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THE ANTIGUAN 2021

Your Guide to Antigua & Barbuda

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A Very Warm Welcome Health & Safety Protocols Introducing Antigua & Barbuda Arrive Antigua What’s been going on 20 Reasons to Visit Antigua Events Stay Antigua Antigua Spas Antigua Weddings Island Map Explore Antigua Nelson’s Dockyard Antigua’s Beaches Antigua’s Islands Barbuda – Antigua’s Sister Island Action & Adventure Sail Away just for the Day Live Antigua – Real Estate Citizenship by Investment World-class Financial Services Shop Antigua St. John’s Street Map Dine Antigua Cruise Tourism Nightlife Art Antigua Antigua Souvenirs Useful to Know

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A VERY WARM WELCOME

From The Minister of Tourism

A very healthy and warm welcome to you from the Government and people of Antigua and Barbuda. We sincerely thank you for making the ‘Gem of the Caribbean’ your next vacation experience! Thanks to the creation and implementation of health and safety protocols, you can rest assured we are ready to offer you an enjoyable and safe vacation experience. Choose from a Covid-19 Certified romantic resort or a charming villa or inn, where we can still help to create that ‘home away from home’ experience. Take advantage of our 365 beaches with their sparkling, turquoise waters and stunning white and pink sands. We also have a wide range of Covid-19 certified land and sea tours and activities waiting for you. Another unforgettable pleasure is dining in Antigua and Barbuda. While remaining socially distant, you can get up close and sample our delicious and varied cuisine which ranges from our spiny lobsters and succulent snappers to our naturally sweet, Antigua Black pineapples. Whatever you desire for your vacation, you are sure to be satisfied here. Our sumptuous cuisine, rich heritage and culture are all waiting to be safely explored by you. Slow down and savour them for an unforgettable vacation experience! We hope you have a fantastic and safe visit to Antigua and Barbuda, and will leave with only warm memories of your stay with us. Sincerely,

HON. H. CHARLES FERNANDEZ Minister of Tourism & Investment

ANTIGUA & BARBUDA TOURIST OFFICES ANTIGUA

Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Third Floor, ACB Financial Centre High Street, St John’s, Antigua Tel: 1 (268) 562-7600  Fax: 1 (268) 562-7602  Email: info@visitaandb.com

UNITED STATES OF AMERICA

Antigua and Barbuda Tourist Office 3 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza - Suite 6A 305 East 47th Street, New York, NY 10017 Tel: 1 (212) 541-4117   Fax: 1 (646) 215-6008  Email: tourisminfo@visitaandb.com

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CANADA

60 St. Claire Avenue East, Suite 601 Toronto, Ontario, Canada M4T 1N5 Tel: 1 (416) 961-3085 Fax: 1 (416) 961-7218  Email: info@visitaandb.com

UNITED KINGDOM & EUROPE

2nd Floor, 45 Crawford Place London W1H 4LP Tel: (0) 44-203-668-3800     Email: info@visitaandb.com For further information visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com


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CHEERS TO A WONDERFUL TIME! From the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

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he twin-island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda welcomes you to our warm and safe shores. Our islands overflow with Caribbean charm, rich history, vibrant culture, picturesque settings and 365 fabulous pink and white sand beaches.

In order to provide you with a safe and enjoyable vacation experience, we have created and implemented Covid-19 safety protocols covering your travel to the destination, accommodation, transportation, dining, entertainment and shopping. Our islands are definitely worth exploring. We invite you to journey safely through colourful St. John’s city, the seaside village of Old Road, the fruit-laden Fig Tree drive and even the nautical scene at English Harbour. Your journey can continue onto the dramatic twin sugar mills of Betty’s Hope and the crashing waves at our natural attraction, Devil’s Bridge. Here you will find that there’s more than enough space to move around. If adventure is what you are looking for, take a hike in our nature reserve or go on a challenging canopy zip-line tour through our lush, tropical rainforest. Enjoy an island safari or book some extreme action with an eco-tour speed boat adventure. For a slower pace, witness a game of warri with the islanders, join a herbal garden tour or take a city walking tour led by a local guide. Visitors to Antigua will soon discover the vibrant culture of our islands and the friendliness of our people. We encourage you to take part in everything we have to offer. There is always some activity you can safely be a part of and which gives the perfect insight into our music, art, culture, cuisine and sports. Join in on the fun, and you will soon realise that you came as a visitor, but leave as a friend. Cheers to a wonderful and safe time in Antigua and Barbuda! Sincerely,

COLIN C. JAMES CEO, The Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority, P.O. Box W351, ACB Financial Centre, High Street, St. John’s, Antigua. Phone: 268 562 7600 Fax: 268 562 7601 Email: info@visitaandb.com

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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA TRAVEL ADVISORY The Government of Antigua and Barbuda regularly updates its travel advisory to ensure the safety of travellers and residents. The State continues to carry out a combination of screening, testing, monitoring and other measures to mitigate the risk of importing new cases of COVID-19 into the country. Measures have also been implemented for the quick detection of any imported cases. This strategy is intended to protect and safeguard the health of both residents and visitors.

Basic Health & Safety Protocols 1. All passengers arriving by air must have a negative COVID-19 RT-PCR (real time polymerase chain reaction) test for SARS-CoV-2 using a nasopharyngeal or oropharyngeal swab taken within seven (7) days of their flight. (This includes transiting passengers). 2. All children below the age of 12 years entering Antigua do not require a COVID-19 RT-PCR test. 3. All passengers arriving by sea (private yachts/ferry services) are subject to quarantine according to guidelines issued by Port Health. 4. All arriving passengers must wear a face mask on disembarkation and in all public areas. Additionally, the wearing of a face mask in public spaces is mandatory throughout Antigua and Barbuda and social/ physical distancing protocols must be adhered to. 5. All arriving passengers must complete a Health Declaration Form and will be subjected to screening and temperature checks by Port Health Authorities upon arrival in Antigua.

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6. Arriving passengers presenting verifiable documentation that they have received 2 doses of a 2-dose COVID 19 vaccine or 1 dose of a single-dose vaccine and have a COVID-19 RT-PCR negative test will be allowed to stay at bio safe/certified accommodation. At least 2 weeks must have passed since the administration of the full vaccine dosage. Passengers who are not fully vaccinated or unvaccinated will be allowed to stay at certified accommodation or be subject to quarantine as determined by the Quarantine Authority. 7. Visitors may be required to undergo COVID-19 testing on arrival or at their hotel or lodging as determined by the Health Authorities. All arriving passengers with symptoms of COVID-19 may be isolated. 8. All transiting passengers and crew members needing an overnight stay must proceed to a hotel or government designated facility to await their departure. 9. Marine craft and ferries should contact the Port Authority using VHF Channel 16 at least 6 hours prior to arrival, to be notified entry at either Nevis Street Pier or English Harbour ports or to a holding area.

For the latest information, further details and FAQs, please visit www.visitantiguabarbuda.com FT Caribbean cannot be held responsible if you do not check the latest updates prior to travel. Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Immigration and Trade, Queen Elizabeth Highway, St. John’s, ANTIGUA. Telephone: (268) 462-1052 Fax: (268) 462-2482 Email: foreignaffairs@ab.gov.ag

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ANTIGUA & BARBUDA Our 365 beaches are just the beginning

Our capital St. John’s is a vibrant city well worth a visit, its two waterfront shopping areas offering easy access to cruise ship visitors. Heritage Quay is a modern boulevard of duty-free shops, while neighbouring Redcliffe Quay is a charming contrast with its restored 18th century buildings forming a cosy complex of boutiques and restaurants. And if you’d like to dip into our past, the museum in Long Street and twin-towered cathedral both offer areas of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of town.

The twin island nation of Antigua & Barbuda lies right in the heart of the Caribbean. Visitors return again and again to take advantage of our idyllic climate, easygoing way of life and famous white sand beaches... Yet as you’ll soon discover, we’ve got a lot more to offer you than sun-kissed sands and crystal clear waters. We’ve got world-class sailing, duty-free shopping and fascinating history, not to mention award-winning hotels that suit all tastes and budgets. You can choose to stay in a cosy inn where everyone knows your name or a world-class hideaway where the famous stay incognito. Our all-inclusives suit those who love the idea of no added extras, while our familyfriendly villas and apartments are for anyone after more independence. Of course wherever you stay, the varied delights of our nation await. Beach bars and restaurants offer everything from award-winning rums to fresh-from-the-reef lobster. There’s plenty to see and do with activities galore both on land and at sea. You can also explore beauty spots like Fig Tree Drive, sail off to island escapes like Prickly Pear, and wander around historical sites like Betty’s Hope plantation.

​ ntigua’s reputation as a sailing mecca remains A unsurpassed throughout the Caribbean. Over the years Jolly Harbour has developed into a major yachting marina complete with a shopping centre and residential village. But it’s English Harbour that long ago put Antigua on the nautical map and it retains its traditional atmosphere to this day. Worldclass sailing events like Antigua Sailing Week and RORC Caribbean 600 are annual events. ​ ast but not least is Antigua’s ‘no problem’ attitude L towards life. Everyone quickly adapts to the unhurried pace of ‘the islands’, and an atmosphere of warmth and good humour prevails. English is our official language, although we locals often speak a dialect that can be a challenge to understand! ​ ll these attractions combine to make Antigua & A Barbuda a unique Caribbean destination with many excellent reasons to come back soon...​

Yet the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nelson’s Dockyard is our most prized possession, this 18th century enclave both a bustling yachting centre and a fascinating monument to our past. You can stroll among its restored Georgian buildings or pop up to the ruined fortress of Shirley Heights and enjoy the panoramic views with a rum punch in hand.

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ARRIVE ANTIGUA

Antigua lies about 1,400 miles from Miami, 2,100 miles from Toronto and 4,000 miles from London. Whichever part of the world you’re travelling from, you’ll receive the warmest of Antiguan welcomes.

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V.C.BIRD INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT Totally rebuilt in 2015, the state-of-the-art terminal at V.C. Bird International boasts more space, improved facilities and speedier processing times for both arriving and depating passengers. The airport is certainly one of the most advanced in the Caribbean with self-service check-in kiosks and a relaxing Executive Lounge, as well as a variety of dining and duty-free shopping opportunities. The runway stretches 3,040 metres and not only welcomes the largest commercial aircraft, but also private jets serviced by a prominent FBO (Fixed Base Operator). Located just 4-miles from the capital St. John’s, the airport was named after the island’s first Prime Minister, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird Senior.


AIRLINES

Many international airlines service Antigua & Barbuda. Flying in from North America are American Airlines, Delta, JetBlue Airlines, United Airlines, Air Canada, Sunwing and WestJet. Those with direct air links from Europe include British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London and Blue Panorama from Italy. Caribbean Airlines serves the larger regional territories, in addition to interCaribbean Airways. SVG Air and Fly Montserrat operate daily domestic and regional flights. WinAir and Tradewinds Air also offer regional flights. V.C. Bird International is the home of LIAT, ‘the Caribbean Airline’ which operates several daily flights throughout the wider region.

DRIVE ON THE LEFT

Should you wish to pick up a car on arrival rather than at your hotel, car rental agencies can be found on exiting Customs. To be issued with a local license (valid for 90 days), you’ll have to present your current valid driver’s licence and pay US$20 (EC$50). Driving is British-style with cars staying on the left. Take particular care at night – you’ll probably encounter cows, goats and speed-bumps on the road, as well as other drivers forgetting to dim their headlights! It is generally advisable to reserve a car in advance, especially during the peak winter months and at Sailing Week in April.

CASH

Antigua’s local currency is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) dollar but US dollars are widely accepted – the exchange rate of US$1 = EC$2.70 is general knowledge to all. Credit cards are also widely accepted but if you need cash, the airport houses a bureau of exchange and automated teller machines. The Eastern Caribbean Amalgamated Bank lies just outside the entrance.

TAXI FARES

Airport taxi fares are fixed rather than metered. A one-way fare (for 1 to 2 persons) from the airport to St. John’s is about US$12 (EC$32), while a trip to Nelson’s Dockyard is about US$32 (EC$86).

CRUISE SHIPS

The world’s biggest and best cruise ships regularly dock in our capital St. John’s, the bars, restaurants and duty-free shops of Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay all just a brief stroll away.

PRIVATE YACHTS

Of course, many visitors arrive here by private yacht. Customs and immigration procedures are streamlined to accommodate the unique nature of our yachting industry. But to comply with the current health and safety protocols, all marine pleasure craft and ferry services must enter our twin-island nation at the Nevis Street Pier in St. John’s. Vessels are then free to reposition to Jolly Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard, Falmouth Harbour or Barbuda. We want you to make youselves at home from the moment you drop anchor! See page 7 for health and safety protocols.

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What’s been going on? ANTIGUA & BARBUDA CONTINUE TO WIN AWARDS! We must be doing something right! Antigua & Barbuda has been named the ‘Caribbean Destination of the Year’ at the 2020 Caribbean Travel Awards hosted by the world’s largest Caribbean travel website. Amongst the reasons for the award, Caribbean Journal cited our marvellous beaches, leading portfolio of all-inclusive resorts, diverse collection of boutique hotels and, of course, our fascinating UNESCO World Heritage Site. And talking of Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s only working Georgian naval dockyard continues to rank highly in the 10 Best Readers’ Choice awards as voted for by the readers of USA TODAY. Last year it was named ‘Best Attraction in the Caribbean’ and it still makes the top four this year.

Scenes for the new ‘Wendy’ movie filmed on the island ‘Wendy’ is award-winning director Benh Zeitlin’s re-imagining of J.M. Barrie’s famous novel ‘Peter Pan’. Scenes were filmed at suitably dazzling locations around the island including the unique natural attraction that is Hell’s Gate, pictured left. The titular character of Peter Pan was played by Yashua Mack, a young Antiguan who was discovered by Benh Zeitlin and has no previous acting experience. ‘Wendy’ had its world premier at the Sundance Film Festival in January, but don’t worry if you missed it. Just sign up for one of our boat trips through the North Sound and you can see Hell’s Gate in real life...

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Ainsley Harriott explores Antigua’s culinary scene... British celebrity chef Ainsley Harriott enjoyed shining a light on Antigua’s food and drink scene last year. Hosted by Carlisle Bay Resort & Spa, his culinary adventures covered everything from our fancy rum cocktails to our delicious street food. He discussed the best way to cook conch at Gina’s Food Café on Fig Tree Drive and, inspired by our fresh island produce, prepared a coconut lobster tempura on the edge of a beautiful beach. Ainsley also sampled a touch of island life, playing steelpan with the Hellsgate Steel Orchestra and learning about our history at Shirley Heights and Nelson’s Dockyard. The show aired in the UK on ITV and ‘Ainsley’s Caribbean Kitchen’ recipe cookbook is available now.

New App Digs up Antigua’s Past! Thanks to a partnership with Geotourist, an award-winning GPS technology company, you’ve now got a new way of learning about Antigua’s past. And more importantly you get to do it at your own pace. One simple click is all it takes and you’ll find yourself back in time exploring Nelson’s Dockyard or the streets of St. John’s. The audio tours highlight a variety of historical sites, helpful maps leading you in the right direction and local media personalities Jamilla Kirwan and Peter Gordan your inspirational guides.

www.geotourist.com/users/5534

REMOTE WORKERS WELCOME! Our new ‘Antigua Nomad Digital Residence’ visa programme enables successful applicants to live and work remotely in Antigua for up to two years. The benefits are obvious including warm weather all the year round, no personal income tax, and a fast and reliable telecommunications system. We also have a relatively small number of Covid-19 cases here with an effective system of containing community spread. See www.antiguanomadresidence.com

NON-REFUNDABLE COSTS One person US$1,500 Couple US$2,000 Family US$3,000


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REASONS TO VISIT

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Our climate is warm and sunny all year round. Trade winds cool you down and even our ‘liquid sunshine’ is refreshing!

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Natural attractions include our tropical rainforest and our coastal wonders such as Devil’s Bridge, the Pillars of Hercules and the offshore islands that are sprinkled throughout the North Sound.

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

Dining opportunities range from roadside shacks selling fresh-from-the-market local dishes to gourmet restaurants serving fresh-from-the-reef fish.

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And when you’re in the mood for ‘fast food’, head for Fig Tree Drive where you can pick bananas, mangoes and papayas right off the trees.

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You can also snorkel or scuba-dive with our marine life amongst the coral reefs and turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea. Swim, pet and feed stingrays in a unique ocean lagoon. History buffs should head to Nelson's Dockyard, the world’s only working Georgian dockyard. And then there’s Betty's Hope, a sugar plantation where the past is really brought back to life.

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Zip through our tropical rainforest on a canopy tour – expect walkways,

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

Don’t miss a day trip to Barbuda with its 17-mile pink sand beach and the largest Frigate Bird sanctuary in the world.

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Have an adrenalin rush and explore by helicopter – enjoy a bird’s eye view of our lush, green island or marvel at the volcano in neighbouring Montserrat.

And nowhere’s more romantic. We like to think marriages made in Antigua are marriages made in heaven, and we keep the formalities simple.

Enjoy our turquoise waters on a speedboat or kayak. Or why not sail off to one of our mini-paradises aboard a yacht or catamaran?

Our offshore islands come with evocative names like Prickly Pear. No humans, just fascinating wildlife like whistling ducks and pelicans.

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We have 365 beautiful beaches for you to explore – one for every day of the year. Most are white but the longest one is pink.

You’ll have no problem relaxing here. Many hotels boast spas, and yoga classes regularly feature on the agenda.

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suspension bridges and zip lines up to 300 feet from the ground.

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We’re creative too. Galleries and studios abound, our artists working with everything from oils to acrylic. Why not take a piece of art home to remind you of your stay with us?

And if you time your visit right and you can enjoy fun outdoor events like Sailing Week and our kite festival. Cricket, tennis, food and music are all celebrated here.

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Also keep in mind the possibility of a second home in Antigua to escape the wintery climate back home. There’s a wealth of real estate options in all price ranges throughout the island. Most important of all, we Antiguans and Barbudans are some of the friendliest people in the world and will give you the very warmest of welcomes...


WORLD-CLASS SAILING EVENTS ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK

Rescheduled for 30 April to 6 May, 2022

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his prestigious end-of-season regatta attracts yachts from all around the globe, crews eager to experience our dazzling seascapes and world-class racing conditions. Yet Antigua Sailing Week prides itself on offering something for everyone. You can join in the nautical fun whether you’re a member of a highly-trained crew on a state-of-the-art race boat or a casual family sailor with little experience. And if you fancy trying your hand at racing without major investment, it’s easy to fly in from the US or Europe and join a pre-arranged bareboat charter from Dream Yacht Charter, or even a headboat race charter from reputable partners. Sailors shouldn’t miss the ‘Peters & May Round Antigua Race’ the day before the competition begins in earnest. It’s a great opportunity to get a feel for the conditions, and the prize-giving ceremony afterwards doubles as a suitably convivial start to the racing ahead. Spectators are encouraged to get involved too. They can watch the action from various bird’s eye vantage point along Antigua’s coastline including our panoramic hiking trails and Shirley Heights Lookout. Daily ‘Chase the Race’ tours also head out from Falmouth Harbour and are a great way of viewing the on-the-water battles up close. In addition to the world-class racing, Antigua Sailing Week has long been famous for its beach parties and shoreside entertainment including Lay Day, the daily Prize Giving Events and the Final Awards Ceremony. Unfortunately, Sailing Week has had to be cancelled again this year due to the continued restrictions surrounding the Covid-19 pandemic. So now the organisers are already planning for the 2022 event, promising to make it bigger and better than ever.

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ANTIGUA CLASSIC YACHT REGATTA Rescheduled for 30 March to 4 April, 2022

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ach year an impressive collection of classic yachts and passionate sailors gather in Antigua from all over the world. They’re here to take part in ‘Classics’, and to enjoy the competitive racing in the ideal trade wind conditions. This unique, world-class event attracts a variety of competitors from the mighty J-Class, tall ships and magnificent schooners to traditional island craft and family live-aboards. Some of the yachts date back to the early 1900s, whereas others are modern-day reproductions classed as ‘Spirit of Tradition’. Almost all the vessels come with their own fascinating stories, the eclectic mix of owners and crews happy to recount their dockside tales well into the night. This is just part of the magic of ‘Classics’.

