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The Guide to Antigua & Barbuda

A Warm Welcome to Antigua & Barbuda


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#306 Heritage Quay, St. John’s, Antigua Tel: 268-562-5662 Fax: 268-562-5664 Email:


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Welcome to Antigua & Barbuda The Heart of the Caribbean Arriving in Antigua 20 Reasons to Visit Antigua & Barbuda Antigua Events Where to Stay – Antigua Hotels Antigua for the Perfect Wedding Antigua Spas – Relax & Unwind Exploring Antigua Island Map Nelson’s Dockyard Beautiful Barbuda Action & Adventure Montserrat Sail Away for the Day Antigua Homegrown Real Estate – A Piece of Paradise Super Shopping St. John’s Street Map Dining Out Cruise Tourism Antigua Nightlife Offshore Islands A Crossroad for Financial Services Artistic Antigua Antigua Database Mobile Roaming

Joseph and Janet Jones’s photography perfectly captures the spirit of Antigua & Barbuda. Meet this husband and wife team at Studio JoJan on Long Street and Corn Alley in St. John’s. Purchase their fine prints or arrange your own personal assignment. T: (268) 562-7817

THE ANTIGUAN is written, produced and published by FT CARIBBEAN, PO Box 2686, St. John’s, Antigua, West Indies Tel: (268) 462-3292 Fax: (268) 462-3292 Email: Front Cover photo: Hemera/Thinkstock®

The Publishers and TOURISM AUTHORITY OF Antigua & Barbuda would like to thank THE GEEST LINE for their generous assistance with the transportation of THE ANTIGUAN.

On a private peninsula, on Antigua’s south shore, Curtain Bluff offers a quietly elegant alternative to most other contemporary beach resorts and features two distinctive beaches, one calm and tranquil bay beach and the other for those who enjoy the ocean surf. Curtain Bluff’s dining room boasts the finest food and service in the Caribbean, buttressed by a superb cellar containing 25,000 bottles of vintage wines. Reservations are required for lunch and dinner.

Curtain Bluff

P.O. Box 288, Antigua, West Indies toll free reservations

# 888-289-9898 Tel: (268) 462 8400/1/2 Fax: (268) 462-8409 Email:


A Warm Welcome O

n behalf of the government and people of Antigua and Barbuda, it is a pleasure to have you here. I can guarantee you will not be disappointed. Antigua and Barbuda are known as the gems of the Caribbean, so what better place to be?

A visit to our sister island Barbuda is guaranteed to slow your pace tenfold. Enjoy 17 miles of secluded pink sand beach, savour the lobster, or ‘lime’ with the locals. Whatever you do, relax, unwind and have a good time.

While on the island, I invite you to enjoy our sights, sounds, tastes, and culture. With so many things to see and do, the beach is just the beginning. A trip to Nelson’s Dockyard, our largest National Park, cannot be missed. If you enjoy the thrills in life, zip through the rainforest with our Rainforest Canopy Tour and swim with the stingrays at Stingray City. Be sure to look out for our national dish, Fungi & Pepperpot and wash it down with a local ice cold ginger beer. For those with a sweet tooth, the Antigua Black Pineapple is a must! It is the sweetest in the world.

Should you require any assistance, I pledge the support of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority (ABTA) in assisting you with any queries or concerns. Have a ball, and we hope you have a wonderful visit to Antigua and Barbuda and return often.

Antigua & barbuda Tourist Offices ANTIGUA

Ministry of Tourism Queen Elizabeth Highway, PO Box 363, St. John’s T: (268) 462-0480 F: (268) 462-2483 E:

Hon. John Maginley M.P. Minister of Tourism, Civil Aviation and Culture


Victoria House, 4th Floor, Victoria Road Chelmsford, Essex CM1 1JR Tel: 44 (0) 1245 70 7471 F: 44 (0) 1245 70 7478 E:


43 Avenue de Friedland, Paris 75008 T: 33 (0) 153-75-15-71 F: 33 (0) 153-75-15-69 E:

Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority ACB Financial Centre, High Street, PO Box W351, St. John’s T: (268) 562-7600 F: (268) 562-7602 E:




60 St. Clair Avenue East, Suite 601,Toronto, Ontario M4T 1N5 T: (416) 961-3085 F: (416) 961-7218 E:



25 S.E. 2nd Avenue, Suite 300, Miami, Florida, 33131 T: (305) 381-6762 F: (305) 381-7908 E:

305 East 47th Street, Suite 6A, New York, New York 10017 T: (212) 541-4118 Toll Free: 888-268-4227 F: (646) 215-6008 E:


s soon as your feet touch the powder soft sand on one of our 365 beautiful beaches your cares will disappear. Your vacation in Antigua & Barbuda can be as active or as relaxing as you desire. Whatever you choose, we’re here to make your dreams come true.

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Calendar of Events January

New Year’s Day Parade: January 1 Round The Island Race (Antigua Yacht Club): January 20-22 l Super Yacht Challenge Antigua: End January l l


Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Valentine’s Day Regatta: February 11-12 l Royal Ocean Racing Club – Caribbean 600 Race: February 20 l Wadadli Day: February 25 l


elcome! You’ve just discovered two of the most exotic islands in the Eastern Caribbean, the twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda. We are extremely delighted to be your hosts and we are eager to show you what makes our little paradise so unique. Two is always better than one. We are two distinct islands and two amazing experiences that make for one exceptional vacation. Antigua, the bigger of the two islands, houses the nation’s capital, St. John’s. Antigua has an intriguing charm with its rugged interior and 365 stunning beaches. Barbuda, the smaller island, is an eco-lover’s paradise, secluded and untouched. We really do boast some of the finest beaches in the world, but there is so much more to see and do. Feast on local delicacies, partake in our culture, re-live the history and bask in our perfect climate. When we say that the beach is just the beginning, we mean it.


Antigua Yacht Club International Laser: March 10-11


Antigua & Barbuda International Kite Festival: April 3–11 l 25th Annual Antigua Classic Regatta: April 19–24 l 45th Annual Antigua Sailing Week: April 29–May 4 l Back 11 Life Music Festival: End April l Guadeloupe to Antigua Race (Antigua Yacht Club) l


Annual Antigua Tennis Week: May 5–12 Caribana Barbuda: May 25-28 l Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament: May 25–28 l International Anglican Food Fair l l


Romance Month: Destination Wedding Sweepstakes Antigua & Barbuda Open Golf Tournament l Grown & Sexy UK Party: June 14–24 l l


Turtle Watching Season: July-October 55th Annual Antigua Carnival Celebrations: July 28– August 7 l Magic Mango Menu Cook-off l l

But our greatest asset is the rich spirit of the Antiguan and Barbudan people. We happily share our paradise with you. Every visitor to our shores is considered our guest and we do our best to ensure that you have an amazing time with us. So if you ever need assistance, feel free to ask. We’re a friendly bunch! You will soon realize why many visitors decide to make Antigua and Barbuda their second home.


Carnival Monday / J’ouvert (Public Holiday): August 6 Carnival Tuesday / Last Lap Jump Up (Public Holiday): August 7 l Mango Pineapple Festival l l


Antigua and Barbuda is the romance capital of the world. Our natural attributes are a match made in heaven. Our beautiful natural landscape, cool tropical breezes, seclusion and excellent service mean that Antigua and Barbuda is the ideal place to exchange your vows or to celebrate your honeymoon and anniversaries. Plant a tree in paradise, and visit it annually as a testament to your growing love. We welcome you, and I wish you an enjoyable stay with memories that will last a lifetime.


Dejam Music Festival: End September Francis Nunes Fishing Tournament


Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Annual Regatta 9th Annual Gospel Festival l Spring Gardens Moravian Independence Food Fair: End October l Barbuda Independence Fishing Tournament: October 27–28 l National Dress Day / Heritage Day l l


31st Anniversary of Independence National Tourism Week 14th Annual Moods of Pan l Best in the West Fishing Tournament l l




51st Annual Charter Yacht Show: December 2–8 Antigua Yacht Club ‘Nelson’s Pursuit’ l Antigua Yacht Club (AYC) High Tides Series l Christmas Extravaganza (Barbuda): December 24 l l

Colin C. James CEO Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority


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Photo: Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort

The Heart of the Caribbean Antigua & Barbuda are located in the Leeward Islands right in the heart of the Caribbean. These twin islands are famous for their breathtaking beaches, relaxed way of life and the most comfortable climate in the world ...


he easygoing English-speaking people who call Antigua and Barbuda home have a reputation for humour, hospitality and a ‘no problem’ attitude towards life. Visitors to these shores rarely want to leave and are usually planning to return even before they take-off. Over the years Antigua itself has become very important as the hub of the Eastern Caribbean and V.C. Bird International Airport has seen a tremendous increase in the number of services from North America and Europe. It is also very easy to visit neighbouring Caribbean islands whilst comfortably based here. Facilities in Antigua and Barbuda are also being developed to add variety to life. There is a great range of hotels from world-famous luxury resorts to homely little establishments where the proprietor knows everybody by name and the famous stay incognito. There are also comfortable beach apartments and fabulous villas to rent, as well as casual beach bars where everyone soon knows everyone else. But don’t worry, many of the reputed 365 beaches remain untouched and are just waiting for you to discover them.


The capital of St. John’s also has two exciting waterfront developments for you to explore. Heritage Quay is a modern complex of boulevards and duty-free shops offering easy access to cruise ship visitors - not to mention everybody else! Neighbouring Redcliffe Quay is a charming contrast, its carefully restored 18th century buildings forming a cosy complex of boutiques and restaurants. The museum in Long Street and the twin-towered cathedral both offer areas of tranquility midst the hustle and bustle of town. Jolly Harbour, on the south-west coast, has gradually developed into a major marina, shopping centre, villa village, sports centre and golf club. But it is Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour which long ago put Antigua on the international map and which retains its fascination to this day. The unique setting of the Dockyard, the restored 18th century buildings and the surrounding hills leading to the ruined fortress of Shirley Heights all combine to make Antigua unique in the Caribbean. If you add to this historic dimension the fun of such well-known events as Carnival and Sailing Week, you’ll understand why Antigua is dreamed of by visitors long before they arrive.

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Artist’s impressions of Antigua’s proposed new Airport terminal.

Arriving in Antigua Antigua & Barbuda are located 1,425 miles south-east of Miami and just over 4,000 miles southwest of the United Kingdom. Whichever part of the world you’re coming from you’ll receive the warmest Antiguan welcome ...

v.c. bird international airport

If you arrive by air, you will touch down at V.C. Bird International Airport; named after Antigua’s first Prime Minister, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Sr. The international airport is bustling round the clock with activity. As the main hub for LIAT, The Caribbean Airline, flights leave as early as 5am and arrive well into the night. The runway stretches 3,040 metres and can accommodate the largest commercial aircraft. Private jets fly in regularly as the Airport is serviced by dedicated FBOs. The redcap porter service is excellent and it’s advisable to use one of these friendly Antiguans to speed your way through customs. Construction will soon begin on a new 15,404.6m2 terminal building fitted with three new jet bridges, new check-in areas, retail spaces and a double level departure lounge with seating for 1400. A roomier arrival hall with more immigration and customs inspections areas will make for a quick and more comfortable travel experience. These ongoing developments ensure that the airport keeps pace with the increasing demands of tourist, business and interisland travel.


Getting to Antigua is effortless. From North America, Antigua is served by American Airlines, Caribbean Airlines, Continental, US Air, Delta and Air Canada. From Europe, Antigua is served by British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Condor and Blue Panorama. LIAT, Caribbean Airlines & SVG Air operate domestic and regional flights daily.


Taxis are available outside the airport terminal. Most fares are fixed rather than metered and should be decided upon prior to the trip. A fare from the airport to St. John’s is about US$11 (EC$29), while a trip to Nelson’s Dockyard or Shirley Heights is about US$31 (EC$82).



For those wishing to rent a car in Antigua, rental car agencies can be found immediately upon exiting Customs. You will be required to present your current valid driver’s license in order to be issued a local license. The local license may be purchased on the spot for US$20 (EC$50) and is valid for 90 days. Driving in Antigua is British-style, with cars staying on the left. Take particular care at night - you will probably encounter cows, goats and strategically located speedbumps along the road, as well as other drivers not dimming their headlights! It is generally advisable to reserve a car in advance, especially during the peak winter months and at Sailing Week in April and Carnival in July/August.


The Airport houses a post office and bank. Close by at the entrance to the Airport is the impressive Eastern Caribbean Central Bank. There are automated teller machines at either end of the check-in counter. Credit cards are widely accepted. Visitors to Antigua find that US dollars, are accepted everywhere and the exchange rate of US$1 = EC$2.70 is general knowledge to all. Remember to keep US$28 (EC$70) per person available when leaving the island to pay the departure tax. Passengers travelling on Caricom and Antiguan passports pay US$20.00 (EC$50).


Many visitors arrive by yacht, sailing either into Antigua at Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, Falmouth Harbour or alternatively into Barbuda on the south of the island. Customs & Immigration procedures have been improved and reshaped to better accommodate the unique nature of the yachting industry in Antigua & Barbuda. Immigration and Customs services are operated at all Ports of Entry making it easy to relax from the moment anchor is dropped in the paradise that is Antigua & Barbuda.

20 Reasons to Visit Antigua & Barbuda


The climate is warm and sunny all year round. The trade winds cool you down and even the ‘liquid sunshine’ is refreshing!

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Photo: Galley Bay



Our hotels range from friendly local inns with lots of history to world-famous resorts with lashings of glamour.

We’ve also got 365 beautiful white sand beaches for you to explore one for every day of the year.


Yet the beach is just the beginning! Our twin islands have plenty to entertain you - whether you want to explore, play or relax.

And it doesn’t get much more relaxing than a couple of hours snoozing in a hammock beneath a palm tree.

Although why not treat yourself to a soothing massage? Many of our hotels boast luxury spas that are simply ideal for working out those kinks.



It’s so easy to get here! There are non-stop flights from London, New York and Toronto, as well as easy connections from Europe.


You can even pet, feed and swim with stingrays in the middle of calm, clear, tranquil waters.



Antigua has plenty of natural beauty too, of course. Our stunning coastal scenery is matched by wonders like Devil’s Bridge, underground caves and the tropical rainforest. A trip along Fig Tree Drive is a great way to see the island’s flora and fauna and pick up some unique local crafts.

You can even zip through the rain forest on a canopy tour - definitely one of the most exhilarating ways of getting to know the island!


But if you’re more in the mood for duty-free shopping, head for Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay in our capital St. John’s.


We even have a bit of a past! History buffs should make for Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s only working Georgian dockyard.

Our crystal clear waters are just as restorative, of course. Snorkel amongst pristine coral reefs and get up close and personal to tropical fish.



And don’t miss a day trip to Barbuda, with its 12 mile pink sand beach and the largest Frigate Bird sanctuary in the world.


If you prefer not to get wet, there are plenty of boat trips on offer. Speedboats, catamarans or yachts - the choice is yours.

Photos: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority



And if you time your visit right you can attend a music festival, live it up at Carnival or have fun at Sailing Week.

We’re also very romantic. Our beaches are perfect for moonlit strolls, and you can get married here soon after you arrive!

We’d love it if you stayed, of course. We make it very easy for you to find your own little piece of paradise and purchase a second home.



Most important of all, Antiguans and Barbudans are some of the friendliest people in the world, and will give you the very warmest of welcomes ...


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World-Class Sailing Events ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK 29 April – 4 May 2012 Antigua is proud to host world-class sailing events from Sailing Week to the Classic Regatta. Participants travel from all over the world to compete in the races and join in all the fun! At the end of April each year, yachts from all over the world arrive in English and Falmouth Harbours to participate in one of the major yacht racing events in the world. Now in its 45th year the event has developed from small beginnings to become one of the pre-eminent yacht racing events in the Caribbean. Its international status ensures its ongoing fame worldwide. Around 100 yachts participate, ranging in size from 30 to over 100 feet. Some are comfortable cruising boats, and some are recently-launched, state-of-the-art, high tech racing machines. The sight of all these yachts, both from vantage points on the shore and from sightseeing boats carrying onlookers behind the races, is unforgettable.

Photos: Tim Wright

For five days the crews are challenged with windward/ leeward races and tacking duels around buoys – all set on the deep blue Caribbean Sea and with sails filled by the everpresent trade winds. It’s a picture perfect setting that is only enhanced as the evening colours brighten the western sky and the sun-burnt, salt-encrusted, weary sailors make their way to the barbeques, steel bands, and rum punches. While hundreds of locals and visitors carry on partying until the wee hours, the crews of the yachts know there is another day of racing out there on the morrow, and so they leave the late night revelry for others to finish. Antigua Sailing Week culminates in the romantic, historic Nelson’s Dockyard with the prize-giving ceremony and prizes presented by the Governor General. The week draws to a close with Dockyard Day and the Beating of the Retreat by the Royal Antigua and Barbuda Police Force. The lowering of the Antigua and Barbuda flag is a truly fitting end to a week of glorious racing. For more information on the Antigua Sailing Week (i.e. entry forms, course maps, social events, etc.) visit


RORC (Royal Ocean Racing Club) Caribbean 600 - Antigua & Barbuda 20 February 2012 This race, organised by the prestigious Royal Ocean Racing Club, takes yachtsmen 600 miles around eleven Caribbean islands, providing some of the most spectacular racing conditions and scenery available anywhere in the world. It has attracted a huge variety of yachts and competitors, and there is almost unanimous agreement that the RORC Caribbean 600 is a challenging race with big winds and waves. It is exciting to watch and a joy to experience. Now in its third year, this is the youngest addition to Antigua’s sailing calendar of events. With a predicted 50 entries for 2012, it is certainly proving to be popular with competitors. RORC Caribbean 600 2012 begins February 20, 2012. For more information visit Photo:

ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA 19 – 24 APRIL 2012 By Captain Kenny Coombs, ACYR Chairman


he 24th Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta had a record number of entries. Sixty genuine classic yachts took part in last year’s event, bringing the total number of different yachts to have participated in the regatta since its inception to 456. The 2011 regatta experienced light winds, so much so that the fourth race on Monday had to be cancelled. However, the three days of racing were exciting with slightly different courses taken due to the challenging winds. The Sparkman Stephens designed Bolero returned to the Regatta after a refit and won the Mount Gay Trophy for ‘First Overall’. Lone Fox designed by Robert Clark sailed perfectly to win the Panerai watch for ‘Best Total Corrected Time.’ Also making her debut was Elena, a 139ft replica of a Herreschoff Gaff schooner which won many prizes, including ‘Most Photogenic’ with her clouds of sails. Returning to the regatta after a long absence was the famous classic Stormy Weather, one of the first competitors and trophy donors in 1988. In the Big Boat Class Velsheda took the honours from Ranger, with Rebecca and Marie.

The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is one of the premier events in the world’s classic racing circuit. Antigua is also the opening regatta of the ‘Panerai Classic Yacht Challenge’ which includes events in New England, as well as the Mediterranean. Held during the third week of April, just before Antigua Sailing Week, the event is a finale for many of the yachts’ winter season in the Caribbean before they head off to their summer destinations in Europe and North America. The categories in this prestigious event include vintage yachts built before 1950, as well as classic yachts built after that yet with long keels and designs in keeping with the old style. A growing number of island sloops, mainly from Carriacou, are also welcome. The ‘Spirit of Tradition’ class is an invitational class for boats that have been designed, built or modified with modern materials, but which keep the old traditions. Their graceful lines proudly maintain the ‘spirit’ of the golden age of sail. The Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta is an event not to be missed for those interested in Classic boats and traditions. For more information go to or contact the Secretary of the Antigua Yacht Club, Tel: +1 (268) 460-1799, or e mail:



A UNIQUE ANTIGUAN CRICKET ACADEMY Academy dates for 2012: Duration 10-14 days First Academy - February and mid-term Second Academy – Easter Holidays 2012 What words come to mind when you think about West Indies cricket? Passion, excitement, flair are a few of the superlatives describing West Indies cricket, but the main memories for most are the beaming smiles of the players. At The Richie Richardson Cricket Academy the aim is to inspire all pupils to achieve their optimum standards and to promote the game of cricket by playing with smiles; when kids are enjoying themselves they are ready to learn. The Richie Richardson Cricket Academy invites young aspiring cricketers from schools and clubs all over the world to beautiful Antigua & Barbuda. They will be coached by West Indies cricket legends at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium, home of the Academy. They will also benefit from the invaluable opportunity to play against talented young West Indian cricketers. In addition to this experience of a lifetime, pupils will be treated to unique Antiguan experiences. They will tour local communities to learn about the history of cricketing greats such as Sir Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson, and Curtly Ambrose. There are historic tours to Antigua’s famous attractions, plus tours with Wadadli Cats, Stingray City and a rainforest tour. The coaching staff have scored nearly 10,000 test runs between them; they have taken over 500 wickets, nearly 400 catches and have played over 350 tests and 500 ODIs. The professional staff include Richie Richardson, Curtly Ambrose, Kenneth Benjamin, Ridley Jacobs and Ollie Turnbull. Come to Antigua for this all-inclusive event and you will come back for seconds.

