred chef who combines the freshest local seafood and vegetables with delicacies imported from Italy. TICCHIO RESTAURANT AND INN, p. 79 Tel: 562-8673 www.ticchiofood.com At Harbour Walk, near Nelson’s Dockyard, Ticchio serves up authentic Italian cuisine and Mediterranean-style seafood specialties. Sip an aperitif on the terrace lounge, enjoy dinner and then retire to one of 10 elegant guest rooms. TRAPPAS BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 80 Tel: 562-3534 www.facebook.com/Trappas Local fish cooked to perfection and bathed in a savoury Cajun sauce. You’ll find that and more at this English Harbour favourite. TURNER’S BEACH RESTAURANT, p. 81 Tel: 462-9133 www.facebook.com/turnersbeachantigua Set on a beach of the same name, Turner’s Beach Restaurant is known for its Caribbean menu and seafood dishes. Between dips in the azure sea and frolicking on the beach, this is the perfect


INDEX OF ADVERTISERS place to have a bite and a drink. Turner’s is open for lunch daily. Dinner by reservation only.

REAL ESTATE AND INVESTMENT

CITIZENS BY INVESTMENT GROUP, p. 97 Tel: 481-8400 www.cip.gov.ag Antigua and Barbuda now grants citizenship to foreigners who invest in certain island properties or businesses, or contribute to the National Development Fund. GLOBAL BANK OF COMMERCE, LTD., p. 95 Tel: 480-2240 www.globalbank.ag Global Bank of Commerce Ltd. (“GBC”) is a Caribbean-managed and operated international bank, offering attractive financial products to its regional and international customers since 1983. GRANT THORNTON, p. 100 Tel: 462-3000 www.grantthornton.ag Grant Thornton is one of the world’s leading organisations of independent assurance, tax and advisory firms. These firms help dynamic organisations unlock their potential for growth by providing meaningful, forward-looking advice. In Antigua, the office is on Old Parham Road, just outside the capital city of St. John’s. ISLAND HEIGHTS, LTD., p. 98-99 Tel: 562-7380 This forward-looking company designs, builds and markets mixed-use, five-star developments such as the luxurious Tamarind Hills complex. ISLAND LIVING ANTIGUA, p. 93 Tel: 562-2626 www.islandlivingantigua.com The professionals here help you to become a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda by investing in luxury island real estate.

SHOPPING & ARTS

DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL, Inside Front Cover, 1, 7, Back Cover Tel: 481-1880 www.shopdi.com/locations/Antigua They say diamonds are a girl’s best friend. Enjoy duty-free shopping at Diamonds International in Redcliffe Quay or Heritage Quay. Both locations offer breathtaking selections of fine jewellery and watches. If you are looking for fine watches, DI is the exclusive agent for Cartier and Bulgari. DIAMOND REPUBLIC, p. 5 Tel: 562-1972 www.facebook.com/ Diamondrepublic999 Shop for fine watches or jewellery fashioned from diamonds or silver. Specialists at this well-respected establishment at Heritage Quay are on hand to help you choose. EPICUREAN FINE FOODS & PHARMACY, p. 101 Tel: 484-5400 www.epicureanantigua.com Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy is Antigua’s largest and most extensive grocery store and pharmacy. Groceries for your family, hot food to go, beer and wine for your next beach party, or yacht provisioning — Epicurean has it all.

