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he warmest of welcomes to Antigua and Barbuda, our tropical twin-island paradise, full of Caribbean charm, picturesque settings and 365 glamorous beaches. If this is your first visit to Antigua and Barbuda, or you are a returning friend, we encourage you to explore all our islands have to offer. The destination provides the ultimate escape with its rich history, award-winning hotels and resorts, sporting traditions, thrilling excursions, mouth-watering local and international cuisine, friendly people and captivating culture. Antigua and Barbuda boasts some of the Caribbean’s most beautiful beaches. Your choice of beach is endless, ranging from the popular Dickenson Bay in the North to the family-friendly Pigeon Point in the South, the snorkelling grounds at Long Bay in the East and Barbuda’s untouched 17 mile stretch of pink sand beach at Low Bay, perfect for rest and relaxation. Famed for its strong sailing heritage, in Antigua you will also find the only working Georgian naval dockyard in the world. The Nelson’s Dockyard and the surrounding archaeological sites now make up a fascinating UNESCO World Heritage site. Capture one of Antigua’s most iconic shots, as you view the busy dockyard and the English Harbour from the hills at the historic Shirley Heights Lookout. Drive around Antigua and discover the lush vegetation of the Green Corridor, dramatic sugar mills, historic forts, museums and natural attractions such as the Sleeping Indian and Devil’s Bridge. For adventure, hike to our highest peak, swim with the stingrays, book some extreme action with an ecotour speedboat adventure to the Pillars of Hercules or an offshore island, then take on the challenging canopy zip line tour in our lush tropical rainforest. For a slower pace, experience Barbuda, the Caribbean’s bestkept secret. Antigua’s smaller sister island, with a population of under 2,000, is a 15-minute plane ride or 90-minute catamaran trip away. Go deep into caves filled with flora and fauna, as well as petroglyphs, and be amazed as you journey by boat to the largest and most magnificent Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the Western Hemisphere. During your visit with us, join in our many exciting island celebrations and engage with the residents during a game of warri or cricket. We encourage you to walk our city whilst shopping for your local souvenirs, sample our national dish of fungee and salt fish, taste the sweet Antigua black pineapple and enjoy delicious Barbuda lobster along with our island rum. Use Visit Antigua & Barbuda as your guide in discovering the very best of what Antigua and Barbuda has to offer. We hope you have an incredible visit and that you leave with only the fondest memories of your stay with us.

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elcome 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 amongst visitors and locals is Nelson’s Dockyard — the 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 kaleidoscope 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, ever ything 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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wonders of our islands. Sail around the coastline on a catamaran and an-


chor 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 ad-

World-famous Antigua Sailing Week brings together more than 100 yachts in a series of prestigious competitions.

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ntigua Sailing Week welcomes you to “Race, Chase and Celebrate” April 27 through May 3, 2019. This world-famous event showcases the most professional racing found anywhere in the Caribbean yet is also a must-do for cruising and bareboat crews. With over 100 boats every year, there’s room for everyone — from world-class, award-winning skippers to casual sailors along with their friends who want to join in, cheer them on and have some fun. Crews keen to get a little training the day before the official event commences can participate in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 27. Totally optional, it’s a great opportunity to get a feel for the conditions and, for those looking for a challenge, to break the record currently held by Warrior (USA). Sunday, April 28, sees the competition begin in earnest. Sailors are challenged with a variety of racecourses off Antigua’s south coast, the ever-present trade winds encouraging tacking duels in the deep blue Caribbean waters. When the racing ends for the day, the sailors head to the daily prize-giving ceremony, where that day’s successes are recognised.

venturous, you can scuba dive, take a round-the-island safari Jeep tour,

Spectators are encouraged to get involved, too, whether that’s appreciating the action from a bird’s-eye vantage point like Shirley Heights or the many hiking trails to viewpoints along the coastline. Daily Chase the Race tours also head out from Falmouth Harbour Marina to the racecourse to view the on-the-water battles up close. Tuesday, April 30, will mark the 10th anniversary of Reggae in the Park. The perfect combination of reggae music, an international crowd and an iconic venue makes for an unforgettable experience where crews let their hair down and islanders come out to energise this multicultural party. Wednesday, May 1, is a scheduled “Lay Day,” when everyone gets to kick back. Pigeon Beach is the perfect venue for a fun beach party; its tranquil white sands liven up with team games, single-handed competition and DJs playing beats until the sunset. After dark, the bars of English Harbour really come alive. Islanders, visitors and sailors all lime together, flocking to the local vendors and finedining restaurants. Parties and live music are ongoing throughout the week, ensuring there’s something for everyone.

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 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


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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 whilst on vacation here, and we hope that this publication helps you fulfil all your dreams for a perfect holiday.

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 whilst 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.

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. Whilst on your vacation, take the time to explore and discover the many



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Brenda Lee Browne is a writer, creative writing teacher and event organiser. She was born in the United Kingdom and now lives in Antigua and Barbuda. Her first novella, London Rocks, was published by Hansib in the United Kingdom. Her personal interests include cricket, Carnival and handbags.

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.


P.O. Box 133, Grand Cayman, KY1-1101, Cayman Islands Tel: 345-949-7282 Email: CHAIRMAN Peter D. Savill EDITORIAL DIRECTOR Vanessa Molina Santamaria ART DIRECTOR Sarah Rusin SALES Susan Cox, Luis Sardinas FINANCE DIRECTOR Paul Lewis ACCOUNTING MANAGERS Conor Jameson, Roisin Smith CONTRIBUTING WRITERS Brenda Lee Browne, Melinda Fletcher, Mykl Clovis Fuller, Gilly Gobinet, Tracy Guerrero, Jeffrey Dollar Laign, Rana-Jamila Lewis, Jonathan Monje, Alicia E. Simon, Alison Sly-Adams




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 organisations, 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.

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LAND ACTIVITIES Enjoy the great outdoors


BEAUTIFUL BARBUDA Top reasons to visit Barbuda


HISTORY A glimpse into our past


ARTS & CULTURE Island art, music and Carnival


SHOPPING One-of-a-kind retail offerings


DINING & NIGHTLIFE Local and global cuisine


WEDDINGS Getting married in paradise

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HEALTH & WELLNESS Yoga classes and wellness tips


INVESTING IN ANTIGUA International financial services

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WELCOME To Antigua and Barbuda


BEACHES 365 stunning shorelines


EXPLORING Top island attractions


FAMILY FUN Activities for all ages

USEFUL INFORMATION Helpful travel tips


ON THE WATER Make a splash





SAILING & REGATTAS Sailing capital of the Caribbean

INDEX OF ADVERTISERS Guide to shopping, dining and activities


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With 365 spectacular beaches, historical attractions, worldclass cuisine, local crafts and trendy shops, you’re sure to find something to suit your taste. Add fun-filled activities and attractions and you’ve got the perfect blend of adventures on land and at sea. Our idyllic paradise will satisfy all your travel cravings and help you create unforgettable memories to last a lifetime.



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The dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is a beachlover’s paradise. Reef-ringed and carpeted with colourful sand — from blazing white to blushing rose — the islands’ shores vary in ambience and charm.

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hether you’re looking for fun in the sun or just want to get away from it all, there’s a beach for you. But how do you choose? Here’s our guide to some of the best beaches the islands have to offer. COASTING AROUND ANTIGUA The larger of the islands boasts 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. Learn a new watersport, commune with nature, relax with family or make new friends. Follow the compass and see where it takes you.

NORTHERN COAST JABBERWOCK BEACH Best for: Sporty types Why? Antigua offers endless ways to challenge yourself above and below the water. Kitesurfing and windsurfing have become increasingly popular in recent years, and Jabberwock is a great place to ride the waves on a board. It’s especially appealing from December through August, when warm trade winds blow strongest. DEEP BAY BEACH Best for: Boaters, snorkellers, explorers Why? Drop anchor in the protected waters of Deep Bay and don your snorkel and mask. In the middle of the bay is the 100-year-old wreck of the merchant ship

Andes. Sometimes you can spot its masts poking through the surface. Dry off with a short hike to Fort Barrington and explore the ruins, which date from 1779. DICKENSON BAY BEACH Best for: Limers Why? Liming is Caribbean-speak for chillin’ with the gang, perhaps over an icecold Wadadli beer. Bustling with bars and eateries, the half-mile-long beach at Dickenson is one of Antigua’s prime spots for people watching.

EASTERN COAST NONSUCH BEACH Best for: Splashers Why? Tucked in a cosy inlet, Nonsuch Bay is a great place to spread your towel on pink sand and let your worries float away. Calm, gentle waters are perfect for swimming, or simply wading. The kids will love it here. LONG BAY BEACH Best for: Grown-ups and kids alike Why? This is the place to enjoy swimming, snorkelling and simply soaking up a bygone sort of local flavour you’re not apt to find at beaches dominated by large resorts. Try your hand at watersports, or simply hang back and chat with island vendors who can show you what life on Antigua is all about.


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HALF MOON BAY BEACH Best for: Lovebirds Why? Stake out a spot on the sugary, blushcoloured sand that covers this 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 waves. It’s the perfect place to catch the sun setting in a sea of vibrant colours.

SOUTHERN COAST CADES BAY BEACH Best for: Snorkellers Why? Cades Bay Marine Park features a two-mile-long reef inhabited by a wide variety of colourful soft corals, spotted eagle rays, southern stingrays, blue tangs, grunts and groupers. The closest portions of the reef are just a quarter mile from shore, and the water in many parts reaches a comfortable depth of just 35 feet. GALLEON BEACH Best for: Nature lovers Why? Colourful fish, sea turtles and stingrays are just offshore. Galleon’s also a good bet for hikers. A brief walk around the point brings you to the Pillars of Hercules, an impressive cliff carved into awe-inspiring columns by centuries of crashing waves and pounding winds. You may also want to take the high road and Tweet scenic pics along Jones Valley and lookout trails as you ascend to Shirley Heights. You’ll be rewarded there by magnificent views of English Harbour and neighbouring islands. MAMORA BAY BEACH Best for: Families Why? 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, it’s close to a slew of restaurants and 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.

WESTERN COAST JOLLY BEACH Best for: Browsers Why? If you like shores with stores, bring cash and cards to Jolly Beach, a one-mile stretch of sand lined with vendors sell-

Learn a new watersport, commune with nature, relax with family or make new friends. Follow the compass and see where it takes you.

ing 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 unique local treasure to take back home. HAWKSBILL BEACHES Best for: Couples Why? Royal Palm Beach, Sea Grape Beach, Honeymoon Cove and Eden Beach are on the property of the Hawksbill by Rex Resorts, but they’re secluded and open for all tourists to enjoy the views of craggy red rocks protruding from the bay. You can don your birthday suit at Eden Beach, but be sure

to bring plenty of sunscreen. It’s the island’s only clothing-optional stretch of sand. DARKWOOD BEACH Best for: Escape artists Why? 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.



Curtain Bluff Beach

GOAT POINT Best for: Loners Why? Goat Point is a little cape near the northern tip of Barbuda. It is beautiful and isolated, with blindingly white sand and flawless turquoise waters. Bring a good book or simply let yourself get lost in thought as you meditate and take in the natural beauty surrounding you.

Jolly Beach

ON TO BARBUDA If you prefer beaches less travelled, you’ll love the pristine shores of sister island Barbuda, where you can walk for miles in some places without encountering another beachgoer. Protected by a barrier reef, the waters of Barbuda are largely calm and inviting. Waters fronting the Atlantic are slightly rougher but appreciated by surfers and beachcombers in

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search of multihued shells and seapolished driftwood. Rose-coloured shores and otherworldly limestone formations make for gallery-calibre photographs, and you may just make some discoveries that will surprise you. All this splendour is just a short ride away on the Barbuda Express ferry from Antigua. Here are a few of the beaches you may want to consider.

TWO FOOT BAY Best for: Nature lovers and history buffs Why? On Barbuda’s east coast, Two Foot Bay is a national park with soft, white sand and mysterious limestone caves. As if natural beauty weren’t enough to entice you, Indian Cave boasts ancient Amerindian petroglyphs. You can well imagine that the caves look much as they did when Arawaks inhabited them, long before Columbus was but a glimmer in his father’s eye.

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PALMETTO POINT Best for: Boaters and nature lovers Why? At the southernmost tip of Barbuda, Palmetto Point is a favoured destination of boaters, especially those who enjoy watching the sun sparkle across long swaths of pink sand. Tie up here and snorkel or sunbathe, and enjoy a picnic lunch. It’s a day you’ll long remember.




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Join us as we bar-hop across the island, sharing some of our favourite places to put up your sandy feet and sip the day away.


ntigua and Barbuda is world renowned for its pristine, palm-lined beaches. The only thing that could elevate that experience is a cold, refreshing drink — seaside! If you’re looking to hang out and have a good time, then you’ll want to head over to


BeachLimerZ at the end of Dickenson Bay, just off the waters of historic Fort James. Every Thursday it’s Karaoke with Stars! Enjoy a refreshing drink and some memorable fun. A local favourite, Turner’s Beach Restaurant is located on a popular beach in Bolans, and it’s perfect for a Caribbean-style lunch and drinks before heading into the warm waters. If you prefer, you can even rent umbrellas and lounge chairs right on the beach. Rum Bus Beach is a newcomer to the scene, with rum (of course) being the main attraction, but don’t forget the quirky atmosphere and great food. Located on the south side of the island, you can’t miss it — the staff serves you out of a converted red bus. Located on Valley Church beach in Jolly Harbour, The Nest Beach Bar & Restaurant is steps from the beach and known for its delicious (and strong) drinks and simple, yet delectable menu. Nestle your feet in the sand and cool down with a rum punch. Castaways on the Beach is the quintessential beach bar, savour the Caribbean and Indian delights as you lounge by South Beach. Made with local and Indian ingredients, you’ll be wowed by the unique experience. Located in Fort James, midway between St. John’s and Runway Bay, Miller’s by the Sea

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Beach Bar and Restaurant is a stone’s throw away from the beach, serving local fare but specialising in seafood. If you are going to dine here, make sure to make a reservation. Looking for an old haunt with a new twist? Situated on Pigeon Beach, Catherine’s Café serves dynamic French Provençal–style cuisine in a chic setting right on the beach. (Note: The café is closed on Tuesdays.) Set on a picturesque beach by the sea, Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar is the perfect place to dine and take a dip, serving a varied menu all day. Insider tip: They have happy hour “5 o’clocktails” every day at 5 p.m. Starfish Halcyon Cove is home to the famed 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 to 4:30 p.m. every day, except Sunday. Enjoy a truly authentic Antiguan feast over at OJ’s Bar & Restaurant, a favourite eatery that is popular with locals and visitors alike. Located just steps from Crab Hill Beach, the view alone is worth the trip. Lucky for you they are open daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Watch the sunset over the Caribbean Sea with a Tequila Sunrise in your hand, courtesy of Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant. Located on one of our most beautiful and popular beaches, delight in local specialities for breakfast and lunch. Made with the freshest, local ingredients — with a decidedly Swedish flare — Cecilia’s at Home Point in Coolidge is the place to be. Just minutes from the airport, soak up the last of Antigua’s sun-kissed shores and cool drinks before you head off. Note they are closed on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

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f you’ve come to this dual-island paradise in search of beautiful beaches, you’ll certainly find them. Antigua boasts 365 spectacular shores — one for every day of the year — and Barbuda offers up miles of pristine coastline. But there’s more to Antigua and Barbuda than sun, sand and sea. From adrenaline-pumping sports and honeymoon hideaways to sites rich in culture and natural wonders, this top-shelf vacation destination is filled with attractions to interest every kind of visitor. Who’s Antigua for? Here’s who.

and mac ’n’ cheese (or a fried egg). Now, that’s a mouthful.