After the last race on the Sunday, the yachts pass through the historic 18th century Nelson’s Dockyard for the ‘Parade of Classics’. This is a wonderful opportunity to see the boats and crews close up. Vantage points include the waterfront by the Copper and Lumber Store and the restaurants opposite at Antigua Slipway. The Regatta traditionally closes with gig racing and cream teas at The Admiral’s Inn, Nelson’s Dockyard. The sailing, hospitality, rum, sun and relaxed camaraderie all combine to make Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta a favourite in the yachting calendar. www.antiguaclassics.com Email: info@antiguaclassics.com

The competition traditionally starts with the SingleHanded Race. This runs side by side with the Concours d’Elégance when the condition and maintenance of the yachts are judged. The full fleet then enjoys four days of racing, the courses designed to take the best advantage of wind, sea, scenery and skill. Spectators can view the action from high points along the south coast like Fort Charlotte, Shirley Heights and Block House. And after racing the yachts can be seen on the dock at Antigua Yacht Club Marina in Falmouth. This is also where the shoreside events take place.

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ROYAL OCEAN RACING CLUB RORC Caribbean 600 Rescheduled for 21 February, 2022

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ince its inception in 2009, the Royal Ocean Racing Club’s RORC Caribbean 600 has earned recognition as one of the world’s classic offshore races. It’s now a firm fixture on the international racing calendar and on the bucket list of any serious offshore sailor. Starting and finishing in Antigua, the 600-mile course uses eleven Eastern Caribbean islands as turning marks, providing an interesting challenge for navigators and crew. With such a long course, the finishing times can vary by days. The RORC work with Falmouth-based Antigua Yacht Club and their army of local volunteers, supporting the management of this great event. Every yacht to reach the finishing point is met with a welcoming cold beer! The race attracts professional sailors the world over, plus enthusiastic Corinthian sailors and regular RORC racers. The last event attracted 73 teams with 700 sailors from 37 different countries who faced a challenging race in predominantly light airs, leading to a tactical and strategic battle. There were battles right through the fleet and sightings of breaching whales, dolphins and turtles which enhanced the sublime vistas. Tilmar Hansen’s TP52 Outsider was the first German boat to win the coveted RORC Caribbean 600 Trophy, having posted the best corrected time under IRC, and breaking a seven-year winning streak for American boats. David & Peter Askew’s Volvo 70 Wizard took Monohull Line Honours for the second consecutive year, and the fight for Multihull Line Honours produced a blockbuster with three of the world’s fastest multihulls playing out a fascinating confrontation. Peter Cunningham’s MOD 70 PowerPlay, skippered by Ned Collier Wakefield, finally took line honours by just four minutes from Argo, winning the last throw of the dice on the home stretch to Antigua. The Caribbean sunshine, warm waters, amazing scenery and perfect surfing conditions make this challenging non-stop race a unique event. The Royal Ocean Racing Club would like to thank the Antigua & Barbuda Government for their support and looks forward to organising the 2022 RORC Caribbean 600. www.caribbean600.rorc.org Photo: Tim Wright/photoaction.com

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This annual regatta is a professionally run yet fun event featuring 3 days of competition off the west coast of Antigua. The schedule includes events from pursuit races to a Laser Pico fleet, the quality of the regatta exceptional and enjoyed by a growing fleet of yachts. www.jollyharbourregatta.com


A well-established event now in its 11th year. Up to 15 superyachts (80 ft. and over) enjoy a wonderful celebration of sailing solely for the pleasure of owners, guests and crew. The fleet takes part in 4 days of racing governed by the International Superyacht Rule, with daily pursuit races along the south coast. The racing is competitive but the Challenge is dedicated to fun, particularly ashore where all participants enjoy a relaxed atmosphere free from commercial endorsements. Hosted by Admiral’s Inn and Antigua Rigging in association with National Parks Antigua. www.thesuperyachtchallenge.com

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May Tournament Postponed to 2022 • September 2021 Date Pending

he waters encircling Antigua teem with fish – wahoo, marlin, tuna, king fish and mahi mahi can all be caught off our coastline. Yet there’s nothing like catching ‘the big one’ when it matters, and our Sports Fishing Tournament held in May every year attracts anglers from all over the Caribbean. More than 30 teams have been known to take to the seas, a 148lb yellowfin tuna the largest fish to be caught in 2019. The fishermen always leave early in the morning, and are greeted on their return by spectators eager to view, and maybe even sample the day’s catch.

And there’s another opportunity to enjoy fresh fish shortly after it returns to dry land — The Francis Nunes Junior Memorial Tournament & Seafood Festival is scheduled for September. This one-day event based at Nelson’s Dockyard is in honour of the fishing tournament’s past chairman, and you can either test your luck on the water, take part in the fast-paced ‘Cook-Off’ or enjoy the one-of-a-kind dishes prepared by the local vendors. Enjoy the fishing, enjoy the lime! See www.visitantiguabarbuda.com for more details.


THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST ROW

TALISKER WHISKY ATLANTIC CHALLENGE Starts December and ends 3,000 miles later! This trans-Atlantic rowing race begins in the Canary Islands and ends between 30 and 90 days later in English Harbour, Antigua. Billed as the ‘World’s Toughest Row’, around 35 courageous teams row 24 hours a day (two on, two off) until they reach dry land roughly 3,000 nautical miles later. The competitors lose a great deal of body weight during the race. They also face 40-foot waves, tropical storms, sleep deprivation, sweltering heat, as well as the considerable challenges of working in a restricted space and a turbulent natural environment. Participants hail from around the world and all walks of life. What they do have in common is a sense of adventure and a desire to achieve something incredible. Each person raises money for a charity of their choice.

Nature-lovers will enjoy the Friday turtle watching trips run by The Environmental Awareness Group

Antiguans have really embraced this inspiring event and give each team a fantastic welcome when they finally arrive in Nelson’s Dockyard. In 2015 ‘Team Wadadli’ became the first Antiguan team to participate, breaking the record for the world’s oldest crew to row across any ocean. In 2017 ‘Team Antigua’ proudly finished second, and in 2019 ‘Team Antigua Island Girls’ rowed home to a spectacular welcome. ‘Team Antigua Pairs’ Travis Weste and Jojo Nunes are Antigua’s first duo participating in the 2020 challenge. And as the organisers signed a 5-year contract with the Antigua & Barbuda government in 2019, it looks like this unique competition will be returning to Antigua for years to come. Register at: www.taliskerwhiskyatlanticchallenge.com or follow the race by downloading the YB Races app.

TURTLE TOURS June to October

Tours are typically offered on Friday nights during the nesting season between June and October. They generally begin at 7:30pm and include about 3 hours of beach patrol. This is usually on an offshore island, but can be on the mainland. Sights can include anything from hatching baby turtles to witnessing a mother laying her eggs. Two field team members collect data on the turtles, whilst a trained EAG guide accompanies the tours and provides interesting facts. Did you know a warmer incubation temperature makes the turtle female, for example? Prices vary and tour availability is subject to change every year pending approval by Turtle Project Team Managers. www.eagantigua.org or email: eagantigua@gmail.com

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RUN IN PARADISE NEW DATE! 5 September, 2021

Now in its sixth year, ‘Run in Paradise’ keeps on getting bigger, better and more challenging. The half marathon (13 miles) continues to attract world-class runners from all over the Caribbean, USA, South America and Europe, while the 10K (6 miles) and 5K (3 miles) events encourage all abilities and ages to take part. Hundreds complete the course at a walk, and not just the children! Antigua’s balmy climate, picturesque scenery and friendly people are the obvious reasons for the growing popularity of ‘Run in Paradise’. Idyllic Fort James Beach is also the perfect finishing line. Each participant is rewarded with refreshments and a finisher’s medal, many cooling off with a much-needed dip in the Caribbean Sea. Affordable accommodation is provided by the host hotel, the Antigua Yacht Club & Marina Resort. To register go to www.runinparadise.com

This year a full 26.2 mile marathon is being introduced for the first time. And participants will be running in a race that is destined to make history. The American 3-time cancer surviver Brent Weigner is attempting to break a Guinness World Record by completing a full marathon in his 181st country.

International Kite Festival Virtual Event • Easter Monday, 5 April, 2021

Particularly popular with families, the International Kite Festival has become an island institution. Every Easter, people of all ages meet on Antigua’s stunning east coast to either show off their kite flying skills or simply enjoy the colourful and dynamic displays. Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the event has gone virtual this year. Simply send in a video of you flying your kite and the footage could very well be shared with the island via Facebook and ABS TV over Easter. Tel: (268) 774-4879/732-4471 Email: calvinpilgrim27@gmail.com www.facebook.com/CPKites

PINEAPPLE MANGO FEST End August to Early September 2021

Antigua’s annual ‘Pi-ango’ Festival is a fun family event. Yet it doesn’t just showcase the versatility of this exotic fruit, but also how many different varieties are grown here. The Mango Festival held at Christian Valley is celebrating its 15th year in 2021. A number of smaller events lead up to the Grand Finale which traditionally takes place on the last Sunday. Particularly enjoyable is the ‘Pi-ango Culinary Competition’ when some of our most talented chefs, pastry chefs and bartenders compete against each other. Such a unique event encourages the hotels and restaurants to use fresh, locally-grown produce. Visitors can also purchase locally-made mango products such as lip gloss and lotion. The highlight is undoubtedly buying and tasting some of the biggest and juiciest mangoes ever seen!

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MOODS OF PAN

November, 2021

Enjoy the unique sounds of pan at this 2-day festival hosted by Gemonites Steel Orchestra... Steelbands are traditionally made up of old pieces of metal like irons, tyre rims and steel pipes. Yet Caribbean steel pans have evolved into highly technical instruments. They’ve been honed out of steel drums, sunken and burned over hot fires, and then chromed and turned. This festival at the Dean William Lake Cultural Centre gives individuals, especially the young, the opportunity to showcase their talent in performances demonstrating all genres of music. Classical, gospel, reggae, jazz and calypso are all covered. A key component is the ‘Twenty Five A-Side’ 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.

INSPIRING HOPE

ONE PROJECT AT A TIME For more than a decade, the Sandals Foundation – the philanthropic arm – has supported the islands that we call home. Through support from its network of valued donors, industry partners, team members, local stakeholders and volunteers, the Sandals Foundation has impacted the lives of over one million people across the Caribbean through a myriad of programmes and projects. One hundred percent of donations go directly to support programs across the region. Community From providing free dental, medical and eye-care services to supporting marginalised women and giving them the tools and support needed to succeed, to fostering today’s youth through sports, the community-based initiatives of the Sandals Foundation are far-reaching. Environment Over the next ten years the Foundation is placing a greater emphasis on expanding awareness and funding to support the beautiful, yet vulnerable, Caribbean eco-system.

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From elimination of single-use plastic straws, stirrers, and Styrofoam on its resorts, to management of marine sanctuaries and coral nurseries, conservation of turtles and sustainable protection of trees and local wildlife, the Sandals Foundation is committed to protecting Mother Earth. Education The Sandals Foundation supports local schools across the region through the donation of much needed supplies and technology, upgrading facilities, outfitting libraries (in partnership with Hands Across the Sea in Antigua), supports teacher training, extends scholarships to deserving students and provides opportunities for guests to interact with local students through the power of reading and its weekly Reading Road Trip excursion for visiting guests. For more information: www.sandalsfoundation.org


WORLD-CLASS CRICKET Cricket forms part of the lifeblood of Antigua. Little wonder as some of the game’s greatest players were born right here. Sir Vivian Richards is the most famous, of course, and ranks among the greatest of all time. Other heroes include Sir Andy Roberts, Sir Curtly Ambrose and Sir Richie Richardson who all learned the game on the streets and fields around Antigua. The West Indies will be hosting South Africa, Australia and Pakistan this June and August, and no doubt fans will also be eagerly anticipating England’s Caribbean tour early in 2022. The dates for the matches taking place in Antigua will be announced soon. Our international cricket grounds are the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and the Coolidge Cricket Ground, recently accredited by the International Cricket Council.

Antigua’s first national cricket ground, the ARG is still famous for its world records – Sir Viv’s fastest Test century in 1986; Brian Lara’s score of 400 in 2004; and the West Indies run chase of 418 runs against Australia in 2003.

Visit www.windiescricket.com for details

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Antigua Tennis Week Curtain Bluff’s tennis facilities include 4 floodlit, championship hard courts. The hotel plays host to several tennis events, Antigua Tennis Week the most well-known. Started in 1975 by Grand Slam winner Fred Stolle, this islandwide professional tournament has now evolved into an international pro-am attracting many big names.

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Tennis Challenge Week Top US players (previous names include former Davis Cup winner Dick Stockton and Grand Slam champion Gene Mayer) team up with Curtain Bluff’s tennis pros to provide a week of clinics, guest doubles, pro-am play and social fun for players of all levels. See www.curtainbluff.com for details

A celebration of emancipation, the ‘Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival’ first took place in 1957. It has been postponed this year due to the pandemic, but will be back again next year bigger and brighter than ever before. Visitors to the island can look forward to a colourful celebration of Antiguan culture, music and food. The calender of events lasts just over a week and includes troupes dancing through the streets in colourful mas costumes, a calypso competition, a ‘Soca Monarch’ competition, a ‘Queen of Carnival’ Show, the ‘Teensplash’ talent competition and a Panorama night with competing steel orchestras. J’ouvert morning is when everyone takes to the streets and Last Lap is when the jam bands wind their way through St. John’s pumping out the most popular carnival songs. See www.visitantiguabarbuda.com for details

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STAY ANTIGUA

From charming retreats to all-inclusive playgrounds Hermitage Bay

Antigua’s got everything from world-class resorts with all the modern amenities to traditional inns with their origins far back in the 18th century. Then there are the family-friendly apartments for those who like to do their own thing and the all-inclusives for those who much prefer everything to be done for them!

Which part of Antigua you stay in will also have an impact upon your visit. Our properties are sprinkled all around our shores, and although a 45-minute drive is pretty much all it takes to get from one side of the island to the other, you’ll be surprised at how different each coastline is, both in terms of scenery and atmosphere. Do you choose to stay in bustling Dickenson Bay in the north where popular bars and restaurants overlook one of the Caribbean’s finest beaches? Do you go for English Harbour in the south with its historic vibe, cosmopolitan clientele and wall-towall yachts? What about Jolly Harbour in the west where the ivory-white beaches come with bloodred sunsets? Or do you run away to one of our hideaways? We’ve got a famous one secreted away on its own island, and we’ve got quite a few others that are so off-the-beaten-track they may as well be. Of course, our sister island of Barbuda is the ultimate escape. Here you get to camp out beneath the stars or live it up at a luxury beach hotel on the edge of the Caribbean’s longest beach. Just imagine, seventeen miles of pristine pink sands... The Inn at English Harbour

Authenticity is what it’s all about in Antigua. Few of our properties are taller than a palm tree, many have been designed to reflect their tropical setting, and most overlook one of our famous white sand beaches. Yet international standards can be expected in everything from our bars and restaurants to our spas and kids’ clubs. You can choose a family-friendly resort with activities galore or an adult-only retreat where the most you’ll have to do is apply your own sunscreen. We’ve got hotels with gourmet restaurants, private cinemas, infinity-edge pools, carefully-curated wine cellars and the kind of spas that win awards. But if all you’re after is a charming inn, some local fare and a 10-year-old rum served by a friendly barman, we can do that too.

THE ANTIGUAN is delighted to showcase a wide selection of the island’s finest resorts, hotels and apartments. All are open unless otherwise indicated. The properties undergo regular inspections by the Ministries of Tourism and Health to ensure they meet the necessary health and safety protocols.

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THE CARIBBEAN’S MOST ROMANTIC RESORT GRANDE ANTIGUA RESORT & SPA

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THE BEST OF BOTH WORLDS Discover the treasures of two mesmerizing worlds –the authentic tranquility of the Caribbean Beachfront Village, ANTIGUA GRANDE or the grandeur of the Mediterranean R ESix-Star, S O R T &all-suite SPA Oceanview Village. Savour tantalizing 5-Star Global Gourmet dining cuisine at 11 specialty restaurants. Premium liquors are always on the house, at seven bars. Partake in every land and water sport under the sun. Best of all, it’s all-inclusive, all the time, anytime. TM

LOVE IS ALL YOU NEED BECAUSE EVERYTHING ELSE IS INCLUDED • Set on Antigua's best beach, Dickenson Bay • Unique and luxurious Love Nest Butler Suites® • 11 gourmet restaurants and 7 bars including an authentic British Pub • Proudly serving Jamaica Blue Mountain coffee blend • Pool and beachside cocktail valet service • Unlimited premium liquors and endless pours of Robert Mondavi Twin Oaks® wines • Endless land and water sports including daily scuba diving,* snorkeling and paddleboarding • English Guild-trained butlers in top-tier suites • Tips, taxes and Sandals transfers* included

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The Longest White-Sand Beach in Antigua — Dickenson Bay

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Caribbean Charm on Dickenson Bay Caribbean charm abounds in this Eden by the sea. Soaring palm groves grace the grounds with the sounds of the breeze and cooling shade, slowing down time. It’s no wonder lovers worldwide return here again and again.


CARIBBEAN BEACHFRONT VILLAGE Paradise Found in the Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort

It’s the authentic Caribbean—a lushly landscaped village that embraces the relaxed rhythm of the islands. The Caribbean Beachfront Village is a tropical garden oasis with towering coconut palms and climbing tropical vines just steps from the sea. This secluded paradise is where you’ll find the exotic Rondovals—luxurious suites-in-theround—and gingerbread-trimmed cottages appointed with a West Indies flair. The ambience is both seductive and serene, creating the perfect atmosphere for romance.

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The exotic Rondoval suites-in-the-round are designed to surround you in modern luxury and tropical tranquility. Tucked into hidden gardens, these romantic retreats feature 20’ conical ceilings, full spa-style baths, intimate garden patios with private plunge pools and personal butler service.


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All-Suite, All-Oceanfront

The Mediterranean Oceanview Village is an authentic vignette of European splendor. Graced by awe-inspiring views from the towering suites and luxurious ocean villas, this all-suite, all-oceanfront village promises a flawless vacation for lovers. Mario’s

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World-class fare and intimate settings make dining adventures a nightly favorite in the Mediterranean Oceanview Village, whether dining directly on the beach, in an authentic Italian restaurant or at a Neapolitan pizzeria, or having adrink in one of our unique 7 bars serving unlimited premium liquors.

