Lively Antigua and Barbuda moves to the music of metal drums. It is possible to visit a different beach every day of the year, which is why tourists and celebrities flock to this sun-drenched Caribbean island. Antigua and Barbuda is a very popular tourist destination.
Antigua and Barbuda has a gastronomy rich in seafood, excellent fish and shellfish such as sea bream, tuna, flying fish, snapper and the famous lobster, among others. Among the typical dishes of these islands are the stewed pepperpotun made with pumpkin, spinach and other vegetables, potatoes gratin with coconut, sugar and spices and steamed in a banana leaf; roti, dumplings stuffed with curried potatoes, chicken or beef, and cou-cou, made from cornmeal and okra. Other more exotic dishes that can be found in Antigua and Barbuda are sea eggs, ground sea urchin roe, breaded or prepared to suit the consumer.
The climate is tropical, hot and humid throughout the year. The average daily temperature is around 25 degrees and around 28 degrees.
The English language is the official language of Antigua and Barbuda.
The national currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar. Despite this, most prices are in US dollars.
Along the south coast of Antigua, Fig Tree Drive meanders through rainforests, farmland, and fishing villages. This picturesque tour offers an insight into local life.
One of Antigua's most popular tourist attractions, Nelson's Dockyard National Park, in English Harbour, is home to the 18th-century Old British Antigua Naval Dockyard (inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in July 2016), as well as restored historic buildings and some of the best nature trails on the island.
Nelson's Dockyard is the only continuously operating Georgian shipyard in the world.
In the southeast of Antigua, peaceful Half Moon Bay is bordered by one of the best beaches in the Caribbean. Protected by a reef, this idyllic crescent of fine white sand and blue sea, backed by natural foliage, offers excellent diving on calm days.
The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda traces the history of these islands from their geological origins to political independence in 1981. A large-scale replica of an Arawak dwelling is housed in the museum, as well as pottery, textiles, tools and objects on display in the different ecosystems of the islands The museum is housed in the former 18th century courthouse in St. John's.