PEOPLE PERSONS Liming — kicking back with family and friends — is a time-honoured Caribbean tradition. It’s also a great way for tourists to get an insider’s perspective that they may not find in a guidebook. BeachLimerZ, a breezy bistro bar overlooking Antigua’s stunning Fort James Beach, is a great place to get out and mingle. Soak up local culture as you treat your taste buds to Caribbean classics like shark bites and coconut shrimp, as well as innovative offerings that may astound even the hungriest of eaters. The triple-decker Nyamburger, for example: three beef patties topped with bacon, fries, onion

THRILL SEEKERS If adrenaline is your favourite hormone, you’ve made the right choice to visit Antigua and Barbuda. The islands offer myriad ways to get your blood pumping, in the water and on the land. Surf the waves, dive the deep, zip through the treetops, land a marlin, race a sailboat. There are more activities here to get you going than you could possibly try in one visit. Guess you’ll be coming back for more.

LOVEBIRDS There’s nothing more romantic than an Antiguan sunset — unless it’s catching a glimpse of the elusive Green Flash. If conditions are right, you may be fortunate enough to spot a brief burst of verdant light as the sun sinks below the horizon. Science says it’s merely an atmospheric phenomenon, but romantic islanders know better. Lore has it that couples graced by the Green Flash are destined to enjoy everlasting love.

MYSTERY SOLVERS Indiana Jones wannabes will be in their element discovering the remnants of a world lost to time. Amerindians inhabited Antigua and Barbuda centuries before


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Columbus thought about setting sail. That may explain the mysterious megaliths that dot the summit of Green Castle Hill, three miles south of St. John’s, and the petroglyphs carved in Barbuda’s Indian Cave. Aeons before, crashing waves carved out stellar rock formations like the famous Pillars of Hercules and Devil’s Bridge, a limestone arch spanning geysers and blowholes.

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HISTORY HOUNDS Antigua enjoys a rich colonial heritage, as you’ll discover on a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour. At the close 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 offers rooms with spectacular views. 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 seafood specialities. Hop aboard the shuttle boat at the inn and

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CULTURE VULTURES Painters, photographers, writers and musicians make up Antigua’s vibrant arts community. Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery in English Harbour is a treasure trove of artwork and handcrafted jewellery, and photographer Ted Martin will capture beautiful images for you at his store in Nelson’s Dockyard. Novelist Jamaica Kinkaid hails from St. John’s. And local musicians keep the beat going with calypso and reggae tunes.


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you’ll quickly arrive at Gunpowder House & Suites, home of Boom Restaurant, 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. BUY STANDERS 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 marked-down 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 vendors proffer local crafts and souvenirs. Not a lot of shoportunities on Barbuda, but there is a small community of crafters who sell their wares in Codrington. VIEW MASTERS Do look down from time to time. What you see will amaze you. From Shirley Heights, 500 feet above sea level, you’ll enjoy impressive views of English Harbour and beyond. On a

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#ANTIGUASELFIE you’ll want to stop at just about every turn, but here are just a few of the best places to take a selfie on the island. Devil’s Bridge: For the daredevil in you, a picture on the bridge is quite a feat. If you are lucky, you may even get a spray of seawater from geysers in the background. Crossing can be dangerous, so a picture directly in front of the bridge is just as beautiful (and much safer). #devilsbridgeantigua Carnival Statue: In St. John’s, just in front of Country Pond, you will find life-size mahogany statues of a family clad in carnival attire. Created by Cuban artist Osmani Perez, the installation was unveiled during Carnival 2017. #carnivalstatueantigua

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Betty’s Hope: On the estate in Pares Village, you will find two of the 112 sugar mill towers on the island. One is fully restored with sails and is a wonderful place to take a picture and admire some of Antigua’s history. #bettyshopeantigua V. C. Bird Monument: The larger-than-life bust of the “father of the nation,” Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Sr. rests by the market in St. John’s. The vibrant colours and beautiful artistry make it a must-see as you take selfies in town. #VCBirdmonumentantigua Shirley Heights Lookout: If you are looking for a snapshot of Antigua’s beauty, head on down to Nelson’s Dockyard and snap a panoramic view of English Harbour. It is simply breathtaking. #shirleyheightsantigua

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A short speedboat ride takes you to Stingray City Antigua, where friendly, hungry southern rays congregate around a coral reef in shallow, crystalline waters.

NATURE BUFFS The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are home to several species of creatures found nowhere else – the Barbuda Warbler, for example, and the Antiguan Racer snake. Indigenous lizards and exotic birds thrive on uninhabited Redonda and Great Bird Island. Stingrays aren’t endemic to Antigua and Barbuda but plenty of them hang out in surrounding waters. A short speedboat

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Stingray City

clear day, in fact, you may catch a glimpse of French Guadeloupe or Montserrat’s smoking volcano. On Sundays, locals and tourists alike flock here to savour barbecue and the music of local bands. Also magnificent are the views from nearby 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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Boom Restaurant

Boat ride to Boom Restaurant

ride takes you to Stingray City Antigua, where friendly, hungry southern rays congregate around a coral reef in shallow, crystalline 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 you can’t pass up. DAYTRIPPERS Your holiday wouldn’t be complete without a full-day tour of Antigua and a visit to neighbouring islands. Traverse Antigua’s rugged terrain in a 4x4 Land Rover from Tropical Adventures Antigua, boat across turquoise waters past tiny uninhabited isles and then have a refreshing swim with stingrays. Or treat yourself to 60 miles of scenery and snorkelling as you circumnavigate the island aboard one of Wadadli Cats’ twin-hulled catamarans. And you simply can’t bypass the natural treasures of Barbuda. Board the Barbuda Express, a high-speed catamaran ferry, and in 90 minutes you’ll be strolling along rose-coloured shores. Book a helicopter tour with Caribbean Helicopters to get a bird’s-eye view of Antigua and Barbuda. Or you can cruise with Tropical Adventures along Low Bay and the 17-milelong beach where turtles tend to nest. These are just a few of our recommended must-do activities in Antigua and Barbuda. No matter what you’re seeking in an island holiday, you’ll find it here, where “bored” is a word seldom heard.


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Swash Water Park



Kids and grown-ups alike will long remember the good times they shared in Antigua and Barbuda.


ith its clear blue skies, sunkissed shores and gently lapping turquoise waters, the twinisland nation of Antigua and Barbuda long has captured the hearts of honeymooners. Now the islands also are courting a market that’s been growing in recent years: “familymooners.” With an array of fun-filled activities on water and land, there’s something here for every family, from traditional Moms and Pops with kids in tow to blended broods and multigenerational reunions. If you’re looking to create memories that your clan will forever cherish, here are just a few of the myriad attractions sure to please grown-ups and kids alike. BIRD ISLAND This family-size islet, one of several that surround Antigua and Barbuda, offers an unparalleled back-to-nature adventure. Give the kids a spotting list and see who’s first to check off all the interesting species that call the island home. As its name suggests, Bird Island is a haven for several species of the feathered kind. It’s also a refuge for the rare Antiguan Racer snake, as well as several other exotic and endangered creatures.

ANTIGUA RAINFOREST CANOPY TOUR Is there a kid (or young-at-heart grown-up) who would walk away from an opportunity to soar through the treetops like Tarzan? Zip lines throughout the verdant rainforest whoosh you safely through the scenic canopy. Top off your zip line adventure with a visit to Stingray City. The gliding rays congregate around a favourite reef, just waiting to frolic with you and yours. Along the way you might even meet up with a monkey or two. WATER TOURS Live out your aquatic dreams with a tour from Wadadli Cats. Board a comfortable, twinhulled catamaran and relax as you’re guided to top snorkelling spots and picture-perfect beaches. Tropical Adventures also offers catamaran tours as well as off-road safaris and kayaking treks. SWASH WATER PARK Keep the kids cool and happy as they burn off the sort of amazing energy only a child can muster. With a friendly, attentive staff, an obstacle course and an assortment of slippery slides, Swash Water Park is a fun and safe family attraction right off Darkwood Beach.


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Swimming with stingrays


wim, sail, snorkel, surf. If you’re out to make a splash, the dualisland nation of Antigua and Barbuda is the place to do it. Rimmed by reefs and shoals, both islands boast shorelines indented with beaches, lagoons and natural harbours, as well as tour guides ready to show you how to make the most of them. Grab some sunscreen and a towel — it’s time for some serious fun in the sun. Here are just a few of your many options. BOATING, SNORKELLING AND DIVING Antigua Reef Riders offers a thrilling three-hour tour on the water in a 10foot 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, Antigua’s most-visited snorkelling spot, before heading back. Cades Reef is two miles long and rife with colourful marine life, including spiny lobsters, conch, parrotfish, moray eels, eagle rays and cruising barracuda. Snorkel trips tend to focus on the landward side of the reef, where the water is only about 35 feet deep and visibility ranges from 50 to 140 feet, depending on the weather. You can also don a mask and check out the scene aboard one of Wadadli Cats’ comfortable, twin-hulled catamarans. Their fun-filled day excursions

include stops at palm-fringed beaches, interactions with marine life and views of neighbouring islands. Diving here is magnificent as well, whether you’re a wetsuit vet or a novice in need of PADI certification. Mamora Bay Divers at St. James’s Club will instruct and outfit you. Then you’re off on a tour of sheltered reefs from Indian Creek to Curtain Bluff. Cosy up to exotic denizens of the deep and be on the lookout for the wreck of the Andes, a three-masted merchant ship sunk by an on-board fire in 1905. SURFING Increasingly popular with aqua-athletes are above-the-surface watersports like kitesurfing, windsurfing and stand-up paddle boarding. Enthusiasts converge on Jabberwock Beach and Nonsuch Bay from December through August, when winds are at their strongest. Don’t be intimidated by expert riders who skim the waves with the grace of a figure skater. These sports do take some skill, but there are plenty of teachers and tour operators to help you find your sea legs. SPORTFISHING Antigua’s waters are brimming with wahoo, tuna, kingfish, mahi-mahi and barracuda, to name just a few of the top catches. With Mystic Amara III, angling is more than just a sport; it’s a way of


On the Water

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Mystic Amara III

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life. Join Captain Leroy, a professional and passionate local fisherman, on an Antiguan fishing experience to remember. With trips running all year round and for all types of anglers, the 31-foot boat is perfect for inshore and offshore fishing. Fully equipped with everything you need for a fun sportfishing adventure, including a shade canopy to keep you out of the hot sun, a private bathroom and seating for up to six people, Mystic Amara III will take you to all the best fishing spots around Antigua. After a rewarding day of deep-sea or bottom fishing, you’ll understand why boatsful of anglers make for English Harbour each year to compete in the annual Antigua and Barbuda Sportfishing Tournament, a qualifying event for the prestigious Offshore World Championship.

SPLASHING With 365 beaches at your disposal you’re likely to want to go for a swim — or several — whilst on holiday in Antigua. The island’s sandy shores are idyllic and inviting. But if lounging on a towel leaves you thirsting for more, get wet at Swash Water Park, a floating complex of fun in the sun. Slide, climb, bounce and challenge yourself on an inflated obstacle course. Children and grown-ups alike will want to play the day away — and come back for more — at this unique offshore attraction. EXPLORING Spend a day discovering the coves and beaches of Antigua and Barbuda and be sure to visit wildlife havens on tiny neighbouring isles. Board a racing boat at Island Routes and run through the keys of North Sound before heading to

On the Water Green Island, where you can take a refreshing dip before enjoying an island-style buffet. Thriller Tours invites you on a gentle cruise to tiny Great Bird Island, which has been designated a national park. Tropical Adventures Antigua, one of the top tour operators on the island, has won awards for its tour offerings. With more than 10 different tours on land and at sea, one of the most popular includes an unforgettable day aboard the catamaran Mystic, taking in tiny bays and pristine shores along the coast. On this six-hour excursion, you’ll get to sail the Caribbean coastline, relax on a sunny beach and then treat yourself to a succulent lobster lunch buffet. It’s the perfect day in paradise! And you simply can’t go home without a day trip to Barbuda. Take a tour or explore on your own. Hop on the high-speed Barbuda Express ferry and in no time you’ll be snapping pics of the pink-sand shores at Palmetto Point.

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GEAR UP On a beach, on a boat, above the water or below, you’ll find everthing you need to fill your days with fun at AquaSports, Antigua’s premier watersports centre. Choose from an array of


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On the Water products: snorkelling and diving equipment, beach clothing and toys, wakeboards and skis, even boating accoutrements like Jet Ski docks and yacht extensions. Can’t find what you’re looking for? AquaSports will order it. All you must do is get wet and enjoy yourself.

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SUNSET CRUISING There is no better way to savour beautiful Antiguan sunsets than from the sea. As the sun sinks below the western horizon, you’ll find yourself rekindling those romantic flames. The ambience aboard the Mystic II is as lovely as the shoreside palms waving in the cool evening breeze. This is a journey of the heart that the two of you will long remember. Have we whet your whistle for a wet and wild time? Go ahead. Hit the blue. You’ll be amazed at what you can do above and below these spectacular turquoise waters.

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from around the world raise money for charities by racing 3,000 miles across the ocean from the Canary Islands to Antigua — takes place in December. That’s right. Rowing. On the open sea. Team Antigua Atlantic Rowers took second place in 2018. Then the team decided it was time to pass the torch to a dedicated group of athletic women. Team Antigua Island Girls — four athletes and a skipper — spent months training to bring home the pot to Cottage of Hope, a non-profit-making organisation that serves girls who have been abused, neglected or orphaned.

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World-famous Antigua Sailing Week brings together more than 100 yachts in a series of prestigious competitions.




ntigua Sailing Week welcomes you to “Race, Chase and Celebrate” April 27 through May 3, 2019. This world-famous event showcases the most professional racing found anywhere in the Caribbean yet is also a must-do for cruising and bareboat crews. With over 100 boats every year, there’s room for everyone — from world-class, award-winning skippers to casual sailors along with their friends who want to join in, cheer them on and have some fun. Crews keen to get a little training the day before the official event commences can participate in the Peters & May Round Antigua Race on Saturday, April 27. Totally optional, it’s a great opportunity to get a feel for the conditions and, for those looking for a challenge, to break the record currently held by Warrior (USA). Sunday, April 28, sees the competition begin in earnest. Sailors are challenged with a variety of racecourses off Antigua’s south coast, the ever-present trade winds encouraging tacking duels in the deep blue Caribbean waters. When the racing ends for the day, the sailors head to the daily prize-giving ceremony, where that day’s successes are recognised.

Spectators are encouraged to get involved, too, whether that’s appreciating the action from a bird’s-eye vantage point like Shirley Heights or the many hiking trails to viewpoints along the coastline. Daily Chase the Race tours also head out from Falmouth Harbour Marina to the racecourse to view the on-the-water battles up close. Tuesday, April 30, will mark the 10th anniversary of Reggae in the Park. The perfect combination of reggae music, an international crowd and an iconic venue makes for an unforgettable experience where crews let their hair down and islanders come out to energise this multicultural party. Wednesday, May 1, is a scheduled “Lay Day,” when everyone gets to kick back. Pigeon Beach is the perfect venue for a fun beach party; its tranquil white sands liven up with team games, single-handed competition and DJs playing beats until the sunset. After dark, the bars of English Harbour really come alive. Islanders, visitors and sailors all lime together, flocking to the local vendors and finedining restaurants. Parties and live music are ongoing throughout the week, ensuring there’s something for everyone.