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Antigua & Barbuda International Kite Festival 3 – 11 April 2012

Photo: Joseph Jones Photography

It is truly a colourful spectacle when kites take to the skies every Easter in Antigua and Barbuda. It’s a time of festivity and camaraderie in celebration of the art form that is kite flying. Over the years, the Antigua & Barbuda Kite Festival has attracted participants from across the island and around the world. It isn’t all outdoors. Kite building workshops designed for adults and children are facilitated by professionals from across the United States. Village flying competitions are used as the stage for kite flyers to determine who has made the best kites and who can fly them to greater heights. Perhaps the climax of the week of activities is the Devil’s Bridge Fun Fly. The Festival incorporates an exhibition of expert kite fliers and a display of the most unusual kites. It’s a family affair and a kite lovers’ paradise! There is no better place to fly a kite than Antigua, where the weather is perfect and the trade winds are constant. Antigua & Barbuda’s International Kite Festival is a must for kite flying enthusiasts and spectators. For more information visit



5 - 12 May 2012 Now in its 38th year, this popular annual event is held at one of the world’s leading resorts, the Curtain Bluff Hotel situated on Antigua’s picturesque south coast. It has always attracted hordes of tennis hopefuls and has been largely responsible for many of the country’s tennis success stories. Quite a few older participants have been coming to the event for over ten years. Curtain Bluff has long sponsored promising young tennis players with scholarships for overseas studying. As well as enjoying exciting tennis, hotel guests also enjoy the wide range of activities offered by Curtain Bluff. For further information visit:




Mangoes grow abundantly throughout Antigua during the summer months, so the island is the perfect backdrop for the annual Mango Festival. It is the ideal forum for encouraging residents, hotels and restaurants to use locally grown produce. The Festival comprises many small events leading up to the grand finale held at Christian Valley Agricultural Station on the south-western coast of the island. The Mango Festival celebrates its 7th year in 2012 when the event promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Some of the most talented chefs, pastry chefs and bartenders from major resorts, restaurants and bars on the island compete in the Mango Pineapple Culinary Competition, where mangoes and pineapples must be the main ingredient. You will be very impressed with the delicious results. The Festival culminates in mid-August when visitors can sample and purchase unusual, locally made products such as mango lip gloss, mango lotion and even mango mosquito spray! It is also a great time to sample the 28 varieties of mangoes grown locally at Christian Valley. Savour the exotic nature of Antigua by indulging in the sweetest fruit festival in the region. Visit

46TH ANNUAL SPORT FISHING TOURNAMENT 25 – 27 May 2012 This event held over Whitsun Weekend is fast becoming one of the favourite events on the festival calendar in Antigua and Barbuda. Based over three days, one for the arrival and captain’s briefing and two for fishing, the tournament attracts boats from St. Barths, St. Lucia, St.Thomas, Guadeloupe and St. Maarten. In 2011, 43 boats from Antigua and around the Caribbean took part. The Tournament has developed into a fantastic dock party over the two main fishing days. You watch the fish being weighed in, buy fish fresh from the fish stall, eat wonderful fish straight from the grill and enjoy the $5 (EC) bar. The tag line for the Fishing Tournament is ‘enjoy the fishing, enjoy the lime’, and this is definitely the case. The party is almost as important as the fishing, especially for the overseas boats who love the location of Nelson’s Dockyard. The event is a fish and marlin tournament. However, the organizers encourage marlin to be released, which gains points for the team. There is a minimum weight of 300lb for marlin brought to the scale, and any who come in underweight are immediately disqualified and points are deducted from the score of the boat responsible. In its second year in 2012, the Antigua and Barbuda Marlin Classic will be held on the 28th May, also Bank Holiday Monday. There will be a US$1000 entry fee with the winning boat taking 80% of the entry fees from all boats. This is great news, particularly for overseas boats which will enjoy the extra days’ fishing before returning home. In September, a one day tournament, the Francis Nunes Jr. Memorial Tournament and Sea Food Festival takes place. 2012 will be the fifth year of this event. These tournaments are wonderful days out for the entire family, with kids’ entertainment, a friendly atmosphere and great food and drinks. For more information about the Tournaments and to see hundreds of photographs visit



Moods of Pan Festival is a three-day steel pan festival hosted by Gemonites Steel Orchestra in November. Steel bands are traditionally made up of pieces of metal such as old irons, tyre rims, steel pipes, etc. Over the years, the Caribbean steel bands have evolved into highly technical instruments which are honed out of steel drums, sunken and burned over a hot fire, chromed and tuned. The Festival gives individuals, especially the young, the opportunity to showcase their talent and creativity in performances demonstrating all genres of music including classical, gospel, reggae, jazz and calypso. A key component of the Festival is the ‘Five Alive’ competition which allows competitors to portray a creative and often comedic presentation. Musical storylines and themes are brought to life to evoke laughter and excitement as the crowd responds. Several regional and international steel orchestras enter the competition hoping to win the coveted title. Don’t miss the unique super sounds of the Caribbean steel bands.



Antigua’s Carnival, the Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival, showcases all aspects of Carnival, music, mas, steel pan and pageantry. This is the perfect time to experience the island’s culture, music and food. Join in the fun between 28 July and 7 August, 2012.


Antigua Carnival

his celebration of Emancipation lasts a little over a week with a great calendar of events. The festival climaxes on Emancipation Day, starting with (4am) J’ouvert Morning when people take to the streets dancing to the local jam bands, steel bands and iron bands often dressed in the most unusual outfits. This is the true meaning of freedom … Emancipation! The great carnivals of the world are judged primarily on their music and mas. Carnival Monday and Tuesday fall on the first Monday and Tuesday of August every year. On these two days the carnival troupes descend on the streets of St. John’s adorned in their carnival costumes bursting with colour and dancing to the pumping soca rhythms, steel bands, iron bands and popular DJs.

Carnival mas costumes depict colourful and magical themes often with national or regional significance. Their beading, feathers and jewels represent months of work in the various mas camps where the costumes are handmade. Mas makers often work into the early hours of the morning to produce hundreds of costumes in the hope of winning the coveted title of ‘Band of the Year’. Other events in the Carnival line-up include a fiercely competitive Calypso competition, where masters of the art compete with songs of social commentary.


The high-energy party-style Soca Monarch competition draws a party crowd. Artists are judged on various criteria, since crowd participation carries significant weight, so the audience is encouraged to join in the fun. The Queen of Carnival Show is always eagerly anticipated by pageant aficionados. Young ladies are judged on performing talent, interview, poise and grace, all aiming to be crowned Miss Antigua & Barbuda. ‘Teensplash’, is a talent competition for talented teenagers, which creates a school rivalry atmosphere increasing in intensity every year. Carnival City is bursting with teenagers on this night. No Carnival festival would be complete without a Panorama competition. The bittersweet rivalry that exists among the various steel orchestras fuels the passion to practice musical renditions for months in advance of the competition. The hard work and dedication is evident on Panorama night when the steel orchestras grace the stage at Carnival City with high-energy performances often punctuated with dramatic antics. The audience is always captivated. Carnival closes off with Last Lap where the jam bands wind their way through the streets of St. John’s pumping out the most popular songs of the Carnival season. It’s the perfect time to come and experience the culture, music and food of Antigua & Barbuda.

For more information on Antigua Carnival visit

Photo: Joseph Jones Photography

Duty and Tax Free Heritage Quay Duty Free Shopping Complex St. John’s, Antigua Tel: 268.562.5295


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Where to stay

Antigua’s hotels suit all tastes and budgets, ranging from small traditional inns to world-class resorts. These pages give you a good idea of what is available and further information is available from your nearest Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office. ADMIRAL’S INN

Nelson’s Dockyard

Admiral’s Inn is located in an historic Georgian building in Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour. The peaceful atmosphere of this small, intimate hotel in the bustling Dockyard provides an oasis of calm. The bar has a quiet shady terrace, and the dining area is set in a romantic garden overlooking the yachts and harbour. Free transportation is provided to two beaches 5 minutes away. Tennis is available at a nearby sports club. PO Box 713, St. John’s Tel: (268) 460-1027/1153 Fax: (268) 460-1534 Email:


Dickenson Bay

Set in a tropical garden, Antigua Village is situated on one of the island’s most beautiful beaches. Spacious studios, suites and villas combine with the two open-air restaurants to create a great vacation experience. PO Box 649, St. John’s Tel: (268) 462-2930 Fax: (268) 462-0375/4285 Toll Free: 1 866 590 8713 Email:


Dickenson Bay

Located on the popular beach of Dickenson Bay, this Caribbean-style resort is ideal for informal, independent visits to Antigua. Ideal for families and for couples, it offers 16 one-bedroom villas and 2 two-bedroom cottages all with kitchen facilities, private balconies or verandahs. On-site amenities include a pool, free laundry, free internet and mountain bikes. Water sports, restaurants, bars and supermarkets are located within walking distance and the friendly staff are always available for you. Tel: +1 (268) 562-6785 Fax: +1 (268) 562-6784 Email:



Old Road

Situated on the unspoilt south coast, Carlisle Bay lies on a beautiful beach with a dramatic backdrop of rolling hills and tropical rainforest. It’s one of the most talked about hotels in the Caribbean. The 82 spacious suites offer serene ocean views from their terraces or balconies. There are two great restaurants, three bars, an exceptional spa, dive centre, Cool Kids Club, pre-teen activities and a screening room showing movies daily. Thoughtful service reflects the hotel’s emphasis on total relaxation. Tel: (268) 484-0000 Fax: (268) 484-0001 Email:


Falmouth Harbour

This 14 room family-run hotel is situated on the edge of Falmouth Harbour and has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All the rooms have air-conditioning, cable TVs and free internet. It’s a great place to relax and get away from it all, but is also close enough to English Harbour for Nelson’s Dockyard, as well as nightlife. Tel: (268) 460-1036 Fax: (268) 460-1339 Email:


St. John’s

The City View Hotel, with 50 spacious and newly renovated rooms, is the number one choice in St. John’s for meetings, conferences, corporate and private events. The Sapodilla Restaurant, located in the hotel lobby, has a relaxing ambiance, is fully air-conditioned, and offers a fine menu. You can look forward to receiving welcoming, attentive service and excellent cuisine. Tel: (268) 562-0259/60 Email: or



Island Charm. Mediterranean Sophistication.

Two Perfect Worlds. Voted “World’s Most Romantic Resort” 13 years in a row, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa beckons with two extraordinary holidays in one on Antigua’s best and most famous beach, Dickenson Bay. Immerse yourself in the rhythm of the islands at the authentic Caribbean Grove, or savor the sophistication of a fine European hotel in the six-star, all-suite Mediterranean Village. No matter which world you choose to stay in, your two-in-one holiday includes the best of both of these worlds and every luxury imaginable. Enjoy tantalizing cuisine at ten International restaurants. It’s all included. Select fine wines from Beringer® and top-shelf liquors. It’s all included. Engage in the most exhilarating land and water sports. They’re all included as well. Rejuvenate at the renowned Red Lane® Spa. Two perfect worlds in one grande resort—the ultimate Luxury Included® Vacation.



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embody this sixstar experience. Here, in this all-suite, all-oceanfront village, epic romances thrive as you’re swept away into a breathtaking world of luxury. From the magnificent piazza to the Tuscan courtyard to the soaring Sunset Tower, every architectural detail immortalizes the time and space of Old World eminence. Unlike anything in the Caribbean, the all-suite Mediterranean Village heralds privilege and entitlement.

The Mediterranean Village at Sandals Grande Antigua is honored to have earned the esteemed Six Star Diamond Award from the American Academy of Hospitality Sciences.

Shimmering fountains, hand-painted ceilings, marble floors, romantic piazzas, and an arcade of chic shops proclaim the Mediterranean Village an authentic vignette of European splendor. Graced by aweinspiring views from every vantage point and the largest pool in the Eastern Caribbean, the towering suites and luxurious ocean villas of the Mediterranean Village promise a flawless holiday for lovers.



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QUINTESSENTIAL CARIBBEAN CHARM abounds in this tropical garden oasis where time slows down. The same cooling trade winds that lured Lord Nelson to make this his home a century ago still bathe heady lovers on the best of Antigua’s beaches, Dickenson Bay. Nowhere on Earth has romance ever been so undeniably potent as here in this intimate setting of charming cottages surrounded by gardens so lush your secluded sanctuary is hidden within. Soaring palm groves grace the grounds with the sounds of the breeze and cooling shade. This is the Eden by the sea that lovers worldwide return to again and again. To swing in wicker love baskets and reconnect in chic beachfront gazebos. To bask in the very heart of an island retreat where passion grows and worries wash out with every ebb tide. To indulge in the Luxury Included® Vacation offered only at Sandals.

Voted World’s Most Romantic Resort, Antigua’s Leading Resort and Leading Spa Resort at the prestigious World Travel Awards, Sandals Grande Antigua beckons with five intimate pools, fragrant gardens, romantic beach cabanas, oceanside dining and the relaxing allure of the Caribbean Grove.


on Antigua, but only Sandals Grande Antigua’s setting at Dickenson Bay is considered to be the best. Harbored by a mile-long reef, the azurean waters are forever glass-calm and the powdery-soft sands a dazzling white.



Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay has been created with artistry and a true sense of the spirit of the location. The secluded and peaceful setting is on the edge of a hidden bay, enclosed by 17-acres of tropical gardens and surrounded by hundreds of acres of untouched land. The stunning beach stretches for over 1,250-feet in front of 25 individual cottage suites located on the hillside or just steps away from the sand. All the luxurious suites feature an outside deck area. The hillside suites have the added attraction of their own private plunge pools and sunbathing areas. This is the place for those seeking to unwind, retreat from busy lives and rejuvenate minds, bodies and souls.

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Carlisle Bay

Contemporary luxury on the beach Carlisle Bay is one of the most talked-about hotels in the Caribbean and winner of many prestigious accolades including being voted one of the top 25 hotels in ‘The Readers’ Spa Awards 2011‘ from Condé Nast Traveller. Located on Antigua’s south coast within a secluded bay and with a backdrop of hills and rainforest, Carlisle Bay has two outstanding restaurants, an exceptional spa and a philosophy founded on excellent service. The resort features 82 spacious suites from the stunning Ocean and Garden Suites to the family-friendly Beach and Carlisle Suites - all with cool contemporary interiors, balcony or terrace and ocean views. Carlisle Bay has three bars and two exceptional restaurants: Indigo on the Beach offering healthy grills, seafood and salads and East serving exciting pan-Asian food in a stunning setting. Wellbeing is fundamental to Carlisle Bay’s philosophy. The spa, Blue, offers an extensive treatment menu from Natura Bissé, a couples room, a wet room and state-of-the-art gym. The outdoor pavilion is perfect for yoga and Pilates. Guests can enjoy the pool, nine tennis courts, guided nature walks in the rainforest and a variety of water sports including sailing, kayaking, snorkelling, windsurfing and diving. There is a complimentary Cool Kids Club with excellent supervised activities for children. A new innovation is the ‘Crush’ action-packed teenage programme during school holidays. Other ‘wow’ factors include beautiful tropical gardens, a luxurious screening room showing movies daily and a unique library showcasing top beach reads. Above all, this privately owned hotel exudes an incredible sense of tranquillity and seclusion.

Contemporary Luxury on the Beach Set on a secluded beach on Antigua’s south coast and surrounded by lush rainforest, Carlisle Bay is simply stunning. The hotel has 82 suites with cool, calm interiors and fantastic ocean views, two outstanding restaurants and an award-winning spa, Blue. For full details, rates and special offers, see Carlisle Bay, Old Road, St Mary’s, Antigua Tel: +1 268 484 0000 Email: 4758CBY_Advert 142mm x 101mm.indd 1

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Galley Bay Resort & Spa The award-winning Galley Bay is a long-established, intimate, Caribbean hideaway, which delights guests with its gracious unpretentious atmosphere and relaxing, allinclusive pricing. The long stretch of white-sand beach, and lush tropical gardens create a spectacular natural setting at the edge of a unique lagoon and bird sanctuary. Arriving guests are escorted from the sugar mill reception across a unique causeway which crosses the centre of the lagoon to the beachfront area of the resort. At Galley Bay, the visitor is completely carried away from the hectic pace of the rest of the world. Non-motorized water-sports add a dimension for the adventurous without disturbing the tranquility of the environment. The new Indulge Spa offers a posh tree-house atmosphere to pamper yourself with an extensive range of treatments. To maintain this peaceful atmosphere, children under 16 only visit during the Christmas/New Year travel period.

barbecues fill the tropical evenings. There is a full array of complimentary water-sports with instruction, and optional excursions. It is a pleasure to relax by the dramatic cascading waterfall and swimming pool as if by a natural mountain spring. There are jogging trails, bicycles, and tennis courts for the energetic.

With three romantic open-air restaurants and three welcoming lounges, it’s not necessary to leave Galley Bay. Live entertainment, cocktail parties and Caribbean

Visitors to Galley Bay return year after year to enjoy the unique Caribbean location and the timeless relaxed ambiance.


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Mamora Bay

This intimate, adult-only Caribbean getaway enjoys an ambience of subtle elegance and privacy. Come pamper yourselves at this relaxing all-inclusive haven. Tel: (800) 345-0356 or (268) 462-0302

This breathtaking 100-acre resort has two pristine white sand beaches, as well as limitless activities for everyone to enjoy. St. James’s Club is the perfect place for singles, couples and families alike. Tel: (800) 345-0356 or (268) 460-5000


Dian Bay

This eco-friendly resort is the perfect setting for relaxation, indulgence and family fun. Whether you simply want to unwind or are looking for outdoor adventures, The Verandah is the ideal place for both. Tel: (800) 345-0356 or (268) 562-6845


The Verandah Resort & Spa

This boutique hotel’s 98 guest rooms are set amid 40 acres of tropical gardens, providing privacy, and are mostly situated along the beachfront providing spectacular ocean views and direct beach access. The distinctive Gauguinstyle cottages, tucked away in the gardens, have lagoon views and concealed individual plunge pools. Galley Bay was awarded one of the “Top 25 Caribbean Resorts” named by Conde Nast Traveler and among the “Top 10 Best Resorts for Romance in the Caribbean” by the readers of



The Verandah Resort & Spa The Verandah Resort & Spa is nestled along Antigua’s pristine east coast. This unique eco-friendly luxury resort encompasses 30 beachfront acres with two powder white-sand beaches and the special attraction of hiking trails. There are 200 luxury villa-style suites featuring delightful Caribbean architecture and decor. The Verandah is bordered by Devil’s Bridge National Park with its dramatic landmark rock arch perfect for exploration and for hosting the 2012 Antiguan Kite Festival. The uninhabited nature sanctuaries of Green Island and Bird Island are easily reached by boat, and the swimming at these locations is superb. Guests can enjoy kayaking, snorkelling and windsurfing, or plunge into Antigua’s largest free-form swimming pool. Exotic treatments are available at the resort’s signature Spa Tranquility. There is a fitness centre and tennis. There are a choice of restaurants – both casual and gourmet - plus inviting bars, live entertainment and a mini-cinema. Children enjoy supervised activities at the resort’s dedicated Kidz Club, featuring its own pool and climbing adventure, while teens gather for volleyball and other funfilled activities.


