ISLANDS: Antigua, Barbuda, Redonda LANGUAGE: English CURRENCY: Eastern Caribbean dollar
GOVERNMENT: Independent monarchy WEB SITE: www.antigua-barbuda.org — Antigua SIZE: 108 sq. mi.
(14 mi. x 11 mi.) POPULATION: 66,422 — Barbuda SIZE: 62 sq. mi. (15 mi. x 8 mi.) POPULATION: 1,500
At 108 square miles and with a population of 65,000, this is the most
developed and visited of the British Leeward Islands. St. John, its capital,
is home to about 45 percent of its population and is a bustling city with
some, but not a great deal of, charm. Antigua is especially popular with
Brits and Europeans who are only too happy to trade their drab winters
for the warm trade winds, predictable sunshine (Antigua experiences
only about 30 inches of rain a year), and 365 beaches that fringe the island.
It is also a favorite destination for cruise ships—three mega-cruise
ships were docked at Heritage Quay the day we passed through town.
The fact that this is one of the more developed and busier islands of
the Caribbean would not, at first, recommend it as a hideaway. But
if you know where to look, Antigua does harbor its share of idyllic
and sybaritic escapes.
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