VOTED WORLD’S BEST 24 YEARS IN A ROW AT THE WORLD TRAVEL AWARDS In the U.S. or Canada call 1-800-SANDALS; in the U.K. 0800-742-742; In Antigua 268-484-0100; SANDALS.COM; or contact your Travel Advisor

Love Is All You Need

Visit www.sandals.com/disclaimers/theantiguan2021 or call 1-800-SANDALS for important terms and conditions. Sandals is a registered trademark. Unique Vacations, Inc. is an affiliate of Unique Travel Corp., the worldwide representative of Sandals Resorts. ®


BLUE WATERS RESORT & SPA Soldier’s Bay

One of the Caribbean’s finest resorts, Blue Waters is located in the northwest corner of Antigua. Epitomising luxury and elegance, the resort features a spa, several freshwater pools, secluded beach coves and 17 acres of stunning tropical gardens. Blue Waters exudes the sort of easy, effortless style of gracious living. Tel: (268) 462-0290  Email: hotelres@bluewaters.net www.bluewaters.net

BUCCANEER BEACH CLUB Dickenson Bay

The Inn at English Harbour

ADMIRAL’S INN Nelson’s Dockyard

A charming, historic boutique hotel on the waterfront in Nelson’s Dockyard with 34 distinctive rooms and suites housed in 18th century buildings with AC and all modern amenities. Enjoy dining and cocktails at Pillars terrace restaurant, a free boat ride to the beach or to the hotel’s infinity-edged pool, spa and second restaurant Boom. Sailing, scuba-diving and tennis are available nearby. Enjoy casual elegance and friendly, personal service. Tel: (268) 460-1027 www.admiralsinnantigua.com

ADMIRAL’S INN GUNPOWDER SUITES Nelson’s Dockyard

The popular Gunpowder Suites comprise 12 deluxe suites built around a remodeled 18th century gunpowder store on a two acre point with a stunning infinity-edged pool overlooking historic Nelson’s Dockyard. The suites feature king-size beds, tea/ coffee facilities, ipod docking stations, minibars, WiFi and AC. A serene retreat with daybeds, hammocks and a spa. The poolside Boom Restaurant and Pillars terrace offer tasty meals and cocktails. Tel: (268) 460-1027 www.admiralsinnantigua.com

ANTIGUA VILLAGE Dickenson Bay

Nestled on one of the world’s most breathtaking beaches, the long-established Antigua Village is a unique blend of comfort, character and local culture. The 4-acre beachfront site has flourishing gardens, tropical fruit trees and a relaxing swimming pool. All of the bright and spacious studios, suites and villas have fully-equipped kitchens. There are two open-air restaurants nearby and the city of St. John’s is just a 10 minute drive away. Tel: (268) 462-2930  Toll Free: 1-866-590-8713 Email: info@antiguavillage.com www.antiguavillage.com

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Located on popular Dickenson Bay, this Caribbeanstyle resort is ideal for informal, independent visits to Antigua. Perfect for families and 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. Watersports, restaurants, bars and supermarkets are within walking distance. Friendly staff are always available for you. Tel: (268) 562-6785  Fax: (268) 562-6784 Email: buccaneerbeachclub@candw.ag www.buccaneerbeach.com

CARLISLE BAY Old Road

Situated on the scenic south coast, Carlisle Bay combines contemporary luxury with a beautiful beach setting. The 82 spacious suites with private terraces or balconies offer breathtaking ocean views and cool calm interiors. There are 4 restaurants, 3 bars and an awardwinning spa, all open to non-residents. Day passes are a fantastic way to experience Carlisle Bay with its dive centre, complimentary watersports and Cool Kids Club. A member of Leading Hotels of the World. Tel: (268) 484-0000  Fax: (268) 484-0001 Email: info@carlisle-bay.com  www.carlisle-bay.com

CATAMARAN HOTEL Falmouth Harbour

This family-run hotel lies on a small beach on the edge of Falmouth Harbour and has a very relaxed and friendly atmosphere. All 14 rooms have air-conditioning, cable TVs and free WiFi. 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 Email: catclub@candw.ag www.catamaranantigua.com

COCOS HOTEL Valley Church

Thirty private Caribbean cottages form COCOS Hotel on the west coast, an area noted for its beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. All cottages have king-size four-poster beds, hammocks, outdoor showers, private balconies and air-conditioning. The casual restaurant offers fabulous views. COCOS is a perfect location for small, romantic weddings. Tel: (268) 462-9700 Fax: (268) 462-9707 Reservations: (268) 562-3434 Email: reservations@cocoshotel.com www.cocoshotel.com


COPPER & LUMBER STORE HISTORIC INN Nelson’s Dockyard

Surrounded by spectacular Nelson’s Dockyard, the Copper and Lumber Store Historic Inn stands out as one of the finest examples of Georgian architecture in the Caribbean. Throughout the hotel, from the rooms and the furnishings to the beautiful courtyard, there are reminders of the period centuries ago when the building was originally constructed. Within this unique historic setting every modern comfort and luxury are provided. The restaurant has an excellent daily menu and supports the award-winning ‘Seafood Friday’. Tel: (268) 460-1058 Fax: (268) 460-1529 Email: info@copperandlumberhotel.com www.copperandlumberstore.com

CURTAIN BLUFF 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 enhances the first-class leisure amenities, which include tennis, watersports, scuba-diving, squash and fitness facilities.   Tel: (268) 462-8400/1/2 Fax: (268) 462-8409 Email: curtainbluff@curtainbluff.com www.curtainbluff.com

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DUTCHMAN’S BAY COTTAGES Dutchman’s Bay

Experience a little piece of paradise at Dutchman’s Bay Cottages. Located on Antigua’s north-east coast, these 7 Caribbean-style cottages lie right on the beach with the gentle trade winds blowing over the clear turquoise waters. Each charming cottage is self-contained with attractive furnishings, a fully-equipped and a verandah. Make tranquil Dutchman’s Bay Cottages your ‘home away from home’ and enjoy all that Antigua has to offer.  Tel: (268) 764-7333/464-0207 www.dutchmansbay.com

GALLEY BAY RESORT & SPA Five Islands

Galley Bay Resort & Spa is an adult-only authentic Caribbean getaway. Set amid aquamarine seascapes, a powdery white sand beach and lush gardens, this all-inclusive boutique resort delights guests with its refined, yet unpretentious atmosphere. Ideal for couples and newlyweds seeking a romantic getaway, both adventure and tranquility are on the menu at this award-winning tropical paradise. Tel: (866) 237-1644 or (268) 462-0302 Email: reservations@eliteislandresorts.com www.galleybayresort.com

HAMMOCK COVE RESORT Dian Bay

Hammock Cove Resort is Antigua’s newest all-inclusive, adults-only retreat. This luxury, awe-inspiring resort is just a few hundred yards from Devil’s Bridge National Park with stunning views of the turquoise bay. Tel: (800) 858-4618 Email: reservations@eliteislandresorts.com www.hammockcoveresort.com

HAWKSBILL BY REX RESORTS Five Islands

This unique hideaway is set in 37 acres of tropical gardens with four beautiful beaches. There are two restaurants with varied evening entertainment. Tel: (268) 462-0301 Email: hawksbill@candw.ag www.rexresorts.com/antigua/hawksbill/

The Great House Antigua The best kept secret in the Caribbean A 350 year old sugar plantation house turned exclusive hotel and restaurant. The mixture of an elegant atmosphere, sophisticated food and unique characteristics create an aweinspiring stay. Our restaurant is open every Sunday, reservations are required. www.thegreathouseantigua.com info@thegreathouseantigua.com

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HERMITAGE BAY Hermitage Bay

A unique concept in Antigua, Hermitage Bay is in total harmony with its surroundings. Individual 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. Tel: (268) 562-5500  Fax: (268) 562-5505 Email: info@hermitagebay.com www.hermitagebay.com


WHERE TO STAY

JUMBY BAY ISLAND Long Island Jumby Bay Island is an ‘inclusive’ luxury retreat set on its own enchanting 300-acre private island twomiles off the coast of Antigua. Accessible only by boat, it offers discerning visitors a relaxed and authentic Caribbean escape amidst lush tropical surroundings and superb white sand beaches. There are no crowds, cars or commerce here – just 4½ miles of palm-studded shoreline and a network of bicycle paths winding through the luxuriant landscape. This ultra-deluxe hideaway has 28 luxurious suites, the open-air Veranda Restaurant, the Pool Grille and the elegant Estate House where gastronomic cuisine is served in a restored 230-year-old plantation manor. The private residences and villas available for rent are the ultimate in understated luxury. Each one is unique in style, some of them with direct beach access and private swimming pools. They all enjoy the use of private golf carts and access to Jumby Bay’s many amenities. These include watersports, first-class tennis courts, The Spa, a fitness centre, running and biking paths, a lap pool and an oceanfront infinity pool. The complimentary children’s programme encourages younger guests to explore the local culture, crafts and ecology. www.oetkercollection.com

On a precious 300 acre private retreat, Jumby Bay Island welcomes guests into a secluded world of effortless luxury.

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HERMITAGE BAY Hermitage Bay

Hermitage Bay has been created with artistry and a true sense of the spirit of its location. Peaceful and secluded, it lies 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 30 individual suites located either on the panoramic hillside or just steps away from the sand. All the luxurious suites feature outside deck areas, while the hillside suites have the added attraction of their own private plunge pools and sunbathing areas. Hermitage Bay is the perfect place for those seeking to unwind, retreat from their busy lives and rejuvenate their minds, bodies and souls. www.hermitagebay.com

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HODGES BAY RESORT & SPA Hodges Bay

Located on the north coast, this resort offers versatile accommodation including rooms, ocean front villas and apartments. Complimentary butler service is included in all apartments and villas. Leisure and sporting facilities are available. Only 15-minutes from St. John’s and 10-minutes from the airport. Tel: (268) 484-8001/2/3 UK: +44 (203) 318-0612 Toll Free USA/Canada: 1-888-985-4510 www.hodgesbay.com

JUMBY BAY ISLAND Long Island

Jumby Bay Island is a luxury retreat set on its own 300-acre private island two miles off the coast of Antigua. Accessible only by boat, the ultra-luxe resort offers upscale travellers a relaxed and authentic Caribbean escape with superb white sand beaches, lush tropical surroundings, The Spa and world-class culinary experiences. It has ranked among the world’s best resorts on Travel + Leisure’s ‘Top 500’ and Conde Nast Traveler’s ‘Gold List’ and received the prestigious AAA Five-Diamond Award. Tel: (268) 462-6000 Fax: (268) 462-6020 Email: jumbybay@oetkercollection.com

The Beach at Curtain Bluff

After a 13.5 million renovation, the iconic Curtain Bluff is poised to welcome multi-generational families and honeymoon couples to our classic Caribbean resort. We have perfected the art of timeless hospitality, anticipating every need, treating guests as friends, and offering the warmest welcome in the islands. Learn more on our website: www.curtainbluff.com

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SANDALS® GRANDE ANTIGUA RESORT & SPA Dickenson Bay

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KEYONNA BEACH RESORT ANTIGUA Turners Beach

This couples-only, all-inclusive boutique hotel lies on the southwest side of the island, an area noted for its beautiful beaches and spectacular sunsets. The islands of Nevis, Redonda and Montserrat are visible on the horizon. All rooms have king-size four-poster beds, air-conditioning and free WiFi, with verandahs overlooking the sea. The beach restaurant facilitates open-air dining and has an excellent menu. Tel: (268) 562-8880 Email: info@keyonnabeach.com www.keyonnabeachresortantigua.com

PINEAPPLE BEACH CLUB ANTIGUA Long Bay

Just 20 minutes from the airport, this peaceful oasis is just like Antigua – relaxed and unhurried. Located on a stunning stretch of white sand beach, the adults-only Pineapple Beach Club is an ideal vacation spot for couples’ getaways and relaxing escapes. Tel: (800) 858-4618 or (268) 463-2006 Email: reservations@eliteislandresorts.com www.pineapplebeachclub.com

ROYALTON ANTIGUA RESORT & SPA Five Islands

Recently refreshed, this 294-room all-inclusive resort lies on beautiful Deep Bay Beach. It offers 24-hour room service, unlimited à la carte dining and Antigua’s first overwater bungalows. Guests can choose between the Resort or Diamond Club sections, the latter with butler service and exclusive pool and beach areas. Facilities include tennis courts, non-motorized watersports, kids and teens clubs, The Royal Spa and restaurants ranging from elegant steakhouses to beachside grills. Tel: (268) 484-2000 Reservations 1-888-744-8371 Email: reservationsRAN-ANU@royaltonresorts.com www.royaltonresorts.com

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Named the ‘Caribbean’s Most Romantic Resort’, Sandals Grande Antigua presents two distinct worlds created exclusively for two people in love – the all-suite Mediterranean Oceanview Village and the Caribbean Beachfront Village. Inspired by European sophistication, the Six-Star Diamond Mediterranean Village features the Eastern Caribbean’s largest pool and chic one-bedroom beachside butler villas. Just steps from the sea, the Caribbean Beachfront Village is dotted with towering palms, charming cottages, signature Rondoval suites, and tranquil pools. Guests will enjoy the best of both worlds with a total of eleven 5-Star Global Gourmet™ restaurants, seven bars and six shimmering pools. Tel: (268) 484-0100  Fax: (268) 484-0213 PO Box 147, Dickenson Bay, St. John’s www.sandals.com

SIBONEY BEACH CLUB Dickenson Bay

This intimate boutique hotel is tucked away amidst tropical gardens on the edge of Dickenson Bay. Recently enhanced and expanded, it’s an ideal choice for families and adventure travellers seeking an authentic Antiguan experience rather than a large, all-inclusive resort. Facilities include Caribbean-style suites with balconies or terraces, a swimming pool, a gym, a popular restaurant and bar, as well as a wide choice of watersports from one of the world’s finest beaches. Its iconic red phone booth makes an ideal photo opportunity! Tel: (268) 462-0806 Email: reservations@siboneybeachantigua.com

SOUTH POINT Falmouth Harbour

This boutique hotel is on an exclusive waterfront location. Overlooking Falmouth Harbour, its spacious and stylish open-plan suites enjoy front row views of some of the world’s most impressive superyachts. Facilities include a state-of-the-art fitness centre and swimming pool, as well as a Lounge Bar where great food, cool music and first-class service attract a cosmopolitan crowd enjoying the sophisticated but relaxing vibe. The waterfront restaurant’s signature small plate menu showcases authentic flavours inspired by the best of Mediterranean, Middle Eastern and Asian cuisine. There is also a Sushi Bar. Tel: (268) 562-9600 www.southpointantigua.com

ST JAMES’S CLUB & VILLAS Mamora Bay

An exclusive, all-inclusive hideaway situated on a 100-acre peninsula on Antigua’s south-east coast. The tropical landscaping, two white sand beaches, varied culinary options, and boundless activities offering anything from relaxation to adventure will appeal to couples, families and singles alike. The casual, clublike ambience is enhanced by attentive service. Tel: (866) 237-2071 or (268) 460-5000 Email: reservations@eliteislandresorts.com www.stjamesclubantigua.com


CARLISLE BAY

Contemporary Luxury on the Beach For luxury, sophistication and contemporary style look no further than Carlisle Bay, a member of Leading Hotels of the World. Set on Antigua’s unspoilt south coast, its pristine half-kilometre beach is sheltered in a secluded bay with a backdrop of rolling hills and lush rainforest. The 82 spacious suites range from the romantic Garden, Ocean and Bay Suites to the familyfriendly Beach and Carlisle Suites. All have cool, contemporary interiors, balconies or terraces and stunning ocean views. Four excellent restaurants await – East for pan-Asian fare; Indigo on the Beach for grills and seafood; the poolside Ottimo! for Italian classics; and the adults only Jetty Grill located on the beach and serving grills, seafood and crisp salads.

Day passes are available. Dine in one of the four restaurants or be pampered in the CARA Organic Beauty Spa

Total relaxation and wellbeing are fundamental to Carlisle Bay’s philosophy. The CARA Organic Beauty Spa offers an extensive treatment menu from CARA and ESPA, as well as a gym and six treatment rooms. There’s a yoga and Pilates pavilion, nine tennis courts and watersports including diving and windsurfing. The Kids Club offers fun activities, the private cinema shows movies daily, and the library showcases top beach reads. www.carlisle-bay.com

C A R L I S L E B AY ANTIGUA

u 82 Luxury Suites | 4 Restaurants | 4 Bars | Spa | 9 Tennis Courts Cinema | Fitness Center | Watersports | Rainforest Hikes carlisle-bay.com Carlisle Bay, Old Road, St. Mary’s, Antigua | Tel: +1 268.484.0000 | Email: reservations@carlisle-bay.com

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BUCCANEER BEACH CLUB Dickenson Bay Buccaneer Beach Club is directly located on one of the island’s most famous white sand beaches. Just a 15-minute drive from the airport and a 5-minute drive from St. John’s, the fashionable bars and restaurants of Dickenson Bay are only moments away. All of the charming villas and cottages have their own balconies or verandahs with views of the bay. Each one is designed in a charming Caribbean style complete with wooden louvered windows allowing the sea breezes to flow freely. All are equipped with air-conditioning, free wireless internet, two flat-screen cable TVs and fully-equipped kitchenettes. There is a daily housekeeping service and beach towels are provided. Next to the freeform swimming pool is a gazebo with a seating area and barbecue grill to enjoy everything from a quiet read to a cookout with family and friends. Leisure amenities nearby include watersports, tennis, horse-riding and mountain biking. The helpful staff speak English, French, Italian and Spanish, and will be happy to assist with excursions and restaurant reservations. www.buccaneerbeach.com

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SUGAR RIDGE HOTEL Near Jolly Harbour Wrapped around an exotic tropical hillside and surrounded by 43 acres of indigenous flora, Sugar Ridge offers panoramic views of Jolly Harbour and beyond. The hotel is only 25 minutes from St. John’s, and many of Antigua’s beaches are easily accessible courtesy of the complimentary shuttle service. All 60 well-appointed rooms offer seclusion and privacy, their contemporary-colonial style enhanced by breathtaking vistas. Choose from ground floor rooms with private plunge pools or upper floor rooms with large verandahs. The two restaurants offer a choice of indoor or outdoor dining overlooking the two pools. The cosmopolitan Sugar Club is complemented by the fine dining venue Carmichael’s sitting on top of the panoramic hillside. A full range of treatments are on offer in the only Aveda Concept Spa in the Eastern Caribbean. The 3,500 sq.ft. spa is complemented by a Cybex fitness centre, with complimentary yoga classes on offer in The Shed. Perched at the highest point of the property, The Shed not only offers stunning vistas, but is also considered one of the best places in Antigua to practise yoga. Luxury, privacy, and wellness define every moment at Sugar Ridge. www.sugarridgeantigua.com

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SUGAR RIDGE Near Jolly Harbour, St. Mary’s

Distinguished by its spectacular hillside setting, Sugar Ridge has 60 luxury rooms with verandahs and plunge pools. General facilities include Carmichael’s fine dining restaurant, The Sugar Club restaurant and bar, Aveda Concept Spa, Cybex fitness centre, yoga at The Shed, and the Shopping Village. Jolly Harbour and the stunning white sand beaches of the west coast are only a few minutes away. Tel: (268) 562-7700 Toll Free USA 1-866-591-4881 Email: hotel@sugarridgeantigua.com www.sugarridgeantigua.com

TAMARIND HILLS Ffryes Beach

This five-star collection of one to four-bedroom serviced villas, suites and apartments lies on the southwest coast between two of the island’s most beautiful beaches, Darkwood and Ffryes. All beach and oceanfront modern luxury villas feature private pools, full kitchens and sunset views over the Caribbean Sea. One-bedroom suites include kitchenettes, many have Jacuzzis and all offer beach and ocean views. The full concierge service includes VIP airport collection, restaurant and excursion bookings, as well as pre-arrival grocery stocking. Maid service and 24 hour security is standard. Tel: (268) 562-7380 www.tamarind-hills.com Email: reservations@tamarind-hills.com

THE GREAT HOUSE Mercers Creek

Step back in time and enjoy the elegance and romance of a Georgian plantation house. Antiques, fine dining, personal service and sweeping garden or sea views all await here. The historic Buff house suites and spacious garden cottages include air-conditioning, four-posters, mini-bars, ensuite bathrooms and free wifi. All meals are included. Spa, wellness classes and island hikes are available on request. Tel: (268) 463-4084 www.thegreathouseantigua.com Email: bookings@thegreathouseantigua.com

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THE INN AT ENGLISH HARBOUR English Harbour

Find historic charm and modern comforts at The Inn at English Harbour. Located on one of the Caribbean’s most magnificent bays, the guest rooms here feature A/C, flat-screen cable TVs, free WiFi access, iPod docking stations and designer toiletries. A boutique and spa enhance the general facilities. The fine dining Terrace Restaurant is highly-acclaimed, whilst the more casual Reef Restaurant offers the company of warm, blue waters and cooling trade winds. Tel: (268) 460-1014 Fax: (268) 460-1603 Email: reservations@theinnantigua.com www.theinnantigua.com

THE VERANDAH RESORT & SPA Dian Bay

This all-inclusive oasis is set amidst lush, tropical gardens overlooking the tranquil, turquoise waters of Dian Bay. Fun yet relaxing, guests can choose to do it all or nothing at all. The varied amenities ensure The Verandah Resort is as perfect for a romantic wedding and honeymoon as it is for a rejuvenating spa experience or an activity-filled family vacation. Tel: (866) 237-1785 or (268) 562-6845 Email: reservations@eliteislandresorts.com www.theverandah.com

TRADE WINDS HOTEL Dickenson Bay

An attractive 50-room hotel where guests can relax in beautiful surroundings and enjoy fine cuisine, friendly service and fantastic ocean views. It lies on a hillside overlooking Dickenson Bay and offers tranquility and seclusion to business travellers and holidaymakers. In addition to the Cybex gym, pool and panoramic sundeck with fire pit, the Bay House restaurant attracts locals and visitors alike with its eclectic all-day menus. The multimedia events/conference facilities are perfect for meetings, weddings and private parties. Tel: (268) 462-1223 Fax: (268) 462-5007 Email: info@twhantigua.com www.twhantigua.com


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ANTIGUA SPAS

Spas and Antigua are a winning combination, the beauty and body treatments perfectly enhanced by our healthy climate, relaxing vibe and serene sea views... Most of our top hotels offer first-class spas, the traditional mud wraps and deep-tissue massages complemented by ancient techniques like Reiki and reflexology. Some spas pamper you with Caribbean-inspired treatments using sea salt, coffee and seaweed, while others prefer to use the luxury products of international companies like Elemis, Aveda, CARA and Dorissima. Fitness facilities are usually available too, dedicated instructors offering anything from morning Pilates classes to sunset yoga. And, of course, no one’s rushing you anywhere after your treatment. The spa terraces, Jacuzzis and infinity pools are perfect for relaxing with a chamomile tea before stepping back into the real world. We hope this brief summary helps you choose the spa that’s perfect for you...