The whole family can play at the newly designed miniature golf course. Experience tranquil waterfalls, serene ponds, tropical landscape, challenging golf and more as you follow the pathways on an unforgettable Caribbean adventure. It’s fun exploring the tropical golf course during the day and at night, under the stars! Grab a putter and get ready for the adventure of a lifetime!


St. James’s Club & Villas Situated on a secluded 100-acre peninsula on the southeast coast of Antigua, St. James’s Club Resort & Villas maintains a casual, club-like ambience. This exclusive hideaway with $20 million renovation just completed, caters to couples and families with a variety of accommodation, amenities and activities. The tropical landscape and two magnificent white-sand beaches - Coco Beach on the Atlantic ocean side, and the calm Caribbean waters of Mamora Bay offer guests choices of venue. There is a wide array of island and water-based diversions. St. James’s Club provides complimentary nonmotorized water sports such as kayaking, pedal boating, windsurfing, catamaran sailing and snorkelling activities. With its own Mamora Bay Dive Shop, deepsea fishing options and an entire excursion fleet, plus an 18-slip marina - St. James’s Club has it all. There are six swimming pools, and the therapeutic Spa Tranquility with salon treatments. For the energetic there are six tennis courts and fitness centre. Families appreciate the award-winning Kidz Club and supervised children programmes. Four distinct restaurants offer a range of casual and fine dining, and nightly entertainment is also provided.

There are 250 guest rooms, suites and villas to suit every possible requirement, including the new spectacular Royal Suites which feature the ultimate luxury experience and adultonly atmosphere with private check-in and concierge.




Long Bay

This classically laid-back Caribbean resort invites its guests to take a deep breath and simply relax. It’s located on the edge of a stunning beach and features 180 rooms, most of them with ocean views. Enjoy unlimited meals, cocktails, land and water sports as well as some of the best snorkelling on the island. Welcome to the easy slice of paradise...all at an incredible value. Tel: (268) 463-2006



Nelson’s Dockyard

Located in Nelson’s Dockyard, the Copper & Lumber Store is one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the Caribbean. There are 14 suites or studios; the Georgian theme extending to their décor and all of them named after one of Admiral Horatio Nelson’s ships. Excellent meals are served in the restaurants or central courtyard; all the facilities of English Harbour are conveniently close by. Tel: (268) 460-1058/460-1159 Fax: (268) 460-1529 Email:


Old Road

Situated on a dramatic seaside bluff on Antigua’s southern shore, this 72 room resort is legendary. Its well-deserved reputation is due in part to its breathtaking setting, but also to its peerless service. An oceanfront spa now enhances the first-class leisure amenities, which include tennis, water sports, scuba-diving, squash and fitness facilities.   PO Box 288, St. John’s Tel: (268) 462-8400/1/2 Fax: (268) 462-8409 Email:


Dickenson Bay

This 226 room hotel is located on one of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean. It not only invites you to enjoy the varied forms of water sports available, but also to relax amidst the landscaped gardens. Tennis courts are available for the more energetic. Once the sun goes down The Arawak Terrace showcases a delicious buffet of Creole cuisine alongside international favourites. The Ciboney Lounge offers a range of music-based entertainment in the evenings. Tel: (268) 462-0256 Fax: (268) 462-0271 Email:


Five Islands

This unique hideaway is set amidst 37 acres of tropical gardens and boasts four beaches, one of which is Antigua’s only ‘clothing optional’ beach. It offers cool detached cottages overlooking the sea. For larger parties, the colonial-style Great house on the peninsula is a villa with its own kitchen and panoramic sea views. The Tamarind Tree is a simple but elegant alfresco restaurant. The Il Vignetto Sul Mare Italian restaurant provides a taste of Italy (Reservations required). Evening entertainment is varied and authentically Antiguan. Tel: (268) 462-0301 Fax: (268) 462-1515 Email:


Jumby Bay

A Rosewood Resort Jumby Bay, a Rosewood Resort, is an exclusive and inclusive luxury retreat set on a 300-acre private island two miles off the coast of Antigua. Accessible only by boat, and with no cars to clutter the ambience, the resort offers upscale visitors a relaxed Caribbean escape midst rare tropical plants, three superb white-sand beaches and winding paths lined by lofty palms for strolling and biking. In 2010 Jumby Bay revealed a $28 million resort-wide transformation. This ultra-luxe resort re-emerged with unique new attractions including the Rosewood Spa® - “Sense”, 28 new spacious suites, the new open-air Verandah Restaurant, the new Pool Grille bistro-style restaurant, and several lavish villas and estate homes with private pools and full access to the many amenities of Jumby Bay. For active visitors, Jumby Bay offers watersports, tennis, three miles of hiking and biking trails, croquet lawn, putting green, a fitness centre, daily children’s programme, a 25-meter freshwater lap pool and a new oceanfront infinity pool. The Estate House, set in a 230-year-old English plantation manor, beckons with 082711h jb antiguan.pdf 8/26/11cuisine. 10:56 Casablanca-style ambience and modern1 European







In 2011, Jumby Bay was ranked among the “Top Caribbean Resorts” on Condé Nast Traveler’s Gold List, and was included on Travel and Leisure’s World’s Best Awards List. For more information and reservations, call 888.ROSEWOOD. AM Or visit






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Hermitage Bay

Jolly Beach

A unique concept in Antigua, Hermitage Bay is in total harmony with its surroundings. Individual cottage suites provide understated luxury and private plunge pools. With its oceanside restaurant and bar, refreshing infinity-edge pool, charming hillside spa and the emphasis on impeccable service, Hermitage Bay offers a wonderful experience. P.O. Box 60, St. John’s Tel: (268) 562-5500 Fax: (268) 562-5505 Email: Hermitage Bay


A Rosewood Resort

Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort is set on a 300-acre private island two miles off the coast of Antigua. Fresh from a multi-million dollar enhancement, this secluded hideaway offers discerning travellers a relaxed and authentic Caribbean escape with superb white-sand beaches, lush tropical environs, the new Sense, A Rosewood Spa® and world-class service. Tel: (268) 462 6000; Fax: (268) 462 6020 Email:

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Jolly Beach

A versatile and fully all-inclusive resort for everyone. Located on the south-west coast of Antigua, this 464-room property sits on 40-acres of tropically landscaped gardens on a beautiful white sand beach. Amenities include a Fantasy Pool and Quiet Pool, five restaurants, bars, nightly entertainment, water sports, cyber room, Jolly Teenz and Kidz Clubs, Palms Wellness Centre, Spa, Gym and Salon, as well as a conference facility. The resort is just 7 miles from St. John’s and approximately 20 minutes from the airport. PO Box W2009, St. Mary’s Tel: (268) 462-0061 Fax: (268) 562-2302 Email:

Charming 50 room boutique hotel Set on the hillside, within beautiful tranquil gardens overlooking the Caribbean Sea Home of the long-established Bay House Restaurant Serving meals all day with no time limits Within easy reach of the airport, St. John’s, beaches and golf course Ideal for couples, honeymooners and the business traveller Free WiFi, business centre Facilities for cocktails, banquettes, conferences and meetings

Welcome to the intimate peaceful Trade Winds Hotel, offering that “personal touch” and catering to all your needs. Dickenson Bay, PO Box 1390, St. John’s, Antigua

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Sugar Ridge Hotel Sugar Ridge has a spectacular elevated position and emerges from the hillside which is ablaze with colourful indigenous plants and sugar cane. It has panoramic views of the Caribbean Sea and neighbouring islands, and is only 25 minutes drive away from St. John’s. Many of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches are on the doorstep and quickly accessible by the hotel’s complimentary shuttle service. There are 60 bedrooms grouped in blocks of four rooms to an intimate building, each with stunning views. The ground floor rooms have private plunge pools and the upper floors have large verandas. All are designed in colonial, contemporary style with four poster muslin-draped beds. Sugar Ridge has two restaurants. There is open air fine dining at Carmichael’s atop the hill, plus the informal Sugar Club. The restaurants, with indoor/ outdoor dining, overlook the resort’s two swimming pools. Sugar Ridge has around 6,000 square feet of spa and gymnasium facilities. The Spa is the only Aveda Concept Spa in the Eastern Caribbean with a full

collection of treatments featuring the latest holistic therapies, hair salon and treatment rooms. The fully air-conditioned gym has around 30 pieces of Cybex equipment including 13 for cardiovascular health. Enjoy the exciting and unique Sugar Ridge experience. Sugar Ridge, PO Box 153 Jolly Habour, Antigua Tel: (268) 562-7700 Fax: (268) 562-7701 Toll Free USA 1 866 591 4881 Email: Reservations:(268)562-7700



Buccaneer Beach Club The Buccaneer Beach Club is located directly on the famous Dickenson Bay beach. The 16 one-bedroom villas and 2 two-bedroom cottages are designed in a colourful Caribbean style and are surrounded by flowers and tropical palms, with views of either the freeform swimming pool or the tranquil turquoise bay. The poolside villas feature fully equipped kitchenettes; the cottages have full kitchens, and all have cable TVs, DVD players, safe, air-conditioning and pull-out beds in the living room. The villas can easily sleep a family of four, while the cottages can comfortably accommodate four adults and two children. Daily maid service, free internet and laundry are included in the rates. While most relaxation-seeking guests spend their days around the swimming pool or on the white sand beach, a whole host of leisure amenities are available nearby including water sports, tennis, horse riding and mountain biking. All the fashionable bars and restaurants of Dickenson Bay are just a stone’s throw away and the helpful staff of Buccaneer Beach Club are always available for reservations and suggestions. The staff speak English, French and Italian.



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A cosy intimate garden inn with holiday cottages and rooms such as Coco Cottage, Banana Cottage, Courtyard Palm Room or the newly built Flamboyant Treehouse Room. Located on Antigua’s north coast close to Dickenson Bay, Jabberwock Beach, St. John’s and the airport, this little cottage inn reflects the true spirit of Caribbean architecture and outdoor living. A lagoon pool and private decks make a perfect setting for a Caribbean experience. The mature landscape includes many tropical trees, palms and flowers. Your hosts Peter and Kathy will introduce you to the spirit of real island life. Tel: (268) 561-1835 or (268) 464-7576 Email:


Set on Dickenson Bay, considered the best of Antigua’s 365 beaches, Sandals Grande Antigua has been voted the ‘World’s Most Romantic Resort’ year after year. At this ‘Luxury Included Resort’ you’ll find two worlds of romance – the intimate and charming Caribbean Grove nestled in tropical gardens beside the sea, and the magnificent six-star rated all-suite Mediterranean Village with its epic architecture and the largest pool in the Eastern Caribbean. For a uniquely exotic experience, choose a Luxury Villa suite or a seaside Rondoval, a suite-in-the-round, both with private pool and butler service. Tel: (268) 462-0267

The Admiral’s Inn is a beautiful historic Inn within the walls of Nelson’s Dockyard with its own waterfront areas and courtyard. It is quiet and secluded but close to all the Dockyard activities. The Inn has 18 twin or queen-bedded rooms, some with air-conditioning and others with ceiling fans, looking over the harbour or with a small patio with garden or courtyard view. The Joiner’s Loft with wet bar and spacious living area is adjacent to the main compound. The restaurant offers full a la carte menus for all meals.


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Jolly Beach Resort & Spa A vacation at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa means a great beach at great all-inclusive rates for families and couples. It’s also an excellent choice for destination weddings and thanks to the Palms Wellness Centre, Spa and Gym, there really is something for everyone. The Wellness Centre offers treatments ranging from stone therapy and soothing wraps to scrubs and deep-tissue massage using local ingredients like aloe and coconut oil. Fitness facials and sports massages are perfect for the active man and woman, bridal parties can de-stress and beautify for their big day, and couples can make the most of their precious time together with a massage on the beach. Even the kids will enjoy choosing their own favourite ways to rejuvenate. Girls will want to try the ‘Little Princess Spa Day’ massage, facial, manicure and pedicure. ‘For the Little Man’ features a scrub, massage and pedicure. The Centre has also put together the perfect skin treatments for teens coupled with a tension-relieving massage. Speaking of teens, the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is even more family-friendly than ever with the launch of the Jolly Teenz Club. Offering a full menu of games and activities, it is fully decked out with flat-screen TVs, a stereo system and DVD player, Nintendo Wii, Microsoft Xbox and arcade-style games like air hockey and skee ball. One thing at the Jolly Beach Resort & Spa that isn’t new is its year-round all-inclusive value! For more information visit www.

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With a spectacular setting, Sugar Ridge opened in December 2009 and gives a new and exciting dimension to the hospitality business. It is furnished to a very high contemporary standard throughout. Facilities include 60 luxury bedrooms with verandas and plunge pools, Carmichael’s fine dining restaurant, The Sugar Club restaurant and bar, Aveda Concept Spa, Cybex gymnasium and Shopping Village. Sugar Ridge is a few minutes from the Marina at Jolly Harbour. Tel: (268) 562-7700 Fax: (268) 562-7701 Email: Website:

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Jolly Beach

Here is an all-suite resort, beautifully located along Jolly Beach. All suites include full kitchen, private balcony, and king-size beds.  Choose from spacious one-bedroom suites that include private sitting areas, or family style two-bedroom units with dining rooms and oversized living areas, plus complimentary in-room Wi-Fi. Swimming pools, water sports, tennis courts, five restaurants & bars, gym, spa and kid’s club are some of the amenities to be enjoyed. Guests also benefit from preferred tee-time agreements at both golf clubs on the island. PO Box JH94, Jolly Harbour Tel: Toll Free (USA/ Canada) 1 888-411 2012 Toll Free (UK) 0 800 098 8511 or (268) 562-5183/85 Fax: (268) 562-5184. Email:

Dream Destinations

Hawksbill, Antigua

Halcyon Cove Antigua

Discovery Bay Barbados

Royal St Lucia

St Lucian St Lucia

Imagine relaxing in the wonderful Caribbean sunshine, or strolling along a glorious white sandy beach before bathing in the warm, turquoise sea. Welcome to your perfect holiday, by rex resorts.

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Dickenson Bay

An attractive 50-room hotel where guests are invited to relax in beautifully-landscaped surroundings and enjoy fine cuisine accompanied by friendly service. Set on a hillside overlooking Dickenson Bay, it offers a sense of tranquility and seclusion that is just as welcome to the holidaymaker as it is to the business traveller. In addition to a freshwater swimming pool, there is also a wellknown restaurant, The Bay House, which is popular with Antiguans and visitors alike. Tel: (268) 462-1223  Fax: (268) 462-5007 Email:


English Harbour

Historic charm precludes no modern comforts at The Inn at English Harbour, located in one of the most magnificent bays of the Caribbean. Recent upgrades include: individually controlled A/C, flat screen cable TV, free Wi-Fi access, iPod dock station, designer toiletry, a new spa facility and boutique. The highly acclaimed fine dining Terrace Restaurant has been newly refurbished, and on the casual side, The Reef Restaurant offers the company of warm blue waters, balmy island nights and cooling trade winds. PO Box 187, St. John’s Tel: (268) 460-1014 Fax: (268) 460-1603 Email: the

ANTIGUA VIP Antigua’s Most Personal Inns, Hotels & Resorts Trade Winds Hotel, a member of Antigua VIP

Those seeking an authentic Caribbean experience, and excellent value for money, should consider the Antigua VIP option. Antigua VIP (Very Intimate Places) showcases some of the island’s smaller properties. This select group of hotels, inns and resorts focus very much on personal service and Caribbean hospitality. Scattered throughout Antigua, these locally-owned or managed hidden gems are quite unique. Locations and styles are varied; some are beach resorts, while others are rural properties; some are business hotels while others are historic inns. Wherever you choose you will enjoy an individual sense of style and the pleasure of being pampered in a warm and welcoming environment.

The Anchorage Inn, A member of Antigua VIP

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ntigua is proud to welcome a unique educational facility to the island with the American University of Antigua which is home to an internationally accredited College of Medicine. The University’s impressive and elegant main buildings and campus are located close to the Airport, adjacent to Jabberwock Road on the north side of the island. With a diverse student body, dedicated faculty and a U.S. modeled twosemester-per-academic-year curriculum, the College of Medicine provides students with a world-class educational experience. The University’s affiliation with Manipal University allows students the opportunity to study Basic Sciences in India, at the Kasturba Medical College International Center (KMCIC). Students from both KMCIC and AUA participate in clinical rotations in the U.S., creating a truly global medical experience. AUA’s WiFi®-enabled multimillion dollar campus offers every technological advantage, both in the classroom and



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Once students proceed to Clinical Sciences, they choose from a long list of core rotations at one of nearly 30 affiliated hospitals throughout the U.S. and Canada. AUA and KMCIC students are eligible for the National Residency Matching Program, just like their colleagues in the United States. Alumni have secured placements at the Mayo Clinic, University of Pennsylvania, Brown University, Case Western Reserve, and other prestigious institutions.



beyond. Blackboard Learn™ and Echo360™ lecture-capture technology combine with advanced medical simulators and hands-on training at Mount St. John’s Medical Centre, one of the most sophisticated hospitals in the Caribbean. The facilities incorporate further recreational and academic features, including a fitness centre, tennis courts, cricket fields, lecture breakout rooms, practice and research labs and a 24-hour-a-day library. There are beautiful white-sand beaches just minutes from campus.



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Antigua for the Perfect Wedding

Wedding and ‘Trash the Dress’ of Krystle Carter and Hammond Reddie Photo: Vanessa Hall Photography

WEDDINGS IN ANTIGUA The Legal Requirements Please bring the following documentation with you:F Valid passports as proof of citizenship F Original divorce decree or, in the case of a widow or widower, the original marriage and death certificate F If there has been a name change, provide affidavits in cases where you are known by another name F Both parties must be over 15. If under 18 written authorisation from parents or guardians is required. NB: All documents presented should be original or certified original by the issuing departments or offices. Your marriage must also be solemnized in the presence of two or more witnesses - just ask some fellow hotel guests to do this for you. Most people choose to get married on their hotel grounds and even the beach. Church ceremonies will require the permission from the church authorities where you wish to be married and some churches ask that the couple attend pre-nuptial consultations. Allow some extra time if planning a church ceremony. The Ministry of Legal Affairs is open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4:30pm and on Fridays from 8am to 3pm.


Antigua and Barbuda attract honeymooners for obvious reasons. Yet there’s another dimension to true love which is now almost as popular - getting married in Antigua. It’s easy to tie the knot here soon after you’ve arrived, but check you have the correct documents before you arrive. The procedure starts at the Ministry of Legal Affairs on Queen Elizabeth Highway (Tel: 268-462-0017). You must take both passports and a copy of your divorce papers if there has been any previous marriages. There will be a friendly interview, then your licence will be issued. The cost is EC$405.00 (US$150.00). The next step is a visit to the Registrar General’s office which is also on Queen Elizabeth Highway (Tel: 268-4620609). The fee is EC$100.00 (US$40.00). Please note that this is only for registering at the Court House. An official marriage certificate costs EC$25.00 (US$10.00). If the wedding is performed outside the Court House, there is a Marriage Officer fee of EC$270.00 (US$100.00). The location is left solely up to you! Obviously Antigua is the ideal honeymoon location. All the ingredients for wedded bliss are here. In fact, Antigua is likely to provide such a good beginning that honeymooners will need to return for their anniversaries to keep the romantic momentum alive. It’s also great to make a party of this (hopefully) once-in-a-life time event by bringing along special family and friends. An inexpensive group package can be arranged, and a second honeymoon enjoyed by those married in less exotic surroundings! It will encourage single friends to plan an Antiguan wedding experience.

