Dario Item is the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda to the Kingdom ogf Spain, the Principality of Monaco and the Principality of Liechtenstein. Let’s find out more about the Caribbean island the tourists love.
Antigua and Barbuda is an independent country of the Commonwealth, located between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. It consists of 3 larger islands (Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda) and many smaller ones.
Belonging to the archipelago of the Lesser Antilles, the Commonwealth of Antigua and Barbuda lives mainly of tourism. Every year, in fact, thousands of tourists choose it as a destination for their trips. Surrounded by coral reefs, Antigua has a mild climate and high temperatures, so it is perfect for spending a nice holiday even in the winter months. Many famous people, such as Giorgio Armani, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney, have purchased beautiful villas in Antigua, where they spend their holidays every year.
What to see in Antigua and Barbuda
Why do so many tourists organize a holiday in Antigua and Barbuda? Certainly because of the sea and the 365 beaches of white sand.
Visiting Antigua and Barbuda also means reliving the past and the history of the country through museums. A must-see are:
- The museum of Antigua, which is small but rich in artifacts and objects from pre-Columbian and colonial times. It is located in a beautiful eighteenth century palace, the oldest in the city, and it is close to the piers.
- Betty’s Hope, an open-air museum located in the historic sugar plantation. What you can see in this area are two mills, one of which is perfectly restored, and the remains of what in the past had to be the warehouses and the manor house.
And then the English Harbour village and the marina Nelson’s Dockyard, Shirley Heights, the most famous hill on the island, and the Government House, the official residence of the governor general.
Antigua and Barbuda: what to do and what to eat
In Antigua and Barbuda you can do a lot of things. Nature and adventure lovers can organize tours in the national park and boat trips. Sportsmen and women can enjoy all kinds of water sports and snorkelling, while shopping lovers can take a stroll to the Héritage Quay, the most popular shopping centre.
The nightlife on the Caribbean island is also very dynamic. Discos, casinos, bars and restaurants are the places where you can meet to spend an evening of fun and cheerfulness.
As for the cuisine, the typical dishes are rice, boiled or pan-fried, chicken, often cooked with Jerk Spice, and dishes based on mango, papaya, sweet banana and plane tree. Fish is a must on the Caribbean tables, cooked on the grill, stewed with spices or in a sweet-and-sour sauce.