INDULGE SPA Galley Bay Resort & Spa

This rustic chic hideaway overlooks a tranquil bird sanctuary lagoon. The treatments are given in air-conditioned treatment rooms or open-air pods draped with sheer white curtains. After the treatment you can take time to relax in the spa pool. Tel: (268) 462-0302 www.galleybayresort.com

GARDEN SPA Hermitage Bay

This intimate yet unique Indonesian-style spa specialises in Dorissima Colour Rituals. The treatment suite is bathed in gentle coloured lights, while aromatherapy and soft music combine to provide the ultimate spa experience. Tel: (268) 562-5500/1205 www.hermitagebay.com

THE SPA AT JUMBY BAY ISLAND Long Island

A particularly elegant experience for physical and spiritual rejuvenation. Guests enjoy an environment unmatched for tranquility, with treatments offered in a calming seaside haven or the comfort of their luxury suite, villa or private home. Wellness facilities include a fully-equipped gym, relaxation spaces, and regularly scheduled fitness courses throughout the week. Tel: (268) 462-6000 www.jumbybayisland.com

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The Spa at Curtain Bluff


TRANQUILITY BODY & SOUL SPAS

The four Tranquility Body & Soul spas offer a long list of relaxing spa and beauty treatments in serene surroundings. Think natural furnishings beautifully made with elements like rattan and sea grass. St. James’s Club Tel: (268) 460-5000 www.stjamesclubantigua.com Pineapple Beach Club Tel: (268) 463-2006 www.pineapplebeachclub.com The Verandah Resort & Spa Tel: (268) 562-6845 www.theverandah.com Hammock Cove Resort Tel: (268) 484-6550 www.hammockcoveresort.com

THE RED LANE® SPA AT SANDALS GRANDE ANTIGUA Dickenson Bay Where classic European health and beauty rituals are reinterpreted with Caribbean flair. Signature treatments include Red Lane® Nature’s Embrace Experience, Caribbean Seaweed Body Treatment and Scents of Love Couples Massage. Tel: (268) 462-0267 www.sandals.com

THE SPA AT HODGES BAY Hodges Bay Entrance to Garden Spa at Hermitage Bay AVEDA CONCEPT SPA & GYM Sugar Ridge

The only Aveda Concept Spa in the Eastern Caribbean is a state-of-the-art facility offering a complete range of treatments, a first-class hair salon, a Cybex gym, cabanas, two swimming pools, The Shed for yoga and a studio for aerobics and Pilates. Tel: (268) 562-7700 www.sugarridgeantigua.com

THE SPA AT CURTAIN BLUFF Old Road

The Spa at Curtain Bluff is distinguished by its intimacy, seclusion and panoramic setting. The five treatment rooms look out over the sea, and after a treatment you can relax in the Jacuzzi on the edge of the cliff and enjoy the views out towards distant Montserrat. Tel: (268) 462-8400 www.curtainbluff.com

CARA ORGANIC BEAUTY SPA Carlisle Bay, Old Road

This utra-stylish spa offers beauty and body treatments using CARA Organic and ESPA beauty products and holistic therapies. There are six treatment rooms here (including one for couples and a wet room), as well as a sauna, gym, juice bar, and hair and beauty salon. Tel: (268) 484-0000 www.carlisle-bay.com

The Spa at Hodges Bay offers guests a complete holistic experience with a comprehensive range of revitalizing, rejuvenating and relaxing treatments, facilities and services. These include four therapy rooms, Scent Programme, sea salt therapies, Elemental Herbology all natural treatments, juice cleansing, nutrition and healing treatments. Tel: (268) 484-8001/2/3 www.hodgesbay.com

THE SPA AT BLUE WATERS Blue Waters

The Spa at Blue Waters offers world-renowned ‘ila’ products, panoramic water views and a relaxing infinity pool. Anything from massages and facials to nurturing rituals and quick fixes are on offer. The Argan oil, Himalayan salt crystals and Demascena rose ingredients of Britain’s leading ‘Beyond Organic’ skincare brand do all the magic. Tel: (268) 462-0290 www.bluewaters.net

THE POWDER ROOM SPA English Harbour

This petit spa lies next to Boom restaurant at the historic Gunpowder Suites in English Harbour. It offers its own signature brand of organic luxury products handmade in Antigua. Treatments include chakra cleansing, deep tissue massages, fullrejuvenation organic facials, deep tissue massages, Indian head massages, reflexology and bio seaweed gel manicures. Tel: (268) 788-0149/460-1027 www.thepowderroomspaantigua.com

BE SURE TO CALL FIRST TO BOOK YOUR TREATMENT!

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ANTIGUA WEDDINGS From our white beaches to our pink sunsets, ‘The Romance Capital of the Caribbean’ has all the ingredients for romance...

A ‘Trash the Dress’ shot from Antigua Brides Photography

etting married in Antigua is a breeze – an island breeze that is! We keep the legal formalities so simple that your marriage licence is issued on the same day you apply.

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Wherever you choose, all your special moments will be captured by one of our specialist wedding photographers, and you can even book a ‘Trash the Dress’ photoshoot for after the ceremony.

Your most difficult decision will be where to hold your ceremony. You’ll certainly be spoilt for choice. Beneath a rustic gazebo on a palm-fringed beach? In the fragrant gardens of a luxury hotel? On the palm-studded deck of an infinity-edge swimming pool? Or even at the end of a breeze-cooled jetty just as the sun goes down?

Your professional wedding planner will also be on hand to ensure the day runs smoothly. They’ll assist with everything from the legal formalities to the champagne. Special treats you might like to consider include videos, steel bands and romantic wedding breakfasts overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Or how about having petals sprinkled on your kingsize bed?

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And, of course, whether you’re a bride, a groom or a guest, you’ll want to look your best on the wedding day itself. Everything from seaweed scrubs to bridal make-up and hair styling are available from our hotel spas and beauty salons. One of the island’s leading bridal hair specialists is David’s Hair Salon on Friar’s Hill Road just outside St. John’s. The hotels also make it as easy as possible for you. Their wedding packages generally include legal fees, a wedding arch, bottle of champagne, cake, bouquet of tropical flowers, buttonhole for the groom and the services of the wedding planner. Special group deals make it easy for family and friends to join you on your special day. And let’s not forget you can even get married in one of our quaint island churches provided you allow additional time and fulfill certain formalities. These include getting permission from the church authorities and sometimes attending pre-nuptial consultations. Honeymooners also get the VIP treatment in Antigua. Think everything from room upgrades and couple’s massages to champagne dinners on the sands. Indeed, you’re sure to have such a wonderful start to your married life that you’ll want to return for your first anniversary!

LEGAL PROCEDURES It’s easy to get married in Antigua. Here’s all you need to know about the legal procedures and costs... • First go to the Ministry of Legal Affairs on Queen Elizabeth Highway in St. John’s. Take both your passports, as well as your divorce papers, if relevant. There’ll be a friendly interview before your licence is issued. Cost EC$405.00 (US$150.00). • Next you must pay the necessary legal costs at the Registrar General’s office. This is in the old Treasury Building at the top of High Street in St. John’s. The fee for registering at the Court House is EC$100.00 (US$40.00). The marriage certificate is EC$25.00 (US$10.00). The Marriage Officers fee for performing a wedding outside the Court House is EC$270.00 (US$100.00). • The location of your wedding is up to you. The marriage must be solemnised before two witnesses – just ask some fellow hotel guests to do this for you. The Ministry of Legal Affairs Tel: (268) 462-0017 Open Monday to Thursday from 8am to 4:30pm and Friday from 8am to 3pm. The Registrar General’s office Tel: (268) 462-3744 Open Monday to Thursday 8:30am to 3pm and Friday from 8:30am to 2pm.

DOCUMENTATION Please bring the following documentation with you. All should be original or certified original by the issuing departments or offices.

• • Fresh, fun and romantic wedding photography by Joseph and Janet Jones of ‘Antigua Brides.’ View their beautiful wedding photos at www.antiguabrides.com Email: info@antiguabrides.com Tel: (268) 462-7317 or 774-7317

Valid passports as proof of citizenship.

Original divorce decree or, in the case of a widow or widower, the original marriage and death certificate.

If there has been a name change provide affidavits in cases where you are known by another name.

Both parties must be over 15. If under 18 written authorisation from parents or guardians is required.

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DISCOVER

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ANTIGUA VILLAGE ■ ANA’S ON THE BEACH ● SIBONEY ■ SALT PLAGE ● BUCCANEER BEACH CLUB ■

HODGES BAY RESORT & SPA

RENDEZVOUS BAY


BARBUDA BARBUDA ■ BELLE HOTEL

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JABBERWOCK BEACH DUTCHMAN’S BAY

● LA BUSSOLA ● GARDEN GRILL ● CECILIA’S

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ST. PETER’S CHURCH

ST. STEPHEN’S CHURCH

SEATONS

PELICAN ISLAND

PINEAPPLE BEACH CLUB

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WILLIKIES

GLANVILLES

NONSUCH BAY

BETTY’S HOPE ALL SAINTS

POTWORKS DAM

NEWFIELD TYRELLS CHURCH

GREEN ISLAND

MILL REEF CLUB

FREETOWN

DONKEY SANCTUARY

BETHESDA CARIB BEAN COFFEE CATAMARAN HOTEL ● ■ CRAB HOLE ● LIQUORS

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STORES + BANKS + SERVICES

■ ST. JAMES’S CLUB

HOTELS + RESORTS REAL ESTATE ADVENTURES DINING, BARS, CLUBS + CASINO

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EXPLORE ANTIGUA

Antigua’s not all about white sand beaches and clear turquoise waters. Rent a car or hire a taxi and discover the unique attractions of our island. From national parks and historic plantations to scenic drives through rainforests, there really is something for everyone...

SUGAR MILLS

These are dotted about the landscape, mostly in ruins but some with their solid outside structures still intact. By 1705 most of Antigua was planted with sugarcane, and 170 mills were built for crushing the cane. At that time each factory could produce 55 tons of sugar a year. Nowadays there are a few carefully-restored mills often incorporated into more modern developments such as at Harmony Hall, Galley Bay and Mill Reef, giving a unique feature to each property.

BETTY’S HOPE

ST. JOHN’S CATHEDRAL

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

MUSEUM OF ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

The oldest building in St. John’s, the Georgian-style stone courthouse of 1750 has been the museum’s home since 1986. Today it interprets the rich history of our twin-island nation through interactive displays and installed exhibits. Discover the history of the Arawaks and Caribs, our earliest settlers. Follow the stories of the pioneers of the first towns, sugar and slavery, emancipation, and post-emancipation Antigua.  In the courtyard display is ‘Bessie’, the 1917 Simplex WW1 Armour locomotive, the only one in the world and once used to haul sugarcane. Open Mon to Fri 8:30am to 3:30pm. Entry fee: EC$8.00/US$3.00.

Betty’s Hope was granted to Christopher Codrington in 1674 and remained in the family for over 250 years. The ruins are located in the centre of Antigua and evoke the atmosphere of times past. Betty’s Hope had a labour force trained as craftsmen. There are twin sugar mill towers and one has been restored. An Interpretation Centre guides you through the history and life of the estate. Open Mon-Fri 9am-1pm. Entrance US$2.00

FORTS OF ANTIGUA

Built by the British to guard against invasion during the 18th century, Antigua’s forts are located all around our indented coastline. Fort James ‘protects’ St. John’s Harbour, charming local restaurants like BeachLimerZ nestled at its base. Fort Barrington overlooks Deep Bay, while Fort Berkeley is at Nelson’s Dockyard. If you take a walk up to these immense fortifications, some of which still have their original cannons, you’ll be rewarded with spectacular views of the neighbouring islands.

ST JOHN’S PUBLIC MARKET

This bustling, covered market at the edge of St. John’s is where to stop off for the freshest Caribbean fruit and vegetables. Upstairs are small boutique-style shops specialising in local souvenirs. The market is easily identified by the imposing sculpture of V.C. Bird, the Founder of the Nation, which lies at the intersection of all the roads leading to the market.

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SATURDAY FOOD STALLS

Every Saturday food stalls pop up along our roadsides. These may be your best opportunity to get a taste of traditional Antiguan dishes like conch water, goat water (delicious stews), blood pudding, salt fish and ducana, and charcoal-grilled chicken and ribs. The local drinks freshly made with ginger, passionfruit and coconut water are equally delicious.

PARHAM

This quaint and historic little town was Antigua’s earliest British settlement. And Parham is still notable today for St. Peter’s, a spectacular church once described as ‘the finest church in the British West Indies’. It was built in the 1840s after the original wooden church was burnt down. It’s a beautiful and unusual octagonal shape designed by a famous architect of the time, Thomas Weekes. The church indicates the long-ago importance of Parham.

FIG TREE DRIVE

One of the best drives in Antigua, ‘fig’ may be the Antiguan name for banana, but this winding road is lined with all sorts of tropical fruit trees – guavas, mangoes, oranges and coconuts. It’s the major road branching off the main north/south highway opposite the pink Catholic church outside Liberta. This area of rainforest is something like the Garden of Eden. Go slowly until you descend into Old Road, passing Carlisle Bay and Curtain Bluff, and getting a glimpse of the pineapple farm.

The Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society provides shelter for over 150 donkeys at its Bethseda sanctuary. Here the neglected, roaming donkeys find a safe haven and receive food, water, shelter, medical care and love. The Humane Society offers an ‘Adopt a Donkey’ programme which includes a photo and an adoption certificate. We really encourage you to visit Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary, and learn for yourself that there’s far more to a donkey than you thought. Admission is free but donations are greatly appreciated. Help save Antigua’s gentle donkeys! Tel: (268) 461-4957 Email: abhumane@candw.ag www.antiguaanimals.com

PILLARS OF HERCULES

Best viewed by boat, the aptly-named and intriguing Pillars of Hercules are natural limestone rock formations that guard the entrance to Freeman’s Bay and English Harbour. Formed by the elements many millennia ago, they are also a popular snorkelling and diving site. Stingrays and trumpet fish are regular visitors to the coral reef extending far beneath the waves. Photo: Jervez Lee

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The view over English Harbour from Shirley Heights at sunset

Photo: Jervez Lee

SHIRLEY HEIGHTS

After visiting Nelson’s Dockyard, ramble around the fortifications, barracks and powder magazines of our most famous landmark, Shirley Heights. Although as Mrs. Lanaghan once said in 1844 while visiting the area, ‘Really, this marching and counter-marching beneath a tropical sun is no slight matter.’ So relax with a couple of drinks at The Lookout Restaurant with its panoramic views and spectacular sunsets. Call to check for the current opening times.

DEVIL’S BRIDGE

Situated at Indian Town close to The Verandah Resort and Pineapple Beach Club, this spectacular natural bridge at the head of Indian Creek has blowholes 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!

DOW’S HILL INTERPRETATION CENTRE

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

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NELSON’S DOCKYARD A UNESCO World Heritage Site

Nelson’s Dockyard at English Harbour is our most prized possession and a must-see for any visitor. Named after naval admiral Horatio Nelson, the Dockyard and its fortifications are a monument to the past, as well as a magnet for yachting and cultural activities year-round.

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he only continuously working Georgian naval dockyard in the world, Nelson’s Dockyard’s modern facilities make it a haven for anything from traditional sailboats to ultraluxurious superyachts. The lovingly-restored buildings of the National Park house charming restaurants, boutiques and inns, as well as the Dockyard Museum, a longstanding favourite with international visitors. English Harbour was originally established to provide the British Royal Navy with a shipyard where they could keep their vessels in good repair and maintain their ascendency in the Caribbean against other European powers. It was as far back as 1671 that the Governor of the Leeward Islands first wrote about the harbour’s advantages to the Council for Foreign Plantations in London. Christopher Columbus himself never actually moored in Antigua, content to see it from a distance and naming it after the church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Spain. Thanks to the location and facilities of Nelson’s Dockyard, Antigua was never conquered by any other European powers. Wharves, powder magazines, cisterns and storehouses were constructed, and the British ships could be careened (turned on their sides for repair) and overhauled here, safe from hurricanes. It was also the ideal port to protect the fleet in troubled times, the enclosed harbour of Freeman’s Bay almost invisible from the open waters. The narrow entrance to the harbour was protected by Fort Berkeley, constructed on the peninsula above the Dockyard and completed in 1744. The great fortifications of Shirley Heights ensured the invincibility of Antigua.

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They were named after General Sir Thomas Shirley who arrived on the island in 1781 as Governor. The extensive network of buildings was constructed out of local stone along with brick imported as ballast for the ships coming from England. The military complex includes an obelisk in the cemetery commemorating the officers and men of the 54th Regiment (2nd Battalion Dorsets) who died in service in the West Indies between 1840 and 1851. England’s most famous naval hero, Admiral Horatio Nelson, spent his formative years in Antigua. Arriving at the age of 26 as Senior Captain and Second-inCommand of the Leeward Islands Station, he was in command of the frigate ‘Boreas’ and headquartered in English Harbour. By the time he left for England and greater glory in 1787, he had married a widow from Nevis by the name of Frances Nesbit.


The waterfront dining terrace at the Georgian-era Admiral’s Inn

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The National Parks Authority (NPA) is very active in maintaining public awareness of the park’s history and heritage. Ongoing archaeological excavations often reveal new relics of its rich multi-cultural and multiethnic past. The latest jewel in the park’s crown is Clarence House, named after Prince William Henry, the Duke of Clarence when he was in command of the ‘Pegasus’ in 1787. Regally set on the hillside opposite the Dockyard, this Georgian-era residence has now been restored to its former glory. Visitors can re-live the elegance of an 18th century mansion that has played host to dignitaries and royalty for 200 years. Her Royal Highness, Princess Margaret, actually honeymooned at Clarence House. Nelson’s Dockyard National Park offers a wealth of unique and exciting opportunities for all its visitors. You can experience its natural beauty by hiking one of its panoramic and well-maintained nature trails. You can learn about its past by watching a 15-minute multimedia presentation at the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, and although you’re welcome to explore the Dockyard at your leisure, guided tours are also readily available and included in your entrance fee. The Victorian-style Dockyard Museum (open daily from 9am to 5pm) is a cool and pleasant building showcasing many interesting artefacts from bygone years. It was once erroneously known as the Admiral’s House, but Nelson never lived ashore while in Antigua. The Dockyard also plays host to several special events throughout the year, including Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta and RORC Caribbean 600. Charming boutiques sell everything from jewellery to resort wear, Island Secret well worth visiting for its high-quality local products and unusual gift ideas.

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There are also some unique restaurants in the area. The Copper & Lumber Store is an historic inn, while waterfront dining is on offer at the legendary Admiral’s Inn. If you’re more in the mood for French cuisine, a water taxi will whisk you across the harbour to La Brasserie at Antigua Slipway. Shirley Heights Lookout has long been the place to be on Sunday afternoons. Perched almost 500 feet above Nelson’s Dockyard with 360-degree views over Falmouth and English Harbours, this famous party venue offers the most spectacular views of the sun setting over Nelson’s Dockyard. And even though the party’s on hold for now, the sky’s still a riot of colours.


NELSON'S DOCKYARD -��- NATIONAL PARK �J A UNESCO WORLD HERITAGE SITE The only working Original Georgian Dockyard in the World Restored 18th century Naval Buildings & Military Fortifications First Class Multimedia Sound & Light Show Museums, Beaches, Trails, Restaurants and much more. Park Opens 7 days I 9 am - 6 pm US $15 all-inclusive entrance fee includes access to Shirley Heights, The Dow's Hill Historical Centre and Nelson's Dockyard.

Tel: (268) 481-5021 / 5041 • Fax: (268) 481-5030 Email: info@nationalparksantigua.com ANTIGUA & BARBUDA NATIONAL PARK

www.nationalparksantigua.com


ANTIGUA’S 365 BEACHES Our beaches are our claim to fame. Famously we’ve got a different one for every day of the year, our powdery white sands flanked by either the calm Caribbean Sea in the west or the wilder Atlantic Ocean in the east. Here we’ve handpicked some of the best, and if you drive in a clockwise direction from Jabberwock Beach in the north, you’ll get to see all of them in one day...

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JABBERWOCK BEACH

TURNERS BEACH

DUTCHMAN’S BAY

DARKWOOD BEACH

Part of the National Park, this long stretch of white sand beach on the Atlantic coast is popular with local people taking morning and evening walks. It’s also the base for windsurfing and kitesurfing.

A perfect beach at Johnson’s Point with pristine white sands and calm crystal water. The restaurants are all literally on the sand overlooking the Caribbean Sea.

This quiet and secluded beach is not far from Jabberwock and opposite Long Island, home of the Jumby Bay Island resort. Here you’ll find three excellent restaurants, Cecilia’s High Point Café, La Bussola and the Garden Grill.

