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Antigua has 365 beautiful sandy beaches, and thus offers visitors a diverse selection for every day of the year. Begin to explore the island at Nelson’s Dockyard. Part of a National Park, this is the only existing Georgian naval port in the world, built in 1725, was once the most important British naval outpost in the Caribbean. Along the waterfront, the buildings are marked with the date of their construction and the former use, ranging from the shed worker clerk saw logs up to the workshop of copper and timber. The house, once home to Naval Officer, now houses a museum that tells the history of the area.

The harbor is alive in April with the annual Sailing Week. More than 1,500 sailors compete in this high-speed in which you make a roundtrip from Dockyard to Dickenson Bay and back. In April, it also keeps the Classic Yacht Regatta: traditional vessels in wood and steel come together for a show that has more to do with the fascination with speed. The American Sailing Week is an event that takes place in June, which sees a succession of courses, competitions and daily boat trips.

St. John’s, the lively main town of the island, begins its port, which is backed by the beautiful cathedral with two spiers that soar skyward. Do not miss a visit to the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda with its artifacts, among which antique pendants and knives of stone, exhibitions on cassava and, for sports fans, the cricket bat of Sir Vivian Richards, beloved athlete dell ‘island. It is worth making a stop at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine for a moment of rest. A Redcliffe Quay historic buildings have been turned into a small village for retail sale. Originally an area used for the slave trade, the buildings were used by merchants and innkeepers after the abolition of slavery. In the inner zone, almost a hundred towers, what remains of the factories of Antigua, dot the countryside where once stretched over 150 sugar plantations. At Betty’s Hope, founded in 1650, were restored to the state in two factories running.

If you are looking for total peace and quiet you stop in the sleepy Barbuda, the lesser known of the two islands. Almost untouched by progress, its main inhabitants are the graceful frigate birds. Take a boat ride through the Frigate Bird Sanctuary (Reserve Fregate) in the Codrington Lagoon to admire these unique birds, which spend most of their time in the air, since I do not know how to walk or fly. A Barbuda is very unlikely that you will see more than a dozen other human beings during your stay quiet.

AIRPORTS / FLYING TIMES: Airport: VC Bird (ANU) in Inglese Harbour – approx 22 km. St. Johns Town Center – approx 8 km. St. Johns shopping area – approx 8 km. Flying: Baltimore: 4 hours. Frankfurt: 9 hours 15 minutes. London: 8 hours. Miami: 3 hours. New York: 4 hours. Newark: 4 hours. Paris: 8 hours. Puerto Rico: 1 hour. Toronto: 4 hours.

International Airport V.C. Bird (ANU) has become a sort of hub airport. British Airways and Virgin fly direct from Gatwick, bmi and from Manchester. There are also charter flights from Gatwick with First Choice and Excel. Alternatively American Airways flies from Heathrow via the United States.

CLIMATE: Temperatures average maximum / minimum: Summer 30/24 degrees C. Average rainfall per year – 114 cm.

RESTAURANTS: generally the tip is around 10% if the service has not been taken into account. There is a great variety of restaurants to choose from depending on price, location and type of food served.

NIGHTLIFE: Nightclubs and casinos. Are increasing activities in the island and the events that also offer nightly entertainment.

SIGHTSEEING:
– Museum and art galleries,
– Harmony Hall (art gallery with a restaurant and nearby beach)
– Tours in glass-bottom boat,
– Visits to the craft market and fruit and vegetables,
– Visits to Antigua black pineapple fields, the village of Parham and strong and restored sites, such as the Nelson’s Dockyard and Shirley’s Heights.
– Daily tours to the island’s unspoiled Barbuda, accessible via air and high-speed catamaran. The attractions of Barbuda include the Colony Frigates, Martello Tower, Castle Hill, Highland Hill, Cave Bryant and many other caves.
– Sporting activities among which include snorkelling, diving, turtle watching and bonefishing, horseback riding, hiking and cycling tours to discover medicinal herbs.
– Tours to other nearby islands, such as the volcanic island of Montserrat and Dominica (the island of rivers and waterfalls).
– Eco-kayaking,
– Swimming with dolphins.



September 2, 2014
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