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Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Etymology

Antigua is Spanish for “ancient” and Barbuda is Spanish for “bearded”. The island of Antigua, originally called Wa’ladli by Arawaks, is today called Wadadli by locals. Caribs possibly called it Wa’omoni. Christopher Columbus, while sailing by in 1493 may have named it Santa Maria la Antigua, after an icon in the Spanish Seville Cathedral. [wikipedia]

Places to Meet People

Places to Meet People

Garden Grill – Restaurant in Saint John’s, Antigua and Barbuda. [facebook]

Sheer Rocks – Since it’s take-over in 2010, the young, enthusiastic owners have brought a new concept to dining out, successfully turning it into a relaxed, stylish hangout. [facebook]

How to Find a Date

How to Find a Date

Connecting Singles – Have you tried all the traditional ways to find someone special in Antigua and barbuda? Are you tired of the Antigua and barbuda bar & club scene, coming home to an empty house, lonely tables-for-one at those romantic Antigua and barbuda restaurants, disastrous blind dates set up by your matchmaking friends, Antigua and barbuda local singles groups, singles events and meetings with no results?? [connecting sigles]

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Walking Tours

Walking Tours

Antigua Outdoors – There is a good number of interesting hikes in Antigua, whether in coastal areas or in the southern hills. Most are fairly easy, though some walks will take you to quite remote areas. As usual, be sensible, but there is not much in way of animal life on the island likely to harm you, and mobile phone coverage is generally pretty good. [antigua outdoors]

Footsteps Rainforest Hiking Tours – Welcome to Footsteps Rainforest Hiking Tours. We are a locally run business situated in the heart of the Antigua rainforest, offering hiking tours in one of Antigua’s most beautiful and valuable conservation areas. Don’t miss out on this truly unique opportunity to see Antigua’s Rainforest. [hiking antigua]

Segway Tour – Answering the call from hoteliers, cruise ship passengers and locals, Segway of Antigua and Barbuda transitioned from a dealership/tour operator to a full Segway Tour operation providing unique and new tours in Antigua and Barbuda. [segway antigua]

Free Things to Do

Free Things to Do

17 Mile Beach, Barbuda – Those who stroll Barbuda’s 17 Mile Beach, will probably never see a more ravishing stretch of sand, nor another footprint. Lapped by pale aqua seas, this stunning stretch of pink-tinged sand separates the Barbuda lagoon from the Caribbean Sea, and pleases even the most jaded beach connoisseurs. Facilities are few, if non-existent, so you should bring your own supplies. [planet ware]

Darby Cave, Barbuda – Darby Cave, caused by dissolution of the limestone, is one of Barbuda’s most intriguing natural features. Although it is often described as a cave, the site is actually a sinkhole more than 100 meters in diameter. In contrast to the dry surrounding brush, the lush vegetation flourishing inside resembles a rainforest with ferns, tall palmetto palms, and thick lianas lacing around the tree trunks. Many birds can be spotted amid the foliage. [planet ware]

Devil’s Bridge: Indian Town National Park, Antigua – Along the rugged northeast coast, the dramatic scenery of Indian Town National Park features the natural limestone Devil’s Bridge, sculpted over the centuries by the pounding surf. At high tide, waves force geysers of water through blowholes in the nearby rock. [planet ware]

Dickenson Bay, Antigua – In the far north of Antigua, Dickenson Bay is one of the most popular tourist destinations on the island. Fronted by a long stretch of white sand beach lined with resorts and alfresco restaurants, the bay is great for swimming and offers the spectrum of water sports. Activity booths are sprinkled along the beach. The bay is also the hub for Antigua’s windsurfing scene. [planet ware]

Fig Tree Drive – Along Antigua’s southern coast, Fig Tree Drive winds through rainforest, farmlands, and fishing villages. This picturesque drive offers a glimpse of local life. Banana trees (called “figs” by the locals), mango trees, and coconut palms dot the landscape, as well as the ruins of sugar mills. Look for the roadside stands selling fresh-picked fruit. Along the route, the Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery sells vibrant local art and zipline rainforest tours are nearby. [planet ware]

Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Barbuda – Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Sanctuary is a haven for birders. Accessible only by boat, the bird sanctuary lies in Barbuda’s northwest lagoon and is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of frigate birds in the Caribbean. These large sea birds are known for their bright red gullets and one-and-a-half meter wingspan. [planet ware]

Half Moon Bay, Antigua – At the southeastern end of Antigua, tranquil Half Moon Bay is fringed by one of the Caribbean’s best beaches. Protected by a reef, this idyllic crescent of fine white sand and azure sea, backed by natural foliage, offers excellent snorkeling on calm days. When the wind is up, the surf can be rough. A small restaurant serves snacks just off the beach. Note that the beach is difficult to find, so a GPS will come in handy. [planet ware]

Martello Tower, Barbuda – On the beach at River, a few miles south of the village, Martello Tower (River Fort), was built by the British in the early 19th century on the site of a previous fort that was probably constructed by the Spanish. Today the thick stone walls and gun platform of this small defensive fort are mostly intact, and the ruins are attached to the remains of the previous fort. [planet ware]

Museum of Antigua and Barbuda – The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda traces the history of these islands from their geological origins to political independence in 1981. Housed in the museum is a full-scale replica of an Arawak dwelling, as well as pottery, weaving, tools, and exhibits on the islands’ different ecosystems. The museum is located in the former 18th-century Courthouse in St. John’s. [planet ware]