This spectacular beach will take your breath away as you round the corner of the road that runs alongside it. Montserrat is often visible from the white sands.

LONG BAY

This off-road beach with good access lies between Darkwood and Jolly Harbour. It’s popular with locals and visitors alike.

This beautiful beach on the east coast is exceptional for its calm waters and snorkelling. It’s also an ideal family venue with small restaurants. The Pineapple Beach Club overlooks the sands, and you’ll find the Devil’s Bridge beauty spot a short drive away.

HALF MOON BAY

Half Moon is on the southeast of the island with some spectacular wave action. Considered one of the most beautiful beaches in the world, its white sands stretch round a picture-postcard bay. There’s a small, locallyowned beach bar and restaurant for refreshments.

PIGEON POINT BEACH

This popular beach is tucked away in a sheltered cove and boasts tranquil waters and shady trees. It’s been environmentally developed into a recreational facility with camping areas, a children’s playground and bathroom facilities. Nelson’s Dockyard is within easy reach.

RENDEZVOUS BAY

This pristine beach on the south coast is popular for picnics and family outings. A four-wheel drive vehicle is usually the best way to reach it.

MORRIS BAY BEACH

Opposite Old Road village and one of Antigua’s best kept secrets, even though it’s easily accessible from the road. It’s an ideal picnic area with calm seas and beautiful sands.

FFRYERS BEACH

JOLLY BEACH

The well-known Jolly Beach Resort is located on this long stretch of sand. Jolly Harbour marina with all its bars, restaurants and supermarket is conveniently close.

HAWKSBILL BEACHES

Hawksbill’s five beaches include a nudist beach. It’s the home of the popular Hawksbill by Rex Resorts hotel.

FORT JAMES

The historic ruins of Fort James overlook this lovely beach near the entrance to St. John’s Harbour. It’s often the venue for an impromptu game of volleyball or beach cricket.

DICKENSON BAY

This is our most developed beach with bars, restaurants and watersports galore. Hotels include Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa, Antigua Village, Buccaneer Beach Club and Siboney Beach Club. It’s a popular meeting place, especially at the weekends, the calm turquoise waters and long crescent of powdery white sand perfect for an active day with friends. Salt Plage Beach Bar and Ana’s on the Beach are waiting for when you’re finally ready for that cold beer or sundowner.

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ANTIGUA’S ISLANDS Pristine sanctuaries for our wildlife

Antigua’s islands are places of refuge for everything from frigate birds and whistling ducks to wild boar and Hawksbill turtles. And you’re warmly invited to escape to them too...

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any of Antigua’s islands are located in the North Sound. This idyllic marine park off our northeast coast is renowned for its talcum-powder sands, crystal clear waters and relaxed Robinson Crusoe-like atmosphere. The islands can only be reached by boat, of course, but the distances are short. The seas are usually calm and easily navigable by small vessels, as well as by larger yachts familiar with the hidden coral reefs. Most of the day-trip cruise boats tie up close to the main islands. Great Bird Island is particularly popular, although during the week you can have the place to yourselves. You may even be lucky enough to catch a glimpse of the small, harmless and endangered Antigua Racer snake found nowhere else in the world. Nearby Guiana Island has a wide sandy beach, Green Island further along the coast is well worth a visit too, and day trips are readily available to Prickly Pear just off Hodges Bay. Another particularly interesting island is Rabbit Island, home to breeding colonies of the Caribbean brown pelicans which are the only diving pelicans in the world. They raise their young in twiggy nests, clearly visible for anyone who is passing. Some have the good fortune to see the tiny babies with large beaks open, growing to become awkward juveniles, eventually flying off until the next season. At Hell’s Gate Island there’s an incredible limestone bridge formed by the elements over millennia. Named for the wild Atlantic seas visible through the archway,

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it’s not advisable to stroll across the fragile bridge because we neither want to destroy it or ourselves! Some 25-miles to the southwest is Antigua’s ‘third’ possession, Redonda. Once a desolate expanse of rock noted for its 19th century guano-mining industry, it’s now said to be one of the region’s most ecologically important landscapes. Four years of work by local environmentalists have restored trees and plants, increased the number of critically endangered reptiles, and attracted even more nesting seabirds including boobies and tropicbirds. Visitors will be permitted once the rejuvenation work is completed. Long Island just off our north shore is slightly more glamorous, of course. It’s home to a large collection of luxury villas, as well as the exclusive Jumby Bay Island resort. Yet the rich and famous who vacation here are happy to share their private idyll with the Hawksbill turtles who return every year to lay their eggs. Indeed, visitors and Antiguans alike appreciate that these pristine offshore sanctuaries must be preserved for future generations. They view the wildlife from a distance and recognise the importance of leaving no trace of themselves behind. These three companies all offer day trips to our islands:Tropical Adventures www.tropicalad.com Adventure Antigua www.adventureantigua.com Miguel’s Holiday Adventure www.pricklypearisland.com

Thanks to the Antigua Environmental Awareness Group for their contribution to this article.


BARBUDA Antigua’s Sister Island

Barbuda is Antigua’s twin sister island and a true eco-paradise. The Codrington Lagoon National Park is a unique component of the island’s ecosystem and renowned for supporting one of the world’s largest colonies of frigate birds (Fregata magnificens). They flourish happily here despite being a prized tourist attraction. The male frigate birds are particularly spectacular during the mating season, their wingspan nearly 3 metres and their scarlet throat sacs blown up to the size of balloons to attract their mates. The fluffy, young chicks are clearly visible to visitors, their ever-open beaks stuffed with delicious fish by their swooping parents. Other birds that thrive here include pelicans, tropical mockingbirds, warblers, snipes, ibis, herons, kingfishers, oystercatchers, cormorants and West Indian whistling ducks. Little wonder Codrington is considered a bird watchers’ paradise and offers authorised bird watching trips. Call (268) 460-0217 Email: nationalparksbarbuda@gmail.com

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Just 62sqm in size, Barbuda is a coral-fringed island rising low on the sea 27 miles to the north of Antigua. Why not escape to this mini-paradise and take a leisurely stroll along its 17-mile stretch of beach? Here you’ll discover soft pink sands, crystal turquoise waters and as much peace and quiet as you can handle...

Barbuda is easy to get to from Antigua. There are daily flights, a regular 90-minute ferry service, and you can even charter a helicopter. If you’d like to join an organised tour, ‘Tropical Adventures’ will whisk you there by power catamaran and treat you to an alfresco lunch on board – Excellence anchors just off Low Bay. But if you prefer the idea of a charter focused upon back-tonature activities like snorkelling, beachcombing, bird watching and cave exploration, get in touch with ‘Adventure Antigua’. Much to the delight of passengers on any of these boat trips, the journey is regularly accompanied by dolphins and even humpback whales between February and May. Prefer to linger in paradise a little longer? Barbuda Belle is a rustic yet ritzy boutique hotel with six bungalows, a seafood restaurant and a spectacular beach. Or maybe you’re happy with simpler lodgings like Gerald’s Guest House in the capital Codrington? You can even spend a night under the stars at the Frangipani Glamping and Guest House, the accommodation ranging from 1-person pop-ups to 8-person tents. Local restaurants include Timbuk One, Wanda Grill, ArtCafé and Uncle Roddy’s Beach Bar and Grill. The speciality of the house tends to be fresh-from-the-reef seafood, including grilled lobster. Venison and wild boar are also available in season.

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Formed from coralline limestone, Barbuda is much flatter than Antigua with a maximum altitude of 40 metres and an average elevation of 4 metres above sea level. The Codrington Lagoon National Park is a birdwatchers’ paradise complete with a frigate bird sanctuary, and other wildlife that calls the island home include wild boars, red-footed tortoises and various species of sea turtle. The elusive fallow deer is emblematic on the nation’s coat-of-arms. Offshore there are as many as 73 charted shipwrecks, as well as coral reefs for snorkelling and scuba-diving in water as clear as glass. Deep-sea fishing and flyfishing can be arranged, with foot trails, island treks and camping trips also available. Interesting natural sites include Indian Cave, Darby’s Cave and the idyllic Spanish Point. If you’re interested in the island’s past, a trip to Highland House, the historically important ruins of the Codrington estate, is well worthwhile. You might also like to visit the Martello tower and fort on the south coast. This imposing fortress was not only used for defence but also as a vantage point from which to spot valuable shipwrecks on the outlying reefs. So, there you have it, Barbuda has something for everyone – natural beauty, a peaceful way of life and a history that’s as interesting as its wildlife. There’s even a summer carnival, so chances are your once-in-alifetime trip will soon be followed by a second! www.visitantiguabarbuda.com


GETTING TO BARBUDA BARBUDA EXPRESS

The ferry departs from the bottom of High Street, St. John’s. Drinks are available during the 90-minute trip. Day tours are available on request. Charters can also be arranged from St. John’s. The ferry is licensed by the Antigua & Barbuda Marine Safety Authority and US Coastguard. Please visit the website for the current schedule. www.barbudaexpress.com Tel: (268) 560-7989 or 764-2291 Email: info@barbudaexpress.com

TROPICAL ADVENTURES

This tour company offers a ‘Barbuda for the Day’ excursion that includes a 90-minute trip on the Excellence power catamaran, lunch, an open bar and two beach stops. Tel: (268) 480-1225  www.tropicalad.com

BMN AIRWAYS/SVG AIR

These airlines fly daily to Barbuda. There are two flights a day at 7:15am and 4pm. It is just a short 18 minute flight. Tel: (268) 562-7183/8033/728-2712 or 484-1324/1416

WHERE TO STAY BARBUDA BELLE

Luxury boutique hotel with 6 beachfront bungalows Tel: (268) 783-4779 Email: info@barbudabelle.com www.barbudabelle.com

BARBUDA COTTAGES

Eco-friendly beachfront rental cottages Tel: (268) 722-3050  Email: info@barbudacottages.com www.barbudacottages.com

GERALDS GUEST HOUSE

Tel: (268) 726-0271 Email: shortnaky@hotmail.com

FRANGIPANI GLAMPING & GUEST HOUSE

Guest House & Atlantic Coast Camp site Tel: (268) 734-1410/776-5137 Email: frangipanibarbuda@gmail.com

WHERE TO EAT TIMBUK ONE WANDA GRILL ARTCAFE UNCLE RODDY’S

Tel: (268) 722-8085 Tel: (268) 717-0501 Tel: (268) 734-1410 Tel: (268) 722-3050

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ACTION & ADVENTURE

There’s nothing better than soaking up the sun and rum punch. Yet Antigua has lots more to offer, exciting adventures available both on land and at sea...

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Photo courtesy Adventure Antigua


Photo courtesy Tropical Adventures

EXCITING LAND & SEA TOURS TROPICAL ADVENTURES

Tel: (268) 480-1225 www.tropicalad.com Email: reservations@tropadantigua.com

ISLAND SAFARI 4 X 4 DISCOVERY TOUR

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 Heights and Block House Lookout. Explore and have lunch at historic Betty’s Hope plantation before a photo stop at stunning Devil’s Bridge. A relaxing swim at Long Bay is the cooling finale to your interesting and exciting day.

ISLAND SAFARI GOLD TOUR

This unique tour aboard the SUV Gold luxury vehicle offers the best of Antigua in air-conditioned comfort. This extensive sightseeing tour lasts six hours and visits all the major sites of interest. A knowledgeable tour guide will accompany you, not just keeping you entertained but also enlightening you on Antigua’s past and present. Lunch on the west coast and refreshments are included in the tour, and there are opportunities for beach relaxation, as well as off-road viewing in maximum cool comfort.

ISLAND SAFARI-ECO KAYAK TOUR

Enjoy the best of both worlds on this combined tour. After your Island Safari expedition and a Caribbeanstyle lunch, it’s time to explore by kayak the wonders of the North Sound National Park. Visit beautiful Great Bird Island for snorkelling over live reefs before relaxing on the pristine white sands.

EXCELLENCE POWER CATAMARAN TRIP 

The Excellence is Antigua’s premier 5-star power catamaran. It can introduce you to the scenic wonders of our coastline, or the back-to-nature delights of our sister island Barbuda:-

Barbuda by Sea – this tour includes a 90-minute trip to the island with lunch, open bar and beach stop. Circumnavigation Tour – or why not explore our coastline with this round-the-island adventure? Stop at Green Island for snorkelling and lunch, and then experience a unique view of Nelson’s Dockyard and English Harbour from the sea.

To book these tours call Tropical Adventures on (268) 480-1225

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ECO BOAT TOURS

ADVENTURE ANTIGUA

Tel: (268) 726-6355 www.adventureantigua.com Adventurous yet educational, this locally-owned and operated boat company prides itself on taking visitors off the beaten track. Their carefully-created boat trips and snorkelling tours not only invite you to explore Antigua’s secluded bays and small islands, but also to learn about the island’s history, birdlife and pristine eco-system.

BOAT RENTALS & CHARTERS

PARADISE BOAT SALES, RENTALS & CHARTER

Private Charter for Small Groups | Personal Island Tour | Secluded Beaches | Sunset Cruise | Charters to Barbuda | Tender Rental

Antigua Private Charters by Contact: +1(268)726-6355 @antiguacharter

Tel: (268) 462-5760/460-7125 www.paradiseboats.com Antigua’s premier marine full-service dealership features the world’s best brands including Mercury Marine, SeaRay and Boston Whaler. Boat rentals and charters include bare boat rentals up to 21ft and for those preferring to sit back and relax, there are captained power boats from 21ft to 46ft. The fullystocked store offers marine engine parts, safety gear, fibreglass products, accessories and hardware. Auto leasing, golf cart sales and leasing, bicycle sales and rentals are also available.

WILDLIFE SANCTUARY & NATURE RESERVES ZIP LINE TOURS

ANTIGUA RAINFOREST ZIPLINE TOURS

Tel: (268) 562-6363 www.antiguarainforest.com Experience the thrill of zipping through a tropical jungle on this award-winning eco-tour. Located on Fig Tree Drive right in the heart of our lush rainforest, this adrenaline-fuelled adventure certainly gives you a different perspective on Antigua. ACCT certified Rangers and state-of-the-art equipment ensure your safety as you whiz along ziplines 300-feet above the ground. Gift shop, drinks and snacks available. Open 9am to 2pm Tuesday to Saturday. Booking recommended.

KITESURFING

KITESURF ANTIGUA

Jabberwock Beach Tel: (268) 720-5483 www.kitesurfantigua.com Kitesurfing combines the freedom of windsurfing or sailing with the exhilaration of wakeboarding and other freestyle boards sports. There are different levels of kitesurfing from beginning to advanced and Antigua offers conditions for all these on the beautiful Jabberwock Beach in the north of the island.

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WALLINGS NATURE RESERVE

Tel: (268) 727-0218 www.wallingsnaturereserve.org Enjoy a guided hike through this 1,680-acre rainforest reserve in the Sherkley Mountain area. Take photos of our wildlife, trek past sugar mills, learn about our history, marvel at the rainforest canopy and enjoy the 360-degee views from the top of Signal Hill. Wallings Nature Reserve is the first CommunityManaged National Park in our twin-island state. It was established in 2018 to protect our biological diversity and is being used as an international case study to determine the impact a local community can have on fighting climate change. The tour packages suit everyone from children to experienced hikers. The reserve also practises sustainable development.


SWIM WITH STINGRAYS STINGRAY CITY

Tel: (268) 562-7297 www.stingraycityantigua.com 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 and clear, shallow water makes this easy and fun for everybody. Stingray City received the ‘Travelers’ Choice Award for 2020’ from Tripadvisor.

KAYAK TOURS

Tel: (268) 562-7297 Embark on this fantastic kayak and snorkelling expedition to experience the magic and beauty of Antigua’s tropical ecosystem. Your adventure includes mysterious mangroves, coral reefs, tropical fish, uninhabited islands, white sand beaches, banana bread and rum and fruit punch during a 2½ hour unforgettable tour. Wear your swimsuit and don’t forget to bring your towel and a camera.

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DEEP-SEA FISHING OVERDRAFT

Tel: (268) 720-4954/463-3112 Experience the excitement of fishing for marlin, tuna, kingfish, wahoo, barracuda and even shark in the Atlantic fishing grounds of Antigua. The popular charter boat Overdraft, will have you and your family ‘hooked’ by the end of your trip!

DEEP-SEA DIVING INDIGO DIVERS

LAVISCOUNT ISLAND

Tel: (268) 562-7297 Email: stingray@candw.ag Get up close and personal to parrots, rare iguanas and over fifty Giant Aldabra Tortoises on this island getaway a short distance from Stingray City. Facilities include walking trails, a large beach area, a viewing and dining deck, as well as bathrooms with disabled access. This trip is well suited to groups, tours ranging from an hour in length to a full day. Departures 9am, 11am, 1pm and 3pm. Why not combine it with a trip to nearby Stingray City or a kayaking tour through the mangroves?

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Jolly Harbour Tel: (268) 562-3483 Email: info@indigo-divers www.indigo-divers.com 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 with a world-class, safe and enjoyable experience whilst exploring the wonders of the underwater realm. They pick up from Jolly Harbour and the surrounding hotels, and dive the sheltered west and south coasts, including Cades Reef. The reef offers great dive opportunities for both the novice and experienced diver. Most dive sites are about 20-minutes away. PADI courses, special packages and night dives are all available.


Cedar Valley Golf Club

GOLF COURSES

Antigua has two 18-hole golf courses. The Jolly Harbour Golf Club on the west coast and the championship Cedar Valley Golf Club just north of St. John’s. Both are open to the public and players of all abilities are welcome.

CEDAR VALLEY GOLF CLUB

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 300yard 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: cedarvalleyg@candw.ag www.cvgolfantigua.com

JOLLY HARBOUR GOLF CLUB

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

SPORTS COMPLEXES ANTIGUA ATHLETIC CLUB & VITALITY CAFÉ

Coolidge, near V.C.Bird International Airport Tel: (268) 562-7285 Antigua’s premier fitness facility has 2 Maplewood exercise classrooms and a 3,800 sq.ft. airconditioned gym with state-of-the-art equipment. Daily classes include spinning, yoga, Pilates, kick boxing and fit4life. Enjoy the 25-metre swimming pool, Aquafit classes, spacious changing rooms, showers and lockers which are available for all visitors. A day pass for only US$20 gives access to all facilities. The Vitality Cafe serves delicious meals, as well as healthy shakes and smoothies. Only a five minute walk from the airport.

JOLLY HARBOUR SPORTS CENTRE

Jolly Harbour Marina Tel: (268) 462-3085/7771 www.jollyharbourmarina.com Facilities include 4 floodlit tennis courts, swimming pool, squash court, basketball court and a sports bar with TVs. Day passes available.

THE TEMO SPORTS COMPLEX

Falmouth Harbour, near Antigua Yacht Club Tel: (268) 460-1781/463-6376 Facilities include floodlit synthetic grass tennis courts and 2 squash courts.

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A BIRD’S EYE VIEW With CalvinAir Helicopters

Whether you want to soar around Montserrat’s famous volcano or simply see Antigua & Barbuda from a different persective, CalvinAir Helicopters are on standby...

THE MONTSERRAT VOLCANO A flying visit to the nearby island of Montserrat courtesy of CalvinAir Helicopters is sure to give you memories to last a lifetime. Now famous around the world for its volcanic activities, Montserrat will present you with a landscape almost beyond your imagination. The previously dormant Soufrière Hills volcano became active on 18 July 1995, the subsequent eruptions destroying the airport and historic capital city of Plymouth, as well as rendering the southern part of the island uninhabitable. Much of the former capital remains partially buried under 40ft. of ash.

CALVINAIR HELICOPTERS

Tel: (268) 789-4354 (HELI) Email: reservations@calvinair.com www.calvinair.com With CalvinAir Helicopters you can circumnavigate Antigua, take a day trip to Barbuda, or even hover in the skies around Montserrat’s volcano. Their friendly staff provide a first-class service whether you’re looking for a guided aerial tour or a custom charter. The climate-controlled cabin of their state-of-the-art Airbus EC130 helicopter comfortably accommodates 6 passengers. Theatre-style seating and an absence of partitions ensure spectacular visibility from every seat. With a hangar at V.C. Bird International Airport and two heliports near St. John’s and Jolly Harbour, CalvinAir is conveniently situated to service all of Antigua.