EXOTIC ANTIGUA, p. 70-71 Tel: 562-1288 exoticantigua@gmail.com Exotic Antigua in Redcliffe Quay specialises in jewellery, bags, hats, linen and cotton tropical clothing for both men and women, all at affordable prices. The store offers excellent customer service to create a great shopping experience. FIG TREE STUDIO ART GALLERY, p. 59 Tel: 460-1234 / 723-2034 www.figtreestudioart.com Situated in the heart of the rainforest, Fig Tree provides an opportunity to purchase original artwork directly from a variety of Caribbean artists, including a wide range of paintings and crafts on sale. HOWELL JEWELLERS, p. 68 Tel: 784-0458 www.facebook.com/HowellJewellers-196736574744 Stop by this small manufacturing plant and discover the finest in handcrafted jewellery of gold and silver, as well as other metals such as copper and brass. ISLAND BEACH BUMS, p. 68 Tel: 562-8961 / 8917 www.islandbeachbums.com This store with two locations at Heritage Quay is filled with everything you need for the beach and more: T-shirts, towels, sunscreen, hats, bags, flip-flops, cover-ups, sunglasses and toys. LAND LEATHER COLLECTION, p. 68 Tel: 462-0746 landantigua@gmail.com Located in Heritage Quay, this quaint leather goods store in Heritage Quay carries LAND leather items for men, women and children. The esteemed brand offers unique, premium leather goods with exquisite craftsmanship. Obtain your handbags, briefcases, travel accessories, belts and much more at the LAND Leather Shop. NOREEN PHILLIPS COUTURIERE, p. 70-71 Tel: 462-3127 noreenphillipscouturiere@hotmail.com “Women’s alluring attire should reflect elegance and drop-dead glamour.” Noreen Phillips’ fashions have been prized throughout the Caribbean for three decades. Her creations are fashionably current, timelessly detailed and globally seamless. The store at Redcliff Quay has a range of pret-a-porter clothing, hats, accessories and handbags. SILVER CHELLES, p. 70-71 Tel: 789-2662 www.silverchelles.com Silver Chelles, specialising in polished seashells set in sterling silver, is a beautiful jewellery boutique in the heart of historic Redcliffe Quay. Seashell-adorned bags, gifts and shells are also available. Every piece is hand crafted and unique. STERLINGS, p. 2-3, 9 Tel: 562-5662 sterlings@candw.ag Sterlings specialises in silver jewellery, but also offers pieces in 14kt and 18kt gold, as well as stainless steel. In Heritage Quay, the retailer is the exclusive agent for Pandora and Alex and Ani jewellery. The store also offers numerous brands of designer watches. SUNSEAKERS, p. 66 Tel: 462-4523 info@sunseakers.com Dressing women, men, children and “yachties” since 1983, Sunseakers carries every size, colour, style and

shape of swimwear imaginable. It’s the exclusive carrier of brands such as Gottex, Melissa Odabash, Ondademar, Diva, Roidal, Vix, Vitamin A, Billabong, Roxy, Ralph Lauren, Elizabeth Hurley Beach, La Blanca and Sunflair. THE GOLDSMITTY, p. 69 Tel: 462-4601 www.goldsmitty.com Discover unique jewellery with original gemstones collected by owner-designer Hans Smit from mines all over the world. A 30-million-year-old petrified coral gem, discovered locally in 2011, is now officially recognised as Antiguanite and is sold exclusively at The Goldsmitty in Redcliffe Quay. Choose your own “piece of our rock” and polish it yourself. THE TOY SHOP, p. 70-71 Tel: 462-1041 clefsangel@hotmail.com Shopping for gifts? The Toy Shop makes it easy for you. The store has a wide selection of local, handcrafted dolls, steel pans and coconut carvings, spices, local condiments, rum cakes, Susie’s hot sauce, jams and more. And if you are looking for beach stuff, tee shirts or bags, you’ll find that, too. TICCHIO ITALIAN FOOD AND WINE – THE SHOP, p. 79 Tel: 562-8673 www.ticchiofood.com At the Village Walk next to Woods Mall you will find high-quality Italian foods and wines. Mozzarella di Bufala and Burrata arrive weekly by air from Italy. The store also can order fresh black and white truffles, and it stocks a huge selection of Italian wines, liquors and beers.

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY, p. 8 Tel: 562-7600 www.visitantiguabarbuda.com The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority is charged with marketing and promotion for the twin-island nation and the development of the tourism product. With four offices in the United Kingdom,

BARBUDA EXPRESS, p. 55 Tel: 560-7989 www.barbudaexpress.com Enjoy a 90-minute catamaran ride to Antigua’s sister island. Spend the day touring beautiful Barbuda or just relaxing on the pink sand beaches. Barbuda Express also offers economical touring packages to explore and discover the island. CARTER’S RENT-A-CAR, p. 34 Tel: 463-0675 www.cartersguesthouses.com Carter’s Rent-A-Car offers a variety of air-conditioned cars, SUVs, mini-vans and 14-seated vans, all at affordable rates. DICKENSON BAY CAR RENTAL, p. 32 Tel: 732-7812 / 770-2156 Brighteyez_21@hotmail.com Hire your very own car from Dickenson Bay Car Rental and experience the freedom of exploring Antigua without waiting for a taxi or public transportation. They deliver and provide a drop-off service so there’s no hassle.

