Antigua and Barbuda is a member of The British Commonwealth of Nations

About Antigua and Barbuda

Topography

Antigua and Barbuda is a twin island state in the eastern archipelago of the Caribbean. This sun-soaked island state is known for its remarkable 365 white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, typically flat topography, vacation-oriented weather and a world-renowned lagoon all within 440 km². With a rich marine life and inviting coastline conducive to yachting and sailing and breathtaking sunset views, Antigua and Barbuda is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth.

Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the British Commonwealth of Nations, the Organization of American States and a member of CARICOM. The capital is St. John’s, located on the island of Antigua. The basis of the economy of Antigua and Barbuda is tourism and the sale of citizenship. The islands are dominated by a warm tropical climate, with a constant temperature throughout the year. The best weather conditions are from late November to early May, but tourists visit this country all year round.

History

Antigua and Barbuda was once a British colony and gained its political independence in 1981.

Culture

Antigua celebrates their annual carnival festivities from July 27th to August 7th

This twin island state has one of the most colorful cultures in the Caribbean. This is mainly due to its unique position in the Eastern Caribbean and increasingly growing economy. The island has and continues to welcome and embrace a very diverse cultural retention from various customs around the world. Local, regional and international cuisine is also a major aspect of the local culture. This cultural explosion is showcased during the annual Carnival Summer Festival which sees thousands of visitors participating and viewing the fusion of music, steel drums, pageantry and street parades.

Language

Antigua and Barbuda is an English-speaking country. Many locals speak fluent Standard English along with patois which is a form of broken, colloquial English. Spanish, Arabic and Chinese are also commonly spoken by some citizens.