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Many Montserratians fled, of course, but the few who remained have shown their stalwart spirit not just by rebuilding elsewhere on the island, but also by organising unique events throughout the year. These include St. Patrick’s Festival in March which is very fitting for a British Overseas Territory that was once so green it was known as ‘the other Emerald Isle’. Please note longer visits to Montserrat currently require a 14 day quarantine period. See website for futher details. www.visitmontserrat.com CalvinAir guided aerial tours include Montserrat Volcano tours, as well as half and full-island tours flying over Antigua. Charters are also available for airport transfers, inter-island transfers, aerial photography and even emergency services.


u Whether you want to soar above Montserrat’s famous volcano or see Antigua& Barbuda from a different perspective, CalvinAir Helicopters

Adventure on a guided aerial tour or charter to your next destination in style. Proudly operating the state-of-the-art Airbus EC130, CalvinAir Helicopters’ flights combine safety, comfort and the highest calibre of service. So soar around Montserrat’s volcano, have lunch in St. Barths, or a picnic in Barbuda. The sky is no longer the limit. Tours & Charters / 268.789.HELI / calvinair.com


SAIL AWAY just for the day...

Sailing Antigua’s turquoise waters aboard a yacht or catamaran is an experience you’ll never forget. You can cruise to our island paradises, snorkel over our colourful reefs, circumnavigate our entire island and even escape to Barbuda. And, of course you can also sail off into the sunset with a glass of rum punch in your hand...

WADADLI CATS  Tel: (268) 462-4792

One of Antigua’s longest established sailing companies, the Wadadli Cats fleet of catamarans includes the 66ft. ‘Spirit of Antigua’. This state-of-the-art vessel offers fast and exhilarating sailing speeds, as well as three different cruises. Choose between Bird Island, Cades Reef and the Circumnavigation of Antigua, the latter including lunch at Green Island.

EXCELLENCE POWER CATAMARAN Tel: (268) 480-1225 The 86ft. Excellence power catamaran offers tours to our sister island Barbuda. The 6-hour trip includes swimming, beachcombing, lunch and an open bar. Or why not take a Circumnavigation Cruise right round our coast? You’ll sail past sites like Devil’s Bridge, the Pillars of Hercules and Bird Island, snorkelling, lunch and an open bar also included.

MYSTIC CATAMARAN CRUISE  Tel: (268) 480-1225

Mystic’s fleet of large sailing catamarans will whisk you away with the island breezes for an unforgettable day in the sun. Choose between three tours: the award-winning Lobster Lunch cruise; the Cades Reef Sail & Snorkel cruise to Antigua’s largest reef formation; or the shorter and more romantic two and a half hour Sunset Cruise. Each one is a great sightseeing experience with food and an open bar.

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WADADLI CATS

31 years of sailing fast and living slow!

Set sail with Wadadli Cats and you’ll remember the day forever. Choose between three exciting cruises showcasing anything from Antigua’s crystal clear bays and uninhabited islands to its fish-stocked reefs just perfect for snorkelling. Your cruise will also include great music and fun company, and it couldn’t be easier to get on board as you’ll be picked up right on the beach from one of the island’s main hotels. Wadadli Cats offer five well-established catamarans, the 66ft. ‘Spirit of Antigua’ a state-of-the-art vessel that guarantees the fastest and most exhilarating sailing speeds available in Antigua. Such speedy cruising means that you’ll not only have access to the best beaches and snorkelling sites, but you’ll also have plenty of time to relax over your Caribbean-style buffet lunch. An open bar, snorkelling gear, convenient stem ladders and freshwater showers are all part of the deal too, deck awning and spacious roofed areas also available to provide you with plenty of shade. And, of course, if you’re looking for a special way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or wedding, don’t forget to consider one of the company’s private charters. So come on, get into the ‘Spirit of Antigua’ and sail away with Wadadli Cats!

CHOOSE FROM 3 CRUISES

CIRCUMNAVIGATION OF ANTIGUA

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 which stretches for two miles.

BIRD ISLAND

Enjoy a gentle cruise to this uninhabited little island designated a national park. These reefbound waters are perfect for children and the beginner snorkeller, or for simply enjoying a swim in the protected bay. Private day and sunset cruises can also be arranged for anniversaries, birthdays, weddings and corporate events. Call: (268) 462 4792 www.wadadlicats.com Email: wadadlicats@candw.ag

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The panoramic view from a villa at Tamarind Hills

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LIVE ANTIGUA

Buy a second home in paradise Why not really make yourselves at home in Antigua? Purchasing, renting or even building a second home here is as popular as ever, and there’s an increasingly wide choice of villas, apartments and real estate options to consider... Photo courtesy of Island Living Antigua

It’s adviseable to do some groundwork before you get here, of course. Nowadays most property buyers are internet savvy and arrive in Antigua having already narrowed down their options. They’ll probably have already contacted a professional estate agent affiliated to ABRA, the Antigua Barbuda Association of Realtors. These companies have access to a wide variety of pre-owned homes and villas and will advise you on the latest market conditions. Location is vital, of course, and will have a great impact on your own enjoyment as well as on your property’s re-sale value. If you prefer to purchase a piece of land and custom-build your own home, there are many island-based architects, builders and contractors who’ll be delighted to help you with the design and construction.

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any visitors to Antigua fall in love with the island and dream of having a second home in the sun. Yet an overseas property can also be a first-class investment opportunity with many a home rented out on either a short or long-term basis.

They generally handle all building systems, but are particularly adept at concrete blocks and wood construction. Materials, windows, doors, cabinets, fixtures and furnishings are readily available on-island or can be imported specifically for your project.

So whether you’re buying Antiguan real estate for rental, residential, retirement or investment purposes, you’ll be joining an ever-increasing band of expatriates who simply find the idea too good to resist. And, of course, many Antiguans currently living overseas also see the benefits of buying on the island. Not only do they have sunny retirements to look forward to, but their properties can also generate decent incomes for them while they are away.

All the ancilliary services are here too, including landscapers, electricians, swimming pool specialists and plumbing installation companies. For example, H2ONE has not only got several years’ experience installing luxury bathrooms throughout the island, but is also the official re-seller of state-of-the-art Geberit and Hansgrohe products. Continued overleaf.

The reasons behind the property boom are obvious. Antigua offers an enviable lifestyle of sun, sea and sand. The economy is driven by tourism and our 100,000 permanent residents are an interesting mix of people from all over the world and other Caribbean islands. Another added incentive for many purchasers is that Antiguan passports may be obtained through the Citizenship Investment Programme (CIP) introduced on qualified properties.

THE LEGAL COSTS When purchasing real estate in Antigua, you’ll need to retain the services of a lawyer. Legal costs range from 1% to 2% depending upon the purchase price. You’ll also need to apply for a Non-Citizen’s Licence which is generally 5% of the purchase price and can take up to four months to be processed. A payment of 2.5% government transfer fee is also required.

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THE REAL ESTATE EXPERTS

Antigua’s well-established real estate companies are experts at dealing with international property purchases, construction and management. Antigua & Barbuda Sotherby’s International Realty live up to their impressive name, their team of real estate experts able to answer all your questions and concerns. The company is also affiliated with a reputable law firm with expertise in a wide range of areas including conveyancing, corporate and commercial law, trademarks, patents and ship registration. And as a bonus, their litigation and international financial services include the incorporation of international business corporations, international banks, trusts and insurance. With such a wide variety of legal knowledge and experience, Antigua & Barbuda Sotheby’s International Realty can be relied upon to make the most complex property transactions go smoothly. Island Living Antigua also promotes our finest residential and commercial properties available for purchase, sale or rental. Their portfolio includes townhouses, new and existing villas, as well as resortstyle waterfront and beachfront properties. Their excellent service also includes property management, and they will take care of your home while you are away. Other reputable real estate companies include Remax Antigua, located in Jolly Harbour and established here for over 20 years. They use their local knowledge to advise on everything from the sale of luxury homes and beachfront land to appraisals and management. Sea View Heights also offer a complete package of real estate services, handling everything from property management and villa rentals to the sale of villas and waterside plots. They can also assist with the construction of villas and developments thanks to their partnership with New System Ltd.

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CONDOS, APARTMENTS & VILLAS Real estate options also include a wide range of attractive condos, apartments and villas in all categories. Excellent examples on Dickenson Bay in the north include Antigua Village, Buccaneer Beach Club and Siboney Beach Club. The Hodges Bay Resort & Spa is also an exclusive beachfront destination offering oceanfront villas and apartments. South Point boutique hotel in English Harbour offers condo-style suites distinguished by their contemporary style and views of the yachts in Falmouth Harbour. And the popular yachting centre of Jolly Harbour in the west has now been joined by Tamarind Hills. This five-star property is tucked away between Darkwood and Ffrye’s beaches, and offers villas, cottages and apartments for sale on a freehold basis. Full management and rental programmes are available. Of course, you don’t have to buy to enjoy the benefits of independent island living. A wide range of luxury villas are available for rental through companies like Island Living Antigua. Cost effective for families or friends, most villas feature their own swimming pools and some even have their own boat docks, or in some cases, their own ‘private’ beaches. Their dedicated staff will be happy to take away all the domestic responsibilities while you enjoy your tropical homeaway-from-home. Antigua also offers timeshare properties with their own associated benefits. Not only can you take advantage of great savings on vacation costs, but you’ve also got a guaranteed high standard of accommodation in thousands of destinations around the globe. The ability to rent, sell or keep a timeshare property gives you the benefits associated with a vacation home while still enjoying worldwide vacations each year. Continued on page 80.


SUGAR RIDGE HOMES This boutique hotel with luxury homes lies on a lush hillside with stunning views over the Caribbean Sea. Leisure facilities include an Aveda Concept spa, Cybex gym, The Shed yoga pavilion, fitness studio, 3 pools, sundecks and chill-out areas. Some of Antigua’s best beaches are close by. There are two restaurants – Carmichael’s hilltop fine dining venue and the fashionable Sugar Club – both of which enjoy reputations for excellence, while the bar is the place to ‘lime’ at the weekends. The hotel opened in 2009 and now the focus is upon homes. By building spec homes all the uncertainty is taken away. You can acquire a skillfully finished house with all the facilities and fun of Antigua’s hippest hotel on-site, a concept that is proving popular with buyers. The standard homes are of classic Caribbean design with wood shingle roofs, copper gutters, travertine tiles and beautiful finishes. The glass sliding pocket doors maximise the views and sense of space, and the high ceilings and louvered windows take advantage of the cooling breezes. The infinity pools, perfect for sundowners, are standard finishing touches. The standard homes are popular for their design and value, and available in various price. And you can still build your own dream home on any of the other plots. Villa management is available through the hotel rental pool, and Sugar Ridge is zoned in the Citizenship by Investment Programme. www.sugarridgehomes.com

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WHICH LOCATION IS BEST FOR YOU?

Many overseas visitors choose to settle in popular areas like English Harbour in the south and Jolly Harbour in the west. Both have first-class infrastructures, as well as friendly communities and a relaxing way of life. English Harbour has long been famous for its nautical history, yachting facilities and social scene, while the west coast is renowned for its beaches, sunsets and views of Montserrat. Those wanting to get away from it all should probably head south-east and settle in the scenic coastal areas around Brown’s Bay and Nonsuch Bay. Of course you may prefer to be near our capital St. John’s. Residential areas in the north include Dickenson Bay, Hodges Bay, Crosbies, Cedar Valley and Paradise View, all of them an easy drive from the airport and some of our finest beaches too. You’ll also be close to excellent supermarkets like the Epicurean, as well as malls such as the Woods Centre, Village Walk and Royal Palm Place. Here you’ll find cafés, banks, a pharmacy, medical facilities, as well as the Bel Lab laboratory for those urgent medical tests. Some properties are even tucked away in gated communities or hotel developments like Jumby Bay Island, St. James’s Club and Verandah Estates. Most of these have easy access to general amenities such as shops, watersports, tennis courts and pools. ​

INSURING YOUR PROPERTY

Antigua’s wide variety of dependable and wellestablished insurance companies give you peace of mind when it comes to buying your own property. The business has definitely developed to meet the increased demand. Anjo Insurances was established on the island in 1928. Agents for Massy United Insurance, Anjo has been providing excellent customer service and fair claims settlements for decades. This company has a well-deserved reputation for dealing quickly and efficiently with insurance matters. Their A.M. Best international rating of A-Excellent reaffirms the company’s financial strength. Anjo has three branches conveniently spread across the island at Woods Centre, Jolly Harbour and Falmouth Harbour.

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FURNISHING YOUR PROPERTY

When you’re ready to transform your dream house into your dream home, Antigua has a wide variety of excellent stores able to provide you with most of the furniture and soft furnishings you require. You may be thinking of importing these items, but not only are these products readily available here, you also have immediate recourse to the store if anything goes wrong. Townhouse Megastore near St. John’s is the island’s ‘superstore’, and where to head for brand name furniture, appliances, electronic equipment, household items, tools and spare parts. Gigi is a spacious emporium on Factory Road just outside St. John’s. It offers brand name indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as decorative home accessories. The staff are helpful, and there’s ample parking space, as well as a fast delivery service. Living Spaces on Old Parham Road is a longestablished family business and a one-stop shop for all your household requirements. Anything from flat-screen TVs and high-quality mattresses to contemporary sofas and Caribbean-style deck furniture is available in their extensive showroom. The two floors of showrooms at the Furniture Gallery on Airport Road also display a wide range of furniture and appliances. But if you’re in the market for something a little different or exotic, maybe an Italian ceramic or Balinese bed, head to The Gazebo on Friars Hill Road or El Caribe overlooking Perry Bay near St. John’s. Both shops source their stock from around the world. For soft furnishings, you’re sure to find just what you’re looking for at Lolita’s Dream Home with branches in the Village Walk Mall and in Market Street, St. John’s.

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We should also mention The Stock Exchange and The Exchange on Friars Hill Road. Both these secondhand stores are well-stocked and offer household items, appliances and furniture at great prices. As you can see, there’s a great variety of excellent accommodation and services available for both the vacationer and the potential buyer of your own little piece of paradise in Antigua!


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WANT TO BECOME A CITIZEN?

Since introducing its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP) in 2013, Antigua & Barbuda has one of the leading and most sought-after global investment migration programmes in the world... LIFESTYLE Year-round warm weather, 365 white sand beaches and turquoise waters make Antigua & Barbuda a world-class destination, with direct flights from the UK, USA and Canada. Politically and economically stable, and with a low crime rate, this twin-island country benefits from a fixed exchange rate with the US dollar (1 US$ = 2.7 EC$). English is the official language. MOBILITY With an Antigua & Barbuda passport, a citizen has visa free travel to 149 countries, including Hong Kong, Singapore, UK and the Schengen area. Dual citizenship is permitted. The passport is valid for 5 years, and the recipient is required to spend a total of five days in Antigua & Barbuda within the five year period. GREATER ECONOMIC FREEDOM There is no personal income tax, no taxes levied on capital gains, inheritance and worldwide income. Individuals who have their permanent residence in Antigua & Barbuda or who are present for at least 183 days a year will qualify as residents. DIRECT ROUTE TO CITIZENSHIP Applicants can become citizens within 90–120 days. In addition, families including spouse, dependent children under 29 years, parents and grandparents over 58 years can obtain citizenship through one simultaneous application.

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THERE ARE 3 DIFFERENT CIP INVESTMENT OPTIONS:National Development Fund Option A. For a single applicant or a family of four or less, the NDF contribution is US$100,000 with processing fees of US$25,000. Option B. For a family of five or more the NDF contribution is US$125,000 with processing fees for a family of five members of US$25,000 for the main applicant, spouse and two dependents, with US$15,000 for each additional dependent. Real Estate Investment Applicants must make a minimum investment of US$200,000 in a CIP preapproved real estate development for a period of 5 years. The processing fees are US$50,000 for a family of up to four with US$15,000 for each additional dependent. Business Investment An individual can make an investment of at least US$1,500,000 in an approved business or make a joint business investment where each investor applicant contributes a minimum of US$400,000 each, totaling a minimum of US$5,000,000 to the joint investment.

Island Living Investment Services Ltd. (ILIS) is a leading government representative and service provider, with an extensive business network including licensed agents authorized to process applications for citizenship. They also provide real estate and investment facilitation services. Email: info@ilis.ag www.antiguacitizenshipinvest.com


WORLD-CLASS FINANCIAL SERVICES Antigua and Barbuda offers the hospitality of its shores to visitors and investors seeking a home away from home. Best known for its 365 white sand beaches, Antigua also enjoys a growing reputation as a trusted Caribbean destination for tourism and international financial services. While relatively small, its financial centre is friendly, politically stable and attractive to clients seeking a safer harbour away from the volatility of larger markets. Antigua is an upmarket destination offering both world-class tourism and financial services. The oldest institution providing international financial services in the jurisdiction is Global Bank of Commerce Limited, a privately owned and operated institution, licensed and established since 1983. The bank has built a tradition of excellent service to its clients seeking wholesale and commercial banking, wealth and portfolio management, and technology-driven financial services. Referred to as the ‘grandfather’ of international banking, the bank hosts Caribbean and international clients and provides a full range of personal and corporate account options including multi-currency deposits, foreign exchange, certificates of deposit and other competitive interest-bearing accounts and investment services. Clients also benefit from the bank’s affiliate, Global Processing Centre, an internationally-certified card processing centre and payment platform which provides

card-based processing for Visa, MasterCard and China UnionPay services, as well as mobile facilities for international payroll programmes, employee benefits and remittance services. Antigua and Barbuda has joined other destinations in offering second citizenships and homes. Legislation allows approved investors to partake in its Citizenship by Investment Programme (CIP). Citizenship and an Antigua and Barbuda passport may be granted to persons and families who not only satisfy a high standard of due diligence requirements, but also qualify in respect of making personal investments in the economy of Antigua and Barbuda. There is also an option to obtain residency rather than citizenship. The jurisdiction has spent considerable time and effort designing a sound investment process. The government administration and regulatory framework ensure that it meets international standards and attracts applicants that only enhance the reputation and economy of the jurisdiction. The combination of well-regulated financial services, a positive investment environment and the benefit to possibly qualify for a second citizenship makes Antigua and Barbuda an attractive location in which to develop international banking services, business opportunities and real estate investments. www.globalbankofcommerce.com

Paradise realised.

Reach your financial and lifestyle goals faster with our new suite of innovative investment products. Wholesale Banking Personal and Corporate Banking Investment Management REIT Services Bespoke Card Services CIP Banking Services Nomad Digital Residence Visa Global Commerce Centre St. John’s, Antigua, West Indies Tel: (268) 480-2240 email: customer.service@gbc.ag www.globalbankofcommerce.com

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Golden Jubilee Year of

THE ANTIGUA PRINTING & PUBLISHING LTD.

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he most prominent building on Factory Road, St. John’s is the premises of a wholly Antiguan institution which has stood the test of time for the past 50 years. It houses The Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd. which was founded by members of the then recently formed Antigua Peoples Party, a group of young businessmen and professionals who saw the need for a ‘second voice’ in the nation. They were J. Rowan Henry, Reuben Harris, Kenneth Nedwell, C.L. Murray, Edmund Jarvis and other members of the APP. The business opened its doors to the public on November 30th, 1970. Today, 50 years after its tentative and turbulent start and the many uncertainties in the business climate, The Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd. holds excellent standing as a private company in Antigua & Barbuda. The Company maintains the vision of its founders and shareholders and strives to maintain the confidence of its vast local public clientele and worldwide customers. The Golden Jubilee celebrations will commence on November 30th, 2020 and culminate on November 29th, 2021. Please join us in thanking God for giving us the privilege of serving you faithfully through all these years. The Company began with a small staff, namely G. Paris – a Barbadian living in Antigua for many years, Gerald Price, Eustace Parker, Dame Bridget Harris – who later became Speaker of the House of Representatives, Mrs Marjorie Maynard – now

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deceased and Mr. Withers from the UK as technical adviser. The business commenced with minimal machinery, but it was not long before commercial printing of magazines, brochures and letterheads began. The machines became inadequate for the workload and more modern equipment was brought in. Offset printing was new to Antigua and Mrs. Maynard was sent to Puerto Rico to train in operating the Varitype machine. The first newspaper, The Antigua Times, took almost two weeks to complete but nearing completion supporters lined up outside the building to have the first edition. The Company also printed The Outlet newspaper, a publication of the African Caribbean Liberation Movement, as well as The Worker’s Voice of the Antigua Trades and Labour Union. The Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd. has acquired the confidence of businesses throughout the nation and the Caribbean and its clientele is made up of hotels, banks, schools, supermarkets, airlines and statutory bodies. This is an aspect of the business which gives much satisfaction to the staff and the shareholders. Specialising in both customised and commercial printing, the Company has its website which gives it a worldwide door into the vast and invaluable advertising of its many services which include business printing, special events, company stationery, brochures and posters. OUR IMAGE DEPENDS ON YOUR IMAGES. www.antiguaprintingpublishing.com

CELEBRATING 50 YEARS OF PRINTING EXCELLENCE

GOLDEN JUBILEE ANNIVERSARY

30th November, 1970 to 30th November, 2020 P.O. Box 670, Factory Road, St. Johns, Antigua. Tel: (268) 481-1500; Fax: (268)481-1515 Email: antprint@candw.ag; www.antiguaprintingpublishing.com; Facebook: Antigua Printing & Publishing Ltd.