Passion in Paradise – A Love Story


ntigua has been named as one of the best wedding and honeymoon destinations in the world by BRIDES Magazine. Our twin island nation is perfect for getting married life off to the best possible start. And with no residency requirement, tying the knot here is as easy as can be - it’s even possible to get married within one hour. Our stunning beaches and exclusive retreats set the scene for the fairy tale wedding you’ve always dreamed of. You can plan it all yourself or hire a wedding planner and have anything from a beachside wedding to a traditional ceremony in one of the island’s historic churches. Whatever your romantic aspirations, Antigua & Barbuda can satisfy your dreams. And if you do get married in Antigua, why not plan a memorable day trip to our beautiful sister island of Barbuda? While there you can plant a tree at the Martello Tower and visit it often as a testament to your growing love.

Photo: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

June is the official ‘Month of Romance’ in Antigua & Barbuda. It’s a time of celebration when one lucky couple from North America will be selected to win a destination wedding here. But in 2011 two lucky couples were recipients of this grand prize - one pair decided to exchange their vows at the romantic Villa Colibre in English Harbour, whilst the other chose the gracious Blue Waters Hotel on the north coast. One couple even took the opportunity to ‘Trash the dress’ while in Barbuda. Passions ignite in paradise and our romantic little islands are guaranteed to cast a spell of love upon you. You will always remember your wedding celebrations in Antigua & Barbuda. For more information, contact: The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority Tel: 1-888-268-4227 or Email – Or visit our website at

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Relax & Unwind Many of Antigua’s finest beach hotels have now developed first-class spas. The rejuvenating body and beauty treatments are perfectly enhanced by the island’s healthy climate, and serene views over the Caribbean Sea. In addition to traditional treatments such as mud wraps and deep-tissue massages, several spas offer ancient techniques like reflexology and Reiki. Some specialise in Caribbean-inspired treatments using local ingredients such as coffee, seaweed and sea salt, whilst others prefer to pamper you with luxury items like caviar, water lily and pearl extract. Nowadays these treatments are not just for women – men can unwind with a variety of special services from sports massages to fitness facials. Couples massages are particularly popular with honeymooners. In some cases there are even minitreatments especially for children.

Photo courtesy Elite Island Resorts

Spa Finder AVEDA CONCEPT SPA & GYM Sugar Ridge, Near Jolly Harbour Tel: 268-562-7700 Carlisle Bay Old Road Tel: 484-0000 CURTAIN BLUFF Old Road

Tel: 462-8400 GALLEY BAY Five Islands

Tel: 462-0302 hermitage bay Hermitage Bay Tel: 562-5500 Jolly beach resort & spa Jolly Beach

Tel: 462-0061 JUMBY BAY, A ROSEWOOD RESORT Long Island

Tel: 462 6000 OASIS ANTIGUA The Travel Spa

Tel: 782-7067 SANDALS GRANDE ANTIGUA Dickenson Bay

Tel: 462-0267 St. james’s club Mamora Bay

Tel: 460-5000 THE VERANDAH RESORT & SPA Dian Bay

Tel: 562-6845 Spa treatments vary and full details are available by contacting the individual salons or hotels. Ask for details on half and full-day packages.



The only Aveda Concept Spa in the Eastern Caribbean is located at Sugar Ridge near Jolly Harbour. It offers a complete range of treatments featuring the latest holistic therapies, with state-of-the-art facilities including a first class hair salon. The fully air-conditioned gym has a wide range of Cybex equipment. Adjacent to it is a studio for aerobics, pilates and yoga classes. Two swimming pools, cabanas and sunbathing areas complete the whole unique experience. Membership packages are available giving special discounts to those regularly enjoying the Aveda Concept. Oasis is the ultimate travel spa which has been bringing spa and salon services directly to clients since 1986. Many of our visitors want to have exclusive spa treatments within their holiday villas, hotels suites or yachts. Oasis provides a wide range of beauty, hairdressing and spa treatments brought directly to you by professional internationally trained staff. Standard spa treatments include the use of Living Clay (Calcuim Bentonite Clay) which has amazing properties and healing qualities. This is particularly effective for over-exposure to the sun, strained muscles and aging skin. Oasis specialises in bridal styling in the privacy of your own space, and is particularly relevant because Antigua is a number one wedding destination. Spa packages are available to fit every budget. The feeling of wellbeing which comes from Antigua’s pure air, healthy climate and pristine seas is enhanced by incorporating a spa experience in your special vacation.

The Ultimate Travel Spa

Our Professional Therapists provide massage and body treatments directly in your own Home, Vacation Villa, Hotel Suite or on your Yacht. Appointments Call: +1 (268) 782-7067 Website: Email:


Exploring Antigua is not all about white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters! Why not rent a car or hire a taxi and discover the unique attractions of our island? From scenic drives through ancient rainforests to colourful markets and historic colonial plantations there really is something for everyone ...


The best drive in Antigua! Fig is the Antiguan name for bananas, but the road is lined with lots of tropical fruit trees - guavas, mangoes, oranges and coconuts. Fig Tree Drive is the major road opposite the pink coral Catholic Church just outside the town of Liberta, north of Falmouth. This area of green rainforest is something like the Garden of Eden. Explore the forest from above with the popular Canopy Tour. Go slowly until you descend to Old Road and the Curtain Bluff area, passing the pineapple farm.


This was the earliest British settlement in Antigua. A road connects the little town with the main road traversing the island. Parham is notable for its spectacular church, St. Peter’s, which was described as “the finest church in the British West Indies”. It was built in the 1840s after the original wooden church had been burnt down. It is a beautiful and unusual octagonal shape designed by a famous architect of the time, Thomas Weekes.


The market in St. John’s provides an extensive and attractive covered outlet for the abundance of Caribbean fruit and vegetables. Upstairs are delightful small boutique-style shops. The market is easily identified by the imposing sculpture of V.C. Bird, the Founder of the Nation, at the intersection of all roads leading to the market at the edge of St. John’s.

Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary The Antigua and Barbuda Humane Society provides shelter for more than 150 donkeys at its sanctuary in Delaps, Bethesda on the eastern side of Antigua about 30 minutes from St. John’s. It is the intention of the Humane Society to bring in all neglected roaming donkeys from the roads where they face danger from motor traffic.  Sanctuary donkeys now have a safe haven where they receive food, water, shelter, quality medical care and lots of love. The Humane Society offers an ‘adopt a donkey’ programme which provides visitors with a photo of ‘their’ donkey and an official adoption certificate! We encourage you to take a trip to Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary.  Experience for yourself what so many have discovered - that there’s more to a donkey than you thought.  Admission is free, though donations are greatly appreciated and fund the continued great work of the facility.  Help save Antigua’s gentle donkeys! Tel: (268) 461-4957    Email:


The Museum, located in downtown St. John’s, provides an interesting background of the nation’s history from 10,000 years ago. Learn how the islands were formed and who lived here, and discover all about the effect the Arawaks and Caribs had on the island. An interesting hour or two can be spent at the museum. Admission is free but a minimum donation of US$2 is encouraged.


This imposing building, visible from all around St. John’s, was originally constructed in 1683, replaced in 1745 and completely rebuilt of stone in 1843 after an earthquake. The interior is completely cased in pitch-pine and there are interesting memorial stones. Restoration continues.


Situated at Indian Town, this is a natural bridge at the head of Indian Creek with blow-holes and spouting surf. Legend says that if you throw two eggs into the water to boil, the devil (who is said to be down there) would keep one and return the other!


After visiting Nelson’s Dockyard, ramble around the extensive fortifications, barracks and powder magazines of Shirley Heights. As Mrs. Lanaghan said in 1844 while visiting the area, “Really, this marching and countermarching beneath a tropical sun is no slight matter ...” So relax with a couple of drinks at The Lookout and contemplate the panoramic views.


Built in 1674 by Sir Christopher Codrington, this was the site of one of the first full-scale sugar plantations on Antigua. It remained in the Codrington Estate until the 1920s. Betty’s Hope is located just south of Pares Village.


These are dotted around the landscape, mostly in ruins but some with the solid outside structure still intact. By 1705 most of Antigua was planted with sugarcane and 170 mills for crushing cane were built. At that time, each factory could produce 55 tons of sugar a year.


Built among the ruins in the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, the Centre provides a historic overview of Antigua’s past. ‘Reflections of the Sun’, a multi-media presentation, is a ‘journey through the dreamy corridors of six periods of the island’s history’.

Fort Barrington courtesy Sarah Scott



Photo: Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Why not stop off at one of our 365 beaches for a swim in the warm calm blue Caribbean in the west or the rather wilder Atlantic Ocean on the east. Antigua’s main claim to fame is the quality of the white sand beaches. Here are a few suggestions for spectacular beach stops, taking a clockwise direction from the most northerly part of the island.

Antigua’s Famous Beaches JABBERWOCK BEACH

This is a part of the National Park complex and is a long white sand beach on the Atlantic. This is very popular with local people taking morning and evening walks. Jabberwork is the base for windsurfing and kitesurfing.


This is a rather quiet secluded beach area not far from Jabberwock, opposite Long Island, home of the famous Jumby Bay Resort. There are two excellent beach restaurants right on the water, Cecilia’s Café presided over by Cecilia herself, and The Tides which is a spacious, gracious restaurant for functions such as weddings.


This beautiful beach on the east coast is exceptional for its calm waters and snorkelling. It is an ideal family venue with small restaurants. There is one well-known resort hotel right on the beach. Round the corner with a secluded beach is the popular Verandah Resort.


The well-known resort of Jolly Beach is located here, with the added advantage of the Jolly Harbour marina and supermarket close by.


It is reputed that Hawksbill has five beaches including a nudist beach! This is the home of Hawksbill by Rex Resorts which is a well-known and popular hotel complex.


The historic ruins of Fort James house a local restaurant overlooking a lovely beach close to the entrance to St. John’s Harbour.


This is the most developed beach on the island with hotels restaurants and watersports facilities, making this area a popular meeting place for visitors and locals alike. The shallow calm waters and golden sands provide a perfect setting for an active day.


This is considered to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, its white sands stretching round a picture postcard bay. Half Moon is on the south east corner of the island with some quite spectacular wave action. While plans are afoot to redevelop the hotel, there is a small locally owned beach bar.


This currently untouched pristine beach on the south coast is very popular for picnics and family outings. A four wheel drive vehicle is usually necessary as the access road is rather wild.


Located opposite the village of Old Road, the Morris Bay beach is one of Antigua’s best kept secrets, even though it is easily accessible from the main road. This is an ideal picnic area with calm seas and beautiful sands.


This is a perfect beach at Johnson’s Point with excellent local restaurants literally on the sand. Visit Gibson’s restaurant overlooking the Caribbean sea for first class cuisine in a perfect tropical atmosphere.


The road runs alongside this spectacular beach which takes your breath away as you come round the corner. Montserrat is often clearly visible from the beach.


This offroad beach has a good access road. It is located between Darkwood and Jolly Harbour and is popular with locals and visitors alike.


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Ebenezer Jennings Jolly Harbour Golf Course


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Fryers Point Tamarind Hills ❒

Valley Church

Darkwood Beach



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Maiden Island


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Guiana Island

Crump Island

Pelican Island


Parham St. Peter’s Church

Stingray City

St. Stephen’s Church

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Betty’s Hope

Spanish Point


St. George’s Church


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Nelson’s Dockyard English Harbour, with its world-famous Dockyard named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, is Antigua’s most prized historic possession. It’s not only a monument to the past but also a focus of activity and a year-round home for yachts.


n the Dockyard are all the facilities which make it such a haven for yachts and the floating palaces of the famous. For the landlubber there is the pleasure of the past gained from exploring the lovely old buildings, many now housing restaurants and shops. Admiral’s Inn is a legend and no visit to the Dockyard is complete without lunch on the terrace of this graceful old building.

The ruins give a panoramic view and are just a short walk along the peninsula. During sieges, a strong chain and timber boom were drawn across the narrow entrance to English Harbour from Fort Berkeley to the other side. The first reference to English Harbour’s advantages is found in 1671 when the Governor of the Leeward Islands wrote to the Council for Foreign Plantations in London.

English Harbour was originally established to provide the British Royal Navy with a dockyard where they could keep their ships in good repair for maintaining their ascendancy in the Caribbean against other European powers. Christopher Columbus himself didn’t even stop in Antigua, content to see it at a distance and name it after the church of Santa Maria de Antigua in Spain.

It was realised that it would be easier to refit ships in Antigua than sending them to the ‘northern colonies’. Wharves, powder magazines, cisterns and storehouses were constructed. A fortress was built on Monk’s Hill, romantic ruins which can still be reached by an energetic walk from the village of Liberta. To ensure the invincibility of Antigua, the great fortifications of Shirley Heights commenced, named after General Shirley who arrived in 1781 as Governor. All the construction was in solid local stone and brick imported as ballast for the ships from England. The development took place over a period of many years.

Antigua was never conquered by any other European power, in good part due to the Dockyard where the British ships could be careened and overhauled, safe from hurricanes. It was also an ideal port to keep the fleet in troubled times since the enclosed harbour of Freeman’s Bay is almost invisible from the sea. The narrow entrance was protected by Fort Berkeley, completed in 1744, and built on a narrow spit of land jutting out from the entrance of English Harbour.

The communication between Britain and her colonies was slow. The death rate of English sailors and engineers was high due to unaccustomed heat, excessive rum and primitive conditions, not to mention malaria and yellow fever (these diseases have now long since been eradicated).

Photos: Sarah Scott

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An imposing Victorian style building in the Dockyard itself was once erroneously known as the Admiral’s House, but Nelson never lived ashore while in Antigua. This is now the Dockyard Museum and is a cool and pleasant building with many interesting artifacts from bygone years. It is open daily from 9am to 5pm. Clarence House, on the hillside opposite, was named after Prince William Henry, the Duke of Clarence, when he was in command of the Pegasus in 1787. The Commissioner of the Dockyard spent time here and Princess Margaret honeymooned at Clarence House. The National Parks Authority (NPA) is very active in keeping Antigua aware of its background and heritage. In 2003, the old stone seawall, built between 1815 and 1830, was restored and yacht facilities added. The old Dockyard’s history has thus been extended for modern usage as a yacht marina and so the romance of this maritime historic landmark continues. The recent ‘Step Back In Time’ programme gives visitors a taste of this era when on special days they are greeted and guided around the Dockyard by Antiguans in period costume.

Photo: Sarah Scott

England’s most famous historic hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, spent formative years here. He arrived at age 26 in command of the frigate Boreas. He was Senior Captain and Second-in-Command of the Leeward Islands Station whose headquarters were in English Harbour. By the time he left for England and greater glory in 1787, he had married a widow from Nevis, Francis Nisbett.

An addition to Nelson’s Dockyard, Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre is well-worth visiting. As well as all the fascinating historical aspects of Nelson’s Dockyard, there are nice little boutiques, shops, restaurants and bars. Restaurants include the famous Admiral’s Inn, the impressive Copper & Lumber Store, and the Hamilton’s restaurant in the old Officers’ Quarters. Shirley Heights on Sunday afternoons is a legendary venue for fun with a steelband and barbecue, as well as spectacular views of the sunset over Nelson’s Dockyard. And ‘those in the know’ often venture across the water to the Antigua Slipway for fine wines and a delicious alfresco lunch at Catherine’s Café.

106 Heritage Quay • St John’s, Antigua 268-562-7080 •


Beautiful BARBUDA EXPRESS The best way to get to Barbuda on a daily basis. The ferry leaves each morning from the bottom of Long Street in St. John’s. Check-in is at 8:30am and the return journey is at approximately 5pm. Fully licensed by The Antigua & Barbuda Marine Safety Authority and US Coastguard, drinks are served on board during the 90-minute voyage. A great way to get from A to B by sea! Phone: (268) 560-7989 Email:

TROPICAL ADVENTURES The ‘Barbuda by Sea’ tour with Tropical Adventures includes a 45-minute trip to the island on the power catamaran ‘Excellence’, as well as lunch, snorkelling and a tour of the Frigate Bird Sanctuary. Tel: (268) 480-1225 Email:



Photos: Martello Tower: Joseph Jones Photography. Frigate birds: Martha Watkins-Gilkes


Just 27 miles off the north coast of Antigua lies the coral-fringed sister isle of Barbuda, renowned for its tranquility, crystalline waters and deserted beaches ... By Annabel Fuller Barbuda is easily acessible from Antigua with the ‘Barbuda Express’ ferry or a ‘Tropical Adventures’ tour, and can also be reached in less than 10 minutes from the V. C. Bird International Airport with Winair airlines. Visitors make the journey for the very simple pleasures of sun and serenity, with a pristine pink and white sand beach which seems to stretch forever. Guests can enjoy the luxurious Coco Point Lodge (open from November to April), the Lighthouse Bay Resort in Low Bay, or simple guest houses and smaller hotels that are located around the island’s capital Codrington. Formed entirely from coralline limestone, Barbuda is 62 square-miles in size, and flatter than Antigua with a maximum altitude of 40m and an average elevation of 4m above sea level. A central feature is the famous Codrington Lagoon National Park, which is a unique component of Barbuda’s ecosystem and of national, economic and cultural importance. The lagoon supports one of the world’s largest colonies of Frigate Birds (Fregata magnificens), which have become a prized tourist attraction. With a wingspan of up to 8ft, the male Frigate Birds are particularly spectacular during the mating season, when they blow up a scarlet throat sac the size of a balloon in order to attract a female mate. With other species such as the West Indian whistling duck, the brown pelican, tropical mockingbirds, warblers, snipes, ibis, herons, kingfishers, oystercatchers and cormorants also in abundance, the Park is considered a bird watchers’ paradise. Authorized bird watching trips can be organized through the Park’s office. (Contact tel: 268-460-0217 or email at

Indigenous animals include wild boar, red-footed tortoises and a variety of sea turtles, plus the elusive fallow deer which is emblematic on the nation’s coat-of-arms. Offshore there is an abundance of charted shipwrecks (as many as 73) and coral reefs for scuba diving and snorkelling in water as clear as glass. Deep-sea fishing or fly-fishing excursions for bonefish can be arranged. Natural sites include Spanish Point, Indian Cave and Darby’s Cave. Foot trails, treks and camping trips are available for the adventurous. A trip to the historically important ruins of the Codrington estate, Highland House, is interesting, as is the Martello tower and fort on the island’s south coast. This fortress, still sitting 56-foot high, was originally used for defence and as a vantage point from which to spot valuable shipwrecks on the outlying reefs. With most of the population (just 1,500 people) living in Codrington itself, visitors can dine in a selection of local restaurants. These include the famous Green Door Tavern established in 1947, Rockstones Lagoon Café and Restaurant, CJ’s Diner or The Outback Restaurant & Bar; culinary possibilities including the local seafood, with lobster as a speciality, or possibly venison and wild boar in the season. Consider timing a trip to coincide with Barbuda’s Caribana cultural festival which falls annually between May and June, or with horse racing which take place twice monthly, and is a very popular local pastime. The unique natural beauty and peaceful way of life will make a visit to Barbuda the trip of a lifetime and will lure you back again. For more information see or contact your nearest Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office (see page 2).




Action & Adventure

In Antigua there’s nothing better than soaking up the sun and rum punch! However, the island has a great deal more to offer, memorable and exciting adventures available both on land and at sea.



Discover Antigua’s rich history on the Island Safari Discovery tour. You go off-road through the lush and rugged area of Body Pond on the way to Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley’s Heights and Block House Look-out. Explore and have lunch at Betty’s Hope plantation before a photo stop at stunning Devil’s Bridge. A relaxing swim at Long Bay is a cooling finale after such an interesting and exciting tour.

The elegant Excellence is Antigua’s premier 5 star power catamaran. Come aboard this exciting vessel for a cruise like no other. Choose between two exciting trips:-

ISLAND SAFARI & HALF MOON BAY Half Moon Bay is regarded as one of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches. This tour takes you past many stunning beaches, small villages, and through Fig Tree Drive, Antigua’s tropical rainforest. Visit Walling’s Dam, Convent Hill, and Newfield village before enjoying a delicious local lunch at a roadside café on the way to Half Moon Bay which is a spectacular end to this tour.