SALTY DOGS RENTALS, p. 53, 71 Tel: 562-8341 www.saltydogsrentals.com Explore off-road Antigua, under lush rainforest canopies, through fields of lemongrass and stopping at the famous Body Pond Dam — a scene right out of Jurassic Park! Along the way, enjoy the St. John’s market district, a Rastafarian bush village, scenic lookouts and stop at a palm-fringed beach. Automatic and manual 5-speed transmission is available.

YOFI-INSPIRED BY NATURE, p. 67 Tel: 562-8373 www.facebook.com/YofiInspiredByNature Discover high-quality, natural skin products imported from the Dead Sea right to the shores of Antigua. Yofi-Inspired by Nature specialises in organic, mineralenriched products and hand-made natural soaps. Yofi’s highly trained staff members pride themselves on educating customers about natural skin care.

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TRANSPORTATION

L & S RENTALS & LEASE, p. 53 Tel: 464-3778 / 725-0168 L & S Rentals & Lease strives to fit a variety of budgets, while still providing a luxurious experience. They’ll also deliver the vehicle to you.

TROPIC WEAR, p. 65 Tel: 462-6251 www.facebook.com/TropicWear Tropic Wear at Heritage Quay is the place for duty-free shopping for Levi’s and Dockers clothing for men and woman. You’ll find a wide selection of authentic styles and colours in clothing and accessories.

ZEMI ART GALLERY, p. 59, 71 Tel: 562-7662 wadadliwatercolours@yahoo.ca Local artist Stephen Murphy, known as an eco-artist, takes a fresh look at producing arts and crafts. Using mostly recyclable materials, Murphy produces some of the most unique art and jewellery in the eastern Caribbean. The contemporary art and design collection includes original, limited editions and an array of up-cycled art.

United States, Canada and France, ABTA is dedicated to delivering a diverse and distinctive tourism experience for visitors.

WEDDINGS & EVENTS

PHOTO FANTASY – TED MARTIN, p. 33 Tel: 726-3148 www.photofantasy.zenfolio.com Based in historic Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour, Ted Martin offers a unique portfolio of services to anyone requiring a photographer. Book the “Famous For a Day” photo tour and receive a CD with all your photos. Photo Fantasy also offers photo-printed T-shirts and a range of other unique souvenirs. STEPH & VLADAS STUDIO, p. 87 Tel: 785-9747 www.stephandvladasstudio.com Have your nails done, get a new hairdo and sit for a photo of the gorgeous new you. Talk about one-stop shopping! This studio does it all. WEDDINGS BY PAPA’S BY THE SEA, p. 87 Tel: 561-7633 www.facebook.com/PapasBarAndRest Papa's offers an all-inclusive tailor-made wedding package. Have a look at the options and let the professionals at Papa's help you plan your special day.

WELLNESS

WOODS PHARMACY, p. 89 Tel: 462-9288/9287 Woods Pharmacy provides the best service in prescriptions, patent medicines, Hallmark cards, toiletries, household items and lots more.

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USEFUL INFORMATION HERE IS YOUR GUIDE TO ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA TO HELP YOU FEEL AT HOME IN PARADISE.

ATTIRE Wear light-coloured, lightweight clothing. Antigua and Barbuda can be quite hot, and you want to be prepared for every eventuality. Cotton, linen, shorts and short sleeves are perfect choices. Sandals are a must, and sneakers or hiking boots are a plus if you are interested in doing outdoor activities. And don’t forget your favourite swimwear. It’s best to throw on a sarong or cover-up, or T-shirt for men, when going from the beach to a business or restaurant. But, most importantly, you are never fully dressed without a smile and some sunscreen. BANKING Banking hours in Antigua and Barbuda are Monday to Thursday, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. On Fridays, banks have extended hours, until 4 p.m. MAIN COMMERCIAL BANKS • The Bank of Nova Scotia: Branches located on High Street and in Woods Centre • ECAB: Branches located at Coolidge, Redcliffe Street, Woods Centre and Dockyard in English Harbour • Antigua Commercial Bank: Branches located at Thames and St. Mary’s Street, Village Walk Shopping Centre, High Street and Barbuda • First Caribbean International Bank: Branches located at High and Market streets and Old Parham Road • Royal Bank of Canada: Branch on High and Market streets CURRENCY The official currency of Antigua and Barbuda is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). The official exchange rate is fixed to the U.S. dollar: U.S. $1.00 is EC $2.67, but shops and taxis will often exchange it as low as EC $2.60 to the U.S. dollar. U.S. currency is widely accepted, as are all major credit cards. Change is generally given in EC, even when paying in U.S. dollars. DRIVING A temporary drivers licence is required for all drivers in Antigua and Barbuda. As long as you possess a valid international driving licence, you are all set! For U.S. $20 you can purchase a local temporary licence from your car rental agency, Coolidge or English Harbour Police