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, Antigua – One of Antigua’s most popular tourist attractions, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, in English Harbour, is home to Antigua’s former 18th-century British Naval Dockyard (inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List in July, 2016) as well as restored historic buildings and some of the island’s best nature trails. Nelson’s Dockyard is the only continuously operating Georgian dockyard in the world. The restored marina, with beautiful old stone warehouses, encompasses hotels, restaurants, shops, galleries, and museums. [planet ware]

St. John’s, Antigua – St. John’s, the capital city and cruise ship port of Antigua and Barbuda, is a kaleidoscope of candy-hued colonial cottages and market stalls piled high with tropical fruits and flowers. Looming above the skyline are the white neo-Baroque towers of St. John’s Cathedral, one of the city’s most distinctive buildings. It is currently undergoing a thorough restoration. For an overview of the island’s history, head to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in the 18th-century former Court House. [planet ware]

Stingray City, Antigua – If you have a lifelong fear of stingrays, this fun face-to-face adventure a five-minute speedboat ride off the east coast of Antigua, should banish those fears forever. Stingray City is a shallow pool with a sandy bottom amid a tropical reef, where hundreds of friendly southern stingrays glide through the crystal-clear waters waiting to be fed by visitors. Depending on your comfort level, you can stand, swim, or snorkel with them, and after your encounter, you can explore the surrounding coral reefs. Feeling their smooth, satiny bodies brush against your skin is a highlight of this exhilarating adventure. [planet ware]

Festivals

Festivals

A & B International Kite Festival – Each Easter weekend, thousands of colorful cloths soar above the sunny skies of Antigua and Barbuda during this annual kite festival, when island residents of all ages make and fly kites to mark the beginning of spring. [iexplore]

Annual Seafood Festival – Seafood lovers will not want to miss this annual feast of freshly caught fish and crustaceans at Urlings Wharf each April. This festival, first founded to promote Antigua and Barbuda’s fishermen and vendors, has grown into a much larger event complete with craft booths and live musical performances. Children have their own fishing competition and bouncy castle, while visitors of all ages can take relaxing boat rides around Carlisle Bay or watch the exciting mango-eating competition. [iexplore]

Antigua and Barbuda International Cricket Fest – Cricket may be Antigua and Barbuda’s national sport, but no match on the islands can rival the size of this four-day November event attracting Masters level teams from around the world. Afternoon coaching sessions take place prior to this elite event, which is accompanied by lively music and homemade meals of barbecued chicken, peas, and rice. [iexplore]

Antigua Carnival – Antigua’s Carnival, like its counterparts throughout the Caribbean, is a 10-day celebration filled with vibrant costumes, parades, calypso music, and plenty of partying. However, the people of Antigua have another reason to celebrate as Carnival also falls upon the anniversary of the day slavery ended on Antigua and Barbuda in 1834. Carnival lasts from late July to early August. [iexplore]

Antigua Sailing Week – Only 10 boats entered the first Antigua Sailing Week in 1967. Today, this annual race off Antigua’s southern coast attracts more than 200 vessels. Antigua Sailing Week, held between late April and early May, is one of the world’s most prestigious sailing regattas and a week-long celebration filled with live music and lively stories shared each afternoon at happy hour at the Nelson’s Dockyard. The event also includes a formal black tie ball and a separate competition for ocean-racing boats. [iexplore]

Independence Day – Ever since Antigua and Barbuda became independent from Great Britain on November 1, 1981, the islands have marked the day with noisy celebrations filled with chiming church bells and blaring sirens. All government buildings and schools are decorated bright yellow and red during the two weeks prior and the streets are filled with parades, music, food fairs, and galas for at least a week before. [iexplore]

Wadadli Day – This annual celebration of Antigua and Barbuda’s culture takes place each February at St John’s Botanical Gardens, whose trees provide shade during the festival’s warri games (a board game of strategy), whose past participants have the prime minister. The Wadadli Day parade ends at a bustling outdoor fair where food, drinks, and handmade crafts are sold to the background of live dancing and music. [iexplore]

Public Transit

Public Transit

Taxi, bus, car hire – Tourists mainly get around by taxi or tour operators. However for the tourist on an economy budget the bus service is acceptable, but slow. Unfortunately the nicest spots are only reached by your own transport. But if you stay a week or more, rates for rental cars become quite reasonable. [wikitravel]

Professional Groups & Events

Professional Groups & Events

Human Resource Professionals of Antigua and Barbuda – The Association’s objective is to promote, advocate and advance the practice of human resource management in Antigua and Barbuda. [facebook]

Professionals in Antigua and Barbuda – This page is for persons to promote goods and services within Antigua and Barbuda.
Kindly inbox us to post. [facebook]

Language Exchange

Language Exchange

Expat Antigua and Barbuda – ExpatFocus.com page for anyone moving to or living in Antigua and Barbuda. [facebook]

Living in Antigua and Barbuda- Expat – Antigua and Barbuda takes its name from the two main islands of the country. The “Land of 365 Beaches” attracts expatriates not only for its idyllic beaches, luxurious flora and tropical climate but also for its cultural mix of Creole and British ways of life. [expat]

LGBT Groups

LGBT Groups

Resources

Resources

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