DISCOVER BARBUDA - discover Antigua’s exotic sister island with its unique 12 mile stretch of pink sand beach and the unique Frigate Bird sanctuary. CIRCUMNAVIGATION - explore the amazing coastline of Antigua with this round-the-island journey. We stop at Green Island for snorkelling and lunch, and then experience a unique view of Nelson’s Dockyard & English Harbour from the sea.

ISLAND SAFARI-ECO KAYAK Enjoy the best of both worlds! After your Island Safari expedition and a Caribbean-style lunch it’s time to explore by kayak the wonders of the North Sound National Park. We visit beautiful Great Bird Island for snorkelling over live reefs and relaxed time on the beach.



Jolly Harbour Sports Centre has 4 floodlit tennis courts (2 with synthetic grass and 2 hard courts), plus swimming pool, squash court and basketball court. There’s also a Sports Bar with TVs. Tel: 462-3085 ext. 642.


To book these tours please contact TROPICAL ADVENTURES Tel: (268) 480-1225 Email:


The Temo Sports Complex at Falmouth Harbour lies adjacent to the Antigua Yacht Club. It has floodlit synthetic grass tennis courts and 2 squash courts. Court reservations are recommended: Tel: 460-1781/463-6376



Tel: (268) 562-7297 A short boat ride takes you to Stingray City, where you can pet and feed Southern Stingrays in their natural environment. You will learn all about these amazing creatures from your experienced guides and snorkel on colourful coral reef. The calm, clear, shallow water makes this easy and fun for everybody!


Tel: (268) 562-7297 Embark on a fantastic kayak and snorkelling expedition to experience the magic and beauty of Antigua’s tropical ecosystem. Your adventure includes mysterious mangroves, kayaks, coral reefs, tropical fish, uninhabited islands, white sand beaches, rum and fruit punch, banana bread during a 2½ hour unforgettable Tour. Wear your swimsuit, bring a towel and your camera.




Antigua has excellent dive sites for beginners, as well as for the more experienced. Our waters are known for their clarity and the numerous reefs ...

Indigo Divers

Photo: Kelsang Drime

Jolly Harbour Tel: (268) 562-3483 Email: info@indigo-divers Indigo Divers is owned and managed by a group of PADI Scuba Diving professionals with years of international experience. They love diving and have a common goal to provide visitors to the island with a world-class, safe and enjoyable experience whilst exploring the wonders of the underwater realm. They pick up from Jolly Harbour, as well as surrounding hotels, and dive the sheltered west and south coasts of the island, including Cades Reef. The reef offers plenty of dive opportunities for the novice, as well as the experienced diver. Most of the dive sites are about 20-minutes away. PADI courses, special packages and night dives are all available.


Windsurf Antigua Tel: 461-9463 / 773-9463 Email: Two locations, Dickenson Bay and Jabberwock Beach, both on the north coast of the island. Windsurfing for all; beginners, intermediate and advanced shredders. Equipment rigged and ready on the beach. Island wide delivery available to your villa, boat or hotel.

Photo: Indigo Divers


For daily wind check, rental or lesson, call (268) 773-9463 or (268) 461-9463. ‘Bend de knees feel the breeze’.



A Bird’s Eye View ...


helicopter flight with Caribbean Helicopters is an experience you’ll remember forever. Combine the exhilaration of a helicopter flight with the amazing tropical scenery of the Caribbean while on a pilot-narrated 20-minute Half-Island Tour, 30-minute Full-Island Tour or the most popular 45-minute Montserrat Volcano Tour. On the island tours you’ll see more of Antigua in minutes than most visitors see during an entire vacation. These tours include dramatic overhead views of most of Antigua’s hotels and historic sites, along with over 50 miles of clear tropical waters, reef systems and, of course, 365 of the best beaches in the world!

For more information on helicopter tours and custom charters contact Caribbean Helicopters at (268) 562-TOUR (8687) / 460-5900.

For a completely amazing helicopter experience you must take the tour to Montserrat, Antigua’s neighbouring island. Now famous for its powerful volcanic activity, the Soufrière Hills Volcano frequently emits a combination of ash, smoke and steam, making two-thirds of the island uninhabitable. The volcano is at the centre of the ‘Exclusion Zone’, a portion of the island designated offlimits to ground transportation due to pyroclastic flows. This makes the helicopter the only way to enter this zone, which allows a truly intimate glimpse of the volcano and the destruction of the surrounding villages. You’ll also witness the devastation of the former capital, Plymouth, which in some places has been buried under 40 feet of ash! An unforgettable helicopter adventure.

Call +1(268)-562-TOUR (8687)/460-5900 • • Antigua, W.I.


antigua rainforest canopy tour Unique eco-tours through Antigua’s lush rainforest. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the verdant forest high above the trees.


he choice of four tours all offer uncompromised safety, visitors installed on a complete double wire throughout with a Double Redundant system. The state-of-the-art harness and safety helmet are from the world’s leaders in challenge course equipment. All staff guides have attended and passed the most stringent training programme conducted by the design and construction company for Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tours. They are authorised vendors for ACCT, world leaders for Challenge Course standards in installation, operation and inspection. The Full Challenge Course and the Full Zip Line course begin at an historic pump house in the heart of Antigua’s countryside. A suspension bridge over the water leads to the start of these two tours. After a short forest trail, you meet the nine aerial zips (up to 360-feet long and 300-feet high) criss-crossing the gorge.


Exhilaration Amongst Nature



There are a series of zip lines and suspension bridges connecting to the unforgettable ‘Leap of Faith’ and then it’s onto the magical twin tree houses hidden away from the rest of the world. For those taking the Full Challenge Course you are then led onto the typical rope challenge elements that do not require physical strength and all give you an extra opportunity to have a bird’s eye view of the backdrop of flora, fauna and numerous bird species in the rainforest. The Canopy Tour also offers a Ropes Challenge Course, and for those with limited time, a Short Zip Line Course. There is also the unique experience of a Night Flight zip every Friday night at 6:30pm and every full moon where you can experience zipping under a blanket of stars and the moon whilst being serenaded by the night’s rainforest and tree frogs! Very limited space available so reservations essential. All of the tours will finally bring you to the facilities of the bar/café. Here you can relax on the viewing veranda with a refreshing drink or visit the gift shop and collection point for your action photos. Open 6 days per week from 8am to 2pm (closed on Sundays) Reservations are recommended. Fig Tree Drive, Wallings, Antigua. Tel: (268) 562-6363 Fax: (268) 562-6364 Email: These tours include physical exertion and are not recommended for pregnant women, persons with a history of heart conditions, seizures, back, knee or shoulder problems or other pre-existing health problems. Participants maximum weight 260 lbs; minimum height 4-feet for the Zips Tour and 5-feet for the Challenge Course.


Montserrat The Other  Emerald  Isle  

The Emerald Isle of Montserrat is only a 15-minute flight or 2-hour ferry ride from Antigua. This British Overseas Territory has a colourful history and many unique attractions, ranging from volcanic adventures to exciting festivals and events. The island’s verdant scenery, spectacular coastal vistas and friendly residents make Montserrat a must. PLACES TO SEE AND THINGS TO DO Montserrat is now world famous for its volcanic activities. The Montserrat Volcano Observatory - MVO ( constantly monitors the volcano and has a visitor’s Interpretation Centre and a lookout balcony. From the MVO you also get a glimpse of Plymouth, Montserrat’s capital, which was destroyed by the volcano and is compared to a modern-day Pompeii. View it from Garibaldi Hill, or take a boat tour. In the north east of the island is the best viewing facility at Jack Boy Hill. The Montserrat National Trust, operates a Natural History Centre, a small library and gift shop. It offers walking tours of its gardens, as well as a re-created Amerindian garden ( The Montserrat Philatelic Bureau has interesting and unusual stamps to purchase, including attractive first day covers ( Stop at Runaway Ghaut close to the National Trust. Legend has it that anyone who drinks from the cool spring water flowing from the mountain will return to Montserrat often. There is a cannon battery at Carr’s Bay in the north and the Montserrat Cultural Centre is in Little Bay. This was built by former Beatles’ producer Sir George Martin, and includes a ‘Wall of Fame’ exhibit, featuring bronze handprints of famous musicians who recorded in Montserrat during the 1980s, including Elton John and Paul McCartney ( Adventurous travellers can enjoy nine world class hiking trails. You might spot one of the 34 species of birds that

inhabit the island, including Montserrat’s endemic Oriole, the endangered mountain chicken (actually a type of frog), and the rare galliwasp, which is half-snake, half-lizard. Turtle watching on one of the island’s black sand beaches between August and September is also very popular. To explore Montserrat’s aquatic life, take a dive or a snorkelling trip with one of the island’s two dive shops. Montserrat’s volcano had an unexpected effect on the coral reefs and the underwater world is healthier than ever. Rent a kayak and explore the beautiful east coast of Montserrat. Fishing enthusiasts can hire a boat, and there are a variety of fish including marlin, wahoo, dolphin, king and tuna. Little Bay in the north offers safe anchorage for yachts. UNIQUE FESTIVALS AND EVENTS Montserrat has many unique events including St. Patrick’s Festival (mid-March). This celebration highlights Montserrat’s Irish heritage culminating with St. Patrick’s Day on March 17, which is a public holiday and the only country outside Ireland where this is a holiday. The Calabash Festival is in mid-July, named after the fruit. At end July is Cudjoe Head Festival, which showcases the island’s African ancestry. The Annual Open Fishing Tournament is in October when boats come from worldwide to compete for attractive prizes. In November is the Alliouagana Festival of the Word (www., a literary event that brings together, acclaimed writers and readers from all over the world. On the last Saturday in November is the unique Volcano Half Marathon & Fun Run ( This strenuous event follows a route passing some of Montserrat’s key tourism attractions, particularly the active Soufrière Hills Volcano and areas the volcano has impacted. The year ends with the Montserrat Festival ( from early-December until New Year’s Day. This Festival is similar to carnivals held in other Caribbean islands, and highlights Montserrat’s wealth of culture and talent.

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For Day Tours & Overnight Trips contact your Hotel Tour Desk or Travel Agent For further information call 664 491 2230 / 8730


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Power boat charters Tel: (268) 464-7576/561-1835 A selection of first-class motor boats available for full-day, six hour or four hour charters. ‘Coconut Kiss’, the sleek 38ft Tomahawk Sunseeker perfect for small private groups and day charters round the island. ‘One Love’, the 38ft Silverton Motor Cruiser, great for larger groups or families with its wide spacious beam accommodating up to 20 persons. For the adventurer, the 28ft ridged inflatable boat ‘Sunsplash’ is available for charters to Bird Island and the surrounding North Sound Islands. ‘Sunsplash’ also has a special Bird Island ferry service on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays for only USS$25 per person roundtrip. Bring your own picnic and enjoy your visit on the island at your own pace! The boat leaves from Shell Beach Marina at; 9am, 10am and 11am, and returns at; 2pm, 3pm and 4pm. This is a unique opportunity to visit a very special National Park island at an inexpensive price for a great day away. Call for ferry reservations.

DEEP SEA FISHING Nightwing Charters Tel: 464-4665 Overdraft Tel: 464-4954/463-3112 Experience the excitement of fishing for marlin, tuna, kingfish, wahoo, barracuda and even shark in the Atlantic fishing grounds of Antigua. Two deep sea fishing charter companies – ‘Overdraft’ and ‘Nightwing Charters’ aim to have you and your family ‘hooked’ by the end of your trip.

Nicole’s Table Cooking Classes Offering Caribbean “Twist” and International Cuisines Cook with Caribbean style, make new friends, and enjoy the breathtaking view of the Caribbean Sea... Small classes 2-3 Hours See “Nicole’s Table” on Tours by Carib-World Travel | 268.480.2999


KITESURFING Kitesurf Antigua Jabberwock Beach Tel: (268) 720-5483 Kitesurfing combines the freedom of windsurfing or sailing with the exhilaration of wakeboarding and other freestyle board sports. With the ability to cruise around on the ocean with nothing but the wind behind you and launch jumps up to thirty feet in the air, you can understand the attraction for so many outdoor enthusiasts. There are some different genres in kite boarding and whichever category you choose to be a part of, whether wakeboarding style, boosting big airs or riding in the surf, Antigua offers conditions for all these, as well as all levels of kite riding, from beginner stages to advanced.

CUISINE TOURS Nicole’s table Tel: (268) 480-2999 Ask for Jemima, Carib-World Travel Email: Nicole’s Table provides 2 to 4 hour cooking classes in Caribbean ‘twist’ cuisine, as well as a host of other culinary styles. Classes are informal and intimate (no more than 10-12 people) held in a West Indian-style house overlooking St. John’s and the Caribbean Sea. Sample menus include Cooking with Rum, Coordinating Curries, Seafood Fantasies and Decadent Desserts. Come on by to get a taste of the Caribbean, meet new friends and enjoy the view.




GOLF IN ANTIGUA Cedar Valley Golf Club is an 18-hole championship

course located just 3-miles from St. John’s. This par 70, 6,157 yard course lies amidst mature tropical trees, the distant views of the Caribbean Sea contributing to player satisfaction. It accommodates golfers of all skills, resident professionals and a 300-yard driving range also available. General facilities include a clubhouse lounge and a pro shop selling golf equipment and logo items. Tel: (268) 462-0161 Email:

Jolly Harbour Golf Club is an established par 71, 5,587 yard 18-hole championship golf course lying adjacent to the Jolly Harbour Marina. Designed by leading golf course architect Karl Litton of Florida, it is set in lush tropical parkland, easterly breezes cooling the fairways sculpted into the green hilly landscape. The clubhouse has a pro shop, snack bar, showers and locker room. Tel: (268) 562-6951 Email:


Weigh anchor with the pirates and set sail to Deep Bay where you will enjoy rope swinging and walking the plank. Snorkel above a ship wreck or walk on the white sand beach, take a swim in the crystal clear water. Try the famous Captain Punch from the open bar. The evening party cruise is exciting with a buffet dinner and lively music. Private charters are available. Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s Tel: (268) 562 7946





magine yourself gliding across crystal clear waters on this custom-built 40 foot speed boat, the Caribbean breeze gently cooling you, while you sit back and enjoy the beauty of Antigua. Visit two islands and discover Antigua’s magical underwater world during the guided snorkelling or relax on the beach taking a swim in the warm Caribbean Sea. For lunch enjoy mouthwatering freshly grilled lobster served on the beach, prepared by your very own chef.   The freshest local ingredients are used – fish and chicken lunch on request. Drinks are included – try the famous  Creole Cruise homemade old-fashioned rum punch. The Creole Cruises team aims to ensure that you will spend a perfect day in paradise and make this your special vacation experience.  The friendly crew will show you secluded spots on the island and answer your questions about island life. The boat provides shelter from the sun, bathroom facility, freshwater shower and comfortable seating.  It is equipped with two 300 horsepower engines, G.P.S. Depth Sounder, VHF and radio, and is fully insured and licensed.  On board are life and  snorkel vests and all snorkel  equipment.

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Sail Away For The Day... Don’t miss the opportunity of a day trip at sea. Antigua’s catamarans and yachts offer a variety of different excursions; swimming, lunch and an endless supply of drinks usually involved! And look out for the chance to snorkel off Cades Reef.

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Private and Exclusive Day Sails with Lunch Skippered Sailing Holidays Full range of RYA Training Courses Whatever you choose, Miramar Sailing will give you a sailing experience to remember! Visit our websites for more information: Miramar Sailing is based in Jolly Harbour, Antigua Tel: +1 268 721 3456 or +1 268 722 8468 email: email:


Tel: 480-1225 Excellence is a power catamaran running day trips to our sister island of Barbuda. There are also Excellence circumnavigation trips right around Antigua.

MIRAMAR SAILING Tel: 721-3456 or 722-8468 The Miramar Sailing fleet keeps growing! Brian and Pippa now operate three yachts in their sailing business. Miramar Sailing offers a RYA Recognised Training Centre, skippered sailing holidays and a range of crewed day sailing charters off the beautiful west coast of Antigua. Brian and Pippa created Miramar Sailing in 2006 with their first yacht “Miramar”. Since then they have given untold pleasure to the countless visitors to our shores, and continue to uphold their original high standards of customer service. Whatever sailing experience you choose, you can be sure it will be a memorable one! WADADLI CATS Tel: 462-4792 Wadadli Cats has a range of super catamarans to suit everybody’s requirements and is one of the longest established sailing companies in Antigua. ‘MYSTIC’ SAILING CATAMARAN

Tel: 480-1225 This special 65ft sailing catamaran will whisk you away with the island breezes for a day in the sunshine. There are full day cruises and sail/snorkelling tours. Available for private charters.

TREASURE ISLAND CRUISES Tel: 461-8675 Treasure Island Cruises offer three exciting cruises to suit every taste. Why not discover the beauty of our island and see the magnificence of the under water life while snorkelling.



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There’s no better boat than the ‘Spirit of Antigua’ for this 60-mile trip. Your day includes exciting open ocean sailing along the north coast, as well as snorkelling and lunch at Green Island. In the afternoon you take a leisurely sail past English Harbour before returning to your departure point.

CADES REEF CRUISE Cruise along the calm leeward coast past Pelican Island to Antigua’s most impressive barrier reef. Anchor in shallow waters at this snorkellers’ paradise stretching for an amazing two miles.

BIRD ISLAND CRUISE Sail the tranquil waters of the north-east coast to Bird Island, one of Antigua’s most famous National Parks. Enjoy a tour of the island and a mouthwatering lunch before swimming in the calm protected bay. This cruise is a particularly good choice for children and beginner snorkellers. Private day and sunset cruises can also be arranged for anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and corporate events. Call: (268) 462 4792 Email:

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TREASURE ISLAND CRUISES Choose between three quite different sailing experiences ... Cades Reef

The tour features calm sailing to Cades Reef for excellent snorkelling. See exotic corals and colorful fish with a chance to spot the endangered Hawksbill Turtle. The tour continues to Ffryes beach for an exciting experience of live steel pan entertainment with a beach BBQ lunch prepared to tease taste buds. Learn to play beach cricket, collect shells and sea glass, or swim in the crystal clear waters of Ffryes beach before the return journey, dancing to Caribbean rhythms.


Sail right around the entire island and learn about our rich culture and heritage. A stop at the beautiful uninhabited Green Island offers the opportunity to snorkel and swim in shallow waters. Enjoy a buffet lunch with open bar. Take pictures of historical sites like Devil’s Bridge, Pillars of Hercules and Nelson’s Dockyard. A sight of the endangered Hawksbill Turtle or a dolphin is possible on this tour.


Great tour for families! Bird Island is one of Antigua’s best snorkelling spots with its rich mangroves providing safe habitat for amazing sea life. The Red Bill Tropic Bird is one of the rare migrant birds nesting on this ecologically rich uninhabited paradise. Climb to the top of the island to see the blow holes and the picturesque vista of the North Sound National Park. Enjoy Captain Dezil’s famous beach BBQ. Watch the sail go up as we head off, blown by the cool trade winds. Join Treasure Islands Cruises facebook

Cades Reef - Snorkeling & Entertainment Circumnavigation - Sailors Delight Bird Island - For Nature Lovers Fancy Dress Party - Fun under the Stars Tel: 461-8675

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Antigua Homegrown By Edna Fortescue

Visitors to Antigua are always looking for locallymade souvenirs and presents to take home. Even the residents prefer to take gifts that reflect Antigua for their friends overseas. It’s not always easy to find Antiguan products, but look around and you will be pleasantly surprised at what is available.   Antiguan rums - some of the world’s best - are produced by Antigua Distillery and much appreciated as they are not readily available outside Antigua. English Harbour Light Rum and English Harbour Five Year Old Rum make very attractive presents. I always take the plastic bottles of Cavalier as they are light and easy to pack, cannot break and are available at most Antiguan supermarkets, and there is also a miniature collection which is handy for gifts. Antigua Distillery also produces Bay Rum which is used as a cool, restorative aftershave lotion or rubbing compound.   Into my luggage always go a few bottles of Antiguan made hot sauce, which are readily available throughout Antigua and much appreciated overseas. In local supermarkets you can find delicious honey and well-packaged local preserves such as guava jelly, pineapple jam and stewed tamarind. The Carib Bean Coffee Company is based in Falmouth, and the aromatic coffee is sold throughout the island.  Drop in to their cosy café to enjoy daily roasted expresso – the best coffee experience. At the St. John’s fruit and vegetable market is a shopping mall which sells a variety of handicrafts including coconut oil soap and teeshirts printed in Antigua with local designs.   Not to be missed are the delightful little books by Antiguan designer, Gilly Gobinet, long known for her colourful prints, cards and birthday calendars. 

