On my solo holidays to the Caribbean, these are the most FAQ about Antigua …
Where is Antigua?
Antigua is the largest island that forms part of the country, Antigua & Barbuda. It is one of the Leeward islands in the West Indies, positioned between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea.
6 parishes make up Antigua, the capital being St John’s. The majority of the hotel resorts are located in the St John’s, St Mary and St Paul’s parishes.
What is the weather like in Antigua?
Reported to be the sunniest of the islands in the Caribbean, Antigua temperatures remain consistently warm. Average daytime temperatures are between 24-30° all year round and they don’t dip below 20° at night. The most rainfall is generally in the months of October-December and the least amount is between January and April. However, there is a certain amount of rainfall every month. Very often these are short, sharp, tropical showers and then the sun comes out in all its glory soon after. Sometimes it rains at night, so do not be put off by seeing monthly rainfall statistics.
Does Antigua have hurricanes?
The hurricane season in Antigua is between June and November. The risk is highest between mid August-mid October. 6 direct hits have been recorded in the last 50 years. Storms are monitored in the Caribbean by a hurricane network, stormcarib.com.
What is the currency in Antigua?
The local currency in Antigua is the East Caribbean Dollar (ECD). However, US$s are also widely accepted. Whenever I have purchased anything in Antigua using US$s, I have always received my change in E
CDs, I think this is pretty standard.
Is it safe to travel solo in Antigua?
Having travelled solo to Antigua on several occasions and visited with family several times as well, in my opinion it is a safe country to come to. Antigua has a low crime rate and therefore I exercise the same amount of caution that I would travelling anywhere alone. Read my blog post on safety tips for solo travel for further information.
What are the beaches like in Antigua?
Antigua claims to have 365 beaches some on the Caribbean side of the island and some on the Atlantic. All beaches are public. Have a look at my page on beaches which gives you some information on some of my favourites. Some are particularly good for snorkelling, swimming and watersports.
What is there to do in Antigua?
There are many things to do in Antigua as well as visiting the stunning beaches. There are various tours and activities which you should organise through your hotel or travel agent such as:
Nelson’s Dockyard, swimming with Stingrays and Shirley Heights. Have a look at my activities page or some more information.
When is sailing week?
2019 – April 27th – May 3rd
2020 – April 25th – May 1st
2021 – April 24th – April 30th
When is the carnival?
Carnival takes place in Antigua every year to celebrate the emancipation of slavery. It runs from the last week in July through to the first Tuesday in August.
What is the time difference from the UK?
Antigua is 4 or 5 hours behind UK time depending upon the time of year.
Where can I stay in Antigua?
There are many types of hotels and accommodation available in Antigua. Some of the resorts are very luxurious and others are more basic. Many resorts offer ‘all inclusive’ packages but some are room only. The room only options are great places to stay if you want the flexibility to dine out more and check out the nightlife off resort. Click on the link below to read about some of the hotels I have stayed in and reviewed.
What is the food like in Antigua?
The food is very varied offering a choice of local and international dishes within the hotels and restaurants.
What are the rules for driving in Antigua?
In Antigua driving is on the left hand side of the road. The national speed limit is 40mph and 20mph in some areas. Anyone who drives in Antigua or Barbuda requires a temporary driving licence which can be purchased for US$20 from your car rental company and lasts for 3 months, as long as you have a valid international driving licence.
What is the Emergency Number?
Dial 911 or 999 in the case of an emergency.
What language is spoken in Antigua?
English is the official language in Antigua, however, you will hear local dialects being spoken as well.
Suggested Further Reading:
Hotels in Antigua – places I have stayed by myself
Bed and Breakfast in Antigua – recommended accommodation
Things to do in Antigua – recommended solo activities
Photo Gallery – selection of my favourite photos taken from my solo holidays here