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SHOP ANTIGUA

Whether you’re in the market for a Swiss watch, a designer swimsuit or a T-shirt, Antigua’s shops are well worth a few hours away from your sunbed... Our main duty-free shopping areas lie on the St. John’s waterfront. Particularly convenient for cruise ship visitors, historic Redcliffe Quay and modern Heritage Quay both house a unique collection of boutiques, jewellers and craft shops complemented by quaint cafés and alfresco bars. The adjacent streets of the capital are well worth exploring too, of course, the colourful Vendors’ Mall perfect if you’re looking for local hats, T-shirts and wraps to take home as souvenirs or gifts...

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Head north of the capital and you’ll find three more shopping malls just off the Friars Hill Road. Woods Mall has banks, a post office, a travel agency, the CostPro supermarket and the excellent Woods Pharmacy with its expert pharmacists. The nearby Village Walk Mall features Lolita’s Dream Home for your soft furnishings, the long-established liquor store Quin Farara, and Café Bella which is a popular spot for barista coffees and light snacks. Further along is the Royal Palm Place with a number of outlets including a beauty salon and The Larder restaurant for the best sushi on island. You can stock your own larder in this area too, of course. The excellent Epicurean supermarket is just set back from Friars Hill Road, the 1st Choice supermarket lies not far away on the Anchorage Road, whilst the Island Provision complex is on the airport road. All offer fresh produce, as well as excellent brands sourced from all around the world. The boutiques of English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour in the south of the island cater to the cosmopolitan sailing crowd. As long as the yachts are in harbour, everything from swimwear and resort wear to local arts, crafts and jewellery can be found here. And last but not least are the duty-free shops of V.C. Bird International Airport. Perfume, jewellery, gifts and musical memories are all on offer and perfect for those last-minute gifts.

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REDCLIFFE QUAY St. John’s Waterfront

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his quaint shopping enclave on the St. John’s waterfront sells everything from local art and limited edition jewellery to couturière evening wear and hand-made Belgian chocolates. The icing on the cake is the historic vibe – 18th century Redcliffe Quay was one of the main trading places in St. John’s and it seems rather fitting that it still is. Most of today’s businesses are housed in the old sugar and coffee warehouses, their vibrant wooden shutters set off by the crumbling bricks that came to Antigua as ballast in the sailing ships long ago. And, of course, there are also some delightful bars and cafés waiting when you’re finally ready for that slice of pizza, tasty Croque-monsieur or restorative glass of South African chardonnay...

SILVER CHELLES

Tel: (268) 789-2662 Email: chellebates@aol.com www.silverchelles.com This beautiful jewellery boutique specialises in polished seashells set in sterling silver. Each piece of jewellery is handcrafted and unique, and you can choose from a wide variety of pendants, bracelets, rings and earrings. You’ll also find an elegant selection of seashell-adorned evening bags, small gifts, fashion jewellery and specimen shells. A one-off boutique not to be missed.

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GOLDSMITTY

Tel: (268) 462-4601 www.goldsmitty.com Since 1981 Goldsmitty has offered unique jewellery in gold and silver. Owner and designer Hans Smit uses the finest gemstones collected on his trips to exotic locations around the world. Yet Hans realised that many longtime clients and first-time visitors also want authentic, indigenous momentos. Therefore for Goldsmitty’s 30th Anniversary, Hans created ‘Caribbean Corner’. Each unique design is made with rare, local conch pearls, beautiful blue larimar or amber-containing insects, all from the Dominican Republic. And then in 2011, Hans discovered our own ‘piece of the rock’ – 30 million-yearold petrified coral, officially trademarked as ‘Antiguanite’. The great variety of stones are cut and polished in various shapes before being set in gold and silver. You can even choose and polish your own stone. Goldsmitty is a Member of the U.S. Jewellers Board of Trade.

This striking Antiguanite ring set in 18ct gold is made and sold by Goldsmitty. EXOTIC ANTIGUA

Tel: (268) 562-1288  Email: exoticantigua@gmail.com 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!

To take advantage of the duty-free prices take your passport and travel documents with you. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask in all shops.

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HERITAGE QUAY St. John’s Waterfront

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eritage Quay is a modern boulevard of duty-free shops on the waterfront in St. John’s. It couldn’t be handier for cruise ship passengers, and the wide choice of international brands at duty-free prices ensure it’s a magnet for hotel guests too – we’re talking everything from Rolex, Coach and Pandora to Land, Levis and Cohiba cigars. Yet over the two storeys there’s a delightful mix of local boutiques too, the kind of places you can pick up glamorous resort wear or a cover-up for the beach. And when you’ve finished splashing To take advantage of the duty-free prices out, you can relax with a take your passport and local beer or a coffee in travel documents with you. one of the alfresco bars. Maintain social distancing and wear a mask in You can even try and win all shops. all your money back in the casino...

LAND

Tel: (268) 462-0746 This quaint and cosy store specialises in prestigious LAND leather items including handbags, briefcases, travel/luggage ware and accessories such as wallets, belts and shoes. This American company has over 50 years experience crafting fashionable yet timeless leather collections made from the highest-quality leather and hardware. The store in Antigua is operated by Debra Merchant and her very competent staff.

STERLINGS – SHADES AND WATCHES

Tel: (268) 562-5662 For a wide range of the latest designer sunglasses and fashionable watches at great duty-free prices. Shop in spacious comfort and choose from the best selection of sunglasses in Antigua – Maui Jim, Rayban, Oakley, Prada, Marc Jacobs, Michael Kors, Carrera, Coach, Costa, Vogue, Dita, and Kate Spade. Watch brands include Tissot, Hamilton, Citizen, Shinola, Michael Kors, Fossil, G-Shock, Bulova, Michele, Diesel, Bering and Raymond Weil.

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ISLAND BEACH BUMS     

Tel: (268) 562-8917/8881 Email: contact@islandbeachbums.com Lifestyle beachwear for men and women. There’s a great selection of affordable swimwear, t-shirts, cover-ups, hats, bags, souvenirs and other must-have beach accessories. Two stylish boutiques in Heritage Quay.

LIPSTICK

Tel: (268) 562-1130/33 This elegant beauty boutique offers cosmetics, skin care and luxury fragrances. The helpful staff will be happy to show you the wide range of products which include Chanel, Christian Dior, Tom Ford, Hermes and Dolce and Gabana.

STERLINGS – JEWELLERY

Tel: (268) 562-5662 This jewellery store with a difference is the exclusive retailer of Pandora, Alex & Ani and Hearts on Fire, the world’s most perfectly-cut diamonds. Their international collections include Le Vian, Marahlago, Lauren G Adams, Uno de 50, Lois Hill and Tous. Also unique pieces in sterling silver, 18kt gold and stainless steel from international designers, as well as the finest locally-made jewellery.

STERLINGS – WORLD OF BAGS

Tel: (268) 562-7080 This bright, welcoming store carries a great collection of designer handbags. Famous brands include Coach, Dooney & Bourke, Michael Kors, Calvin Klein, Fossil, Guess and Desigual. Also luggage, back-packs and travel accessories from Kipling and Herschel. 

ABBOTT’S JEWELLERY & PERFUMERY

Tel: (268) 462-3107/8 The authorised retailer for Rolex, Abbott’s also carry Swiss-made timepieces by Tudor, Omega, TAGHeuer, Gucci, Tissot and Longines. Fashionable timepieces include Calvin Klein, Seiko, Times and Tommy Hilfiger. Their stunning jewellery collections are by brands such as Ponte Vecchio, Breuning, Calvin Klein, Swarovski and Chamilia, while their adjoining Fragrance Boutique carries the latest fragrances and gift sets. Other high-quality brands available here include Cross Pens, Lladro figurines, Swarovski ornaments, and unique pieces by Mikasa, Orrefors and Kosta Boda.

TABACO NEGRO

Tel: (268) 562-5866 www.tabaco-negro.com Email: admin@tabaco-negro.com This wonderful oasis of aromas is a must for cigar lovers. Antigua’s only authorised dealer for fine Cuban cigars, its wide range includes Cohiba, Hoya de Monterrey and Romeo & Juliet. Whether you’re a serious connoisseur or simply enjoy the occasional interlude with your favourite flavour, the knowledgeable staff will help you find just what you’re looking for.

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AQUASPORTS

Tel: (268) 462-3474 Email: aquasportsanu@gmail.com www.aquasportsantigua.com Antigua’s number one shop for watersports enthusiasts. Located on the 2nd floor of Heritage Quay, its wide range of products complement a passion for the ocean, and include everything from sports fishing tackle, snorkelling and scuba gear to watersports equipment and clothing. AquaSports is also an authorised CRESSI dealer and can supply you with all the high-quality diving gear you need to experience the ocean’s natural wonders in safety.

TROPIC WEAR

Tel: (268) 462-6251 The home of Levi’s and Dockers, Tropic Wear offers duty-free shopping for men, women and children. The wide selection of Levi’s jeans suit all preferences, while the Dockers clothing line provides men with smart, comfortable and versatile clothes for every occasion. The essential dress shirt, t-shirt and polo are available, along with accessories including belts, hats and wallets.

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BEACH STUFF

Tel: (268) 462-9772 Beach Stuff carries a wide variety of surf and sports clothing, equipment and accessories for men, women and children. There’s a wide selection of swimsuits, board shorts, rash guards, flip flops, sandals, aqua socks, lotions, beach toys and accessories. Other items include straw hats and logo sweat shirts, as well as trendy Antigua caps and t-shirts. You name the sport and Beach Stuff has the accessories for both novices and experts.

CATTLEYA BOUTIQUE

Tel: (268) 462-8191 Email: cattleyaantigua@hotmail.com If you’re looking for stylish, sophisticated and glamorous resort wear, Cattleya Boutique offers a wide selection of day and evening attire suitable for every occasion. Cattleya’s excellent customer service and quality brands are complemented by a convenient location next door to Longchamp in Heritage Quay.


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Epicurean Drive, off Friars Hill Road Tel: (268) 484-5400 Jolly Harbour Tel: (268) 481-5480 Email: admin@epicureanantigua.com www.epicureanantigua.com Antigua’s premium supermarket Epicurean has two convenient branches offering quality products sourced throughout the Caribbean and from around the world. The fresh produce includes meat, seafood, sushi and dairy goods, as well as an extensive bakery and hot food/deli department. There is a pharmacy, a wide selection of fine wines and liquors, and even an aisle dedicated to bulk buying. Epicurean is also the exclusive distributor of the Waitrose brand. You can join their customer loyalty programme, earning points which you can spend. Jolly Harbour branch open 7am to 9pm. Epicurean Drive, Friars Hill Road open 7am to 9pm.

WOODS PHARMACY

Woods Mall, Friars Hill Road Tel: (268) 462-9288/7 This excellent pharmacy has a first-class range of pharmaceutical products and is well located with convenient parking. This cool, spacious and efficient pharmacy offers a wide range of necessities and luxuries with good customer service and reasonable prices. Open daily 8am to 6pm.

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ISLAND PROVISION GROUP

Sir George H. Walter Highway Island Provision Tel: (268) 480-5151 Gourmet Basket Tel: (268) 480-5174 Best Cellars Tel: (268) 480-5180 Email: info@islandprovision.biz www.island-provision.com Conveniently located just a 5-minute drive from the airport, this one-stop provisioning hub is fully committed to its motto ‘Where Quality Comes First’. There are three separate sections in the complex. Best Cellars is a wine connoisseur’s delight, offering a wide selection of international wines. The Gourmet Basket and Island Food Distribution offer a wide selection of premium brands, as well as high-quality meats, fish and fresh produce. As the island’s leading food and beverage distributor, the company takes great pride in supplying visiting yachts, as well as Antigua’s finest hotels, restaurants and supermarkets. There is a large car park centrally located for easy access to each outlet in the complex.

THE CORK & BASKET

Antigua Yacht Club Marina Commercial Centre, English Harbour Tel: (268) 462-0363 Email: thecorkandbasket@brydens.com www.corkandbasket.com The Cork & Basket is located right in the heart of Antigua’s yachting centre on the south coast. This gourmet wine and food emporium offers an extensive selection of wines, those from old world and new world regions showcased. There’s also an international and regional selection of the finest spirits. The gourmet deli items include fine cheeses, charcuterie meats and Greek olives. The alfresco Patio Café serves a selection of quiches, cakes and freshly-made sandwiches. Beverages include Lavazza Coffee, Harney & Sons teas, as well as a wide range of wines served by the glass or bottle at retail prices.

CRAB HOLE LIQUORS

Cobbs Cross, Falmouth Nelsons Dockyard, English Harbour Tel: (268) 460-1212/462-9082 Stop by at one of two outlets in the English Harbour 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 and phone cards to party favours.

I S L A N D P R OV I S I O N G R O U P We take pride in supplying the best hotels, restaurants and yachts and are truly committed to our motto “Where Quality Comes First”

T: +(268) 480-5151 // F: +(268) 480-5173

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Hodges Bay Tel: (268) 462-3881 Dinner Only. This charming and long-established restaurant delivers a heartfelt welcome combined with a real sense of occasion. The French haute cuisine is enhanced by a superb range of vintage wines and champagnes, the service reliably polished yet distinctly personal. Chef/ owner Patrick Gauducheau is in the ‘Who’s Who of Chefs’ and featured on Discovery Channel’s ‘Great Chefs of the World’. Listed in the Top 50 Restaurants in the Caribbean by the Experts’ Choice Awards. Reservations are recommended.

ADMIRAL’S INN PILLARS RESTAURANT

Nelson’s Dockyard Tel: (268) 460-1027 Email: reservations@admiralsinnantigua.com www.admiralsantigua.com With its 18th century pillars, lush gardens and outdoor waterfront terrace overlooking the historic harbour, Pillars is the ideal spot to relax over cocktails, lunch or dinner. Popular dishes include Tuna Tartare, Beef Duo and Catch of the Day. Wednesday is Caribbean night and Saturday offers special menus from around the world. But you can watch the moon rise over Shirley Heights any evening of the week.

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LE BISTRO FRENCH RESTAURANT

ANA’S ON THE BEACH RESTAURANT & ART GALLERY Dickenson Bay Tel: (268) 562-8562 Email: info@anas.ag www.anas.ag Ana’s is not just a gourmand’s delight, but a beacon of style with its hot pink doors and mix of glamour and culture. The team of excellent chefs with experience spanning the Caribbean, Italy, Spain and the UK has created the exciting Mediterranean menu. The Infinity Bar at the water’s edge offers the on-demand ‘Anapasti’ menu, as well as signature cocktails from award-winning bartenders. A hub for regional and international artists, Ana’s showcases an eclectic selection of art, and the tastefully designed surroundings add to the ambience of this charming restaurant. Open daily from 11am.

BAY HOUSE RESTAURANT & BAR

Trade Winds Hotel, Trade Winds  Tel: (268) 462-1223 www.twhantigua.com One of Antigua’s ‘top-tables’, the Bay House offers fine dining at affordable prices. Get your day off to a great start with the Antiguan breakfast, or enjoy the spectacular views over Dickenson Bay as you treat yourself to something from the deck menu. Selected local produce inspires the à la carte dinner menu served from 6pm, the excellent wine list featuring new world wines and classics from around the world. Open 8am to 10pm. Daily Happy Hour and tapas from 5pm to 7pm.

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ALI BABA BAR, GRILL & HOOKAH

Old Parham Road, St. John’s Tel: (268) 562-2525/720-4900 www.alibabaanu.com An authentic Lebanese restaurant offering everything from falafel and tabbouleh to tender lamb kebabs and spicy sausage wraps, even the centuries-old tradition of hookah pipes. International favourites like pizzas, burgers and pasta dishes also feature on the extensive menu. Open Monday to Saturdays for lunch, afternoon tea, dinner and takeaways.

BOOM RESTAURANT AT GUNPOWDER SUITES

Nelson’s Dockyard  Tel: (268) 460-1027 www.admiralsantigua.com Experience Boom’s stunning vistas of Nelson’s Dockyard from its outdoor terraces, infinity-edge pool and 18th century Gunpowder Art Gallery. Come for lunch and spectacular sundowners. Spend the day lounging on daybeds, enjoy a massage at the spa, take a dip in the pool and sample dishes such as Thai shrimp cakes and steak aioli sandwiches.

BIG BANANA PIZZAS IN PARADISE

Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s Tel: (268) 480-6985 www.bigbanana-antigua.com “Pizzas”, as it is affectionately called by locals, is a legendary casual dining rendezvous and hot spot established over the last 30 years. Recognised for serving some of the best pizzas in the Caribbean, its great menu also features international favourites and local specialities. The fun atmosphere and historic setting in the old rum warehouse attract locals and tourists, plus visiting celebrities. When in Antigua a visit to Big Banana Pizzas in Paradise is a must. Eat in, takeaway or delivery. Open Monday to Saturday from 11am until late.

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GARDEN GRILL

Dutchman’s Bay Tel: (268) 464-0207 Instagram: @gardengrillanu Dedicated to flavour, sustainability and nutrition, the Garden Grill’s tasty menu is based upon farm-fresh, locally-sourced produce served in an attractive garden setting. The Sunday brunches are particularly popular followed by a cooling dip in the pool. Lunch: Tuesday – Saturday. Dinner: Friday. Sunday Brunch: 9am-1pm.

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CARMICHAEL’S

Sugar Ridge, St. Mary’s. (Reopening Pending) Tel: (268) 562-7700 www.sugarridgeantigua.com One of Antigua’s most spectacular dining locations. This chic yet relaxing fine dining restaurant sits atop Sugar Ridge, and offers floor-to-ceiling views of the Caribbean Sea, Jolly Harbour Marina and neighbouring islands. The seasonal dinner menu of world favourites and freshly-caught seafood is complemented by an extensive wine list. Or why not marvel at the sunset over cocktails? Complimentary shuttle from Jolly Harbour Marina. Dinner only from 6pm.

COLIBRI

Dockyard Drive Tel: (268) 460-3434 www.colibri-antigua.com Set in a charming Caribbean cottage in the heart of English Harbour, this French Creole restaurant specialises in delicious French cuisine with Creole influences from New Orleans and the French West Indies. The cabana-style bar doubles up as a crêperie offering original cocktails and a creative selection of bar food. Seating options include the elegant dining room, the tropical gardens and the lively lounge area overlooking Dockyard Drive. Live entertainment is available throughout the season. Open Monday to Saturday from 5pm. Reservations recommended.

CLOGGY’S

AYC Marina, Falmouth Harbour Tel: (268) 460-6910 www.cloggys-antigua.com For unique Mediterranean-influenced cuisine accompanied by beautiful views of sunsets and yachts at anchor. The stylish, nautical vibe is enhanced by menus that include fresh lobster and a large selection of grilled seafood and meats. Popular weekend events include Sunday brunches and sundowner specials on Saturday afternoons. Enjoy a wide range of foreign beers, and view major sporting events on the large flat-screen TV. Reservations recommended. Lunch: Tuesday to Saturday: 11:30am to 4:30pm. Dinner: Wednesday to Saturday: 6pm to 9:30pm. Sunday: Brunch 11am to 4:30pm with bar only afterwards. Closed Mondays.

CHIPPY ANTIGUA

Dickenson Bay, Runaway Road Tel: (268) 724-1166/734-8945 Email: chippyantigua@msn.com This authentic and traditional English fish and chip van is run by Dave and Jane. It serves fish and chips, fresh lobster bites, scampi (shrimp), sausages, meat pies and gravy – all served with chips. Indian curries are also available. Casual outdoor dining atmosphere or take-away. Open Wednesday and Friday evenings 2pm to 9pm. Also available for special occasions, so please call for details.

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HARBOUR VIEW BAR & CAFÉ

Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s Tel: (268) 462-2972 Email: exoticantigua@gmail.com The only waterfront bar and café downtown has a splendid view of St. John’s Harbour. Spend time relaxing in the elevated lounge area enjoying the cooling trade breezes. Primarily open for breakfast and lunch, and serving fresh salads, sandwiches and paninis. Cocktails and smoothies also available.

THE GREAT HOUSE RESTAURANT

Mercers Creek Tel: (268) 463-4084 Email: bookings@thegreathouseantigua.com  www.thegreathouseantigua.com Treat yourselves to Sunday lunch on the beautiful terrace of this historic great house overlooking the creek and tropical gardens. A traditional 3-course lunch is served, along with catch-of-the-day and freshly-made pastas and salads. Afterwards you can go for a stroll in the gardens, relax around the pool, or even play a game of croquet. Open every Sunday from noon. Reservations required.