These make excellent presents and the series consists of ‘Caribbean Cocktails’, dedicated to me (!), ‘Caribbean Cookery’, ‘Caribbean Herbs & Spices’ and ‘The Top 20 Places in Antigua.’     At the entrance to Nelson’s Dockyard you’ll find unique seed jewellery made by Antiguan ladies. The seeds come from the wild tamarind and mimosa trees which grow in Antigua. The seeds are boiled, dried in the sun and then strung with a needle to make original works of art. Look out for Vanessa’s stylish hand-painted tee shirts with fine designs especially incorporating flowers, birds and tropical fishes.   Close to the airport - and with a pretty shop in Redcliffe Quay - is The Antigua Pottery, which makes a unique range of items ranging from small figurines and dishes to exotic table lamps.   When you depart from the airport, be sure to stop at the long-established and redesigned Coco Shop with a new variety of attractive items.  Available at the Coco Shop is Amos Morrill’s children’s book, ‘Augusta and Elliott’ - two fishy characters living under the Caribbean sea.  A visit to the legendary Coco Shop is a memorable farewell to Antigua.   Enjoy your homegrown shopping! 


A Piece of Paradise Why not really make yourself at home in Antigua? Renting or purchasing a second home on the island has become very popular and there is a wide choice of villas, apartments and real estate options available.


any visitors to Antigua fall in love with the island and dream of having a second home in the sun. Of course, it’s also a first-class investment opportunity. But whether you’re buying Antiguan real estate for rental, residential or investment purposes, you’ll be joining an ever-increasing band of expatriates who simply find the idea too good to miss. There is a wealth of real estate options available; many overseas visitors settling in the areas of English Harbour, Jolly Harbour, Browns Bay or Cedar Valley. Location is vital, of course, and will have a great impact on your own enjoyment, as well as on the resale value. As with any real estate transaction, you’ll need to retain the services of a lawyer and legal costs are 1% to 2% depending upon the purchase price. You’ll also need to apply for a Non-Citizen’s License which is generally 5% of the purchase price and can take up to four months to be processed. In addition to this, a payment of 2.5% government transfer fee is required. To whet your appetite even further, we are delighted to feature over the following pages details of some prime developments currently available or in the planning stages.


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If you simply prefer to purchase a piece of land and build your own dream home, there are many island-based contractors who’ll be delighted to help with the design and construction. For example, RCL Reitz Construction has many years experience building Caribbean-style properties with swimming pools, contact (268) 4647576 or 561-1835 or email Another Antiguan company specialising in the design, construction and maintenance of pools is Waterscaping Limited and they can be contacted on tel: (268) 7207665 or email: Of course, you don’t actually have to buy to enjoy all the benefits of a private hideaway in Antigua. The island has always had luxury villas available for rental, many of them equipped with their own pools and surprisingly cost effective for families or groups of friends. These villas have all the amenities of home, but the helpful villa staff take all the domestic responsibilities from guests, leaving you free to relax.

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ugar Ridge is a unique mixed residential, hotel and commercial development on 43 acres of sloping parkland, situated on the fashionable southwest coast of Antigua. From its elevated position, Sugar Ridge dominates the Jolly Harbour area, with stunning 360° vistas over the Caribbean Sea, palm-lined beaches and the view to Five Islands. On the horizon lie Montserrat, Redonda and St. Kitts & Nevis. Designed by leading Caribbean architects OBM, the development allows residents privacy and a range of onsite facilities; Sugar Ridge Hotel, Sugar Club Restaurant & Bar, Aveda Concept Spa and a state-of-the-art Cybex Gym. Carmichael’s restaurant sits atop the ridge, overlooking the entire resort.

The latest design is The Molasses, with a starting price of $US 1 million. The Muscovado is an ideal choice for people for a second home with emphasis on outdoor living. The Demerara with 3 large bedrooms has vast open spaces. The Jaggery is split over 2 levels and has a magnificent roof terrace. The Papelon is the biggest of the five designer homes. These Sugar Ridge homes are of ‘classic Caribbean’ design, with extensive terracing, gardens and infinity pools. Interiors are equipped to a high specification and feature spacious open-plan rooms, with high ceilings to take full advantage of the cooling tropical breeze. Alternatively you can design and build your own Caribbean dream home at Sugar Ridge. Sugar Ridge homes are ideal for year round living. The Sugar Ridge Hotel also provides the option to place your home in the hotel inventory for rental, to allow you to maximise a return on your investment.

Sugar Ridge offers 54 fully-serviced home sites, from 0.33 to 0.84 acres. All of the residential properties are freehold homes. Choose a design from one of five elegant1options, Sugar Ridge Antiguan revised.pdf 20/07/2011 11:20 all with stunning views.

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amarind Hills is one of the most exciting recent developments in the Eastern Caribbean. Designed by the internationally acclaimed architect Lane Pettigrew to take the maximum advantage of its stunning location between two of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches, all properties boast magnificent west facing views, floating infinity edged pools with huge wrap around terraces, and the finest European kitchens and bathrooms.


There are a range of one to four bedroom villas and apartments available for sale on a freehold basis, and owners are free to use their property as often as they choose. A fully managed rental programme is available for those who wish to benefit from a return on their investment. Alternatively owners can live in their property year round, enjoying all the on-site facilities of a five star resort.

The development team at Tamarind Hills have a great deal of worldwide development experience and are extremely excited by what they feel is the combination of a world class product on a uniquely beautiful location.

All properties will feature wi-fi and cable TV, state of the art security systems, and many offer private areas for media rooms, personal gyms or offices. For complete relaxation and reinvigoration the resort will have a hilltop signature spa, fully equipped gym, pilates and yoga studios. Other facilities will include a fabulous beach club, jetty including bar, day moorings, 24 hour concierge services, tennis courts, running tracks and shopping galleria.

Construction progress has gone well to date with the first Beachfront villa handed over in June 2011.The show home is now open, as are the fabulous sales and marketing suites.

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For a no obligations site tour visit the onsite sales office and show home at Ffryes Beach. Call +1 268 464 4028 or email


et on a sunset facing bluff on Antigua’s glorious west coast between Darkwood and Ffrye’s, two of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches, Tamarind Hills takes five star luxury to new heights with a stunning collection of villas and apartments designed for contemporary Caribbean living.

· Beach and ocean front villas and apartments for sale on freehold basis · Rental programme available with 24 hour concierge and butler facilities · Beach Club, restaurant, boardwalk and shopping galleria · Signature spa with ridge-top salas, beauty salon, gym, pilates and yoga studios · Prices from $575,000 upwards

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SHOP FOR YOUR VILLA Antigua has a number of excellent stores which can provide most of the goods required for your new villa, condominium or apartment. While you may be thinking of importing many of the necessary items, you should certainly explore the outlets in Antigua where the products are readily available. An added advantage is the fact that if something goes wrong, you have immediate recourse to the store. An exceptional store outlet is the Townhouse Megastore which is a very extensive superstore and showroom. This has an excellent selection of top name brand furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, tools, household items – all under one roof covering a 60,000 sq ft facility. It is a great plus factor that the Townhouse provides excellent after sales service and a good range of spare parts. Enrol in their Magna awards programme. Wholesale prices are offered to villa, condominium and apartment owners, with fast delivery service. The Townhouse is close to St. John’s and has excellent parking facilities. The two floor managers, Edward and Michael are always there to ensure that you have a first class shopping experience.


Photo: Standfast Point courtesy Caribrep Villas

INSURE YOUR PROPERTY The insurance business in Antigua has kept pace with the increasing demand for purchasing property here. Antigua is home to Anjo’s Insurance company, which is long-established, and has an excellent reputation for dealing quickly and efficiently with insurance business. You will feel very much more secure if your property is safely insured with a friendly and reliable local company such as Anjo’s Insurance.


For those simply looking for independence, there’s also a wide range of studios or apartments here too. Antigua Village at Dickenson Bay is famous for its comfortable apartments set in tropical gardens beside one of the island’s best beaches. Ideal for honeymooners, it’s also a great way to take a vacation with like-minded friends - just step out from your ‘condo’ straight into the Caribbean Sea.

CARIBREP VILLAS ANTIGUA ‘There’s no place like home’ - the mantra of travellers over the years and particularly true in today’s costconscious times. Indeed villa holidays can often be the most affordable way to vacation nowadays, especially if travelling with a family.

Antigua Village is also well located for stocking up from the new 1st Choice supermarket on the Anchorage Road and the new impressive Epicurean supermarket on the Friar’s Hill Road. Nearby at the Woods Centre, you’ll find other useful facilities such as banks, post office, the well-stocked Woods Pharmacy with expert pharmacists and the state-of-the-art dental clinic of Dr. Sengupta & Associates. This clinic caters for international and local clients on a regular basis and also handles dental emergencies.

TIMESHARE Timeshare is also available and has its own associated benefits. Not only can you take advantage of thousands of different exchange destinations and a guaranteed high standard of accommodation, but also tremendous savings on vacation costs. The ability to rent, sell or keep a timeshare property as part of your estate gives the owner the benefits associated with a vacation home whilst still enjoying world-wide vacations each year.

Antigua’s Villa Rental Company since 1982

The off-season begins in mid-April and runs through to mid-December; rental prices dropping by as much as 50% and some villas offering serious discounts stay for 7 nights but only pay for 5, for example, or an optional maid and cook included in the rates. If you still prefer to travel in the high season, many villa companies are maintaining the same rates as last year, and for even bigger savings, you can book two weeks in the winter and take advantage of a complimentary week in the summer.

Barbara Japal and Caribrep Villas have been renting some of Antigua’s best villas since 1982.

Our luxury villas are located all around the island and are either delightfully secluded or conveniently close to resorts and amenities. Their sizes and prices also vary and we pride ourselves on finding somewhere to suit your needs. Tel: (268) 463 2070 Fax: (268) 560 1824 Email: Lindsay Hill, PO Box W212, St. John’s, Antigua



GRAND ESTATES Grand Estates is soon to be the number one privately gated residential address in Antigua, with the luxurious benefits of its own fully serviced marina, 24-hour security, and its unique location, set on a peninsula overlooking the calm Caribbean Sea. Owners will have the privilege of a secluded beachfront estate with the option of a private service dock in the adjacent marina. After you have selected a waterfront lot, Grand Estates can design and construct a residence that best suits your unique location. All of the estates will be finished to exceptionally high standards, matching the grand location of the community. Each custom estate will be engineered and designed to suit the buyer’s taste and budget. Grand Estates is able to offer the buyer a full management service from the approval of the plans to the handing over of the keys. All buyers will benefit from full duty free concessions on all building materials and furnishings for their property. For more information visit


The Peninsula is located in North Sound on the Atlantic coast of Antigua. It is protected by a chain of small uninhabited islands with white sandy beaches and coral reefs that are easily accessible by boat. The three headlands that make up the Peninsula are surrounded by the shallow navigable waters of Belfast Bay and a stunning harbour that forms part of an archipelago. This provides an excellent breeding ground for tropical fish and turtles. The Peninsula offers a small number of quality plots for homes on the waterfront which take advantage of the cooling breezes and breathtaking views. These are properties for those who appreciate peace, tranquility and privacy in a secure unspoilt environment. Land plots for sale are approximately one acre sloping towards the inlets within the bay. The size and slope of the plots provide privacy and allow for each plot to have picture postcard views. Visit

ANTIGUA HOLIDAY VILLAS This Antigua-based villa rental agency offers its clients the unique opportunity of renting a luxury holiday villa in Galley Bay on the west coast. The Sea View Heights expert team is trained to guarantee your perfect Caribbean holiday filled with both relaxing and exciting activities. A perfect holiday needs an equally perfect place to call home. Clients are offered the exclusive experience of being spoilt in a luxury villa surrounded by tropical gardens with spectacular views. The villas are spacious and elegantly and comfortably furnished using the highest Italian standards and materials. You also have the possibility of converting your dreams to reality by purchasing a villa or even to carve out your own corner of paradise by becoming the co-creator of your villa. New System Ltd., the experienced builder of Sea View Heights can assist you in developing your own unique villa. For more information Contact: Katia Fattarelli Tel:(268) 462-6266 or visit

Experience your dream holiday at one of the island’s most elite get-a-way. Based in Antigua, we will be with you every step of your vacation to make it truly memorable and relaxed. Visit our website! M: 1-268-4626266



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TAMARIND VILLAS AT GALLEY BAY This is a new exclusive gated development of just ten private pool villas close to The Galley Bay Hotel and Hawksbill with its five beaches. Tamarind Villas is only twenty minutes from VC Bird International Airport and the 18 hole Cedar Valley golf course. Once you decide to buy a villa, the company can assist you will all necessary legal arrangements, and offers an island based interior design service. This exclusive development was designed by New System Limited, an architectural firm with many years experience in constructing contemporary Caribbean homes. For more information call (268) 764-2475 / 764-8822 / 462-6266

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this new gated development of ten private pool villas lies just a few steps away from the exclusive galley bay hotel. each contemporary family residence features 3,400 sq.ft. of living space and includes three bedrooms and four bathrooms, as well as designer kitchens with fixtures and fittings specially sourced in Italy. Their private swimming pools and generous sun terraces encourage alfresco tropical living, the breathtaking beaches of antigua’s tranquil west coast also on the doorstep. Water sports, shops and an 18-hole golf course are all within easy driving distance.

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JOLLY HARBOUR In Antigua the year-round glorious climate provides the perfect getaway. Jolly Harbour provides a secure full service resort facility for you to enjoy the tranquil seclusion of a tropical paradise, while maintaining access to all the necessities and amenities you enjoy at home. At the Jolly Harbour gated-community and marina we have something wonderful for everyone... Jolly Harbour is situated at the entrance of a peaceful inlet from the sea, with a mile long white-sand beach. Time is happily spent relaxing in the sun with a cocktail. For the more energetic there is jetsking, diving and dinghy sailing. There are stunning views of the volcanic island of Montserrat and the unique nature park island of Redonda. Jolly Harbour is a beach lovers’ paradise, but there are also excellent facilities on land including an 18-hole

championship golf course, tennis and squash courts, a fully air-conditioned gym and an Olympic-size swimming pool. The Jolly Harbour charming waterfront commercial centre has a variety of shops, restaurants and bars. A large international style supermarket is fully air-conditioned and offers a wide variety of imported products and many tropical treats. This is the ideal place to moor a yacht and to rent one of the stunning waterfront villas. It is also a perfect location to purchase a home away from home. You need go no further than Jolly Harbour for your perfect tropical paradise with all the amenities of home. Visit


LIVING THE DREAM There are few dreams quite as romantic as the prospect of waking in a beautiful home overlooking the white sands and turquoise waters of the Caribbean. Whether it be for a week or a lifetime, Island Living Caribbean Real Estate aims to assist you in doing just that… Island Living Caribbean Real Estate Specialists have been developing, constructing, selling, renting and managing real estate across the Caribbean since the early 1980s. So whether you are looking to come and test our crystal clear waters on the holiday of a lifetime, finally buy your dream house, or sell your home knowing it is in the best possible hands, the company is here to offer you invaluable expertise, constant support and a service that you will always remember. Island Living combines the very best that the Caribbean has to offer here in Antigua - a wonderful year round climate, untouched beaches and unique flora and fauna. The fusion of Antigua’s colonial past, natural beauty and vibrant culture creates a unique charm. With Island Living’s incomparable location, exceptional homes and outstanding


service an experience has been created that encourages comfort, freedom and peace of mind… Start to live your dream by searching on or pay a visit to the Jolly Harbour Office. Email: Tel: + 1 268 5622626

Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank State-Of-The-Art Banking In Antigua Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank (ECAB) is a full service commercial bank located in Antigua, offering banking products and services to individual and business clients within Antigua and across the region. The bank has the largest network of branches operated by any bank on the island, serving its clients from four convenient branches, strategically located throughout the island in Coolidge, downtown St. John’s, Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour and Jolly Harbour. Owned by a consortium of regional institutions, this financial institution symbolizes the strength and

determination that characterizes our Caribbean region and demonstrates the stability of our indigenous banking system. ECAB commits to providing the highest level of customer care and satisfaction by delivering a service that is courteous, professional, reliable, timely, and accurate. It promises to transact all business with the strictest confidence, honesty, and integrity. It is the bank’s objective to foster relationship banking as the effective mode of conducting business while offering a diversified range of competitively priced products and services. Email: Website:

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Super Shopping The main duty-free shopping areas in St. John’s are Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay. The boutiques, jewellers, craft shops and adjacent market are complemented by quaint cafés and bars. Modern Heritage Quay extends along a wide boulevard leading from the cruise ship pier. The area is enlived with a bandstand, casino and clocktower, leading out towards St. Mary’s Street. Heritage Quay offers a wide variety of duty-free shops and boutiques catering for every taste, from designer clothing and jewellery to local arts and crafts. Nearby are bars and restaurants. The boardwalk along the waterfront leads into the beautifully restored buildings and courtyards of Redcliffe Quay and adjoining Redcliffe Street, both built with old bricks which came as ballast in sailing ships long ago.

There is a cruise ship pier leading into Redcliffe Quay where there are delightful shops in the shade of ancient trees, as well as a number of restaurants and bars. You can buy your starter in one restaurant, your main course in another and your dessert in yet a third! Relax in the friendly wine bar at Redcliffe Quay or visit the ice cream parlour to keep cool. Between the two Quays and abutting Redcliffe Street and Thames Street is the colourful two-storey Vendors’ Mall with its myriad souvenirs including T-shirts, hats, shirts, wraps and pareos. On the outskirts of St. John’s along the Friars Hill Road leading north, is the shopping area of Woods Mall. There is a wide range of shops including the excellent Woods Pharmacy, banks, LIME (Cable & Wireless) office and a travel agency - Carib World Travel. The latest development in this area along the Friars Hill Road is the new VillageWalk Mall which has a number of shops including a first class liquor store, Quin Farara and the Café Bella which is the perfect place for after shopping refreshments. Further along is the new Royal Palm Mall which has a number of new outlets including a beauty salon and outdoor restaurant. The Epicurean has now moved into a splendid new building along the Friars Hill Road. A number of major companies have built new offices in this vicinity including the well-known Brysons Group which includes their important shipping office. Not far away on the Anchorage Road is the spacious, well-stocked 1st Choice supermarket. There are also excellent shops at V.C. Bird International Airport, particularly the legendary CoCo Shop, owned by the Morrill family for over 50 years and still going strong. Here you can buy last-minute gifts of perfume and jewellery, and local musical memories of Antigua.

When embarking on duty-free shopping in Heritage and Redcliffe Quays remember to take your passport and travel documents which entitle you to “duty-free”.



Jewellery & Perfumery Colombian Emeralds ● Heritage Sports/Athlete’s Foot ● Jeweler’s Warehouse ● King’s Casino ● Land ● Lipstick ● Longchamp ● Mimosa ● Passions ● Quin Farara ● Shades ● Sterlings ● The Cigar Shop ● Tropic Wear ● New Gates











REDCLIFFE QUAY Australian Ice Cream ● C & C Wine House ● Café Napoleon ● Commissioner’s Grill ● Deshaun ● Exotic Antigua ● Isis ● Mid-East Fast Food ● Noreen Phillips Couturière ● Oasis Hair Concepts ● The Goldsmitty ● The Pottery Shop ● Zeitgeist ● Zemi ●












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Heritage Quay Tel: 462-3107/8

Abbott’s Jewellery is located at Heritage Quay duty-free shopping complex downtown St. John’s. It is the ultimate place to find beautiful jewellery and internationally famous watch brands plus fragrances and gift items by Lladro, Swarovski, Kosta Boda and Orrefors. Abbott’s is the authorized retailer for Rolex and carries renowned Swiss-made brands such as Cartier, Omega, Breitling, TagHeuer, Gucci, Rado, Raymond Weil, Tissot, Ernst Benz and Carl F. Bucherer. Also available are stunning jewellery collections by David Yurman, John Hardy, Roberto Coin, Oliva, Marco Bicego, Yvel and Nanis. Their Airport branch in the Departure Lounge has a wide selection of the latest fragrances for your last minute shopping.

