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Antigua and Barbuda : When and where to go?
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Antigua and Barbuda: Climate & Weather
The tropical climate divides the year into two seasons: a dry period from December to April, with a lot of sunshine and supportable heat, and a rainy season, from May to November, as hot but with more humidity, In the form of intense but very short showers occurring in the evening.
25°C - 77°F
Saint John's, updated 03:00 GMT
Antigua and Barbuda: Map
What to do in Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua is the most populated and it owns alone 365 beaches, which are among the most beautiful of the Antilles! Quite flat, it is also the ideal place to practice many water sports, but also cricket, and it is very appreciated by the families. You will be able to attend many regattas.
Saint John's, the capital, has a beautiful old center, part of which has been restored, with a very Caribbean atmosphere emanating from its wooden houses and small streets. You will visit a beautiful baroque-inspired cathedral, the Marine Museum with its wrecks of ships, and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda housed in the former Palais de Justice.
If you are in Antigua late July / early August, be sure to attend the Carnival, very noisy and colorful.
As far as monuments are concerned, the port of Englih Harbor and the Nelson Dockyard Museum, which bears witness to the history of the island, can be visited to the south of the island, tracing the battles of the Royal Navy Against the Spaniards and the Dutch in the 13th and the 19th century. Shirley Heights is a fort that dominates this site, and from its ruins one enjoys a magnificent view of the area. There are also castles and forts along the coves and beaches of the island. You can also visit Betty's Hope Estate, a former restored sugar cane plantation, with its museum that tells the story since 1650.
On Barbuda, it is the fauna and the flora which are the honor, with an extremely preserved nature and a magnificent ornithological reserve. You can take a walk at sea and swim with the rays, observe the turtles lay their eggs between June and December, dive in the coral reefs to admire multiple fish and crustaceans. The majority of the population, very small, lives in Codrington, which is the only village on the island, located on the edge of the lagoon. On the island there are caves where the Amerindians have engraved petroglyphs, and you can also visit the Martello Tower, a fort once used as an observation post. You will appreciate Barbuda for its wild aspect and its frequentation much more confidential than that of its neighbor.
Antigua and Barbuda : The basics
A visa is not required for a stay of less than 42 days, a passport valid for another 6 months after the return date is sufficient.
The current currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC $ or XCD).
You can reach the archipelago by plane from France via Guadeloupe; The international airport is to the north ten minutes from the capital.
Between the two islands, boats make frequent journeys. On land, there are minibuses, taxis, and rental cars, which are undoubtedly the most efficient solution for your journeys.
For your accommodation, the budget depends on the season, and you will find the cheapest prices between May and November. Allow about 200 € for a small apartment per week, and a bed and breakfast for about 60 € per night. The same in a decent air-conditioned hotel will cost you just over £ 100 a night.
Your budget will have to be fairly substantial, however, because everything is expensive, and food is also often more expensive than in France.
Health: There is no vaccination required, but as usual you have your current vaccines up to date. You will have to protect yourself against mosquitoes, and take care of the fleas of sand avoiding to walk barefoot after the rain or the evening. Also bears sunburn, coral wounds, sea urchins, jellyfish and strong currents in places. The presence of mancenilliers (toxic trees) and that of ciguatera, poisoning due to algae, carried by large carnivorous fishes.
Safety: some isolated and deserted beaches are deprecated (flights in cars) and it is better to avoid driving at night.
Shopping: Barbuda is known for its beautiful pottery.