Antigua and Barbuda is located in the Caribbean and one of the Lesser Antilles. The country is made up of two main islands of Antigua and Barbuda and the volcanic island of Redonda together.
Antigua from Europe is of several airlines approached several times a week. From Frankfurt, a non-stop flight connection with Condor. Shuttle flights are available with Lufthansa from many European airports. British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights from London. Furthermore, the arrival of other Caribbean islands with the regional airline Liat is possible. At an airport departure tax of currently 50 ECD or 20 USD is charged.
The capital, St. John’s is starting point of many international cruise ships, including Costa Cruises, AIDA, Royal Caribbean Cruise Line, Norwegian Cruise Line, Carnival Cruise Lines. The sailing cruise ships Sea Cloud and Sea Cloud 2 St. John’s use in winter as the home port. Ferry from Antigua are currently with the sister island Barbuda and Montserrat.
Antigua and Barbuda on the left. Car rental companies are spread throughout the island. A local license may be purchased locally upon presentation of a major national or international driving license (currently $ 20).
The public bus system in Antigua is a relatively safe and inexpensive, especially, there is no posted timetables. Junction of the two bus stations in the capital, St. John’s. Stops can be found scattered throughout the island. In Barbuda, there is no public transport. Taxis are available at almost any time of day. Prices are set according to routes and should be requested in advance. There is an official list of taxi prices.
The official language is English. The population mostly speaks patois among themselves, a Caribbean, simplified English that is understood by outsiders is usually difficult. There are no official opening times are not, most stores are open from 08:00 clock and 17:00 clock, often there is a lunch break. Closed on Sundays. The boutiques and souvenir shops around Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay often have longer opening times and also open on Sundays and holidays, their doors, provided that cruise ships are in port. Typical souvenirs include images (naive painting) and carvings, hot sauce, jam, simple jewelry and crafts materials.
Creole cuisine is very palatable to Europeans, there are a lot of rice, fish, chicken, fresh steamed vegetables and of course tropical fruits such as bananas, papayas, melons, oranges and pineapples, the local, the Black Pineapple, which is particularly sweet in taste. National dish is the pepper pot, a stew of mixed vegetables and pork. Also typical is Fungee, a kind of polenta. The local beer is called Wadadli, named after the Indian name for Antigua, and is entirely edible. Antigua is also known for the rum, the two notable varieties are called English Harbour rum and rum Cavalier.
There are a few clubs, the best known are the Abracadabra in English Harbour and The Coast in St. John’s. There are also many bars and restaurants around the island. The main “spots” are St. John’s, the Dickenson Bay and English Harbour. A total of five casinos spread to Antigua. Do not miss the weekly party at Shirley Heights, where you can watch at Barbeque, steel pan and reggae music to the sunset over the breathtaking panorama of English Harbour. The party takes place every Sunday and is one of the most famous events in the Caribbean.
The offer ranges from bed and breakfasts in Antigua to a luxury resort for every budget is catered for. Many German-speaking tour operators offer packages or individual travel to Antigua to. For individual travelers is advisable to inquire beforehand the exact cost. In Barbuda, there are only a few rooms in private accommodation as well as some five-star range. For a basic double room with shower / WC in a hostel or in a private pension rule usually need to be invested over $ 30US per person.