ISLAND PROVISIONS COMPLEX George Walter Highway Island Provisions Complex Tel: 480-5151 Best Cellars Tel: 480-5180 Gourmet Basket Tel: 480-5174 A convenient one-stop shopping experience. Best Cellars is a wine connoisseur’s delight, whilst the adjacent Gourmet Basket provides a fine selection of fruits, vegetables and gourmet products. Caters for hotels, restaurants, yachts and individual shoppers.



Heritage Quay Tel: 562-5301 Fax: 562-5298 Email: Indulge in a French fashion that has internationally stood the test of time since 1948. Combined with the softest and most durable leather handbags, both classic and collection pieces are available, including luggage and accessories.


45 Heritage Quay Tel: 562-5866

This wonderful oasis of aromas is a must for cigar lovers. The only authorised dealer for fine Cuban cigars in Antigua, its wide range includes Cohiba, Hoya de Monterrey and Romeo & Juliet. Whether you enjoy the occasional interlude with your favourite flavour or whether you are a serious connoisseur, the knowledgeable staff will help you find exactly what you’re looking for.


MIMOSA #3 Heritage Quay Tel: 462-2923 Email: Located in the heart of Heritage Quay Duty Free Shopping Complex, Mimosa will delight you with its wide range of hand-crafted items. Its friendly staff will assist you in finding the perfect souvenir from the Caribbean.


“The best Arts & Crafts in Antigua”

Heritage Quay Tel: 562-7080 Email: Shades designer sunglasses protect your eyes from the hot Caribbean sun! There is a fabulous selection of top brand sunglasses from Gucci, Prada, Christian Dior, Maui Jim, Oakley, Jimmy Choo, Marc Jacobs, Rayban, Juicy Couture - to name a few, all with duty-free pricing. Shades offers not only beautiful eyewear but has the latest handbag and accessories from Guess, Fossil and Bolzano. Comfortable shopping in cool surroundings with staff to help create the style just for you.

EXOTIC ANTIGUA Redcliffe Quay Tel: 562-1288 Wrap yourself in lush tropical clothing! Exotic Antigua specialises in jewellery, bags, hats and linen clothing for both men and women at affordable prices. No visit to Antigua is complete without calling in at Exotic Antigua voted the number one shop in the Caribbean!

# 3 Heritage Quay, St. John's Tel: 462 2923

GOLDSMITTY Redcliffe Quay Tel: 468-4601 Since 1981 The Goldsmitty has offered its own unique jewellery in gold and silver, using only the finest gemstones. These have been collected by Hans Smit, owner and designer, on his trips to exotic locations all over the world. Hans realised that many long-time clients and first time visitors are looking for a totally indigenous, authentic Caribbean memory of their trip which can be passed on through the family. Therefore for the 30th anniversary of the establishment of The Goldsmitty, Hans has created “The Caribbean Corner”. Each unique design is made with rare conch pearls, hand-cut petrified coral, larimar, and red and blue amber, sometimes with insect inclusions. All are original gems found only in the Caribbean. Your “Caribbean Treasure” comes with its own certificate of authenticity and photograph.



LAND Heritage Quay Tel: 462-0746 Land is a unique store specialising in leather goods. It has been operating in Antigua for over 20 years and is now managed by the present owner Debra Merchant. At this beautiful shop at #108 Heritage Quay the staff welcomes you to shop for the best in leather. Land’s products are made 100% from fine leather and the products are manufactured in 15 factories in 3 countries. The products are shown permanently in Land’s Miami showroom with 3 new collections each year. Look to Land for the best in leather travel goods, handbags, briefcases, shoes, belts and wallets.

STERLINGS Heritage Quay Tel: 562-5662 Sterlings is the shop to find that special item of jewellery. Sterlings specialises in sterling silver and also offers 14kt & 18kt gold pieces plus fashionable stainless steel. This is the exclusive retailer of Pandora Jewellry. Other lines available are Thomas Sabo, Pianegonda, Marah Lago Larimar jewellery and Guess. Watches include Swatch, Swiss Army, Fossil, Michael Kors, Luminox and CK.  There are numerous other brands offered and here you will find that precious piece that is available nowhere else!

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ZEMI ART GALLERY Redcliffe Quay Tel: 562-7662 Located in the historic area of St. John’s, this unique boutique carries a selection of authentic art and craft, made in Antigua by local artists. Arawak Symbols (Indigenous People of the Caribbean) are placed on T-Shirts, jewellery and pottery. Antiguan born Stephen Murphy is a leading artist, and his vibrant watercolours can be found in the Gallery.

Retailer, Wholesaler, Agents, Distributors, Dealers in Fine Wines, Spirits, Cigars, Cigarettes, Juices, Sodas, Party Favours, Groceries, Lottery Agent, Phone Card Distributor and lots more.


Cobbs Cross, Falmouth, Tel: (268) 460-1212 Fax: (268) 460-8930 VHF 68


Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour, Tel: (268) 462-9082 E-mail:

Stop in at one of three outlets in the area for a great selection of fine wines and spirits. Crab Hole Liquors is also a handy convenience store providing you with all the essentials from groceries to phone cards.

Cobbs Cross & Falmouth Tel: 460-1212



Heritage Quay Tel: 562-1130/33 Fax: 562-1131 Email:

Woods Pharmacy

Lipstick carries the widest selection of luxury fragrances, skin care and cosmetics on the island. Expert staff will infuse your senses with lines of Chanel, Christian Dior, Calvin Klein, Givenchy, Yves St. Laurent, Estée Lauder and many more.

WOODS PHARMACY Woods Mall Tel: 462-9288/7

This excellent pharmacy has a first class range of pharmaceutical products and is well located with convenient parking and a Spanish-speaking pharmacist. This cool, spacious and efficient pharmacy offers a wide range of necessities and luxuries with good customer service and reasonable prices. Open Monday-Saturday 8am- 9pm, Sunday 11am-6pm.


Heritage Quay Tel: 562-5295 Fax: 562-5298 Email: Chanel, Calgaro, Christian Dior, Bell & Ross, Chaumet, Lalique, Hermes ... Passions is Antigua’s authorised dealer for these exclusive lines of jewellery, watches and crystal.

• Prescriptions - Qualified Health Professionals • Home health aids • Toiletries & cosmetics • Greeting cards • Household goods • Excellent customer service • Convenient parking • Spanish speaking pharmacist Opening hours: Monday to Saturday 8am - 9pm, Sunday 8am - 6pm Woods Shopping Center, Friar’s Hill Road, St. John’s Tel:(268) 462-9288/7 Fax:(268) 462-9289 Email:




Sugar Ridge Tel: 728 1558 This art gallery and gift shop has the widest range of local art and crafts in Antigua, brought together in one convenient and stunning location, featuring well-known and recently discovered Antiguan artists and artisans. Creative and interesting pieces are displayed to suit all tastes and budgets, for any occasion and environment.


Redcliffe Street, St. John’s Tel: 462-3993 Over 22 years of unique service and experience. Maps; prints and charts; tourist guides; books on tropical fish, birds, flowers, cookery and history of the Caribbean; academic books; vocational books for health, nursing and hospitality training; bibles of all kinds; religious books for adults and children; greeting cards for all occasions. What they don’t have in stock they will order for you. So come and share in the ‘2 for 1’ experience of The Map and Book Shop.


Heritage Quay Tel: 462-6251 This boutique offers premier duty-free shopping for men and women’s Levis and Dockers clothing. Tropic Wear stocks the famous 501 original button fly jeans and skinny, straight, de-stressed and bootcut styles. Also available is the full line of Levi’s men’s underwear and accessories including wallets, caps and belts. The essential dress shirt, t-shirt and polo are available. Tropic Wear has clothing to suit everyone’s needs… quality never goes out of style!



SEARCHANTIGUA.COM Antigua & Barbuda’s Island Guide is the Online Island Guide for Antigua & Barbuda providing information on culture, nightlife, restaurants and hotels. It touches on the islands’ beaches and excursions, and visitors are invited to view images and videos of different locations, people and events. keeps everyone up-to-date with the latest island life or Infotainment. This special category on the website will keep you abreast of the latest news, entertainment, radio stations and movies available on the twin island state. The Event Calendar and the classified section ensures no one misses out on the latest deals. Search Antigua also specializes in Web Development and Internet Marketing and received numerous awards for their outstanding work. To stay connected with the regional islands, other Online Guides such as www., and were created.

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Hodges Bay Tel: 462-3881 Dining at this beautiful French restaurant is a treat. Chef/ 75 owner Patrick Gauducheau is on the pages of ‘Who’s Who of Chefs’ and featured on Discovery Channel’s ‘Great Chefs of the World’. Offering a combination of Caribbean and 25 French haute cuisine, the restaurant has been 100 recommended by Gourmet Magazine. An extensive wine list 5 is available. Reservations are recommended. 95


Trade Winds Hotel Tel: 462-1223 75 The Bay House restaurant is recognised as one of Antigua’s ‘top-tables’. It offers fine dining at affordable prices and is frequented by leading island chefs and restaurateurs. Selected local produce inspires the à la 25 carte dinner menu served from 6pm to 10:30pm, but as it is open daily and continuously between 7am and 11pm 5 you are not tied to conventional meal times. A creative breakfast and deck menu are available, with dishes to 0 accommodate all palates. Try out the local Antiguan breakfast, a great way to start the day. There is also an excellent wine list featuring new world wines and classics from around the world.



Runaway Bay Tel: 562-1545/726-5559 Email: La Bussola is a classically elegant culinary experience in picturesque Runaway Bay. This intimate restaurant run by the Tagliaventi family, with its gazebo and beachfront garden, is the perfect venue for any occasion, whether a casual alfresco lunch, a romantic dinner for two, a large party or private event. La Bussola’s excellent menu combines with its attentive and friendly staff to create an elegant ambience. Chef Omar Tagliaventi is an award-winning Italian chef who has worked worldwide and has chosen the very best wines from Italy, France, Chile, Australia and South Africa to complement his discerning menu.

The perfect setting at the Trade Winds Hotel, Dickenson Bay on the popular north coast. Serving international and regional cuisine on the terrace overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Breakfast and lunch are uniquely served all day without time limit. Open daily and continuously from 7am until 11pm. Romantic dining atmosphere and first class cuisine. This cosy restaurant is available for private functions and conferences. Reservations Tel: 462-1223 Trade Winds Hotel Dickenson Bay




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VillageWalk Center, Friars Hill Rd Tel: (268) 46BELLA (462-3552) This is the perfect place to relax and meet friends in airconditioned comfort, with a tasty menu of breakfast and lunch specials. The decadent deserts are all made fresh in-house every day. All your favourite coffees are available, Espresso, Cappuccino, Latte, Bellaccino plus fruit smoothies and a wonderful selection of refreshing teas. Make Café Bella your second office as free WIFI is available.


Sugar Ridge, St. Mary’s Tel: 562-7700 Sugar Club is the social epicenter of Sugar Ridge. The indoor/outdoor restaurant and bar overlook the resort’s two swimming pools and are informal but smart. High ceilings and large open shutters provide a contemporary atmosphere cooled by Caribbean breezes. A great menu includes Tapas and Sushi. Open every day from 7am to 10pm. There is live entertainment most nights so that Sugar Club is ‘the place to be’ - only 5 minutes drive from Jolly Harbour Marina. Sugar Club offers some of the best party nights in Antigua. Check out




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Sugar Ridge, St. Mary’s Tel: 562-7700 Carmichael’s is quite literally above all at Sugar Ridge, commanding stunning views of the Caribbean Sea, neighbouring islands and Jolly Harbour Marina. Carmichael’s is Sugar Ridge’s open air fine dining restaurant. The service is highly professional but the ambience is relaxing. The chic décor, wooden floors and shutters and contemporary furnishing create the atmosphere. Carmichael’s is considered one of Antigua’s finest restaurants. The international menu reflects fresh produce from Antigua’s local markets with an excellent wine list. Complimentary shuttle from Jolly Harbour Marina. Phone for reservations.

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Dutchman’s Bay Tel: (268) 562 7070 Email: Cecilia’s offers waterfront eating in a relaxed and yet sophisticated atmosphere with a comfortable setting, pleasant music, attentive and friendly service, fresh seafood and an enticing menu with a view you will always remember. Cecilia’s High Point Café is five minutes from the airport and available for private functions.

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Nelsons Dockyard Tel: 460-1027/1153 Meals are à la carte, with a varied selection of delicious food. The tree-shaded terrace is a delightful place to dine, looking out over the water. Local seafood is the specialty, and fresh local produce is used whenever possible. The bar offers splendid Caribbean drinks and cocktails. A full range of wines is available.


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VC Bird International Airport Tel: 480-6979 The airport restaurant is twinned with their well established Pizza’s in Paradise restaurant in historic Redcliffe Quay. Striking design, modern interior, and air-conditioned, this location will surprise you. Open every day from 7am – 9pm. It’s worth a visit for their fabulous and innovative breakfast, lunch and dinner menus. Delivery available.


Redcliffe Quay Tel: 480-6985/6 In the historic Redcliffe Quay, Big Banana’s Pizzas in Paradise provides casual dining in a relaxed atmosphere. This popular restaurant is an Antiguan institution and is long celebrated for serving some of the best pizzas in the Caribbean. With its wide menu selection and affordable pricing, Big Banana is sure to satisfy everyone in your party. Open Monday-Thursday 11am to 10:30pm. Friday-Saturday 11am until midnight. Delivery available.

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Dickenson Bay Tel: 562-8235

Crabbe Hill, St. Mary’s Tel: 562-2218 / 778-8665

Here you will find a fusion of flavours and fun creating a high energy level and catering to all young at heart. Eat by the beach and choose from a menu including Hispanic and Caribbean seafood dishes, wraps, finger foods, Mexican sandwiches, sizzling fajitas, “Madhouse ribs” and enchiladas. All dishes, salsas, dips and dressings are made fresh from scratch. Come for DJ nights, the Sunday Beach party, Tequila games and much more. Open from 11am, serving drinks lunch and dinner. Spend a day eating, drinking and relaxing. Listen for the bell for surprise specials every day. Enjoy the freshest food, the best cocktails and the biggest smiles at Pepperz n’ Lime.

Now in its ninth year, this well-established restaurant has become one of the most popular, casual dining experiences set on one of Antigua’s fabulous beaches. Located just two miles south of Jolly Harbour, Gibson’s has become renowned for the place to be for relaxing on the beach, enjoying drinks watching the sun set over Montserrat and enjoying local lobster & fish, Prime Angus steaks, curries and traditional Sunday roasts. A must for Sunday nights, with Beach party, BBQ and DJs and live music. Gibson’s offer safe moorings for boats. Also available for private parties and weddings. Call for reservations.


The Tides Dutchman’s Bay Tel: 462-TIDE (8433) Located on Dutchman’s Bay, minutes away from the airport, The Tides is an elegant West Indian style restaurant on the beach with two spacious verandas and constant breeze. The perfect venue for romantic dinners and relaxed lunches. The international menu focuses on seafood from Mahi-Mahi to red snapper and rock lobster to local conch.  Black Angus sirloin, rack of lamb, jerk pork chop – plenty of tasty meat dishes await you. Every Friday chef Marika Nurse Anthony offers Asian cuisine - sushi, sashimi, Thai, Vietnamese and other Asian delights.  Enjoy ‘Sunday Brunch’ with its unlimited buffet where locals and tourists mingle and relax into the afternoon.  Tuesday to Saturday from 12 noon to 10pm and Sunday 12 noon to 4pm. Reservation recommended.

COCONUT GROVE RESTAURANT & BEACH BAR Dickenson Bay Tel: 462-1538 Dine right on the waterfront at Dickenson Bay. Specialising in the freshest seafood with a Caribbean flavour, Coconut Grove is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. This is surely one of the most romantic restaurants in the entire Caribbean.




High Street, St. John’s Tel: 562-6289 Email: Located on lower High Street in St. John’s next to the RBTT Bank and just a 2-minute walk from Heritage and Redcliffe Quays. This peaceful Caribbean hideaway is open for lunch from 10am Monday to Saturday and offers a French medley with Mediterranean influences. With seating for a maximum of 30 guests, Café BamBula offers a relaxing, intimate and distinctly personal ambience.

MOCH-A-CHINOS St. John’s Tel: 462-7208

This is a great sidewalk café in the heart of downtown St. John’s at the popular Vendors Mall Food Court. There is a variety of excellent coffees including cappuccino, expresso and latte’s and a menu of fresh baguette sandwiches, pizza, soups or pastries. Chill out with a frappucino/chiller, fruit smoothie, soda or beer.


Shirley Heights, English Harbour Tel: 728-0636 Enjoy lunch or dinner in a magnificently-restored 18th century building or dine outside in the courtyard with its spectacular views of Nelson’s Dockyard, English and Falmouth Harbours. Local lobster and fresh fish are daily specials as are spectacular sunsets. The Sunday barbecue party, now in its 30th year, is indeed an Antiguan institution which National Geographic Traveler endorsed many years ago and heralded as  ‘The Place to be on Sunday’. Come to Shirley Heights Lookout for your private parties, your wedding, or just come for an intimate drink…and panoramic view. Closed on public holidays.  Please call for summer schedule.

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Falmouth Harbour Tel: 460-6910 Cloggy’s, at the Antigua Yacht Club, is the place to be in English Harbour with its beautiful setting on the water. Lunch is served Tuesday to Saturday 11am - 4.30pm with something delicious for everyone including fresh fruit smoothies. Cloggy’s is a perfect setting for lunch with the yachts in the background. Dinner is served Tuesday to Saturday evenings 6.30pm – 10pm with a wide variety of dishes including seafood skewers, grilled meats and fresh lobster and fish. There is gourmet BBQ night every Wednesday with a DJ. Sunday brunch 10.30am – 4pm includes eggs benedict, gourmet burgers, seafood pasta and juicy steaks. From 2pm there is a DJ and a special dinner menu 6pm – 9pm. Sushi is served upstairs, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Reservations are highly recommended.




Redcliffe Street Tel: 562-5539 Old Parham Road Tel: 562-6860 This is an ideal stop if you’re in the mood for healthy, made ‘fresh to order’ sandwiches, salads, soups and wraps. Also available are fresh-baked cookies, apple pies, brownies and cinnamon rolls. Or order a personal pizza ‘topped your way’.


Dickenson Bay, Runaway Road Tel: 724-1166 / 560-2334 This is the only place to be on Wednesday and Friday nights. Experience an authentic traditional fish and chip van run by Dave and Jane. All your favourites available - fish, lobster bites, scampi, curries and pies. All served with chips and good humour in an outdoor casual atmosphere.


Fort Road Tel: 481-1531/35/36 Old Parham Road Tel: 481-1527/28/29 Kentucky Fried Chicken is a popular choice with Antiguans and visitors alike. It is open from Sunday to Thursday 10am – 10pm. Friday and Saturday 10am midnight.

