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Antigua and Barbuda

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The houses in the harbour of Saint John's, the capital of the Caribbean state of Antigua and Barbuda, are brightly painted. Those who love the light-hearted gaiety of the Cuban carnival will get their money's worth on these islands in summer. Because traditionally, the carnival is celebrated here for ten days at the end of July or beginning of August. The people of Antigua and Barbuda love the festivities, and tourists are invited as a matter of course to enjoy the beauty of this region and the existence of life. The country is a constitutional monarchy under the umbrella of the Commonwealth, and the head of state resides in London's Buckingham Palace.

Antigua and Barbuda at a glance

Population102.000
LanguageEnglish
Area443 km2
ContinentNorth America
CurrencyEast Caribbean Dollar (XCD)

Guide to Antigua and Barbuda

As a holidaymaker disembarking from a ship in Saint John’s, the unmistakable silhouette of the cathedral immediately catches the eye. It dominates the skyline of this pretty town, which has become a major attraction in Antigua and Barbuda. The white baroque spires rise into an almost always blue sky. This house of worship of the Anglican faithful is the landmark of the small town by the sea. Twice it was destroyed by earthquakes, and then it was always rebuilt. From the sublime looking cathedral offers a magnificent panoramic view of the “English Harbour” and the numerous yachts gently rocking in the wind there.

Those who want to achieve something in Antigua and Barbuda have their residence in Saint John’s, as here alone pulsates the economic life of the small island state that was discovered by Christopher Columbus in the year 1493. However, the cultivation of sugar cane was stopped a few years ago because no buyers could be found. On the few fields that remained, the basic product for the rum grows, which is available everywhere on the islands of the Lesser Antilles in the bars and restaurants.

The official language in Antigua and Barbuda is English, but the Caribbean accent often makes it difficult for holidaymakers to understand the language. However, the population – mostly the descendants of African slaves live here – is eager to be friendly and helpful to guests from all over the world.