About Antigua and Barbuda

by SmarterTravel Staff
Antigua/Barbuda (Photo: iStockphoto/Steve Geerhoto)

The sister islands of Antigua and Barbuda (pronounced An-tee-gah and Bar-byew-dah), located in the British West Indies, are best known for their many white and pink sand beaches. Boasting 365 public beaches, or one for each day of the year, Antigua and Barbuda vacations offer excellent sailing, snorkeling, surfing, waterskiing, golfing, and scuba diving. English is the spoken language, and a majority of the islands' 71,000 residents are of African descent. While life on Antigua is traditionally laid-back, it's even more relaxed on tranquil Barbuda, where travelers go to enjoy one of the few remaining unspoiled destinations in the Caribbean.

Flights to Antigua land at V.C. Bird International Airport, located on the northeast corner of the island. From Antigua, travelers can hop aboard a 90-minute ferry ride to Barbuda.

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