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Antigua - Frequently Asked Questions

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  1. When is the best time to go?
  2. Do you need a visa?
  3. How can I get there?
  4. What is the local currency and what currency should I take?
  5. What is there to see and do?
  6. How big is Antigua?
  7. Are the best beaches in Antigua public?
  8. Is it safe to drink the water?

When is the best time to go?

The high season in Antigua is from mid-December to mid-April, although Antigua's weather is pleasant for most of the year, with daytime temperatures averaging between 24 and 29 degrees C all-year-long. The hurricane season here (and in the rest of the Caribbean) typically runs from June to November, so you may want to avoid travelling during these months if the possibility of a tropical storm puts you off. Nevertheless, it's worth remembering that most Caribbean countries are well-prepared for these natural events and have an impeccable record of tourist safety. Also you have to take into account that the possibility of a hurricane passing when you visit is quite rare.


Do you need a visa?

British passport holders do not need a visa to visit Antigua and Barbuda. On arrival, you will receive a stamp that allows you to stay for one month. You can apply for an extension via the Antigua and Barbuda Immigration Department once you are in the country. Most non-British EU citizens do not need a visa to enter Antigua and Barbuda either, as well as those from Commonwealth regions. Check with your tour operator, contact Antigua's tourist board in London or search online to see the full list of countries exempt from needing visas to enter the Caribbean nation.


How can I get there?

Both Virgin Atlantic and British Airways operate direct flights from London Gatwick to Antigua, with flights available every day of the week. It typically takes between eight and 8.5 hours to fly from London to Antigua.


What is the local currency and what currency should I take?

The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the official currency, which is fixed to the U.S. dollar. U.S. dollars are also accepted in many places around Antigua, while major credit cards can also be used across the island.


What is there to see and do?

The main attraction in Antigua is the beaches, of which there are 365. There are stretches of sand close to hotels, restaurants and cafes - such as Dickenson Bay, Runaway Bay and Fort James - as well as beaches that are undeveloped and virtually virginal, like Half Moon Bay, Rendezvous Bay and Doigs Beach. Sunbathing, swimming and snorkelling over the colourful coral reefs around Antigua's coast are all popular pastimes, while there are also a few surf spots (like Galley Bay in the north of the island). Sailing and scuba diving are other water sports you can try here. Away from the coast there are some charming towns and cities - St John's is the capital and largest city in Antigua and you'll find excellent shopping opportunities, fantastic restaurants and historical sites within its centre. English Harbour is another wonderful place to visit if you'd like to learn more about Antigua's heritage.


How big is Antigua?

Antigua is approximately 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, with a total area of 108 square miles. This makes it easy to travel from place to place if you want to explore outside of your resort. It is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands.


Are the best beaches in Antigua public?

All of Antigua's beaches are public and as the island has 365 of them - one for every day of the year - there is no shortage of bays and coves where you can soak up some sunshine or go for a swim.


Is it safe to drink the water?

Although the tap water in Antigua is generally considered to be safe to drink, it is advisable to stick to bottled water to avoid any problems. Bottled water is readily available throughout the island.


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