Antigua’s sailing races are a spectacle to behold — and boatloads of fun. Antigua Sailing Week draws to a close in Nelson’s Dockyard. The Final Awards Ceremony on Friday, May 3, is undoubtedly the best in the Caribbean, with its 50 years’ worth of silverware quite a spectacle to see on stage. The after-party is also one to remember with owners, skippers, crew, organisers and islanders all dancing the night away in celebration of another successful Antigua Sailing Week. This incredible event is followed the next day by Dockyard Day with the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda Beating the Retreat as

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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.



ailing is synonymous with Antigua and Barbuda, for many good reasons. Protected harbours, safe anchorages and constant trade winds make for perfect sailing conditions — and, of course, thrilling races. Throughout the year, Antigua draws hundreds of sailors from around the world to compete in international regattas. In addition, the island celebrates its seafaring heritage with a slew of local sailing programmes and fun-filled races. INTERNATIONAL REGATTAS ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK The oldest and best-known regatta takes place in late April/early May and draws

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Optimists Club

hundreds of participants for an intense race that lasts a week. There are many parties and social events organised for the crews to enjoy after a day of serious sailing. A break in the middle, 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, soca artists and bands — make Antigua Sailing Week a popular event for sailors, locals and visitors alike. ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA For more than 30 years, this event has been held in mid-April, before Antigua Sailing Week. Smaller and more laid-back, it involves vintage and classic yachts, mostly wooden. Some date to the 1920s. It’s amazing to watch this remarkable fleet of towering square-riggers, magnificent schooners, sleek spirit-of-tradition yachts and nippy traditional boats built on the beaches of Carriacou. Antigua has introduced a new class, the Spirit of Tradition, for boats built more recently but along classic lines and designs. The class has since been adopted by many other classic yacht regattas. All boats race the same course, facing challenges from unpredictable wind strength and direction, and unexpected currents. The race is imbued with camaraderie. At the end of each day’s racing, sailors relax on the docks over drinks and stories. Unique to this regatta are the Gig Racing and Cream Teas held on the last Tuesday afternoon at The Admiral’s Inn in Nelson’s Dockyard. Instead of big racing boats, classic gigs or dinghies compete. Afterwards, there’s tea, cake and friendly discourse. THE ROYAL OCEANIC RACE CLUB (RORC) CARIBBEAN 600 This newer event, now in its 11th year, is hosted by Antigua, which is its starting point. Participants sail a 600-nauticalmile circuit around 14 Caribbean islands. Watching the start out of English Harbour from Shirley Heights is spectacular. Once the yachts have disappeared from view, they can still be tracked online, showing their progress. Returning boats may arrive at any time during the day or night, so there is a welcoming committee on constant watch until all the boats

are safely back in harbour. Starting with just a handful of participants, the event has surged in popularity. More than 100 boats have registered for the race in February 2019. THE SUPER YACHT CHALLENGE Held in January, the 2019 race heralds the ninth edition of this 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. Super! OYSTER REGATTA This annual event at the beginning of April starts at Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour. It’s exclusively for owners of Oyster yachts from all over the world. The impressive fleet includes older models, as well as some of the very latest. OPTIMIST WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP This year in July Antigua hosts the Optimist World Championship with nippy eight-foot boats raced by more than 250 children ages 8 to 12 from more than 50

countries. Each nation fields a team of up to five sailors, plus a coach, a team leader and a National Representative. The event is expected to draw hundreds of spectators. Opening and closing ceremonies have been arranged by the Antigua Tourism Authority. LOCAL SAILING EVENTS Organised 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. In addition, Jolly Harbour Yacht Club has regular Saturday afternoon races out of Jolly Harbour and organises a popular Valentine’s Regatta and another wellattended one in November. Extensive youth sailing programmes are sponsored by The National Sailing Academy and the Antigua Yacht Club. The aim is to teach children to sail and swim. Mini-regattas also are organised throughout the year to introduce sailors to racing. The Sailing Academy, moreover, hosts Sailability, a programme affiliated with the U.K. Royal Yachting Association, which caters to disabled sailors.



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In Antigua and Barbuda there’s something for everyone to enjoy in the great outdoors.



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ou’ve come to an island nation famed for its spectacular beaches, but that doesn’t mean you have to spend all your precious holiday time in the water. Landlubbers will find lots of activities to fill their days in Antigua and Barbuda, and experts aplenty to lead the way. Mount a rainforest expedition, swing a racquet or club, spin your wheels and take in the scenery, ride a horse or bet on one. Any way you choose, it’s easy to get physical and have lots of fun. WALK ON THE WILD SIDE Antigua and Barbuda is a constitutional monarchy, and Elizabeth II is the country’s queen. Mother Nature will always reign supreme, though, and there are many ways to get to know her. Take a jungle jaunt across the island’s interior with Footsteps Rainforest Hiking Tours. Or let Adventure Antigua introduce you to the ecotour inspired by local naturalist Eli Fuller. A powercat boat takes you through shallow, otherwise inaccessible waterways peppered with islets uninhabited by people but rife with other residents: herons, rays, osprey, eagle rays, laughing gulls and frigate birds filling the skies over Antigua and the secluded Frigate Bird Sanctuary on Barbuda.

Island Safari Tour

Adventure awaits as you explore offroad Antigua with Salty Dogs Adventures and Rentals. Drive through lush rainforest canopies and fields of lemongrass as our knowledgeable guides lead the way whilst highlighting local flora, fauna and history. Savour Antigua’s sights, sounds and tastes, and take in the stunning ocean views along the coastal roadway that will lead you to the beautiful white sands of palm-fringed beaches. MOVE A MUSCLE A little leg power takes you a long way on these showcase nature islands. Take a hike, on your own or with a guide. Antigua’s coastal areas and southern hills are well marked with hiking trails. Middle Ground Trail, popularly known as the Goat Track, runs along the ridge of Windward Bay, between Nelson’s Dockyard and Pigeon Beach. Or take the ferry to Barbuda and enjoy a long, meditative sojourn along its pink-sand beaches and unspoilt coastline. Mountain biking is another great way to work those lower extremities. There are some lovely trails through Antigua’s hills and along the shore. Spin your wheels with a local group, sign up for a tour or rent a bike for a day.


Land Activities

SEA TURTLE CONSERVATION OUT OF THE SEVEN SEA TURTLE SPECIES IN THE WORLD, three nest on the shores of Antigua and Barbuda. Since

Devil’s Bridge

MOTOR UP If you are looking for guided tours, look no further than Tropical Adventures Antigua, one of the top local tour companies. They offer excellent options, including 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 several sights and attractions. Or make like a mall cop and “conquer” a centuries-old fort on a Segway tour from Island Routes. Along the way you’ll pass other iconic landmarks and marvel at the brilliant scenery. TAKE THE REINS If a meandering canter is more your style, by all means saddle up. Let your horse take you on a serene, relaxing trek through Antigua’s lush hills and along its gorgeous beaches. You may even ride right into the calm, clear waters of the Caribbean. (Horses like to cool off, too.) Meet up with an equine buddy at The Stables at Springhill in Falmouth, and giddy-up through a beautiful green valley, then enjoy a splashy ride through the surf at Falmouth Bay. GO BELOW Limestone, coral and crashing waves have blessed Antigua and Barbuda with spectacular cliffs and subterranean wonders. Rarely visited hidden caves and mysterious caverns

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2007, the Antigua Sea Turtle Project has been monitoring nesting turtles on the local beaches. Dedicated volunteers patrol nesting sites by night, recording nest and crawl tracks, and data on physical features and health of nesting females. Small flipper tags identify each female that the volunteers record, and these data help to inform local and regional conservation bodies on the status of sea turtles around the islands. Interestingly, sea turtle conservation efforts in Antigua go back a few decades. On a tiny offshore island, a local conservationist and American professor hatched the idea for studying the abundant turtle nests they found stumbling through the coastal treeline of Long Island in the early 1980s. Thirty years later, the Jumby Bay Hawsbill Project is now one of the longest-running hawksbill sea turtle research projects in the world. During the summer months, researchers comb the beaches of Long Island each night, recording every single nesting activity. The findings make the project an international leader in hawksbill research. More recently, research efforts have honed in on Barbuda, revealing high nesting numbers of hawksbill, green and leatherback turtles along the endless shorelines. Attention is also being focused on the significant resident populations of foraging green turtles in the waters around Antigua. Green turtles feed on patches of marine sea grasses, and will take up territories over particular plots. Through identification of unique facial scales, researchers are able to identify individuals and observe behaviour and feeding over time. Whilst visiting, keep in mind that we are sharing our shores with these magnificent endangered creatures. Small efforts such as reducing plastic use by “skipping the straw,” preventing marine litter and ensuring that turtles are allowed to nest and forage undisturbed by human traffic can go a long way in safeguarding the island’s vulnerable wildlife. For more information on the Antigua Sea Turtle Project, visit or follow Save Antigua’s Sea Turtles on Facebook.

Photos from left: Jorge Ramirez, Kate Lavasseur



Land Activities

Landlubbers will find lots of activities to fill their days in Antigua and Barbuda, and experts aplenty to lead the way.

Cedar Valley Golf Club

offer much to the adventurous tourist: glorious stalagtites and stalagmites, and a host of creatures largely uninterested in joining the sunny world above. Antigua’s aptly named Bat Cave is home to thousands of winged mammals hanging from a 30-metre-high ceiling of stone. Local lore has it that the cave served as a hideout for colonial islanders under siege by marauders. The caves at Barbuda’s Two Foot Bay shelter bats, crabs and iguanas, as well as ancient Arawak artwork. Darby Cave, a mighty gash in the landscape, is marked by monumental stalactites; and Dark Cave, as lightless as its name, boasts an underground lake and a host of uncommon critters, like blind shrimp. Bring a buddy if you plan to explore on your own. Even better: Let a tour guide take you through the underworld. CAPTURE THE CANOPY You needn’t be an Olympic athlete to swing through the trees like Tarzan. All that’s required is an open mind and a spirit of adventure. Also a safe place to give it a go. Antigua Rainforest Zipline Tours is just the place. Harness up and whoosh through the canopy along sturdy zip lines and suspension bridges, and challenge yourself to an up-there obstacle course. For maximum adrenaline flow, combine ziplining with kayaking, snorkelling and a trip to Stingray City. SWING AWAY Antigua is better known for beaches than for racquets and clubs, but tennis and golf aficionados won’t be disappointed here. Get in some quality tee time at Cedar Valley Golf Club. Enjoy inspiring views as you putter through a challenging 18-hole course. Or, if you prefer, lob a ball. Tennis lovers can work their wrists at most of Antigua’s larger resorts. Stay and play for free, or swing by and pick up a day pass. Hit the nets at Pineapple Beach Club, northeast of Willikies, or head to St. James’s Club at Mamora Bay. The Tennis Centre, tucked away in a quiet corner, features four hard courts lighted for night play, as well as the expertise of an on-site pro.

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Jorge Ramirez

BATTER UP You’d be hard-pressed to encounter an Antiguan who isn’t crazy about cricket. Some of the world’s mostacclaimed cricketers got their start on the island, including the legendary Sir Vivian Richards. Antiguans honour his prowess at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the venue for a number of world-class competitions, including the 2018 International Cricket Council Women’s World T20. BET ON IT Not all island sports require you to work up a sweat. You don’t even have to leave your seat to take in the air-conditioned action at King’s Casino. Try your luck at the slots, take it up a notch with a table game, even wager on a winning horse when no horse is in sight. Off-track betting is alive and well in Antigua — and perfectly legal. Inside and out you can play the day away in these magnificent tropical islands. In every case you’re sure to go home a winner.

Sir Vivian Richards Stadium





A day trip from Antigua is easy, affordable and well worth the effort.

ear after year, travellers from all over the world visit Antigua and sister-island Barbuda, which was devastated by Hurricane Irma in September 2017 but is fast on the mend. The storm, one of the most brutal on record, damaged many of the island’s historic and natural landmarks, homes and businesses. But islanders and aid workers are rebuilding quickly as they welcome visitors in search of scenic vistas and an age-old culture. RESTORATION EFFORTS Samaritan’s Purse is a non-denominational Christian international relief organisation that has sent volunteers to Barbuda to help rebuild and to offer spiritual comfort. The group has restored more than 80 homes and two churches to date and has provided islanders with generators, emergency items and many other necessities. Samaritan’s Purse also installed two reverse-osmosis water systems that provided the only clean water on the island for months after the storm. Just as important are the group’s efforts to lift the spirits of residents and keep up positive attitudes as they face a hopeful future.

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THE VIEWS Barbuda is blessed by some beautiful natural sights that you must see to believe. High on the list is Darby’s Bay, the largest cave on the island and home to an abundance of bats and other creatures. The interior ecosystem can only be seen after a 40-minute hike, but you’ll be rewarded for your efforts. Another astounding natural cave formation can be found at The Caves at Two Foot Bay. Come traverse down one mile through the caves’ corridors and witness petroglyphs carved by Arawak Indians centuries ago. THE WATERS What’s a trip to Barbuda without taking in the magnificent waters that surround the island? With great climate and water conditions, Barbuda is a long-standing destination of sailors. It’s also a great place for water activities like snorkelling, kayaking, fishing and more. THE BEACHES Protected by barrier reefs, Barbuda’s smooth coastline is edged with long pink- and white-sand beaches. You can walk for miles along the shores without running into developments. When Princess Diana wanted to get away from it all, she escaped to Barbuda, not for its high-end shopping, gourmet restaurants or sizzling nightlife but to soak up the serene beauty of Coco Point Beach, which was renamed Princess Diana Beach in July 2011 on what would have been the late royal’s 50th birthday. Beautiful Pink Sand Beach beckons visitors with its stunning shoreline. The pink sand is a photographer’s dream, but keep in mind that the pink hues are dependent on weather conditions — when the water is rough, new sand will wash up and cover the pink sand. THE WILDLIFE Barbuda also is home to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, the largest bird colony of its kind in the western hemisphere. It’s a haven for more than 100,000 birds on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. It’s a paradise for bird-watchers, so don’t forget your camera!

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County Director David Treseder and Barbuda Area Coordinator Charpman Magagula have been coordinating efforts with division workers and volunteers to help with anything they can. “We have been working closely with churches and keeping services open for those who want to attend,” they said in a joint statement. “We have also established after-school programmes for the kids.” Here are just a few of the reasons to add Barbuda to your must-visit list.

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THE CULTURE Visiting Barbuda is like stepping back in time to the idyllic old Caribbean. Many areas in Barbuda look exactly as they did in early times. Stop and chat with the locals who nurture a deeply rooted culture through music, art, spiritual traditions and cuisine. Sampling local fare will give you additional insights into the island’s culture, as well as tempt your taste buds. Local cuisine reflects the island’s Creole roots, featuring freshly caught seafood and fish soups like maw and cockle/conch water. The national breakfast dish is salt fish with antrobers (eggplant). Rounding out the menu are sweet treats like rice pudding and dukuna (ducana), dumplings made from sweet potatoes. VISITING BARBUDA It’s easy to visit Barbuda if you’re on holiday in Antigua. Barbuda Express at St. John’s Harbour will get you there in 90 minutes aboard a wave-piercing catamaran. The ferry service also offers all-day tour packages from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. It’s a great way to visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary and the island’s famous caves or soak up the sun at rose-coloured Princess Diana Beach. The tours include lunch and are led by Levi John, who owns a beach bar on Pink Sand Beach. You can also see the sights by air. Caribbean Helicopters, 10 minutes from St. John’s, offers daily tours from a unique perspective. Imagine looking down on miles of shimmering sandy beaches and lush vegetation, and then enjoying a magnificent lunch of fresh seafood or a plate of your choosing, prepared by a local chef right on the beach.



