holidays in Antigua
and Barbuda. The largest of the British Leeward Islands has warm,
steady winds, a complex
and a protective, nearly unbroken wall of coral reef. Caribbean
holidays in Antigua and Barbuda offer a range of pastimes. Sailing,
yachting, snorkeling and scuba diving, and just plain enjoying
yourself are key elements of a caribbean holiday in Antigua and
exciting activites include boating, cricket, tennis, windsurfing,
golfing, fishing and hunting, horseback riding and more - all part
of the wonderfully relaxed pace of a caribbean holiday in
Antigua and Barbuda.
all of this it's no wonder Antigua and Barbuda are one of the
Caribbean's premier destinations for holidays.
Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda are located in the
middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17
degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat
and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St.
Barts, and St. Martin.
Antigua, the largest of the British Leeward Islands, is about
14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its
highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern
corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of
only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The
nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island
of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the
nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St.
John's on Antigua.
Antigua and Barbuda enjoys an average of eight and a half
hours of sunlight every day. Temperatures generally range from the
mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual
rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern
Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant,
flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.