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Cruise Tourism

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Cruise Tourism activity in Antigua continues to be the main focus for the Antigua & Barbuda Cruise Tourism Association (ABCTA). ABCTA launched its new website - which is a focal point for all those involved in the industry locally, and increases international recognition. Antigua & Barbuda looks forward to the season for 2011/12 and 2013 with optimism, as plans are launched for the development of the industry. New renovations are taking place in the duty-free shopping centre of Heritage Quay which will increase shopping facilities and add to the attractiveness of the destination. ABCTA has worked with the Government to schedule a number of marketing trips to meet with the cruise lines. Meetings have been scheduled with the Florida Caribbean Cruise Association and with the individual cruise lines in Florida. The Government and ABCTA have travelled to Europe specifically Hamburg, Germany, to meet with the European cruise line executives to promote Antigua & Barbuda. Closer to home, our twin islands have been marketed at the annual FCCA Cruise Convention and Trade Show in San Juan, Puerto Rico. Antigua & Barbuda’s image as a major player in the cruise industry was boosted by the announcement that two Best Tour awards, presented by Princess Cruise Lines, went to two local Antiguan tour operators.

Our destination is welcoming new cruise ships for the 2011/12 season from Europe and the United States. These are Costa Luminosa from Costa Cruise Lines of Italy, Kristina Cruises of Finland, and the Mein Schiff 2 of Germany. “These European cruise lines will be making their first, and we hope many more, calls to Antigua for the winter season. The ABCTA stakeholders have pleasure in welcoming them and are doing all we can to ensure they keep calling “said Nathan Dundas, ABCTA President. We also welcome the visits of two of Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise Lines ships, the Enchantment of the Seas and the Celebrity Silhouette. A great achievement is the new Cruise Incentive Programme that has been granted to the cruise lines by the Government and launched in the marketing strategy by the cruise stakeholders. Mr. Dundas indicated “This new Incentive Programme from the Government, thanks to the Hon. John Maginley, Minister of Tourism, will make Antigua & Barbuda even more competitive and attractive to boost our Cruise Tourism business. This is a year of repositioning and rebranding our product so that we can offer a fresh and attractive destination to our visitors”.


Antigua Nightlife Antiguans know how to party! The fun continues long after you leave the beaches. The glittering casinos, fun nightclubs, bars and restaurants will keep you partying into the small hours. Antigua’s nightlife is particularly exciting during the winter months between December and April when the island is busy with visitors celebrating their escape from icy cold weather back home. The temperatures certainly heat up in the bars and nightclubs.

DICKENSON & RUNAWAY BAYS Dickenson Bay is a prime evening hotspot with bars and casino activity. The new Peppez ‘n Lime restaurant attracts a casual crowd having a good time. The popular Rush Entertainment Centre, located on nearby Runaway Bay, features five unique and trendy options including a piano lounge, casino, sports bar and upscale restaurant. Close by is the attractive La Bussola restaurant with a romantic nightlife atmosphere.

ST. JOHN’S In downtown St. John’s, the prime night life attraction is Kings Casino, which is a great meeting place for local Antiguans and a prime attraction for visitors. Also centrally located is Pizzas in Paradise with outdoor dining and live entertainment. If you’re in the mood for something more sedate, make for C&C Wine House with its attentive service and South African wines.

ENGLISH HARBOUR The English Harbour area is a must during the balmy winter evenings. The area is jam-packed with boats, and the alfresco restaurants and bars overflow with yachties determined to make the most of their shore leave. Don’t miss out on trendy Abracadabra which transforms from an elegant Italian restaurant in the early evening to a pulsating outdoor nightclub later on. Everyone heads for Shirley Heights on Sundays. The island’s ‘biggest and best’ party has taken place here for many years. The evening begins as the sun sets, and the steel-band sounds fill the air. It ends with reggae, soca and calypso music, all played out with a live band.

CASINOS Antigua is a great choice if you enjoy a ‘flutter’ in the evenings - whether you’re a serious gambler or just interested in light-hearted play. The Vegas-style casinos offer poker, roulette and blackjack tables, as well as all the latest slot machines. Some also offer off course wagers on major sporting events. King’s Casino is located in the heart of St. John’s in Heritage Quay, and offers 16 different table games and 300 slot machines, plus a full sports bar and live entertainment.

Known for the freshest music and it’s trendy setting Rush is undoubtedly Antigua’s premier nightclub synonyms with crazy partying and insane fun. Runaway Bay Tel: 562-7874 Fax: 562-4574

Close by in Market Street you will find Paradise Casino with table games and slots. Behind the Casino is Paradise Lawn which can accommodate 5000 people for regular concerts with Caribbean artists and reggae groups. Madison’s Casino in the Rush Entertainment Centre at Runaway Bay, features table games, a wide variety of slots and Texas Hold’Em Poker. Grand Bay Casino on Dickenson Bay has slot machines, dice roulette, blackjack and poker, plus a champagne bar and entertainment. Add to all these bars, casinos and nightclubs the regular entertainment programmes offered by hotels, and there’s no doubt that Antigua has something for everyone during the beautiful, balmy Caribbean evenings.


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Antigua’s Offshore Islands

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ntigua is blessed with many offshore islands. Of course, they can only be reached by boat, but as the seas are generally calm and the distances short, they are accessible by small vessels, as well as larger yachts – provided you can navigate between the coral reefs! Many of the day-trip cruise boats tie up close to the main islands, most of them located off the north-east coast and all have sandy beaches and a relaxed Robinson Crusoelike atmosphere. Bird Island is particularly popular, although during the week one can often have the entire island to oneself. A new ferry service operates to Bird Island from Shell Beach Marina (call Ocean Adventures for times (268) 464-7576/561-1835). Nearby Guiana Island also has a wide sandy beach, while Green Island further along the coast is particularly attractive and close to Harmony Hall for extra special lunches. Another smaller island which is accessible is Prickly Pear off the Hodges Bay area on the north coast. But most of the tiny islands which dot the sea are really just islets, home only to the seabirds which wheel and call overhead. These islets are not just rocks in the ocean, but are often covered in attractive green foliage. It is very pleasant to tie up close to the ‘rocky shore’ and swim around to see the birdlife. Another particularly interesting island is Rabbit Island, home to breeding colonies of pelicans which raise their young in twiggy nests, clearly visible for anyone who is


passing. Antiguan residents have the good fortune to see the tiny babies with large beaks open, growing to become awkward and ungainly juveniles, eventually flying off until the next season. At Hell’s Gate Island there is an incredible coral/limestone bridge, formed by the elements over millennia. It is really a heavenly gate, but is perhaps named for the wild Atlantic sea visible through the archway. We have seen tourists strolling across the top, but it’s not recommended because the bridge is fragile - we neither want to destroy this or ourselves! Some 25 miles away is Antigua’s ‘third’ possession, Redonda. Also uninhabited, the ruins on top are thought to have been an old weather station - it’s possible to scramble up the sides to the flatter top. Redonda was once home to rare goats, but nowadays only the Frigate Birds wheel about overhead while cormorants perch on the slopes. One larger island close to the north shore is Long Island, the exclusive home of the rich and famous who appreciate the privacy Antigua accords such visitors. Jumby Bay can be found here. This exclusive Rosewood Resort is even more luxurious after its recent and extensive refurbishments. Visitors and Antiguans alike appreciate these wonderful offshore islands which retain the unique charm that has prevailed for so long and which will continue for future generations.



Antigua‌ A Caribbean Crossroad for Financial Services By Brian Stuart-Young, Chairman & CEO ntigua & Barbuda is favourably located in the north of the Eastern Caribbean islands and is a crossroad for financial services within the Caribbean and internationally. There are eight domestic commercial banks and fifteen financial institutions providing international financial services. Antigua’s international financial centre was established in 1982, one year after its independence from the United Kingdom, and it is now a mature Caribbean destination for both tourism and international financial services.

It has a Wealth Management Division, which offers innovative and alternative investment products, including a Caribbean Real Estate Investment Fund, and supports the plans of clients wishing to better manage their wealth.

The domestic economy is largely dependent on tourism, and while the world financial crisis has impacted both tourism and financial services worldwide, Antigua and Barbuda has maintained its attraction for the more discriminating tourist and investor. Notwithstanding the challenges of the prevailing environment, Antigua and Barbuda has the commitment of both its government and private sector to ensure an infrastructure which can respond to the special business needs and financial services of Caribbean and international client relationships.

Antigua provides a full range of account options for clients including multi-currency deposits, foreign exchange, certificates of deposit and other competitive interest-bearing accounts. US dollar and Euro currency credit, debit and stored value cards are issued by some international banking services, and also merchant services for international businesses which have established an Antiguan corporate office for web-based services. There is a locally developed and certified card processing centre and payment platform which provides world-wide connectivity for global payments, and card-based facilities for international payroll, employee benefits and remittance services. International businesses which require banking facilities to support electronic commerce will find it convenient and advantageous to transfer their e-business to Antigua.

The oldest institution providing international financial services in the jurisdiction is Global Bank of Commerce Limited, a privately owned and operated institution, which was licensed and established in 1983. The Bank continues to build a solid track record of servicing its clients and is focused on technologydriven financial services which provide secure internet banking access, electronic commerce for online payments, electronic payment systems and wealth management portfolios.

The combination of well regulated financial services, an excellent communications infrastructure, and strong professional resources provide a positive environment for electronic and international business services. The ability to offer secure online banking and e-business solutions in a stable environment makes Antigua and Barbuda an attractive location to develop global business.


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Artistic Antigua

The purity of light and colour in Antigua combines with its intrinsic tranquillity to inspire a whole host of Caribbean artists. There are some excellent galleries on the island representing a wide range of art, craft and media ...


Buckleys Village

Tel: 764-8803 Email: From abstracts to impressionist seascapes, Jan Farara paints large acrylics on canvas and carries out many commissions. Paintings, prints and cards are on sale at the studio.


Cobb’s Cross Tel: 460-1417/764-0340 Email: Katie McConnachie uses prisma-colour pencils and acrylic for her detailed originals and prints. Also an illustrator of children’s books available at Lord Jim’s Locker, Antigua Yacht Club Marina.


Uniquely located in the heart of the rainforest. Tel: 460-1234/773-4321 Email: Sallie Harker’s gallery features her oil and water colours capturing the romance of the Caribbean. Also featured are the work of Caribbean artists such as Jacob Scott and Nzimbu Brown.


Tel: 560-2334/721-2343 Jane has an eclectic and often quirky approach to art. Whilst acrylic, oil and watercolour is the standard pallette, her papier maché creations are ‘off the wall’ fun! 

PELICAN STUDIO Fitches Creek Tel: 461-0761 Email: Gilly Gobinet’s original paintings and fine art reproductions in acrylic, oil and watercolour all capture the purity of light and intensity of colour so typical of the region. She has also written and illustrated a series of very attractive small format “Cool Caribbean” books - her ‘Cool Caribbean Cookery Book’ won her the 2008 ‘Best Illustrated Cook Book in the World’ award for Antigua. SARAH SCOTT

Tel: 723-3834 Email: Unique creations made from recycled materials.


Tel: 463-8035/764-8035 Email: Jennifer Meranto’s stunning collection of hand-tinted photos of Antigua and the Caribbean are increasingly popular, as are her unique one-off shots capturing the essence of island life.


CEDARS POTTERY Buckley’s Road Tel: 460-5293 Email: Imogen Margrie and Michael Hunt produce original pieces in clay, together with a colourful dinnerware line. Michael’s sculptures in stone and wood are much sought-after. ELVIE’S POTTERY

Sea View Farm Tel: 463-1888 Hyacinth Hillhouse continues in the tradition begun by her mother of making coalpots and other items from the local clay - a pleasure to behold.


Coolidge Tel: 562 1264 The Pottery Shop, Redcliffe Quay Tel: 462-5503 Email: The longest-established pottery in Antigua is where Sarah Fuller produces her unique mobiles and sconces, together with bowls, plates and lamps finished in highly-attractive glazes.


ART AT THE RIDGE Sugar Ridge (near Jolly Harbour) Tel: 728 1558 Email: Here is the widest range of local art and crafts brought together in one convenient and stunning location, featuring well-known as well as recently discovered Antiguan artists and artisans. HARMONY HALL GALLERY

Nonsuch Bay (Open November to May) Tel: 460-4120 Email: This spectacularly-set gallery hosts a wide variety of highquality Caribbean arts and crafts. Every first Sunday (December to April) is an opening of the work of a special artist.


Dockyard Drive, English Harbour (open November to April) Tel: 770-7888 Email: Inspired by her love of the sea, Nancy Nicholson showcases her pottery in this unique gallery, alongside other Caribbean artists. Nancy only uses clay dug and processed on the island.

THINGS LOCAL GALLERY Officers’ Quarters, Nelson’s Dockyard Tel: 562-5386/461-7595/770-5780 Owner Carl Henry is Antigua’s foremost wood carver. Using Antiguan mahogany and wood from naturally-felled trees, his boats, fish and warri boards are much sought-after. ZEMI GALLERY

Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s Tel: 562-7662 Stephen Murphy’s vibrant watercolours can be viewed at this intimate gallery and shop in the heart of St. John’s.

The Best of Antiguan Art & Craft

This useful new website is an online directory of professional artists (painters, potters, photographers etc.) living and working in Antigua. It lists websites, contact details, an image of their work, as well as a brief description of media, styles and inspiration. Visitors to their work places are welcome following a telephone appointment. A map indicates their respective locations.

Opposite page, clockwise from top left: Work by Katie McConnachie, Peter Murphy, Jan Farara, Gilly Gobinet, Jane Seagul and Sally Harker



With more than 50 years experience in the region, Geest Line is your direct route to the Caribbean for all your cargo needs. Geest Line has fostered trade links between the UK and the Caribbean for more than 50 years, and today carries more cargo between Europe and the Windward and Leeward islands than any other shipping line. The origins of the service lie in the shipment of bananas eastbound. Instead of the ships returning with ballast, it provided the perfect opportunity for establishing a general cargo service carrying everything from small packages to large project machinery. The flexibility of the service is maintained today, with a wide range of breakbulk and containerised cargo carried on the weekly westbound departures, which sail from Portsmouth in the UK and also Le Havre in France. So whether you are shipping a pallet of goods, a truck, have a requirement for containers or special equipment including open top, flat-rack containers or reefers, Geest Line can handle it. Surveys show that Geest Line has the highest schedule reliability for round-trip crossings and the shortest transit

times to the first port of call in the Caribbean. The movement of perishable fruits means that ships must arrive and depart on time, enabling Geest Line to offer a precise, fixed-day service that allows UK exporters to be certain their goods will arrive at the scheduled time. In addition, our experience in the Caribbean puts us in an unrivalled position to offer efficient, careful handling and swift clearance of cargo. Geest Line’s comprehensive network of island calls also means that we can offer an efficient interisland service, enabling exporters and importers to ship their cargoes regionally within the Caribbean. A container and break-bulk service is also offered alongside our existing European service. Our services run exclusively to the Caribbean. This means that by concentrating on the region we know best, we can maintain our position as the No.1 shipping line to the Caribbean. Telephone: +44 1489 873500 Email: Website:

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Strategically located in the heart of the Caribbean, Antigua is 108 square-miles, Barbuda (27 miles north) is 62 squaremiles plus the tiny uninhabited rock of Redonda (20 miles to the north-west). There are about 68,000 people in Antigua, 1,500 in Barbuda and only seagulls on Redonda. From Antigua you can see Guadeloupe, Montserrat, Nevis and St. Kitts.


Temperatures range from an average low of 73°F (23°C) in the winter to about 85° (30°C) in the summer. The trade winds blow fairly constantly except in September. The average rainfall is only about 45 inches so there is constant care not to waste water. The rainy season is September, October and November but there are usually only short showers.


Antigua retains a semblance of formality and swimsuits are limited to beaches. There is a nude beach beyond Hawksbill but this is not generally frequented by the residents of Antigua! Casual clothes are the unwritten rule for dining and trips to town.


Although English is the only language ever adopted in the island, you may wonder what Antiguans are saying when they chat in their lilting accents. Everybody sooner or later acquires a few idiomatic phrases such as “No big ting” or “Antigua me come from”.


Antigua has a definite current quirk. Most hotels operate on 110 volts, 60 cycles (the same as in the US and Canada). However, some have 220 volts and some homes even have a bit of both. Check before plugging in appliances.


Since there is such diversity of hotels it is best to check with the Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association, Newgate Street, St. John’s, Tel: 462-0374/3703/4928 if you wish to budget exactly. There is 10% service charge (which saves the bother of tipping for everything) and a 7% Government tax. Rates are cheaper throughout Antigua outside the ‘season’ from December to April 16. Many hotels offer special packages for golfers, tennis players, gamblers, honeymooners - check with your travel agent.


The unit of currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), issued by the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank (ECCB) and pegged to the US$ at an official rate of EC$2.70 to US$1.00. The ECCB quotes daily rates for the Canadian $, the Euro and £ Sterling and other international currencies.


Many hotels provide overseas communications facilities. However, if you would like to utilise one of the public phones located at the airport, Dockyard, dotted around St. John’s, you should purchase a Cable & Wireless Phone Card.


If you lose your travellers cheques, call the emergency number listed on your package. Diners Club International has a representative office in St. John’s Tel: 462-2368 Fax: 462-2369 E-mail:


The Main Post Office is centrally located at the foot of Long Street in St. John’s and is open Monday to Thursday from 8.15am to 4pm. On Fridays it is open until 5pm. Post Offices are located at the Woods Centre, at the airport and in Codrington, Barbuda. Fedex - the agent in Antigua is Unlimited Services Plus located on Redcliffe Street, St. John’s Tel: 562-7587


Antigua entertains representatives from the following foreign governments:F British

High Commission In Barbados 1 246 430 7800 Hon. Consular Office c/o Price Waterhouse 462 0008 F U.S. Hon. Consular Office 463-6531 F Hon. Consulate of Germany 462-2824 F Hon. Consulate of Norway c/o Frances Trading 462-0858 F Hon. Consulate of the Netherlands c/o Gomez Insurance 481-1850 F Venezuelan Embassy 462-1574 F Embassy of the People’s Republic of China 462-1125 F Hon. Consulate of Denmark c/o AWH Holdings Ltd 480-3070 F Consulate of Austria 463-8698


Antigua now has a range of excellent spacious airconditioned well-stocked supermarkets including a wide variety of imported goods. These are located in the north of the island close to St. John’s. The long-established Epicurean has grown into a super-supermarket at its new location on Friars Hill Road. There is also an Epicurean at Jolly Harbour. A splendid new supermarket, 1st Choice is located on the Anchorage Road close to Dickenson Bay.


We hope you have a safe and enjoyable vacation in Antigua and Barbuda. However, it is comforting to know that if you run into problems help is not far away. Most hotels are serviced by a 24 hour ‘Duty Doctor’ and in an emergency the reception desk staff will contact their doctor. Mount St. John’s Hospital is situated just off Queen Elizabeth Highway Tel. 484-2700; the Adelin Clinic is on Fort Road Tel. 462-0866; there is also the Hanna Thomas Hospital in Barbuda Tel: 460-0076. The Police Headquarters is on American Road Tel. 462-0125. There is also a station on Newgate Street in St John’s. The emergency helpline is 911




elcome to our twin island state of Antigua and Barbuda, the land of sun and sea. Be sure to take advantage of the beautiful beaches, exotic restaurants, historic sites, the national museum and many more exciting attractions. While you’re having fun, roam with APUA Imobile and stay connected to anywhere in the world! That’s right. You can use your handset to stay connected on the APUA Imobile network and experience the best coverage on the island. APUA Imobile has roaming agreements with over 140 networks in North, Central and South America, Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia and the Caribbean and the company is busily working to expand agreements in every country of the world. To select the network, set your network search to manual, search for mobile networks and select APUA PCS or ATG03 on your handsets. Doing this will certainly lower your roaming charges while giving access to a high quality mobile network.




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If you don’t have access to roam, or if you will be in Antigua for an extended stay, visit the office on High Street in St. John’s and sign up for your very own prepaid service. Again, you will experience an excellent network, low cost and per second real-time billing with the flexibility to spend as you go. Major gas stations, supermarkets and businesses around the island offer our e-top up services. Staying in the Jolly Harbour area? Visit Aqua Sports in Jolly Harbour and purchase the prepaid service there. No matter how you communicate, be sure to communicate on the APUA Imobile network to experience nothing but the best. Relax, enjoy the cool tropical breeze, the exotic landscape, friendly people and roam freely with APUA Imobile.

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