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Antigua and Barbuda are towering monuments to a culture rich in history.




ou know that the dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is renowned for its picture-perfect beaches — 365 on Antigua alone. What you may not know is that these magnificent islands boast a history reaching back to the late Stone Age, and a cultural heritage cherished by its people. The islands’ first inhabitants — Ciboney, Arawaks and Caribs — established villages here as early as 5,000 years ago. But it was in the 17th century that English colonists and African slaves began to colour the culture you’ll find here today. History buffs can learn more about the islands’ forebears and span millennia in only 15 minutes during a comprehensive presentation at Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre. Once you’ve got a good overview, move on to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. Established in 1985 in the 18th-century St. John’s Courthouse, the museum features exhibits that take you from the Amerindian and Colonial eras through slavery and its abolishment in 1834, and independence from the United Kingdom in 1981. SUGAR AND SHIPS In 17th-century Europe sugar was a prized commodity, and English investors sought to fulfil demand by covering Antigua and Barbuda with sugarcane plantations, and shipping in African slaves to squeeze the juice into crystalline sugar and punch-packing rum.

Catch a glimpse of those days by visiting Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation, established in the mid-1600s. Antiguan authorities estimate that more than 100 sugar mills lie in ruin across the island. Betty’s Hope is the best preserved. Antigua’s natural anchorages and harbours made it easy for sugar kings to transport their products to markets abroad. The islands’ maritime advantages also were apparent to the Royal Navy, which established its regional base in English Harbour early in the 18th century. By the end of that century, Admiral Horatio Nelson was overseeing shipbuilding and warehousing operations at Nelson’s Dockyard, now the focus of a national park and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Antigua’s strategic location in the West Indies, between Europe and the Americas, also gave the British reason to use the island as a defensive outpost. Shirley Heights, for example, consisted of artillery quarters, a blockhouse and a magnificent lookout, offering a 360-degree view of the harbour and incoming vessels. Today this iconic site is considered by many to offer the best views on the island. FORTS APLENTY It’s also well worth your time to explore the ruins of the many forts Britain built to defend the island from potential marauders. Only one — Fort Barrington — saw action



FORT JAMES. Built in 1703, this fort boasts an array of 10 massive cannons, each of which took 11 men to operate. The imposing edifice was meant to deter would-be invaders. Apparently, it did. The fort was never attacked. FORT BARRINGTON. On Goat Hill in Fort Barrington National Park, it was occupied by the French in 1666 and liberated a year later with the signing of the Treaty of Breda. Explore the lower level and discover intersecting dungeon dwellings along with magnificent views of Deep Bay and Galley Bay.

tempts by the British to fortify the entrance to Falmouth Harbour. It also served as a refuge for women and children when fears of invasion heightened in the early 1700s.

If you love history, you’ll love discovering a side of Antigua and Barbuda that you may not have realised was waiting to be explored.

British military operations form an important part of Antigua’s story, but to get a good feel for the island’s rich culture and traditions, look to its many historic churches. THE SPIRIT OF ANTIGUA Over the centuries, Antigua has welcomed a faithful mélange of settlers: Catholics, Protestants, Mormons, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Rastafarians and more. The island’s reverence for spiritual matters

during 17th-century French and English conflicts, but you’ll be impressed by the vestiges of its semicircular

is evident in its fine churches, amongst the most beautiful and masterfully constructed in the Caribbean. Here are as few noteworthy examples.

gun emplacements, as well as by the ruins of other forts around the island. Here are a few you may want to add to your list of must-see landmarks.

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL. Built on a fossilised reef, this neo-Baroque-style Anglican church is an Antiguan icon in its third incarnation. Ear-

FORT BERKELEY. Constructed from 1704 to 1745,

lier churches occupying the site in the 17th and

the complex held hundreds of barrels of gunpowder and was outfitted with more than 20 cannons. You can still see a 24-pound cannon that could

18th centuries were destroyed by earthquakes. The current church, which has undergone several renovations, dates from 1845 and is an

fire an eight-pound charge over a range of a mile

ecclesiastical cornerstone not only for Antigua

and a half.

but for the surrounding region. It is the seat of

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FORT GEORGE. Built in 1689 at the summit of Monk’s Hill, this was one of the earliest at-

the Diocese of the North East Caribbean and Aruba in the Church in the Province of the West Indies. ST. GEORGE’S IN FITCHES CREEK. Located within the lush coastal neighbourhood that surrounds Fitches Creek, St. George’s is one of the oldest churches on the island. With its first chapel erected in 1687, the traditional brick layout complements its surrounding foundation. No stranger to natural disasters, St. George’s has constantly been bombarded with storms, but restoration efforts have helped maintain its natural beauty. E B E N EZE R M ETHODIST CH U RCH . This Protestant enclave, amongst the oldest in the Caribbean, also was damaged by an earthquake in 1837. The current church was blesse d d uring a se rm on d e live re d by Methodist missionary Dr. Thomas Coke on Christmas Day in 1876.

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ST. PETER’S ANGLICAN CHURCH. Unique in the region, St. Peter’s is a masterpiece of Georgian architecture. Located in Parham, it was built in the Palladian style with some unusual details. Its shape is octagonal, with sides of unequal dimensions, and under its massive roof is a ceiling of wooden ribs reminiscent of a boat. ST. BARNABAS ANGLICAN CHURCH. Dating from the early 19th century, this church on Barnabas Hill was built of greenish limestone indigenous to the Liberta area of Antigua. Its straightforward design and beautiful coloured windows give it a timeless look that is both modest and majestic. TYRELL’S PARISH CHURCH. Designated as “Our Lady of Perpetual Help,” Tyrell’s was constructed in 1932. Its vibrant pink exterior complements its grand entrance, which stands tall at the intersection of Fig Tree Drive and Jonas Road near All Saints. The church serves English Harbour and surrounding areas. There are, of course, many other historic sites in a nation with such a long, venerable heritage: the Amerindian caves of Barbuda, for example, and St. John’s Redcliffe Quay, built largely of ballast carried back on British ships, not to mention beautifully restored homes and hotels. If you love history, you’ll love discovering a side of Antigua and Barbuda that you may not have realised was waiting to be explored.


NELSON’S DOCKYARD, the largest of Antigua’s National Parks, serves as a working dockyard for yachts and other vessels. Historically, the English Harbour it sits on had strategic importance in protecting the ships from storms and other naval activity and was the only dockyard big enough in the Caribbean for naval ship repairs. 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. You may want to visit on Fridays when Nelson’s Dockyard hosts its Fish Fry Fridays, with live music, cold drinks and an extensive choice of food — from crab cakes and conch fritters to fresh, locally prepared plates. Relax and embrace the scenery. You’re on island time! 57

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he art world in Antigua and Barbuda is as diverse as its community — the influence of travel, social media and a need for expression has paved the way for an explosion of new artists and the emergence of a thriving art scene. Although Antigua and Barbuda is famous for its beaches, vibrant social scene and cuisine, there has been a quiet revolution taking place with art as the main force pushing the boundaries. Artists are relying on social media platforms instead of the traditional art galleries or shops. Writers, visual artists, designers, artisans, musicians and dancers flourish; and many sell their works or perform their trade beyond these shores. ARTISTIC EXPRESSIONS For years, regular visitors have enjoyed the work of established artists such as woodcarver Carl Henry, as well as painters Gilly Gobinet, Jan Farara and Sally Harper – all of who have open galleries showcasing their artwork. More recently, venues like Ana’s On the Beach restaurant, Boom at Gunpowder House, Sugar Ridge Club and Vino Joe host events featuring established artists such as pop artist Naydene Gonella and fine portrait specialist Dina Di Brozzi, as well as up-and-comers like mother-anddaughter team Eef and Vega Armstrong, the latter of which happens to be a very talented singer and songwriter.

If strong, street, high-fashion visual art is your thing, then check out the work of Guava De Artist. His distinctive art can be found on clothes, furniture and bodies; he has worked in the United States, Japan and here. Cheval DotKid Thomas’ photographs combine stylised fashion aesthetic with strong images that celebrate the individual. And Anson J. Henry’s hyper-realistic pencil drawings literally blur the lines between the beauty of black-and-white photography. The fine art portraiture of Mark Brown is an homage to old masters whilst at the same time capturing the complexities of Caribbean societies. His work is sold to collectors in Europe, the United States, Canada, Guadeloupe and here. Jennifer Meranto’s distinctive art has gone from the Yellow Boat series of sepiatinted images to establishing a coastal project that recycles items found on our beaches and educates young people on the importance of protecting our coastline. Stephen Murphy’s art is bold, and his Zemi Art Gallery is brimming with items produced by him and the young artists he showcases. Last season, he opened Zemi Bush House, home to gift items, organic teas (Bush teas), soaps, handmade and specialist food items — all made right here in Antigua. The success of farmers and craft markets has also unearthed a new cadre of creatives who are selling their items di-


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the oldest steel band, Hell’s Gate (Hell’s Gate formed in 1945 and has won 20 Panorama titles); and 16-year-old Diandre Teague of Halcyon Steel Orchestra debuted as the youngest arranger. The popularity of this art form means that you can hear bands at hotels or at the famous Shirley Heights Sunday afternoon party. Restaurants and special events usually feature smaller bands, trios and soloists such as pan player extraordinaire Aubrey “Lacu” Samuel and Cutting Edge. What started as a humble steel drum is now an instrument that’s featured in a variety of music, from reggae, soca and calypso to pop and classical. Antigua’s art scene boasts unique work by extraordinary artists representing different genres, so be sure to take some time to enjoy our art and culture. Thanks to social media, you can stay connected with most of the artists, which allows you to see or hear their work and purchase their creations or recordings long after your visit has ended.

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tinctive pottery using clay she digs from the earth. Born in Antigua, her childhood was often spent hunting the hills for artefacts with her archaeologist father, Desmond Nicholson. Witnessing how these same artefacts became the building blocks for the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, she saw the importance of pottery for future generations and set off to learn the trade. She apprenticed with a successful potter in Vermont and then loaded bricks onto a schooner in Newport and set sail for her home island. Thirty years later, her pottery is sought after and collected by admirers from across the globe. Her pottery is fully functional and her freehand designs are an expression of her love for the ocean and the aesthetic beauty of Antigua. Nancy’s work can be found at the Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery on Dockyard Drive in English Harbour.

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Antiguanite available at The Goldsmitty


ou’ve come to Antigua and Barbuda to get away from it all, but don’t get away without bringing along your shopping list. Once you touch down at Byrd International, it’s time to say hello to good buys. Crafts from Barbuda make wonderful souvenirs, but for everything else it’s all about Antigua, where you’ll discover duty-free outlets, shopping malls, retail stores and chic boutiques. In general, island shops are open Monday through Saturday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., although some stores still shutter up at noon on Thursdays. It’s not considered proper to bargain in shops, but haggling is expected amongst local vendors. Credit cards are welcomed at major shopping venues, and most island stores accept Eastern Caribbean and U.S. dollars. Ready to shop ’til you drop? We’ll start our buying tour at the northern end of Antigua and work our way around the island. ST. JOHN’S Stores in and around Antigua’s capital city offer the widest array of goods at can’t-beat-’em prices. Start your spree at

Heritage Quay. It’s where the cruise ships dock, so you won’t be surprised to find a wealth of high-end shops. Present your airline ticket and ID to enjoy duty-free discounts on fashions, fragrances and fine jewellery. Diamonds International, for example, carries Cartier and Bulgari. Abbott’s Jewellery & Perfumery stocks first-rate watch brands, including Rolex. Designerbrand watches and jewellery also are on hand at Colombian Emeralds International and Sterlings. Jewels sparkle as well at Diamond Republic and AMA Caribbean Gems. Flo’s Perfume + is where you’ll find fragrances, cosmetics and skincare. Showcasing top brands and offering makeovers, there are two locations in St. John’s and at the airport. And don’t miss Yofi-Inspired by Nature’s natural skin-care products. Fashionistas will go home pleased after a visit to Fashion Dock, which specialises in Italian designer wear for men and women. More casual but no less pleasing are the Dockers and Levi’s sold at Tropic Wear. If surfer duds are more your style, ride the wave at Island Beach Bums. Sunseakers is another good choice for beachwear. Shopping for the folks back home? Continued on page 66

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want to know where my clothes come from. It’s an extension of my life and how I live.”


Don’t let Kirby’s condition fool you. He’s been around the block — and the world. Born in London, he spent his youth falling in love with surfing in the Canary Islands. He brought his love of the sport to Antigua and Barbuda when his family moved to the dual-island nation in the late 1980s. It seemed to young Kirby as if he had arrived in paradise. But Kirby’s world came crashing down on the day after Christmas in 1993 when he broke




his neck whilst bodysurfing at Half Moon Bay. After 13 months in the hospital and several painful surgeries, he was given a grim prognosis: He would have to spend the rest of his life in a wheelchair. Facing such an obstacle might crush the spirit of many a young man, but Kirby has never been one to give up. Like the turtle of

In many ways Adrian “Turtle” Kirby personifies the moral of Aesop’s famous fable: Perseverance in the face of difficulty is often what it takes to win the race. Paralysed at 22 by the sport he loved, “Turtle”

Aesop’s tale, he has a resilient spirit that compels you to root for him. Against all odds, he enrolled in a graphic design programme and graduated with honours. An internship at the Disney Channel fol-

Kirby, as Antiguans know him, refused to let a

lowed, and he moved to Los Angeles, where

wheelchair sideline his talent and ambition. Today, at 46, he’s the successful owner of Turtle’s Surf Shop at Antigua Yacht Club Marina

he freelanced for five years. But his beloved Antigua called out to him, and he returned home to the island in 2008. Three years later,

in Falmouth Harbour, and his eco-conscious

he opened the exceedingly “green” Turtle

clothing line is gaining widespread acclaim. TRTL Tribe clothing, which is produced from organic cotton and recycled materials using wa-

Surf Shop. Kirby has continued to struggle with muscle spasms and pain resulting from the decades-

ter-based ink-dyes, is available in his store and will be available on a wider scale in the United

old accident, and a few months ago he suffered

States in the near future. All his products are carefully curated and are eco-friendly and sustainably made. “It would have been a lot easier and cheaper

a heart attack. Doctors were able to stabilise him, but he still faces extensive and costly treatment in the United States or United Kingdom. Those who know him well doubt that Kirby

to be a conventional shop,” Kirby concedes, “but that goes against my principles and how I live my

will stay down for long. After all, he’s still a surfer dude! Like Aesop’s persevering tortoise, Adrian “Turtle” Kirby is a winner in every sense

life. I know where my food comes from. I also

of the word.

