Seeking the ultimate Caribbean getaway? Then a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda ticks all the boxes. These two islands, both of which feature incredible beaches and resorts, form one nation famed as a holiday destination. The white sands of Dickenson Bay are perfect for basking on, while Fort James beach is conveniently close to the capital city of St John's. Where, incidentally, there's plenty to explore, from the looming baroque towers of St John's Cathedral to the bustling and colourful markets. Taking in both Caribbean culture and the sun are easy during your holiday in Antigua and Barbuda.
British Airways and Virgin Atlantic offer direct flights to Antigua and Barbuda from London Gatwick, with an average journey time of around eight and a half hours. However, you'll make a huge saving on the fare, and have a wider number of UK airports and airlines to choose from, if you decide to take the indirect route. The gateway to your Antigua and Barbuda holiday is VC Bird International Airport, which is around eight kilometres from the capital city of St John's.
Taxis are widely available, and fares are fixed so always check before starting your journey. Buses are far more cost effective, and you can also choose to rent a car in Antigua and Barbuda, although it should be noted that a special permit is required to drive there - this can be obtained at a small cost from the rental agency. You should also bear in mind that the local speed limit is a mere 40 mph.
Getting between the two islands is easy thanks to the Barbuda Express, which is a comfortable and swift ferry service that operates most of the week and takes around 90 minutes to get from one island to the other. Booking isn't absolutely required but is very much recommended.
Whether you're after budget accommodation or a luxury pad with sweeping views of the glittering sea, there are hotels in Antigua and Barbuda to suit every budget. Just have a good look around online to find somewhere that suits you.
When it comes to food you're truly spoilt for choice in Antigua and Barbuda, but if you want to save those pennies then steer clear of the more plush and stately restaurants. There are plenty of informal, beach-set eateries to relax in, where everything from locally-caught seafood to jerk chicken can be enjoyed at very good prices. Look out for the national dish of fungee and pepperpot, a rich stew with polenta-like patties which will certainly keep your energy up for all the activities of the day!
Updated 22nd May 2013
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