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Station and the Antigua Barbuda Transport Board. The licence is valid for three months.   Motorists should always be cautious and diligent whilst driving. Be sure to pay attention to all road signs and drive on the left side of the street. The national speed limit is 40 mph, and 20 mph in some areas. Beware of stray livestock — such as cattle and sheep — as they may cross the road. EMERGENCIES If you need emergency medical assistance during your stay, dial 911 or 999. Mt. Saint John’s Hospital is located in St. John’s just off Queen Elizabeth Highway. Tel. (268) 484-2700. Police Headquarters is located on American Road. Tel. (268) 462-0125. St. John’s Police Station. Tel. (268) 462-0045. GOVERNMENT Antigua and Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy with a British-style parliamentary system of government. An appointed Governor General represents the reigning British monarch locally as head of state. Sir Rodney Williams is the current Governor General. Antigua and Barbuda’s Prime Minister is the Honourable Gaston Browne.

GRATUITIES As a country based almost exclusively on the service industry, tipping is appreciated and widely accepted. Depending on the level of service, anything from 10 to 18 percent is average. Often, parties of more than five will be charged gratuities within the bill. Most bills will calculate costs in both EC and U.S. dollars. LANGUAGE English is the official language of Antigua and Barbuda. However, as does every country, residents speak with their own distinctive twang or dialect. POPULATION The population of Antigua and Barbuda is approximately 90,000, 1,700 of whom resided on Barbuda prior to Hurricane Irma in 2017. Redonda is only populated by birds and a herd of goats. POST OFFICE Want to send a postcard or letter home to your loved ones? The nation has four post offices throughout the island: • Long and High streets in St. John’s • The V.C. Bird International Airport at the old terminal • Woods Shopping Mall on Friars Hill Road • Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour The post office is open Monday to Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 3 p.m. on Fridays. There

are also global mail services available, including Federal Express and DHL. 2018 PUBLIC HOLIDAYS January 1: New Year’s Day March 30: Good Friday April 2: Easter Monday May 7: Labour Day May 21: Whit Monday August 6: Carnival Monday August 7: Carnival Tuesday November 1: Independence Day December 9: National Heroes Day December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day

RELIGION Christianity is the predominate religion practiced in Antigua and Barbuda, with Anglican, Methodist, Moravian and Catholic being the dominant faiths. There are numerous churches, so you can find a house of worship in pretty much every community. TELEPHONE SERVICES • International Operator: 0 • Directory Assistance: 411 • Dialling code (for Antigua and Barbuda): (268) • North America, Canada or the Caribbean: 1 + area code + 7 digit number • To dial other countries: 011 + country code + number TRAVELLING All visitors to Antigua and Barbuda must have an onward or return ticket. Citizens of the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom do not require a visa to enter the nation. For more information, visit immigration.gov.ag. UTILITIES In Antigua and Barbuda, the standard voltage is 220 volts; however, 110-volt service may be available. If you brought appliances from your home country, check to determine what system is being used in case you need an adapter. Tap water is treated and drinkable; however, many prefer bottled or boiled water for drinking. WEATHER Antigua and Barbuda enjoys a comfortable, balmy tropical climate with temperatures ranging from 22°C (72°F) to 35°C (95°F) throughout the year. June through September is the hottest time of year, with average temperatures of 25°C (77°F) to 32°C (89°F). Cooling trade winds from the southeast generally temper the heat, making for a comfortable stay. The rainy season runs from June to November, and showers are common during this time.


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Visit Antigua & Barbuda 2018  

The official in-room publication for the Antigua Hotel & Tourism Association (AHTA).

Visit Antigua & Barbuda 2018  

The official in-room publication for the Antigua Hotel & Tourism Association (AHTA).