Antigua in the Caribbean is also known as Waladli or Wadadli by the native population and means “our own”. Antigua is in the Eastern Caribbean, is around 14 miles long and 11 miles wide and has a circumference of approx. 54 miles. The capital city is St. John’s, located in the north-west of Antigua it and has a deep harbour which is able to accommodate large cruise ships. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the north and west are St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Barths, and St. Martin.
Temperatures in Antigua generally range from 24°C in the winter to 30°C in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 114cm, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Antigua has low humidity all year round.
There are 365 beaches on Antigua, that’s one for every day of the year, all are open to the public. The great majority of them are inside the calm, protected waters of the island’s Caribbean side. The sheltered bays have provided refuge for Admiral Nelson, to pirates and yachters. If you can tear yourself away from sunbathing on the beach, you will find that there is a distinct English accent to Antigua, with its narrow roads, candy coloured villages and historic sights.
There is plenty to see and do in Antigua. Nelson’s Dockyard, a restored Georgian marina has been in operation since 1745 and is Antigua’s top sightseeing attraction. For fabulous views of English Harbour and out to Guadalupe, head up to Shirley Heights, 18th century military fortifications whose ruins are fun to look around. Other sites include a visit to Fort James, a snorkel trip to Prickly Pear Island and a trek in to the rainforest.
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