Curtain Bluff Hotel 

ANTIGUA - THE BEACH IS JUST THE BEGINNING

The island of Antigua lies right in the heart of the Caribbean. Visitors return again and again to take advantage of the idyllic climate, easygoing way of life, and 365 white sand beaches. Yet we have a lot more to offer than sun-kissed sands and crystal clear waters. Award-winning hotels, world-class sailing, duty-free shopping and a rich colonial history all await... 

FREQUENT NON-STOP FLIGHTS

The state-of-the-art terminal at VC Bird International Airport (named after our first Prime Minister, Sir Vere Cornwall Bird) promises Antigua's visitors smooth arrivals and departures. The 3,040 metre runway continues to welcome frequent non-stop flights from the UK, USA, Canada and Europe, and also confirms our status as the 'gateway' to the Eastern Caribbean. The regional airline LIAT is based at VC Bird International and day trips to neighbouring Caribbean islands can easily be arranged.

FROM COSY INNS TO LUXURY RESORTS 

Antigua's hotels are dotted all around our beautiful coastline, from Dickenson Bay in the north and English Harbour in the south to Jolly Harbour in the west and Nonsuch Bay in the east. The accommodation suits all tastes and budgets, ranging from cosy inns where everyone knows your name to world-class luxury resorts where the famous stay incognito. But if you prefer the idea of a more independent stay in one of our family-friendly villas, studios or apartments, you'll also find yourselves spoilt for choice.

ANYTHING FROM HAUTE CUISINE TO STREET FOOD

Antigua's dining choices are just as varied, our rustic beach bars complemented by our fine dining venues, and our local street-food enhanced by specialities from all around the globe. Our culinary highlight is undoubtedly our freshly-caught seafood (including lobster from Barbuda) yet sushi, wood-oven cooked pizzas, French haute cuisine and even English-style fish and chips are also on the menu. Our award-winning rums are the perfect finishing touch.

BEAUTY SPOTS, NATIONAL PARKS & OFFSHORE ISLANDS

Antigua also offers plenty to see and do. You can enjoy beauty spots like Fig Tree Drive, sail off to island escapes like Prickly Pear and explore historical sites like Betty's Hope plantation. Yet the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nelson's Dockyard is our most prized possession, this 18th century enclave both a bustling yachting centre and a fascinating monument to our past. You can stroll among its restored Georgian buildings or pop up to the ruined fortress of Shirley Heights and enjoy the panoramic views with a rum punch in hand.

WATERFRONT DUTY-FREE SHOPPING

The capital of St. John's is a vibrant city that's also well worth a visit. Its two waterfront shopping areas offer easy access to cruise ship visitors. Heritage Quay is a modern boulevard of duty-free shops, and neighbouring Redcliffe Quay is a charming contrast with its restored 18th century buildings forming a cosy complex of boutiques and restaurants. The museum in Long Street and grounds of the twin-towered cathedral (currently under restoration) both offer areas of tranquillity amidst the hustle and bustle of town. 

SAILING MECCA

Antigua's reputation as a sailing mecca is unsurpassed throughout the Caribbean. Over the years Jolly Harbour has developed into a major yachting marina complete with a shopping centre, residential village, sports centre and golf club. But it is English Harbour that put Antigua on the nautical map years ago and it retains its traditional atmosphere to this day. World-class sailing events include Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, RORC Caribbean 600, Superyacht Challenge Antigua, and the Antigua Bermuda Race. 

OUR UNHURRIED WAY OF LIFE

Last but not least is Antigua's 'no problem' attitude towards life.  Everyone quickly adapts to the unhurried pace of 'the islands', and an atmosphere of warmth and good humour generally prevails. English is our official language, although the locals often speak a dialect that can be a challenge to understand. Of course, if you really want to immerse yourselves in our culture, music and food, treat yourself to Antigua Carnival towards the end of July!

All these attractions combine to make Antigua a unique Caribbean destination with many excellent reasons to come back soon...

QUICK FACTS

GEOGRAPHY

Antigua is 108 square-miles in size. Our sister island Barbuda lies 27 miles to the north and is 62 square-miles. The population is about 95,000.

AIRPORT

Our airport is of the Caribbean's most modern with facilities that include premium class lounges, shops, a bank, restaurants and a bureau de change. Taxis are readily available outside the terminal and most fares are fixed rather than metered.  

ARRIVING BY SEA

Ports of entry for yachts include Jolly Harbour, St. John's, Nelson's Dockyard, Falmouth and Barbuda. 

CLIMATE

Temperatures range from an average low of 73 degrees in winter to 85 degrees low in summer. Average rainfall is 45 inches, mainly falling in showers between September and November. 

LANGUAGE

English, although a local dialect is also spoken.

CURRENCY

Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) pegged to the US$ at an official rate of EC$2.70 to US$1. US dollars generally accepted everywhere. 

DRIVING

British-style on left. A local license is required at cost of EC$50 or US$20. Valid 90 days and issued on presentation of current license.

CLOTHING

Antigua retains a semblance of formality and swimsuits are limited to beaches. Casual clothes are the unwritten rule for dining and town. There is a nude beach beyond Hawksbill.

FAMOUS BEACHES

Dickenson Bay; Jabberwock; Dutchman's Bay; Long Bay; Half Moon Bay; Pigeon Point; Rendezvous Bay; Morris Bay; Turners; Darkwood; Ffryers; Jolly Beach; Hawksbill; Fort James.

CHAMPIONSHIP GOLF COURSE

Cedar Valley is an 18-hole championship course. Jolly Harbour is a par 71, 18-hole course.

GETTING MARRIED

No residency requirements. Legal procedure involves visits to Ministry of Legal Affairs and Registrar General's Office. Passports, original divorce documents, original death certificates (if widowed) and affidavits required if known by another name. Fees include US$150 for license, US$40 for registration, US$10 for certificate and US$100 for marriage officer. 

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