THE LARDER

Royal Palm Place, Friars Hill Road Tel: (268) 480-6940  www.thelarderantigua.com A unique gourmet deli-café popular with locals and visitors in search of great food and service. Renowned as Antigua’s best sushi bar and delicafé, The Larder also offers an upscale takeaway and catering service. The bar provides fresh juices, premium spirits and fine wines. There’s a ‘Build Your Own Salad’ bar, Illy coffee, gelateria, and Napolitano style thin-crust pizzas baked to-order in a woodstone oven. Open Monday to Saturday 7:30am to 9pm.

SUGAR CLUB RESTAURANT

Sugar Ridge, St. Mary’s  (Reopening Pending) Tel: (268) 562-7700 www.sugarridgeantigua.com This informal but smart indoor/outdoor restaurant overlooks the resort’s swimming pools. High ceilings and large open shutters induce a cool, contemporary atmosphere. The daily menu includes tapas and sushi. Only 5 minutes’ drive from Jolly Harbour.

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Jolly Harbour Tel: (268) 562-8573/785-7321 The heart of Italy in the Caribbean, Basilico’s authentic Italian recipes are complemented by the fresh bounty of the Caribbean Sea. Dine on Mediterranean specialities in a stylish, waterside gazebo overlooking the yachts at anchor in Jolly Harbour Marina. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, yet also perfect for Italian coffee breaks, delicious artisanal gelato, fresh bread and focaccia, as well as gluten-free alternatives. Also caters for events and weddings. Reservations recommended. Open from 9.30am. Closed Mondays.


LA BUSSOLA RESTAURANT

Dutchman’s Bay Tel: (268) 462-8433/785-5436 Email: labussolantigua@hotmail.com www.labussolarestaurant.net La Bussola is an authentic Italian restaurant located on the beach at Dutchmans’ Bay. Its beachfront setting, beautiful garden and panoramic views of Jumby Bay Island make it the perfect choice for romantic dinners. La Bussola has been providing quality homemade Italian cuisine and delicious wood-oven cooked pizzas since 2007, and its wine selection is one of the most extensive on the island. With its spacious interior, two large outside patios and convenient car park, it’s also an ideal choice for large events. Buon Appetito! Open Monday to Saturday. Lunch from midday to 3pm, dinner from 6.30pm to 10pm. Lunch reservations are recommended.

LA BRASSERIE

Antigua Slipway, English Harbour Tel: (268) 721-9420 La Brasserie offers traditional French cuisine in an iconic waterside setting. Think homemade foie gras for starters, a cheese soufflé, Lobster Thermidor or rack of lamb with truffle sauce for the main course, and a Crêpe Suzette or Soufflé Grand Marnier for dessert. The wood-burning oven is perfect for authentic pizzas, and there’s also a bakery offering baguettes for day charters, as well as a catering service for outside events. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, Isabelle and Eric look forward to welcoming you. Free water taxi from Nelson’s Dockyard and Galleon Beach. La Bussola

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SALT PLAGE BEACH BAR & RESTAURANT

Dickenson Bay, Siboney Beach Club Tel: (268) 462-0806 www.siboneybeachantigua.com Set on world-renowned Dickenson Bay and with unbeatable beachfront views. Salt Plage is the ideal place to start your day with a sunny breakfast, relax over a lazy lunch, enjoy a lingering dinner or stop by for cocktails and a stunning sunset. The atmosphere is a perfect combination of tranquillity, vibrance, fun and romance with the eclectic international menus and sound of the surf. Don’t forget to take a selfie next to the iconic red phone booth.

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It is fitting therefore that smaller and more exclusive vessels are now being encouraged to focus their attention on Barbuda, and plans are already underway for a small-scale cruise pier on our unique Robinson Crusoe sister island. Antigua’s local tour operators certainly have no problem keeping pace with the future increase in visitor numbers. Complementing our 365 beautiful beaches are an ever-growing number of adventurous activities, unique excursions and historic tours designed to suit every taste and age group. And, of course, all of us very much hope that a cruise ship visit of just one day will lead to much longer stays in our twin-island nation.

The Antigua & Barbuda Government certainly knows how important cruise tourism is to our economy. It continues to develop our cruise facilities, not just to attract the most prestigious vessels to our shores, but also to handle any increase in passenger numbers. The continued dredging of St. John’s harbour by The Meridian Construction Company is just one of the ways the government ensures the world’s largest cruise ships can be accommodated here. Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines are also committed to developing our cruise facilities, most notably with the new 5th Pier at the Oasis cruise berth pier in partnership with Global Ports Holding. The extension enables us to welcome their Freedom and Quantum class vessels.

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NIGHTLIFE ANTIGUA Understandably Antigua’s nightlife is low-key right now. Social distancing and an 11pm curfew means the jam-packed bars and partying until the small hours has been put on hold for now. But many hotels still offer live entertainment, our casino is open for business, and you can always enjoy a sundowner with friends. Let’s drink to things returning to normal soon!

DICKENSON BAY

Still the best place for locals and visitors to socialise on the north coast, particularly so on Friday evenings. Putters is a casual, island-style bar, while the stylish Salt Plage is perfect for beachside sundowners. Ana’s on the Beach is a chic waterfront venue offering anything from mood music as the sun sets to the latest tunes for dancing on the sands.

ST. JOHN’S AREA

The Yard in St. Mary’s Street is popular on ‘Thirsty Thursdays’, Jokers Tavern on Popeshead Street has slot machines to go with its well-priced drinks, and C&C Wine Bar in Redcliffe Quay has always got a bottle of South African wine chilling. But for a distinctly Caribbean vibe head west to BeachLimerz on Fort James Beach. There’s regular live music here, the famous Harmonites Steelband playing on Sunday afternoons. You can also catch all the latest movie releases at the Caribbean Cinemas complex just outside town.

KING’S CASINO

If you enjoy a flutter, this Vegas-style gambling spot offers 16 table games including roulette, blackjack and poker, as well as over 250 slot machines. It’s an entertainment hub too with live music on Friday and Saturday nights, karaoke on Sundays and bingo on Thursday nights. Plus there’s a sports bar, live sports betting and horse racing simulcasting. King’s Casino continues to rank as the number one nightspot in St. John’s. It’s lies close to the waterfront and cruise terminals at Heritage Quay.

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JOLLY HARBOUR AREA

This residential and yachting centre is where it all happens on the west coast, the social scene often illuminated by the lights from the yachts. Enjoy a rum cocktail at the popular Crow’s Nest, or head down the coast for cocktails on the edge of the sea at the awardwinning Sheer Rocks, Cocobay Resort. And overlooking it all is The Sugar Ridge Hotel where you’ll find The Sugar Club Lounge, sushi snacks and and live music.

ENGLISH AND FALMOUTH HARBOURS

Packed with boats in the winter, the bars here are not just popular with the yachting community, but also with residents. Life on the Corner just outside Nelson’s Dockyard is one of the most popular watering holes, the food great and the vibe friendly. Scullduggery Café in Falmouth Harbour is much loved for its chocolate martinis, while nearby Cloggy’s and South Point are sophisticated meeting spots where the cocktails come with prime views of the yachts at anchor. Although even these views are eclipsed by those from the top of Shirley Heights, almost 500 feet above sea level. Just take a short drive through the National Park to the top of the hill and you’ll come to Shirley Heights Lookout with its historic bar and spectacular panorama over English and Falmouth Harbours. And although the legendary Sunday afternoon party has been put on hold for now, the sunsets are still guaranteed to pack quite a punch. It’s a unique Antiguan experience you’ll remember for a long time.


ART ANTIGUA

Why not purchase some local art to remind you of your stay in Antigua? Certainly the island’s purity of light and colour has inspired a whole community of artists, potters and craftspeople. Enjoy perusing these excellent galleries...

ART GALLERIES & STUDIOS YELLOWBOAT STUDIO

Turtle Bay Tel: (268) 764-8035 www.yellowboat.com Email: merantoj@candw.ag Jennifer Meranto’s hand-tinted photos of Antigua and the Caribbean are increasingly popular, as are her oneoff shots capturing the essence of island life. Jennifer also sells art made from reclaimed materials found on Antigua’s shoreline, the proceeds from her ‘Vintage Beach Collection’ going towards cleaning up the island’s beaches. Visitors welcome at her studio by appointment.

ADMIRALS INN & GUNPOWDER ART GALLERIES

Nelson’s Dockyard Tel: (268) 460-1027 Admirals Inn has two art galleries. One in the lobby where Kate Spencer has a changing exhibition of her original oil paintings of Caribbean life. The other in the 18th century building at Gunpowder Suites, with an exhibition of Mike Soloman from Vancouver. Special shows featuring local artists.

RHYTHM OF BLUE ART GALLERY

Dockyard Drive, English Harbour Tel: (268) 770-7888 Email: arawakart@yahoo.com Inspired by the Caribbean Sea, Nancy Nicholson uses local clay to produce her distinctive pottery. The Gallery also displays her sculptures, paintings and hand-crafted silver jewellery. Original works by other ocean-inspired Caribbean artists are also on display. Open November to May and by appointment at the Pottery Studio June to October.

TAINO’S ART GALLERY

Jolly Harbour Tel: (268) 773-3544 Luis Jarvis at Taino’s has been long established at Jolly Harbour. You’ll find his work stacked inside and outside the gallery together with collections from other Antiguan artists. Sometimes he has a work in progress, always in vibrant Caribbean colours. Look at his unique shell light fixtures – an unusual souvenir from Antigua.

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BUCKLEYS STUDIO

Buckleys Village  Tel: (268) 764-8803 Email: janfarara@hotmail.com  www.janfarara.com 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. Open every day. Call to make an appointment.

ART GALLERY Sallie Harker THINGS LOCAL GALLERY

Nelson’s Dockyard Tel: (268) 776-9657/770-5780 Owner Carl Henry is Antigua’s foremost wood carver. Using Antiguan mahogany and wood from trees naturally felled, his boats, fish and warri boards are much sought-after.

ANSON JAY HENRY

Tel: (268) 782-2145 Email: ansonjhenry@gmail.com www.ansonjhenry.com One of Antigua’s leading photo realistic pencil artists, specialising in various forms of hyperrealism. His work is displayed in many local business offices and private residences. There is a nostalgic feel to his pieces and his inspiration is constantly evolving from random thoughts and moments.

ZEMI ARTS & CRAFTS

Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s Tel: (268) 562-7662 www.wadadli-watercolours.com A unique display of indigenous and local art a world away from mass-produced souvenirs. The contemporary art and design collection includes originals, limited editions and reproductions by Stephen Murphy, as well as other local artists.

Fitches Creek (near the airport) Tel: (268) 464-6084 Email: gillygobinet@me.com www.gillygobinet.com Gilly Gobinet’s beautiful original paintings in acrylic and watercolour are of Caribbean flora and fauna, marine art, nudes and pet portraits. 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. Open Mon-Fri 9am to 1pm or by appointment. Commissions welcome.

NICHOLAS HADEED

KATIE MCCONNACHIE

Cobbs Cross, Falmouth Harbour  Tel: (268) 460-1417/764-0340 Email: wildlifefineart@gmail.com www.katiesfineart.com Katie’s favorite medium is prismacolor pencils, which afford her drawings an incredible amount of detail. She also works a great deal in acrylic paints. Her subject matter spans from pet portraits of birds, cats, dogs etc. to native island and underwater wildlife. She is also an illustrator of children’s books and a Muralist.

BERT KIRCHNER

Cobbs Cross, Falmouth Harbour Tel: (268) 464-6044 Email: bert@antiguafilm.com A longtime resident of Antigua, Bert only discovered his artistic talent recently after suffering concussion following a bad fall. He began painting during his recovery and the rest, as they say, is history!

Tel: (268) 464-9836 Email: hnh@candw.ag Nicholas Hadeed is an Antiguan abstract artist specialising in acrylics. His work is not only strongly influenced by the Impressionists, but also by the heat, light and vibrant colours of the Caribbean. Nick came to painting late in life, his degree in Civil Engineering having led him to a successful career in the construction industry. Today though all his energies go into his paintings, his passion creating distinctive art characterised by bright hues and either intense movement or serene stillness.

Cedars Pottery

Bert Kirchner


Traditional pots from Elvie’s Pottery

FIG TREE STUDIO ART GALLERY

Uniquely located in the heart of the rainforest Tel: (268) 460-1234/723-2304 Email: sallieharker@me.com www.sallieharker.com Sallie has developed an innovative technique using gold leaf and oil paint on wooden shingles for designs of birds and sea life in a distinctive style and patterns. Sallie exhibits her work in her picturesque Fig Tree Gallery which also carries art from other Caribbean artists. The Gallery features contemporary art including limited edition prints, ceramics and Caribbean craft.

EDISON LIBURD

Nevis Street, St. John’s Tel: (268) 562-3198/723-6513 Email: edisonartsgallery@gmail.com Edison Liburd is an Antiguan artist whose love of nature, music and people is reflected in his expressive mannerism style. Edison’s uninhibited fluidity and sense of freedom perfectly captures the vibrant energy and varied moods of Caribbean life. Each piece is originally done and available in a variety of shapes and sizes.

JANE SEAGULL

Tel: (268) 734-8945 Jane has an eclectic, quirky approach to art. Whilst acrylic, oil and watercolour are her standard palette, her papier mache creations are ‘off the wall’ fun!

Jan Farara

POTTERY STUDIOS ELVIE’S POTTERY

Seaview Farm Tel: (268) 463-1888 Hyacinth Hillhouse continues in the tradition begun by her grandmother and mother of making coal-pots and other items from the local clay found near Seaview Farm. Originally used to heat the evening meals over hot coals, the earthenware pots are now largely decorative, although many houses still have one in case the gas runs out! The pots are shaped by hand rather than on a wheel and only a handful of people still have the necessary skills. Your support for this dying art is much appreciated.

CEDARS POTTERY

Buckley’s Road Tel: (268) 460-5293 Email: potteryc@candw.ag www.cedarspottery.com Imogen Margrie and Michael Hunt produce original pieces in urban ware and porcelain clay. Michael’s sculptures in stone and wood are much sought-after.

SARAH FULLER’S POTTERY STUDIO

Dutchman’s Bay Tel: (268) 562-1264/726-1550 www.sarahfullerpottery.com For the best in Caribbean ceramics. A fusion of art and nature, unique mobile hangings combine driftwood treasures with Sarah’s pottery talents. Local clays are transformed into originals, with glazes inspired by the turquoise Caribbean Sea. Open Mon–Fri 9am to 3pm.

Online Directory Featuring The Best Antiguan Arts & Crafts www.antiguanartists.com An online directory of professional artists (painters, potters, photographers etc.) living and working in Antigua, listing websites, email addresses, telephone numbers, an image of each artist’s work and 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.

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Sea Salt Soap from Artisans Antigua Travelling Market

Carib Bean Coffee Roasters

ANTIGUA SOUVENIRS

Looking for souvenirs to take home? From rum and soap to fresh coffee and tamarind seed jewellery, you’ll be delighted what you can find here...

Some of the best rums in the world are produced by Antigua Distillery. Although sold all over the island, they’re not easy to get your hands on overseas. This means English Harbour Five Year Rum and English Harbour 10 Year Reserve make particularly welcome gifts. The miniature collections are easy to pack in your luggage, as are the plastic bottles of Cavalier Gold and White Rums. Antigua Distillery also produces Kococaribe Coconut Rum which is a true taste of the tropics.   Be sure to take home a few bottles of Susie’s Hot Sauce which is readily available in Antigua and much appreciated overseas. In the supermarkets you’ll also find local products like guava jelly and pineapple jam, as well as Paige Honey which is produced on the island by Alphonso. An ideal gift for coffee lovers are the many blends of the delicious fresh coffees made by Carib Bean Coffee Roasters of Antigua. Pure coconut oil, a worldwide health and beauty staple nowadays, is also produced here. It turns into a butter-like consistency when cold, but runs smoothly when warm. You’ll find this amongst all sorts of produce sold at the vegetable market in St. John’s, as well as shops around the island.

The Antigua Candle Factory at Jolly Harbour Marina produces Mr Shooz soy wax anti-mosquito citronella candles in attractive glass jars. Near the entrance to Nelson’s Dockyard you’ll find ladies selling unique Antiguan jewellery made from the seeds of our wild tamarind and mimosa trees. 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 hand-painted tee-shirts with their stylish designs incorporating flowers, birds and tropical fish. You should also keep an eye out for the delightful little books by Gilly Gobinet, an artist long known for her colourful prints. Titles include ‘Caribbean Cookery’ and ‘The Top 20 Places in Antigua’ and you’ll find them at Best of Books in town. And always make time for the Artisans Antigua Travelling Market whenever it pops up in key spots around the island. Everything from jewellery and soap to art and dog biscuits are sold here. Indeed, this unique craft and farmers market is a true showcase of the creativity, originality and traditional skills very much in evidence here in Antigua & Barbuda. Thanks to Edna Fortescue for her contribution to this article.

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USEFUL TO KNOW GEOGRAPHY

Located in the heart of the Caribbean, Antigua is 108 sqm. in size and about 13 miles across. Barbuda is 62 sqm. and lies 27 miles to our north. Tiny and uninhabited Redonda lies 20 miles north-west. There are about 98,000 people in Antigua, 1,500 in Barbuda and only seagulls on Redonda. From Antigua you can see Guadeloupe, Montserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis.

CLIMATE

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

CLOTHING

Antigua still 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 residents! Casual clothes are the unwritten rule for dining and trips to town.

LANGUAGE

Although English is the only language ever adopted in the island, you may wonder what some of us are saying when we chat in the local lingo. Everybody sooner or later acquires a few idiomatic phrases such as “No big ting” or “Antigua me come from.”

ELECTRICITY

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

CURRENCY

Our 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.

CALCULATING COSTS

Hotel rates are cheaper outside the ‘season’ from December to April. Some hotels offer special packages for golfers, tennis players, gamblers and honeymooners. Check with your travel agent or Antigua Hotels & Tourist Association, Newgate Street, St. John’s, Tel: (268) 462-0374/3703/4928. There is 10% service charge (which saves the bother of tipping) and a 14% ABS Tax.

POST OFFICES

The main Post Office is located at the foot of Long Street in St. John’s. Open Monday to Thursdays: 8.15am to 3pm. Fridays 8:15am to 2pm. Tel. (268) 562-1929. Post Offices are also located at the Woods Centre, Nelson’s Dockyard, All Saints village and Codrington, Barbuda. Fedex – the agent in Antigua is Francis Trading located on Nevis Street, St. John’s. Tel: (268) 462-3339.

GROCERY SHOPPING

A wide variety of imported and fresh local produce is available in our air-conditioned and well-stocked supermarkets. Several are located in the north of the island close to St. John’s. You’ll find 1st Choice on the Anchorage Road close to Dickenson Bay, a Cost Pro at the Woods Mall and The Gourmet Basket on Sir George H.Walter Highway. The long-established Epicurean has grown into a super-supermarket just off Friars Hill Road, with another branch at Jolly Harbour. In the English Harbour area you can stock up at Bailey’s, Crab Hole Liquors or Covent Garden.

EMERGENCIES

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable stay here. However, it’s still comforting to know help isn’t far away if you run into any problems. Most hotels are serviced by a 24-hour ‘Duty Doctor’ and in an emergency the reception desk staff will contact them for you. Mount St. John’s Hospital lies just off Queen Elizabeth Highway. Tel: (268) 484-2700 and there’s also the Hanna Thomas Hospital in Barbuda. Tel: (268) 460-0076. The Police Headquarters is on American Road Tel: (268) 462-0125 and there’s also a station on Newgate Street in St John’s. The emergency helpline is 911.

EMBASSIES & CONSULAR OFFICES UNITED KINGDOM

NORWAY

CHINA

Hon. Consular Office of Britain c/o Grant Thornton Tel: (268) 462-3000

NETHERLANDS

DENMARK

British High Commission in Barbados Tel: 1 (246) 430-7800

USA

U.S. Honorary Consular Office Tel: (268) 463-6531

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Hon. Consulate of Norway c/o Frances Trading Tel: (268) 462-0858 Hon. Consulate of the Netherlands c/o Gomez Insurance Tel: (268) 481-1850

VENEZUELA

Venezuelan Embassy Tel: (268) 462-1574

Embassy of the People’s Republic of China Tel: (268) 462-1125 Hon. Consulate of Denmark Tel: (268) 720-3484

AUSTRIA

Consulate of Austria Tel: (268) 463-8698


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