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How about quality Antiguan rum, cigars and perfumes at Shoul’s and Quin Farara liquor stores. LAND features beautifully crafted leather goods. Or lime with the life-size models of pirates at the Shipwreck Shop and pick up some local art. Upstairs at Aquasports you’ll find everything you need for fun on the water: sports equipment, clothing, towels and toys, and an array of suncare products. REDCLIFFE QUAY This is the historic part of St. John’s. Many of its beautifully preserved buildings were constructed largely of ballast bricks from British ships.

clothing and crafts. Once on Redcliffe Street, stop in at The Goldsmitty for exquisite jewellery that glows in 18 and 24 karats. If silver is your signature, you’ll find a sterling collection complemented by polished seashells at the aptly named Silver Chelles. At Zeitgeist, you’ll find cool, comfortable resort wear and luxurious clothing in Italian linen for both men and women. Exotic Antigua Continued on page 70

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Between Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Street is Vendors’ Mall, where locals sell colourful





something made right here to remind you of the wonderful time you spent in Antigua and Barbuda?

delicacies at farmers markets in English Harbour, Jolly Harbour and at Royal Palm Court (St. John’s). One delicacy you must taste is the popular

At the top of the gem list is Antiguanite, a truly local

Susie’s Hot Sauce. It’s sold amongst other brands

jewel you’ll discover at Hans Smit’s The Goldsmitty on Redcliffe Street. Formed by volcanic upheavals millions of years ago, Antiguanite is fossilised coral, which Smit

at The Bush House in Redcliffe Quay. Also on hand are local Moringa Tea by Cheryl’s Garden, luscious offerings from Island Works Soaps, and soaps made

grinds, polishes and transforms into unique rings,

from goat’s milk and olive oil at Twenty Hill Farm.

bracelets and necklaces set in gleaming gold. After raw Antiguanite is cut and polished, it becomes something altogether remarkable. The stone

Then there are the health and wellness products from Natura Creations, Magnificent Mango Body Butter and, for your little ones (or your own inner

may be mauve, grey, or creamy white with glints of blue. These striking shades highlight the tiny polyps

child), Topsy Turvy Dolls dressed in Antigua’s

still visible in its gleaming surface. You can wear Antiguanite jewellery anywhere for any occasion, and every time the gem catches a ray of sunlight you’ll thank yourself for bringing home something special that is unique to the islands. Visit Cades Reef Plantation to sample Antigua’s indigenous black pineapple. Enjoy the sweet treat on island or have it shipped home. Try other local

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traditional plaid. Of course, the drink most associated with Antigua and the Caribbean is rum, and there’s plenty of it in stores and shops around the island. The Bush House stocks white skull-like porcelain bottles of its signature Antigua Skullduggery Rum. And liquor stores and supermarkets carry locally made and aged English Harbour and Cavalier (light and dark) rums.

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always has something cool and tropical to wear. And don’t overlook the jewellery, clothing and handbags designed by Miranda Askie. Zemi Art Gallery showcases Antiguan artist Stephen Murphy’s whimsical creations. Next door, Murphy also runs The Bush House, where you’ll find all sorts of local products and souvenirs. And let the kids have a go at the nearby Toy Shop, which combines fun fare with Caribbean flair. DOWNTOWN History buffs will enjoy a visit to The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in the old Court House on Long Street. But don’t leave without perusing the handicrafts in the museum’s delightful gift shop. Readers, meanwhile, might want to hang for a bit at Best of Books on St. Mary’s Street. It’s well stocked with the works of local, regional and international writers. Stroll down bustling Market Street, where you’ll find fresh fruits and vegetables and all sorts of crafts. Farther along, crafts and other local goods are for sale at the Workshop for the Blind. FRIARS HILL ROAD North of St. John’s is one of the main thoroughfares, Friars Hill Road, off which are three shopping malls and the island’s largest supermarket: Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy. It covers a variety of needs, including freshly prepared meals to go, justbaked breads and desserts, baby supplies, clothes, liquor, an ATM machine and more.

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In nearby Woods Mall are banks, a supermarket, a pharmacy, speciality doctors’ offices and an emergency clinic and laboratory, as well as a few retail stores such as Payless and RadioShack. Flow has its office there for digital phones, SIM cards, internet and TV. Village Walk Mall next door has a bank, a food court, an

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Italian restaurant, a clothing shop, a stationer, an excellent liquor store and a hardware shop. On the other side of Friars Hill Road is Digicel, supplier of mobile phones, SIM cards and internet. Turn down Abbotts Farm Road, just after Jasmine Court, and pull into The Gazebo, which is overflowing with exotic, unique items from Mexico and Indonesia, including some wonderful plant pots. And a little farther on still is Bacchus Divine Wines, purveyor of fine French wines and Champagnes. The next shopping mall is Mandolin Place, where Sea Island Trading has a marvellous array of clothing, ceramics, silverware and exotic collectables. It’s well worth a visit. Afterwards, drop in for a coffee or glass of wine at Vino Joes. Keep going to Royal Palm Place, where there’s Island Photo, a stationer, optometrist and dentists, Solange and Sunny — an excellent hair and beauty salon — a doctor specialising in bones and joints, and an American Airlines ticket sales office. ENGLISH AND FALMOUTH HARBOURS At the southern end of the island, Antigua’s sailing centre caters more to the nautical crowd, but landlubbers will discover several stores, shops and eateries to interest them.

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Shopping At the Antigua Yacht Club Marina is a wonderful boutique called Portobello, specialising in Italian clothing just right for the climate, and a fascinating array of jewellery, small objets d’art and antiques. It is in this area that the Farmers’/Artisans’ Market sets up on Thursdays from 5 p.m. onwards (although it’s best to check the frequency in advance). After perusing the eco-minded beachwear at Turtle’s Surf Shop, enjoy a signature rum drink at Skullduggery bar, and sample Italian ice cream at Seabreeze. At the top of Horsford Hill, looking down over Falmouth Harbour, is Carib Bean Coffee Roaster. Sample the company’s delicious blends on-site and purchase them, ground or whole-bean, at most island supermarkets. Within English Harbour is historic Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site. The


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Museum, formerly Lord Nelson’s house, has an excellent gift shop. Don’t miss Carl Henry’s hand-carved mahogany pieces, on the right, just after you enter. Locally made coffees and teas, Susie’s hot

sauce, candles, batik and Dolcie’s Antiguan Rum Cake are all available from Island Secrets, across from the beautifully restored Copper and Lumber Store Hotel; it also has a range of art prints in various sizes by local artists. These are on sale, too, at the gift shop and from local vendors at Shirley Heights, which overlooks English Harbour. JOLLY HARBOUR On the west coast of the island is Jolly Harbour Marina. The shopping complex here houses various boutiques, such as Things Antiguan, an art gallery, a bank, real estate and car rental businesses, a pharmacy, and another well-stocked branch of Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy. ON THE FLY V.C. Byrd International Airport, east of St. John’s, is perfect for last-minute gifts. Whilst waiting at the airport to catch your plane home, browse amongst the many duty-free shops. After you have passed through Customs and Immigration, you can spend those last remaining Eastern Caribbean dollars on all sorts of items: Antiguan rum and other spirits, perfumes, jewellery, clothes, artwork, Susie’s Hot Sauce and more.

Miranda Askie Designs

Located at #7 Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s, Antigua Tel: (268) 736-2236 or 560-8050

Specializing in one-of-a-kind statement pieces as well as everyday-wear accessories and clothing. All are designed by Miranda and inspired by the Caribbean’s natural beauty. Her unique style shows in all her designs, from her unisex leather/upholstery bags to her elegant casualwear. The ambience of the boutique boldly emphasises the designer manifesto: Accessorising the positive!



Local Flavour HERE ARE TWO BOOKS THAT WILL ALWAYS REMIND YOU OF YOUR ISLAND HOLIDAY. The Cool Caribbean Cocktail Book and The Cool Caribbean Cookery Book are two books illustrated by artist Gilly Gobinet. That’s right — this talented British transplant is both a writer and a gifted artist. The Cool Caribbean Cocktail Book shows you all sorts of ways to enjoy Antiguan rum and other spirits. And with The Cool Caribbean Cookery Book at your side, you can whip up meals full of island flavour from ingredients that are easily obtainable. Both books are available for purchase at The Bush House. On your way back to the airport, be sure to stop in at Gilly Gobinet’s Art Gallery in Fitches Creek. It’s a feast for your eyes!

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DELECTABLE WADADLI DINING Brimming with diverse and exciting restaurants, nightclubs and bars, the Land of Sea, Sand and Sun is equally revered for its fare, entertainment and revelry.

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nown the world over as the Caribbean’s premier sailing destination, the dual-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda also enjoys growing acclaim as a culinary capital. Settlers from around the world have contributed to the islands’ meltingpot culture, and skilled chefs stir that pot to create dishes that stir the imagination, as well as the taste buds. Let us take you on a mouth-watering tour. DICKENSON BAY Good food and good views make this area a haven for the hungry tourist. Set on a picturesque beach, Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar offers a varied menu all day long, so it’s a great choice to dine and take a dip. Open from Tuesday to Sunday, Ana’s on the Beach boasts Mediterranean fare and eclectic ambience, whilst you dine a stone’s throw from the Caribbean Sea. Starfish Halcyon Cove is home to the famed Warri Pier Restaurant, where you can enjoy dinner in the romantic setting of a private pier over the sea or typical English afternoon tea from 3 to 4:30 p.m. every day except Sunday. The Trade Winds Hotel is another Dickenson Bay landmark 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. Nestled on a hillside with a stunning view of the bay, Stella Ristorante offers mouth-watering Mediterranean cuisine set against a rustic setting. FORT JAMES Midway between St. John’s and Runway Bay, Miller’s by the Sea Beach Bar and Restaurant serves up local fare with an emphasis on seafood. It’s a popular place, so be sure to make a reservation. ST. JOHN’S Enjoy paninis and fresh salads or sip a latte whilst taking in scenic vistas at Harbour View Bar & Café. Serving breakfast and lunch, the café is open from October to May. Hemingways Caribbean Café, located in a West Indian–style building from the 1800s, is the perfect place to satisfy your appetite whilst people-watching from the terrace overlooking the city. Also in Redcliffe Quay, Cutie’s Bar & Restaurant is set in a quaint garden oasis and serves up an array of international and Caribbean dishes. Continued on page 82


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DELICIOUS DELIGHTS where you’ll want to be to watch the sunset over the palm trees and plunge pool. It’s hard to resist the lure of this stunning restaurant and bar, which sits gracefully in the cove of a magnificent bay, overlooking the crystal-clear waters of the Caribbean Sea. Stylish young owners Kate and Alex Rocks have created a hidden gem, a true tropical oasis of calm. It’s the perfect combination of fabulous food and a chic, effortlessly chilled vibe, in a stunning location. It’s no surprise that Sheer Rocks has earned itself an outstanding reputation on the small island as the coolest, absolute must-visit spot, even winning the title of “Best Restaurant in the Caribbean 2018” by USA Today’s 10 Best. 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 bespoke Gin and Tonic menu are an absolute must.

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Lunch is a fun tapas menu, made for sharing, with a focus on fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Sheer Rocks chefs are passionate about and masters of their trade. The 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. Lounge by the plunge pool until sunset and 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 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 hand-jarred salts and spices.

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Catherine’s Café

Catherine’s Café is located on the

stunning beach, Pigeon Point, with views of the crystal-clear Caribbean waters. Managed by Rocks Group since last season, Catherine’s Café has effortlessly evolved into a stylish and cool beach club, on the stunning shores of Antigua. The vibe is the perfect combination of the unhurried ambience of a quaint Parisian café with fresh, French-inspired cuisine and the barefoot cool of a beach club. Alex and Kate Rocks — owners of the award-winning Sheer Rocks restaurant at Cocobay Resort — have infused the beachfront location with their own marvellous flair, honouring the old favourites and revitalising the core dishes that have long made Catherine’s Café the place to be for foodies from around the globe.

Catherine’s Café offers classical French cuisine with Provence-style influences and local ingredients. The classically Frenchtrained chefs have created an innovative and fresh new menu, whilst of course sticking to some old French classics that regulars know and love. Catherine’s Café offers an incomparable chill-out experience and has earned itself the reputation of luring in the sun kissed and beautiful, who come to enjoy long leisurely lunches, sur la plage. The waterfront eatery has its own private beach area with daybeds for all-day lounging, which is perfect for large groups, and an amazing beach menu featuring French Tartines designed to share. Relax on their lattice-back chairs and languish in Catherine’s refined yet effortlessly chic setting. The cocktail menu is bespoke, creative and exceptionally cool. Be sure to sample a glass or two from their extensive Gin and Tonic menu, all accompanied by unique and carefully considered botanicals. As the sun sets, Catherine’s Café transforms into a sophisticated, candlelit dream. Dinner offers a world-class a la carte or tasting menu with optional wine pairing.

PLAN YOUR VISIT Catherine’s Café is open 7 days a week for lunch and 3 nights a week for dinner. Reservations are recommended. Lunch (Monday to Friday): 12 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lunch (Saturday and Sunday): 12 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Dinner (Wednesday to Friday): 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Tel: 268-782-5050 Email: Website:


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HODGES BAY/DUTCHMAN’S BAY Say oui to authentic French cuisine at Le Bistro, open for dinner from November to May, and featuring a classic Gallic menu peppered with Caribbean flair. Between the airport and St. John’s, Ocean Point Resort & Spa’s Sottovento Beach Club Restaurant &

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If you’re looking for a simple menu and sophisticated selection of South African wines, look no further than the open-air C&C Wine Bar. After dinner, take a short walk to Fred’s Belgian Waffles and Ice Cream for refreshing treats like sorbet and freshly made Belgianstyle waffles. And do-nut miss (excuse the pun) Donut Ace in Redcliffe Quay. If you’re in the mood for a light lunch, Ticchio Italian Food and Wine is a great choice. The shop, which flies in wine, cheese and fresh seafood directly from Italy every week, is in Village Walk on Friars Hill Road. You can also indulge in authentic Indian and Pakistani fare at New Taste of India. Open until 10 p.m., the restaurant boasts fresh ingredients and serves only halal meat. You’ll find a bevy of international delights at Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy. Browse the buffet and fill your fridge at this St. John’s landmark, which boasts another location at Jolly Harbour.


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Dining & Nightlife Bar is an alfresco restaurant on the beach, serving Italian cuisine with a Mediterranean influence. It’s a romantic place to eat whilst listening to the sound of lapping waves. Boaters also can easily reach the restaurant, with dock mooring available to guests. Enjoy fresh and delicious Italian specialities at La Bussola Restaurant & Pizzeria overlooking Dutchman’s Bay. Nearby, Garden Grill is a local hotspot with a menu that features deliciously decadent farmto-table dishes. JOLLY HARBOUR Homemade pasta beckons from the southern end of the island at Basilico Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria, another popular spot where you’ll enjoy homemade pasta and breads, as well as authentic beer and wines. A local favourite, Turners Beach Bar and Grill is perfect for a Caribbean-style lunch. Sugar Ridge Resort features two distinctive restaurants: Carmichael’s for gourmet fare and Sugar Club Restaurant, with its international menu and themed nights. Don’t miss Sheer Rocks at Cocobay Resort. Poised on a bluff overlooking Ffrye’s Bay, this hotspot offers a delicious Mediterranean menu in a stunning setting.

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ENGLISH HARBOUR Mainbrace Restaurant in the Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn offers notable entrees and Dockyard views. Don’t miss Seafood Friday, a popular dining activity. The magical ambience provided by the beautiful and historic Nelson’s Dockyard and an amazing array of delicious seafood dishes are just a couple of the reasons for its immense appeal. It’s perfect for a get together with friends or a romantic escape. Reservations are encouraged. Trappas Bar and Restaurant offers great service, quality food and decadent desserts. The casual Caribbean surroundings and cool atmosphere make this one of the favourites in English Harbour. Another great choice is Pillars Restaurant at The Admiral’s Inn, overlooking the waters Nelson made famous. A short shuttle ride brings you to Boom, in front of historic Gunpowder House, where you can cool off in the infinity-edge pool before enjoying a scrumptious meal. La Brasserie d’Antigua, on the Slipway at English Harbour, features a French menu and extensive wine selection. How about a taste of Provence at Catherine’s Café on Pigeon Beach? Incanto Restaurant, meanwhile, features authentic Italian cuisine with ingredients sourced from local farmers.

