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As breathtaking as they are, there’s more to Antigua than beautiful beaches. History buffs will marvel at the island’s numerous historic sites and buildings. Discover a charming English flavor to this former British Colony, with its narrow roads and colorful communities. Sample restaurants across the island, hike a lush rain forest or take a day trip to the neighboring island of Barbuda.

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Antigua's extensive archipelago of cays and islets is what attracted the original Amerindian settlers—the Ciboney—at least 4,000 years ago. These emerald-green islands still enchant, drawing visitors to their shores. The natural environment is rich in marine life, flora, and fauna. Beaches, bone-white and beckoning—one for every day of the year—can be secluded or hopping with activity. History buffs and nautical nuts will appreciate English Harbor, which sheltered Britain's Caribbean fleet in the 18th and 19th centuries. The British heritage persists, ranging from teatime (and tee times) to fiercely contested cricket matches.

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Before You Go

Airport Check-In: It is recommended that you reconfirm your flight information and check in for your flights at the airline’s website 24 hours prior to your scheduled departure. Please bring all your final documents with you. It is important to arrive at the airport at least 90 minutes prior to departure for all domestic flights, and two to three hours prior to departure for international flights.

Required Documents: For Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport or other government-issued photo identification (such as a driver’s license). For all other islands, U.S. citizens must travel with a valid passport and a ticket for return or onward travel. There may be additional requirements for international travel, such as inoculations or visas, and some countries require that passports be valid for six months or longer beyond your stay in the country. Entry requirements for non-U.S. citizens might be different, and visitors are encouraged to verify the documentation/visa requirements with the nearest consulate or embassy. Rules are subject to change at any time, without notice. For the most current information, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Newlywed Information: Tickets and other travel documents must exactly match your current passport and other identification. If not, you could be denied boarding and no refund will be forthcoming. For requirements and information regarding marriages performed in a foreign country, please visit the consulate of the particular country.

Honeymoon Packages: Some hotels require a marriage certificate or license in order for you to receive the honeymoon package. Please bring this information with you if you are traveling on a honeymoon package.

Luggage: Baggage allowances and fees vary by airline. For airline baggage fees and policies please visit If baggage fees do apply, this cost will be additional and must be paid directly to the airline.

Airport Departure Tax: Antigua has a $28 per-person airport departure tax, which is collected at the airport.

Duty Free/Customs: When returning to the U.S., the duty-free allowance may vary by country. Please visit for information regarding U.S. Customs and more.

Travel Health Information: For the most current worldwide health information, consult your family physician or the official website for the Center for Disease Control at or by phone at 1-800-232-4636. You’ll find information on recent outbreaks, required vaccinations, insect protection, illness and injury abroad, and more.

General Safety Tips: By taking a few simple security precautions before and during your vacation you can help ensure that you, your traveling companions, and your valuables are as safe and secure as possible.
  • To make it easier to replace your passport if it’s lost or stolen, in addition to your passport, take a photocopy of your passport information page (keeping it separate from your actual passport).
  • Carry only a limited amount of cash, just enough for gratuities and incidental purchases. Major credit cards are widely accepted and can be replaced if lost or stolen.
  • Always lock your hotel room door (including patio and balcony door on any level of the building) and use the peephole before opening the door.
  • Store your valuables (such as cash, credit cards and airline tickets) in the hotel’s in-room safe or front desk safety deposit box.
  • If you must carry valuables on your person, do so in a pouch or money belt concealed under your clothing. Purses and backpacks can be easy targets for thieves.
  • For complete and current safety and security information, including travelers’ tips, public announcements, travel advisories, and more, please visit the website of the U.S. Department of State at

Average Fahrenheit Temperature:
May through September: 81° to 81°
October through April: 79° to 81°

Tropical Storm Season from June to November

Water Safety: Bottled water is recommended.

Tipping: A 15% tip is customary for service. At All-Inclusive hotels, gratuities are generally included in the vacation price.

Local Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Currency Information: U.S. dollars, travelers checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.

Time Zone: Atlantic Standard Time. Antigua does not observe daylight saving time.

Local Language: English | Spanish | French

Transportation: Public transportation and taxis are available.

Attire: Dress is informal, but conservative. Beach attire is not appropriate in town, shops or restaurants. Some hotels and restaurants require a jacket and tie for men, and dresses for women in the evening.


Sargassum/Seaweed Advisory

Sargassum is a free-floating seaweed that is especially prolific in the Caribbean Sea and Gulf of Mexico. While beneficial to ocean life, these large free-floating seaweed mats often wash up on beaches. The amount of seaweed on the beaches fluctuates based on the time of year and ocean currents. While resorts do their best to maintain the beaches for their guests, you may experience some inconvenience during your stay.

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Top Experiences

  • Hitting the Beach : So many beaches of every size provide a tremendous selection for an island this size. The ivory crescent called Half Moon Bay is a prime snorkeling and windsurfing area.

  • Exploring Nelson's Dockyard : Some islands may offer more attractions, but this still-functioning Georgian-era dockyard is one of the Caribbean's best examples of historic preservation.

  • Sailing in Style : With several anchorages and tiny islets to explore, Antigua is a major sailing center.

  • Activities Galore : The island offers something for everyone.

  • Getting Back to Nature : Antigua is becoming something of an ecotourism destination, and tours take you to mangrove swamps and coral reefs filled with fascinating creatures.

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Region: Antigua
Transfer Company: Alexander Parrish Antigua LTD
Telephone: 268-462-0638

Thames Street Box 45 St
St John, Antigua
Emergency Telephone: 268-729-2264
Instructions: Upon arrival at the airport and after exiting the Baggage Claim/Customs area, please check in with the representative stationed next to the taxi dispatch area. The representative will be holding an Alexander Parrish Transfers sign. If you have questions while in Antigua, please contact Alexander, Parrish Antigua LTD. The luggage allowance is one suitcase and one carry-on item per person. Additional luggage is charged $1 per piece by the driver.

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