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Coconut Grove Open Everyday Breakfast . Lunch . Dinner C






Le Bistro French Restaurant



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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Everything at Anaas is set in harmony with the glorious surroundings. The elegant interior design in pink, black and white is beautifully framed from multiple points by the Caribbean Sea. On a crystal clear day, beachfront cabanas provide an exquisite and personal view of the horizon littered with neighbouring islands. Dinners alfresco on the sumptuously appointed verandah meant for long lunches and diners. The vibrant art gallery showcases national and international artists, oofering diverse styles and subject matter, all bound to catch your eye. The sense of style, the atmosphere, the location all lends to a perfect moment at Anaas on the Beach. As the brilliant light of day hits the turquoise of the Caribbean Sea, or the sunas sultry rays set on the distant horizon, join friends and company for a memorable experience. Welcome to Anaas with Love‌

Anaas Restaurant and Art Gallery Dickenson Bay, Antigua, West Indies For Reservations call 268 562-8562, email:

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Paddling Duck Tea Company

Paddling Duck Teas SAVOUR A SOOTHING CUP OF ANTIGUAN HERITAGE. LONG BEFORE LIPTON, island grandmothers brewed “bush teas” from flowers and herbs found growing on Antigua and Barbuda. At Paddling Duck Tea Company, Carla Gonsalves-Barreiro revives the ancient practise with natural, organic blends steeped in flavour and tradition. Paddling Duck? The brand Gonsalves-Barreiro created is as colourful and unique as the teas she markets to an ever-widening audience of “cuppa-philes.” “Paddling duck is what describes Carla,” Gonsalves-Barreiro says with a laugh. “You cannot see underneath all of the work that goes into what we do.” A restaurant consultant, Gonsalves-Barreiro had always dreamed of opening a tea house on Antigua. A degree in hospitality management and a keen palate honed by wine-tasting expertise well qualified her to launch a start-up. But then one day her dream seemed to come true all by itself after she confided in a friend who owned an artisan market. A week later, Gonsalves-Barreiro had a stall in the market and, ready or not, the Paddling Duck Tea Company was born. “I had to live up to the challenge and couldn’t back out,” she recalls. “I had to paddle right along.” She took to the tea industry… well, as a duck takes to water, and began combing gardens across Antigua and Barbuda for herbs and spices packed with health benefits and taste. Bay leaf, Santa Maria and fever grass, for instance, are mainstays of her popular Wellness Blend. Also a steady seller is her mix of soursop and lime leaf, whose restorative properties long have been touted in the islands. But her biggest winner is Island Girl, which combines sage, fever grass and hibiscus for a bold and balanced blend. Consumers liked the simple formula, and so did vendors. Soon Paddling Duck teas began turning up on shelves island-wide, at hotels, boutiques, even at the landmark Epicurean Fine Foods & Pharmacy. Sip a cup and see for yourself. Paddling Duck teas are warm and welcoming, simultaneously soothing and invigorating. Just like grandma used to make — thousands of years ago — but better tasting by far, and a whole lot easier to enjoy.

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RAISE A TOAST Distillers and brewers summon the spirit of Antiguan heritage and culture.



here would Antigua be without rum? It was rum, after all, that largely drove English aristocrats to cover the island with sugar plantations, producing large quantities of grog demanded by Royal Navy sailors and the legendary pirates who plundered the seas. Those days are gone, but island distillers continue to conjure the essence of Antigua. Modern-day machines do the work at Antigua Distillery Limited, but skilled artisans produce rum much as Sir Christopher Codrington did at Betty’s Hope in the 1670s. Founded in 1932, ADL turns sugar to gold in a few basic steps. Molasses made from sugarcane is fermented with yeast and water and run through a condensing copper still, which pulls out the alcohol so that it can be flavoured and aged in oak barrels. The resultant rum is then branded in a variety of products. Top-shelf

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English Harbour rum, amongst the Caribbean’s finest, soaks in oak for a minimum of five years. Drink it neat to appreciate its many nuances. Lighter rums like Kokocaribe, reminiscent of coconuts and almonds, is perfect for cocktails, as are Cavalier white and gold rums, which develop their distinctive tastes by aging in bourbon barrels for at least two years. Cavaliers as well are flavouring agents used to enhance other products. Pour a Cavalier over a sponge cake under the tutelage of culinary alchemist Dolce Christian, and you’ve got the island-famed Dolcie’s Rum Cake, a must-buy taste of Antigua to take back home. Get your “Yo-ho-ho” on at Skullduggery Café, which produces its own tot with a twist in collaboration with ADL. At the bar you can drink it out of a “dead man’s skull,” or, if you’d rather, carry it out in a collectable ceramic bottle, corked and waxed by hand.


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KEEP SIPPING Rum will warm your innards, but for cooling off after a day in the sun, there’s nothing quite like a handcrafted beer brewed to perfection. Beer is fermented, like rum, but not distilled. Nonetheless, beer making, like rum making, requires the expertise of artisans such as those who tend the vats at 2SIX8, Antigua’s first and only microbrewery. Perhaps your town back home boasts a microbrewery, or several. The popularity of proprietary beers has exploded across North America in recent years, sparking a craft beer renaissance around the world. Now Antigua’s 2SIX8 has stepped up to join the revolution. Its master brewers, like ADL’s distillers, bottle uniquely flavoured potables that aptly capture the spirit of Antigua. Just have a look at some of the labels — Goat Farm Pale Ale, Frig It (as in Frigate) Amber Ale, The Admiral’s (as in Nelson) Stout — and you’ll know you’re paying homage to Antiguan culture with every thirst-quenching sip. Most beers are unfiltered, made with simple ingredients — grain, malt, hops, yeast and water — and some are imbued with local flavours such as honey, ginger and the red sorrel flowers traditionally enjoyed at Christmas. But you don’t have to wait for the holidays to satisfy your urge to sip. Any time of the year is the right time to enjoy Antiguan rums and beers. Sample some on island, take home a bottle or several, or order a supply online. Then raise a toast to your unforgettable holiday on one of the Caribbean’s most inviting islands.

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The Copper and Lumber Seafood Friday



on’t turn in after that Antiguan feast. Get out there and discover the rhythms of a night in paradise. When the sun sets and the moon rises, island beaches welcome lovers for a romantic stroll, and night spots open their doors for funloving folks. FOOD AND FUN The Copper and Lumber Seafood Friday is the most popular Friday dining activity in Antigua. The magical ambience provided by the beautiful and historic Nelson’s Dockyard and an amazing array of delicious seafood dishes are just a couple of the reasons for its immense appeal. It’s perfect for a get-together with friends or a romantic escape. Food is served from about 7 p.m., and reservations are encouraged. FOR GAMING AFICIONADOS If you’re feeling lucky, head over to King’s Casino in the heart of St. John’s for slots

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and table games. Check out “the world’s largest slot machine,” and maybe you’ll go home with big winnings. NIGHTCLUB AND BAR CENTRAL Here in Antigua, “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. Every Thursday it’s Karaoke with Stars! On Valley Church beach in Jolly Harbour, The Nest Beach Bar & Restaurant is steps from the beach and known for its delicious drinks and simple beach menu. South of Jolly Harbour, heading towards English Harbour, OJ’s Beach Bar and Restaurant in Crabbe Hill Village offers a true taste of Antigua. Castaways on the Beach is the quintessential beach bar where you can savour Caribbean and Indian delights. Rumbus Antigua is a newcomer to the scene, with rum, of course, being the main attrac-

tion. Here you’ll find a quirky atmosphere and good food. (Note: They are closed until October 1.) Steps from Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour is Abracadabra, a nightclub that has been going strong for over 30 years. Shirley Heights Lookout, 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 when the sun sets, as evening ushers in a reggae band and lively party vibe. If you’re looking for something off the beaten path, head to Road House Restaurant & Bar in Newfield, a quaint place that offers an authentic local experience. On Sunday evenings, a live band rocks the party, and later a DJ plays music late into the night.

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Antigua and Barbuda is the perfect destination for a romantic wedding or honeymoon.


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perfect sunset. A perfect beach. A radiant bride wading through the surf in a wedding dress. A barefoot groom with his trouser legs rolled up. Can you picture yourself here? These are just some of the reasons why Antigua and Barbuda is the perfect destination for an idyllic wedding or honeymoon. Whether you are drawn here because of the natural beauty or the welcoming and friendly people, our islands provide a stunning backdrop and options galore for a seaside ceremony. Offering sun-kissed beaches, majestic churches and historic sites, it’s no wonder that many visitors fall in love with Antigua and Barbuda — and with love itself. Each year more than a thousand couples come here to exchange vows, renew commitments or make honeymoon memories to last a lifetime. This destination seems to have been made for lovers. 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 happy to help plan the most important day of your life. 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, many couples prefer to hire an experienced wedding professional to take care of all the details.

Life Love Memories, for instance, will take care of the wedding planning for you. When you book a wedding planner, you have a personal assistant from that moment onwards during every step of the way and beyond. From catering options to silverware to live entertainment and location, Life Love Memories will coordinate all aspects of the occasion and take the stress out of managing the ceremony and reception, allowing couples to fully enjoy the most romantic day of their lives. Antigua also has a large array of options when it comes to wedding services. If you’re looking for a hair stylist — as well as a photographer — for your big day, Steph & Vlada’s in Jolly Harbour features both a salon and a photo studio. Looking for an all-inclusive wedding package? Papa’s by the Sea is an idyllic and beautiful place for your special day. Contact the team at Papa’s by the Sea to create a tailor-made wedding package to fit your budget. Sheer Rocks, located at Cocobay Resort, offers cool and stylish bespoke wedding packages with some of the best views on the island. And Catherine’s Café on stunning Pigeon Beach creates unforgettable experiences for private parties with delicious menu offerings. Melinda Fletcher is the owner of Life Love Memories, an Antigua-based company that offers customised event planning and hosting for all the special moments in your life. Visit for more information.




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!


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Papa’s by the sea is an idyllic and beautiful place for your special day. Plan your wedding with the team at Papa’s by the sea by creating a tailor-made wedding package to fit your budget. Papa’s offer all-inclusive packages for the perfect beach wedding.

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WALK DOWN THE AISLE of a grocery store and you

may feel overwhelmed by the choices before you. Get married in Antigua and Barbuda and you’ll be happy to be spoilt for choice — especially if the experts at Indigo Event Services are on hand to guide you every step of the way. Just ask Harriet and Sion, who married here last spring. “We very quickly realised we needed someone ‘on the ground’ to help us orchestrate everything,” Harriet says. “Indigo had come highly recommended. They guided us through the process and made sure we had everything covered. They really understood our vision and helped to bring it to life.” There’s not a spot in these tropical isles that wouldn’t make for a perfect wedding backdrop. You could exchange vows almost anywhere you wish. That’s because our Marriage Officers are licensed, not marriage venues. Beach weddings can be stylish or casual, and in Antigua, you have 365 golden shores from which to choose, some rugged with pounding surf, others carpeted with soft white sand kissed by gentle waves. Then there are oceanfront villas; sailing and luxury motor yachts; open-air restaurant; lush tropical gardens; historic sites; centuries-old churches; cobbled terraces and West Indian–style gazebos with tumbling bougainvillea and aquablue ocean views. Many resorts offer wedding packages — for couples and for toast-raising family and friends — and there are as many options to fit your budget as there are venues to seal the deal. But why bog yourself down with details when you’ve got an event planner like Indigo ready to pave the way? “We had almost nothing to worry about,” Harriet recalls. “All we had to do was show up!” Tracy Guerrero is the owner of Indigo Event Services, a bespoke wedding and events planning service in Antigua. Their in-house team is available from start to finish so no detail is overlooked. Visit for more information.

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Gunpowder House

Antigua offers the perfect conditions to relax and unwind with a blissful yoga experience.


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ith stunning landscapes and first-rate amenities, it’s no surprise that Antigua and B arbuda is a haven for relaxation — especially if your idea of relaxation involves a yoga mat, controlled breathing and an arsenal of poses. Whether you’re looking for classes, retreats or individual experiences, being here is the first step towards achieving nirvana. Spending a week in Antigua at any one of our famous resorts can be exhilarating, and a bit overwhelming if you have a long list of expeditions and exercises to conquer on a daily basis. The good news is that if your intention is to start or maintain a yoga routine, then you’ve come to the right place. A holiday at Sugar Ridge Resort, for instance, offers a wide range of excursions and exercise programmes, including yoga classes at the top of a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. An early-morning session will keep you motivated throughout the day. Start by gearing up with your exercise clothing, sitting upright for five minutes outside your balcony and simply taking in the beauty of your surroundings. Then, listen to your breath. Is it connecting to the rhythm of your surroundings? Or are you still trying to outpace yourself? If you are, do not judge your practise; keep working at it. Next, challenge yourself by walking

up to The Shed, the resort’s yoga studio (you can also shuttle your way up), where a variety of yoga classes are available. If you are planning on keeping your own practise, it’s a wonderful place to maintain your routine. Galley Bay Resort & Spa, located on the western side of the island, is another great choice if you’re looking to relax and unwind. After passing through one of our small villages, you really get a feel of nostalgia and what island life is all about. Galley Bay has managed to duplicate that feeling, creating an ambience that inspires you to be mindful of yourself and your surroundings. A fully equipped gym is at your disposal, as well as a variety of excursions, and morning and afternoon yoga classes on a daily basis. The yoga deck is a few feet above the sand, offering a perfect view of the sunset; the serene beauty is meditation at it best. Whilst on property, I got to meet the Julian Bryan, who gave me an in-depth look at what it means to cater to the needs of all their clientele. The staff pays careful attention to each guest’s diet — from food allergies to being vegetarian or vegan, even gluten-free bread is made from scratch at the hotel. With so many options in Antigua, you’re bound to discover a resort, class or fitness plan that works for you.


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Health & Wellness


sleep deeper, releases tension in the limbs,

Yoga is the unification of mind, body and spirit (or mind, body and breath) and there are many benefits associated with practis-

lowers blood sugar, regulates the adrenal gland and boosts the immune system.

ing yoga.

Breath: Oxygen recharges the body.

Mentally: Yoga brings awareness to our spiritual consciousness. Our level of con-

Most of our energy comes not from food but from the air we breathe. Breathing through the nose strengthens your lung

sciousness might be on a different plane

capacity. It is one of our most vital func-

from someone else, but daily acceptance of us brings understanding and compassion towards each individual.

tions, as it purifies the bloodstream, rejuvenating every part of the body, in conjunction with the mind. (Note: Yoga

Physically: It builds muscle strength,

breathing should be satisfying and enjoyable. If you suf fer from breathing

helps with focus, aligns your posture, prevents cartilage and joint breakdown,

problems like asthma or shortness of breath, please consult your doctor be-

drops your blood pressure, helps you

fore any breathing exercise.)

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Inter nationa l Day of Yoga on June 21 every year. Celebrated in 192 countries around the world, this free event has been held on the isla nd since 2014. With a well-trained group of yoga instructors, the event has grown in popula rit y a nd now welcomes more than 160 people. For more information, check out @idyantigua on Facebook or Instagram.

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CARING FOR YOUR SKIN 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.


WELCOME HOME Searching for your piece of paradise? Invest in property and you may become a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda.


ith some of the most soughtafter 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 times. In addition, Antigua and Barbuda’s Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP), which is one of the most highly considered 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 regard, the government of Antigua and Barbuda has 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. The west coast, with its stunning vistas of beaches and crystalline seas, has been very popular with overseas investors. The area around Jolly Harbour offers a plethora of real estate options, from marina-front condos to luxury beachfront villas. Just south of Jolly Harbour, Tamarind Hills is an ongoing beachfront mixed-use residential and resort development on the southwest corner of the island with luxury condominiums and villas offering

superlative views over the ocean and the neighbouring island of Montserrat. English Harbour on the south coast is the yachting capital of the Eastern Caribbean and home to Antigua Sailing Week, making it another area popular with overseas investors. There are a number of CIP-approved real estate projects in the area. On the eastern coast of Antigua is Nonsuch Bay, which is a gated community laid out over 40 acres surrounded by water on three sides offering apartments and villas within a world-class resort with all the requisite facilities. As many of the real estate offerings are located within developments or properties that are already operating successfully, returns on investment may be realised sooner; and with resorts achieving a high occupancy rate, investors are able to make wise decisions based on solid and substantial evidence. Antigua and Barbuda offers investors the opportunity to gain an alternative citizenship passport, which is a powerful tool for international tax planning, offering mobility and freedom to travel and extra privacy in banking, as well as the safety of an additional country to reside in.

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA — FREEDOM, SAFETY AND MOBILITY ARE PRICELESS In an age of the increasing need for mobility, becoming a global citizen has never been more desirable.


ike many countries around the world, Antigua and Barbuda’s economy suffered a major setback after the 2008 global economic crisis. Citizens in the country’s source markets — Europe, the United Kingdom and the United States — obviously began experiencing a reduction in their disposable incomes and, therefore, began travelling less frequently. With tourism being the main driver of the economy, the government, in considering various options to jumpstart the economy,


Investing in Antigua saw the CIP as the most effective way to re-attract foreign direct investments, renew interest in the real estate market and spur investment in the general economy. WHEN WAS THE PROGRAMME ESTABLISHED? The Antigua and Barbuda CIP Act was passed in April 2013. The Citizenship by Investment Unit (CIU), a creature of the legislation, was staffed on August 26, 2013, and opened for business on October 10, 2013. The first application was received in November of that year with the first citizenship granted in February 2014. WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA CITIZENSHIP? • Visa-free access to 150 countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, United Kingdom and Schengen area • Decision rendered in 60 to 90 days on most files • No restrictions on dual nationality • Citizenship for life, once residency requirement is met • Straightforward application process; no minimum net worth requirement or previous business experience • No tax on worldwide income, inheritance, capital gains or investment returns • History of a stable currency USD $1 = EC $2.70 (XCD) since 1976 • Antigua and Barbuda is a stable “Westminster”-style democracy • Well-established legal and regulatory framework, supporting civil and commercial relationships • Well-educated workforce, skills and abilities for modern work place • Active and committed member of the international community In addition to visa-free travel, CIPeligible investors have the right to reside permanently on the islands. The recent elimination of personal income tax makes it even more attractive. WHAT ARE THE THREE OPTIONS OFFERED UNDER THE CIP? Applicants must be 18 and above and submit to a rigorous due diligence (DD) or background check process. The only residency stipulation is that new citizens spend at least five days on Antigua or Barbuda in the five years following the granting of citizenship.

CONTRIBUTION TO THE NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FUND A. For a single applicant, or a family of four or less: USD $100,000 contribution (processing fees: USD $25,000) B. USD $125,000 contribution (processing fees: USD $15,000 for each additional dependant) INVESTMENT IN REAL ESTATE USD $400,000 plus the payment of government processing fees and due diligence fees. For a single applicant, or a family of four or less: USD $50,000 processing fees For a family of five or more: USD $15,000 processing fees for each additional dependant INVESTMENT IN AN APPROVED BUSINESS • Where a person proposes to make an investment in an approved business of at least USD $1,500,000 on their own behalf. • At least two persons propose to make a joint investment in such an approved business totalling at least USD $5,000,000, and each of those persons individually proposes to contribute at least USD $400,000 to the joint investment, an application for Citizenship by Investment may be submitted by an agent.

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As far as innovation is concerned, Antigua and Barbuda was the first Caribbean nation to permit investment in approved businesses, an initiative that other jurisdictions are now copying. Additionally, new citizens are afforded the opportunity to add dependants after approval. There is also a no-HIV test requirement for minors under 11. WHAT MAKES THE ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA PROGRAMME SO SUCCESSFUL? The CIU is responsible for processing applications and for recommending the approval of real estate and business investment options. There are a few factors that contribute to the rapid success of the programme, which include the unit’s highly competent staff, comprising mostly private sector individuals. With a turnaround time of about 60 days, the CIU quickly became one of if not the most efficient unit in the region, surpassing countries that had been in the industry for far longer or just prior to its entry. Secondly, due to the fact that Antigua and Barbuda has maintained a strong presence in the high-end tourism sector for more than four decades and already had certain infrastructure in place, the country quickly became an attractive portal for

Investing in Antigua those seeking to invest in real estate and business. Thirdly, the twin-island state had the opportunity to learn from the alreadyestablished programmes and model its real estate offerings and escrow arrangements. In order to give investors the confidence that developers will deliver on their promise, the unit exerts some control over the management of escrow accounts. Lastly, the CIU has been very visible in the international community by participating in various industry conferences and establishing a strong presence in a number of high-quality publications. This visibility, along with the culture of efficiency, a robust due diligence process, transparency and accountability of the programme, made international industry partners like Henley & Partners and Arton Capital confidently brand Antigua and Barbuda as the number one programme in the region. Henley & Partners went a step further and ranked the programme third globally. HOW ARE APPLICANTS VETTED? All applicants must apply through a locally licensed agent* and are subject to processing and due diligence/background (DD) check fees, depending on the ages of the members of the family. The due diligence process is an extremely involved and stringent procedure. The CIU employs a multi-tiered process, which involves, but is not limited to, searches in global sanctions and embargo lists, alerts and watch lists issued by financial regulators, law enforcement and other governmental agencies from around the world. These lists contain the 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 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 agen-

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cies, and focuses on such things as direct or indirect involvement with terrorism, international investigations or cross border money laundering activities. It is only after this entire process is completed that a decision is rendered. If derogatory information is discovered at any of these stages, the applicant is denied. WHAT ARE SOME OF THE BENEFITS THAT HAVE BEEN DERIVED FROM THE PROGRAMME? Over the life of the programme, Antigua and Barbuda has seen a resurgence in the country’s real estate sector and renewed interest in the hotel sector. This economic boost has allowed for environmentally responsible projects such as solar energy and reverse osmosis to be developed. The local populace has also benefited from direct contributions to social development schemes. Additionally, the construction boom expected as a result of the programme will create more employment opportunities to improve the economic livelihood of normal Antiguans and Barbudans. Looking to the future, the country anticipates that the revenue flows from CIP will assist in fostering cottage industries such as agro-processing, improve the agricultural sector and support the creation of new industries, thereby, ensuring diversification of the economy. For more information about the Antigua and Barbuda Citizenship by Investment Program, go to or email *A locally licensed agent is a natural person who is a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda or who is lawfully ordinarily resident for a period of not less than seven years.





he independent jurisdiction of Antigua and Barbuda represents a crossroad for financial services within the Caribbean, and its more than 35-year-old financial centre is

conveniently time-zoned to provide international financial services. Located in the Eastern Caribbean and 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 enhance and strengthen these two sectors as key pillars of the economy. Notably, the appreciation of the Caribbean as a “zone of peace” is triggering a resurgence of business towards the Caribbean, and whilst Antigua’s international financial centre is relatively small, there is every indication that its non-volatile, politically stable and sovereign jurisdiction is attracting clients seeking more personal attention for their wealth management portfolios. Antigua and Barbuda is positioned as an up-market tourism destination for the more discriminating visitor and similarly appeals to client relationships for banking services. Antigua has successfully reshaped its regulatory and business operations to meet the requirements of being a safe harbour for foreign direct investments and to attract business services wishing a more stable environment. Antigua and Barbuda 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 IMF, giving enhanced scrutiny to the financial centre’s operations. Balancing the client’s needs for confidentiality with the requirements of meeting all international financial regulatory standards, it has a number of Tax Exchange Information Agreements, including ones with North American and European jurisdictions. Antigua complies with the highest international standards of transparency and exchange of information as set by the Global Forum of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and has complied with the OECD requirements for Common Reporting Standards. The country is also cooperative with the USA’s Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and all banks have been duly registered, but will work through an approved Inter-Governmental Agency (IGA) arrangement. Antigua is also a member of the Egmont Group, which provides a platform for the secure exchange of expertise and collaboration between 156 financial intelligence units worldwide to fight against money laundering and the financing of

Investing in Antigua terrorism. The fact that we are a small, sovereign, stable, tourism-related jurisdiction, and compliant with international regulations, is appealing to many investors. Antigua provides ideal support for tourism-related investments, information technology services and internet-driven business opportunities that demand more sophisticated financial services. The Antigua and Barbuda Investment Authority assists investment enquiries and identifies related incentives for certain investment categories. International business companies (IBCs), Trusts and Foundations conducting business external to Antigua will also benefit from a tax-neutral business environment. There is a fully experienced and professional sector comprised of attorneys-at-law and licensed company providers that can assist in the clearing of names, registration of corporate entities and trusts and the referral of clients for bank account relationships in the jurisdiction. Antigua 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. There are a number of residential developments taking place in Antigua and Barbuda, which would be considered attractive as vacation and second homes. These investments may also qualify investors for Permanent Residency or to make application for citizenship under the legislation known as the Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP). This provides for citizenship and an Antigua and Barbuda passport to be granted on the basis of approved persons and families who satisfy a high standard of due diligence requirements and qualify in respect to making personal investments in Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua and Barbuda was the fastest growing economy in the English-speaking Caribbean region in 2017 and resisted a wave of accelerating inflation, according to a report by the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (ECLAC). 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 the surge of global demands for financial solutions to serve international business, wealth management and e-commerce services. It is redefining the role of international banking relationships

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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 the CEO of Global Bank of Commerce, Ltd., in St. John’s, Antigua. For more information, go to



isitors to Antigua and Barbuda are always impressed by the climate, the natural beauty of the island, the peace, stability and the friendliness of the people; but in an uncertain world, many people think to themselves: What would it be like to live here or do business here? In the following paragraphs, Rob Wilkinson, a partner in the professional services firm of Grant Thornton, takes a brief look at the advantages of investing in, living in, and becoming a citizen of Antigua and Barbuda.

INVESTING IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA As a developing country, there are opportunities to make successful investments in many different areas, including several untapped industry sectors. Tourism dominates the economy, with other opportunities available in agriculture, offshore banking and online gaming. There are also three offshore medical schools that contribute significantly to the islands’ GDP, which is one of the highest per capita in the sub-region. As well as its physical attractions, Antigua is a cosmopolitan, peaceful and stable democracy with superb air links to Europe and North America. Antigua and Barbuda has a very “open” economy with no foreign exchange controls or other barriers to the repatriation of profits. The EC dollar is pegged to the U.S. dollar, which helps with financial stability. There are a number of stunning tracts of land that are the stuff of dreams from a real estate developer’s perspective. Private property ownership laws, based on U.K. common law, are well developed and supported by the High Court system. The recently re-elected government is pro-investment, and projects that meet certain criteria will benefit from government support in terms of generous tax incentives and other waivers. The government is approachable, and there is easy access to the key decision makers. Antigua’s infrastructure continues to

develop at a rapid pace, as evidenced by the new state-of the-art airport and the road-building programme. The Englishspeaking workforce is highly literate and well educated; work permits are available for non-Caricom nationals where needed to fill local skills gaps. LIVING IN ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA Antigua and Barbuda is famed for its comfortable year-round tropical climate, meaning that outdoor pursuits such as sailing, tennis or golf are possible throughout the year. It has a wonderful, relaxed feel due in large part to the friendly and cosmopolitan populace. There is a very wide range of real estate, much of which has stunning views of the ocean. There are also many knowledgeable real estate agents to help buyers find their dream home. Whilst Antigua is not a tax haven, there is no personal income tax, no inheritance tax and no capital gains tax for residents. Business profits are taxed at up to 25%, and there are a variety of transaction taxes, including VAT at 15%. There are daily flights to Europe, the United States, Canada and the wider Caribbean. There is a modern hospital

and a huge range of private specialist medical practitioners. Permanent residency is available with a minimum residence requirement of only 30 days per annum and the payment of a flat tax of USD $20,000 per annum. CITIZENSHIP OF ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA Antigua and Barbuda has a Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP) through which individuals and their families can apply for citizenship by making a “qualifying investment.” The investment options include (1) investing a minimum of USD $200,000 in an approved real estate project; or (2) investing a minimum of USD $400,000 in an approved business; or (3) by making a USD $100,000 contribution to the National Development Fund. The advantages of citizenship are: • Citizenship of a safe, stable democracy; • Visa free access to 150 countries or territories; • Free movement into and out of Antigua and the ability to work or start a business; • Avoidance of the 5% non-citizens’ licence on the purchase of real estate;

• Dual citizenship is permitted. To date, more than 1,500 families have taken advantage of this programme. ABOUT GRANT THORNTON Grant Thornton is the leading professional services provider in Antigua, with a staff of 40 professionals offering the following services: audit, accounting, tax, corporate services, IT consulting, internal audit, outsourcing and general advisory services. The firm is a member firm of the Grant Thornton International network. Grant Thornton is also licensed to submit citizenship applications under the Citizenship by Investment Act and offers the following services to CIP clients: application services, tax and residency advice, outsourcing services and escrow services. For more information: Website: Email:; Tel: 268-462-3000 Address: 11 Old Parham Road, St. John’s, Antigua

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USEFU L I N FO R MATI O N 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.

— such as cattle and sheep — as they may cross the road.

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.

St. John’s Police Station. Tel: 268-462-0045

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 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

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

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.

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2019 Public Holidays January 1: New Year’s Day April 19: Good Friday April 22: Easter Monday May 6: Labour Day June 10: Whit Monday August 5: Carnival Monday August 6: Carnival Tuesday November 1: Independence Day December 9: V.C. Bird Day December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Boxing Day Religion Christianity is the predominate religion practised 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 onwards 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 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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Index of Advertisers ACCOMMODATIONS BUCCANEER BEACH CLUB, p. 27 Tel: 562-6785 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. HALCYON COVE BY STARFISH RESORTS, p. 86 Tel: 462-0256 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 Star Resorts. Boasting a lively but laid-back ambience, this family-friendly hotel is set within beautifully tented gardens opening directly onto the stunning sandy beach. SIBONEY BEACH CLUB, p. 30 Tel: 462-0806 With newly refurbished rooms for 2018, they cater to couples looking for a lowcost Caribbean honeymoon or getaway, as well as larger groups seeking an affordable family vacation. With free Wi-Fi, comfortable in-room working space and a fantastic on-site restaurant, Siboney is also a popular Antigua business hotel for working travellers who want a taste of the vacation experience whilst on the job. ACTIVITIES ANTIGUA REEF RIDERS, p. 39 Tel: 728-5239 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. 30 Tel: 562-TOUR 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. 49 Tel: 462-0161 Cedar Valley Golf Club is just the place to tee off. Close to town, the 18-hole championship complex boasts awe-inspiring vistas and a challenging course. This 6,157yard, par-70 course offers an enjoyable experience for players of all skill levels. MYSTIC AMARA FISHING CHARTERS, p. 41 Tel: 464-7112 / 764-3474 (FISH) Step aboard the Mystic Amara III for a day of great fishing with Captain Leroy on his newly refurbished Bertram 31. Fish the local waters for Snapper, Grouper,

Hind and a variety of tasty table species or head offshore in search of big game pelagic like Mahi-Mahi, Wahoo, Kingfish, Tuna and Marlin. NELSON’S DOCKYARD NATIONAL PARK, p. 25 Tel: 481-5021/22 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. ONDECK, p. 41 Tel: 562-6696 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 80. SALTY DOGS ADVENTURES AND RENTALS, p. 49 Tel: 562-8341 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. STINGRAY CITY ANTIGUA, p. 38 Tel: 562-7297 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 complimentary rum or fruit punch. SWASH WATER PARK, p. 41 Tel: 771-1676 / 726-7179 Get ready to swim, jump and splash on Antigua’s only open water park, boasting 150 feet of epic fun and 28 obstacles. Swash Water Park caters to all ages. Located on the western side of the island, the park also offers beach volleyball and, for those who wish to sit back and relax, there is also a floating pool. Come splash with us! Open 7 days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Darkwood Beach. TROPICAL ADVENTURES ANTIGUA, p. 37 Tel: 480-1225 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.

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WADADLI CATS, p. 40 Tel: 462-4792 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 Tour. DINING & NIGHTLIFE ANA’S ON THE BEACH, p. 86 Tel: 562-8562 Ana’s Restaurant and Art Gallery combines an exquisite Mediterranean menu with artistic décor and eclectic style. A stone’s throw from the beach on Dickenson Bay, enjoy the menu whilst taking in the stunning views. Then relax on cabanas and lounge beds and enjoy entertainment and local art. BASILICO ITALIAN RESTAURANT & PIZZERIA, p. 83 Tel: 562-8573 / 785-7321 BasilicoRestaurantAntigua In the middle of the pearl of the Caribbean you can find a piece of Italy. Enjoy their Italian beer and wine selection, daily homemade pasta and bread, a real Italianstyle pizza, seafood or gelato seated in a beautiful gazebo with a great view of the Jolly Harbour Marina. Reservations recommended. BEACHLIMERZ, pp. 19, 89 Tel: 562-8574 This stylish, informal, rustic beach bar features the liberal use of local woods for bar and furniture, together with handmade copper light fixtures fashioned by an island artisan and interesting rope lights in the main restaurant. The breezy beachside ambience and the owners’ obvious commitment to the music heritage and culinary culture of the island ensure an authentic Caribbean experience, which will create memories that the language of travel books can never quite capture. BOOM RESTAURANT, p. 31 Tel: 460-1027 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. CARMICHAEL’S AND SUGAR CLUB AT SUGAR RIDGE, p. 9 Tel: 562-7700 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. CATHERINE’S CAFÉ, p. 81 Tel: 460-5050 / 782-5050 Catherine’s Café offers classical French cuisine with Provence-style influences and local ingredients. The classically Frenchtrained chefs have created an innovative

and fresh new menu, whilst of course sticking to some old French classics that regulars know and love. It’s an incomparable chill-out experience and has earned itself the reputation of luring in the sun kissed and beautiful, who come to enjoy long leisurely lunches, sur la plage. COCONUT GROVE RESTAURANT & BAR, p. 85 Tel: 462-1538 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. CUTIE’S BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 87 Tel: 562-1820 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. DARKWOOD BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT, p 21 Tel: 728-4301 / 462-8240 Located on one of the most beautiful beaches on the island for its clear waters and white sand, this relaxed beach bar and restaurant offers a full line of services to all beachgoers. Whether you are arriving on a cruise ship or staying on Antigua and exploring many of the beaches, it’s the perfect place to taste some local specialities, experience local culture, bask in the gorgeous Caribbean sun and explore the underwater life. HARBOUR VIEW BAR & CAFÉ, p. 77 Tel: 462-2972 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 & Café serves fresh salads, sandwiches and paninis, along with exotic cocktails and refreshing smoothies. HEMINGWAYS CARIBBEAN CAFÉ, p. 82 Tel: 462-2763 Located on the verandah of a West Indies– style 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. Family-owned and -run for the past 30 years, enjoy authentic Caribbean-style cooking that caters to all for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Food can be prepared to your dietary needs (vegan, no salt and gluten-free). INSPIRATION AT MILLER’S BY THE SEA BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 21 Tel: 462-9414 On the white-sand beach at the end of

Runaway Bay, Miller’s 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. KING’S CASINO, p. 91 Tel: 462-1727 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. 82 Tel: 562-1545 / 785-5436 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. LE BISTRO, p. 85 Tel: 462-3881 For over three decades they’ve delighted in sharing with their loyal guests the unique experience of French cuisine in a distinctly Caribbean, luxurious yet relaxed atmosphere. Relax and enjoy a seamless dinner, complete with supremely polished and personalized service. It will be hard to choose from the medley of outstanding cuisine. MAINBRACE RESTAURANT, p. 84 Tel: 460-1058/1159/1160 Its stony architecture, held together by huge wooden beams, keep the inside fresh, cosy and relaxing, perfect for breakfast and lunchtime dining. Lunchtime choices include grilled chicken, lightly glazed with balsamic honey, sitting against a julienne of vegetables. Their staff recommends trying the grilled mahi-mahi, their personal favourite. Remember to attend Seafood Fridays, a favourite for locals and visitors alike. NEW TASTE OF INDIA, p. 88 Tel: 772-7105 They aim to ensure you a truly unique, unforgettable cuisine experience. They combine the ancient with the modern and take you down the path to losing yourself in the exotic flavours of INDIA. They only serve Halal meat. They have flavours for every taste bud of every member of the group or family! They offer catering and takeout. OJ’S BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 21 Tel: 460-0184 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 BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 89 Tel: 561-7633 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. 84 Tel: 460-1027 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. 80 Tel: 464-5283 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. STELLA RISTORANTE, p. 87 789-7725 / 723-2783 Unique treehouse-style restaurant with stunning views overlooking Dickenson Bay. Mediterranean and international cuisine from charismatic Italian Chef Flavio. All dishes, including lobster and steaks, are freshly prepared to order and delicious; pizzas cooked in authentic wood-burning oven. A perfect location for your perfect sunset. TRAPPAS BAR & RESTAURANT, p. 89 Tel: 562-3534 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. 20 Tel: 462-9133 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 place to have a bite and a drink. Turner’s is open for lunch daily. Dinner by reservation only. REAL ESTATE, INVESTMENT AND FINANCIAL SERVICES CITIZENSHIP BY INVESTMENT UNIT, p. 103 Tel: 481-8400 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. 105 Tel: 480-2240

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. 107 Tel: 462-3000 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, forwardlooking advice. In Antigua, the office is on Old Parham Road, just outside the capital city of St. John’s. SHOPPING & ARTS AMABELLA, p.75 Tel: 562-8931 One of the newest duty-free stores in Heritage Quay opened in December 2016. They carry 100% cotton shirts from Italian Designer Bertigo. They are perfect for the warm weather of Antigua with both casual and formal. Sizes range from S to 5XL! You’ll find prestigious names like Briggs & Riley, one of the top luggage brands in the world. You can find international brands like Hedgren, Heys, Oilily and Romero Britto. ANTIGUA DISTILLERY LIMITED, Inside Back Cover Tel: 480-3200 Antigua Distillery Limited is a handcrafted distillery that makes rum in small batches. Its unique continuous column copper is still one of the last two remaining in the Englishspeaking Caribbean. After distillation, their rum is aged once using bourbon or Tennessee whiskey barrels for a minimum of 5 years before being blended in 85-year-old oak vats. ART GALLERY, p. 61 Tel: 464-6084 Discover suitcase-friendly original paintings in acrylic and watercolour of Caribbean flora and fauna and marine art by Antiguan artist Gilly Gobinet. Commissions welcome and pet portraits are a speciality. Visit this stunning, eclectic waterfront location in leafy Fitches Creek Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. or by appointment. Call or email COMPLETE SPORTS, p. 73 Tel: 728-5120 The iconic Birkenstock is here in Antigua to support your foot bed all day. A tradition since 1774, the quality and variety you expect from Birkenstock is available in different widths and sizes. Located at #49 Heritage Quay in St. John’s. DIAMOND REPUBLIC, p. 3 Tel: 562-1972 Diamondrepublic1999 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. DIAMONDS INTERNATIONAL, Inside Front Cover, 1, 7, Back Cover

Tel: 481-1880 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. EPICUREAN FINE FOODS & PHARMACY, p. 76 Tel: 484-5400 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. 77 Tel: 562-1288 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. FLO’S PERFUME +, p. 74 Tel: 562-5618 / 736-6718 flosperfumeplus Flo’s Perfume Plus specialises in ladies’, men’s and children’s fragrances from top brands, such as Estée Lauder, Elizabeth Arden, Givenchy, Burberry and lots more. Fill the spirit with their celebrity fragrances. Flo’s will make you over with cosmetics and skin care from Iman, L’Oréal, Revlon, Fashion Fair and Maybelline. GINGERLILY, p. 65 Tel: 462-4523 Gingerlily has beautiful resort wear clothing totally suited for this sunny landscape. Located conveniently on the second floor of Sunseakers swimwear shop, you will be greeted with a colourful selection of short dresses, maxi dresses, floaty tops and their magic stretch pants in a rainbow of colours. Other items include shapewear by Spanx, contemporary jewellery pieces, comfortable sandals and bags. A muststop shop! Open Monday to Saturday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Bring travel info and ID to receive duty-free price. THE GOLDSMITTY, p. 69 Tel: 462-4601 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. HOWELL JEWELLERS, p. 66 Tel: 784-0458 Howell-Jewellers-196736574744 Stop by this small manufacturing plant


Index of Advertisers and discover the finest in handcrafted jewellery of gold and silver, as well as other metals such as copper and brass. ISLAND SECRETS, p. 77 Tel: 562-6220 Located in Friar’s Hill in the Mandolin Mall. Carrying an assortment of local and imported apparel for men, women and children, as well as shoes, bags, scarfs, jewellery, candles, toys and so much more. LAND LEATHER COLLECTION, p. 71 Tel: 462-0746 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. MIRANDA ASKIE DESIGNS, p. 72-73 Tel: 736-2236 / 560-8050 Miranda Askie Designs is located at Redcliffe Quay. They specialise in oneof-a-kind statement pieces as well as everyday-wear accessories and clothing. All are designed by Miranda and inspired by the Caribbean’s natural beauty. Her unique style shows in all her designs, from her unisex leather/upholstery bags to her elegant casualwear. The ambience of the boutique boldly emphasises the designer manifesto: Accessorising the positive! RHYTHM OF BLUE ART GALLERY, p. 60 Tel: 770-7888 Come and experience a dynamic display of pottery, jewellery, paintings, wellness products and sculptures designed and created with a passionate love of the sea. Located in English Harbour, Rhythm of Blue is the sole outlet of Nancy Nicholson’s sought-after vibrant blue pottery, as well as a selection of artists whose work complements the spirit of the gallery. Open every day except Sunday from midNovember until mid-May; 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. or by appointment. SARAH FULLER’S POTTERY, p. 60 Tel: 726-1550 A fusion of art and nature, stunning, unique hangings combine beachcombing treasures with Sarah’s pottery talents. Sarah’s studio is one of Antigua’s oldest and most original. Natural clays of Antigua are transformed into unique originals, with glazes inspired by the vibrant hues of the Caribbean. Visitors welcome; open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. SEA ISLAND TRADING COMPANY, p. 75 Tel: 562-6220 Sea Island Trading Company carries an assortment of apparel for males, females and children in addition to shoes, bags, scarfs, jewellery, candles, toys and so much more. Located at Mandolin Place. A fabulous place to shop for the entire family.

SILVER CHELLES, p. 77 Tel: 789-2662 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 handcrafted and unique. STERLINGS, p. 5 Tel: 562-5662 Sterlings specialises in silver jewellery, but also offers pieces in 14k and 18k 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. 65 Tel: 462-4523 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. TROPIC WEAR, p. 71 Tel: 462-6251 TropicWear Tropic Wear at Heritage Quay is the place for duty-free shopping for Levi’s and Dockers clothing for men and women. You’ll find a wide selection of authentic styles and colours in clothing and accessories. YOFI — INSPIRED BY NATURE, p. 67 Tel: 562-8373 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, mineral-enriched products and handmade natural soaps. Yofi’s highly trained staff members pride themselves on educating customers about natural skin care. ZEITGEIST, p. 75 Tel: 562-2259 For all your warm weather essentials, they specialise in beautifully crafted clothing made from the finest linens, the world’s oldest and most noble fabric. Their main brand, 120% Lino, is the feel-good, superior Italian linen for both men and women. Keep cool, feel luxurious and look timeless in their 2019 Spring/Summer Cruise collection now in store. Also available is their more affordable, contemporary, tropical Totem collection from Brazil. The Totem collection is made from natural fabric and comes in the most vibrant, colourful 1970s-inspired prints. See you soon at ZEITGEIST, #8 Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s. Open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Saturday.

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ZEMI ART GALLERY, p. 61 Tel: 562-7662 Zemi Art Gallery is filled with art from local artist Stephen Murphy, along with other local artists. Most of his art is created from recycled items he finds on the beaches. Alongside the art gallery is the Bush House, which includes natural and organic products — rum, jams, facial scrubs and so much more. ZEMI BUSH HOUSE, p. 70 Tel: 562-7662 Zemi Bush House is a must-see whilst in St. John’s, Antigua. The Bush House offers local and organic products like homemade hot sauce, soaps and local rum. These are speciality items, which cannot be found anywhere else on the island. Check them out in Redcliffe Quay. TOURISM SERVICES ANTIGUA & BARBUDA TOURISM AUTHORITY, p. 10 Tel: 562-7600 The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) 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, United States, Canada and France, ABTA is dedicated to delivering a diverse and distinctive tourism experience for visitors. TRANSPORTATION BARBUDA EXPRESS, p. 53 Tel: 560-7989 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. 26 Tel: 463-0675 Carter’s Rent-A-Car offers a variety of air-conditioned cars, SUVs, mini-vans and 14-seated vans, all at affordable rates. L & S RENTALS & LEASE, p. 49 Tel: 464-3778 / 725-0168 L & S Rentals & Lease strives to fit a variety of budgets, whilst still providing a luxurious experience. They’ll also deliver the vehicle to you. NEW LEVEL RENTALS, p. 51 Tel: 720-2037 / 720-8081 Located in York’s Village, St. John’s, Antigua. Reliable new cars for your own island tour needs. A great way to enjoy your visit on Antigua at your leisure. They are open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. SEABORNE AIRLINES, p. 29 Tel: 866-359-8784 In 2013, Seaborne became one of the fastest-growing airlines in the Caribbean. It was established in 1992 and operates domestic seaplane and land plane services amongst Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, the British Virgin Islands,

Martinique, Dominica, Guadeloupe, St. Kitts and Nevis, and St. Maarten, to name a few. WEDDINGS & EVENTS INDIGO EVENT SERVICES, p.95 Tel: 726 5098 Based in Antigua, they offer boutiquestyle destination wedding planning. They don’t work with packages but use their local knowledge to create a bespoke day as individual as you are. From intimate weddings, luxurious weddings, vow renewals and everything in between, they are with you every step of the way and a little after. Indigo can organise the venue, catering, décor, entertainment, photography and pretty much anything else you’d like for your special day. PHOTO FANTASY – TED MARTIN, p. 50 Tel: 726-3148 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. SOLANGE & SUNNY BEAUTY SALON, p. 99 Tel: 463-0609 or WhatsApp: 770-9141 Solange and Sunny combined bring over 30 years industry experience to their full-service beauty salon. Offering services from bridal styling and professional nail services to facials and waxing. Featuring top brands, including OPI, Essie, Goldwell, Paul Mitchell, Mizani and Guinot. Book your appointment today for a memorable experience in a professional and relaxing environment. On-site bridal services also available. STEPH & VLADA’S STUDIO, p. 94 Tel: 785-9747 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. 94 Tel: 561-7633 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. 99 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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