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Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is an award-winning tourism destination, rated among the best in the world. Antigua alone has over 365 beaches and a visitor can spend a year, visiting a different one every day. The beaches are sandy white, and the coastal waters are crystal clear. Water sports operators offer a variety of activities, including fishing, deep sea fishing snorkelling, diving, yacht cruises
There are a variety of restaurants ranging from fine dining to fast food. The cuisine includes French, Italian, Indian, Chinese, Lebanese, Syrian, British and American fare. A list of restaurants is provided separately on this website.
The country was colonised by the British in 1632 and, apart from a six-month period of French occupation, it remained British until its independence in 1981. The country decided to join the Commonwealth of Nations (an organisation of Britain and its former colonies) and chose to retain Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II as its Head of State. English is the spoken and written language of the country, which is politically stable adhering to democracy and the rule of law. The rights of its citizens and its visitors are protected by the Constitution.
Internationally, Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the Organization of American States (OAS) and has close links to its hemispheric neighbours, particularly Canada and the United States. It is also close to its Caribbean neighbours and participates actively in the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) and the Caribbean Community and Common Market (CARICOM). The latter regional organisations are dedicated to the economic integration of the region and to upholding strong democratic principles and values.
The medical facilities in Antigua and Barbuda are modern and exist in several parts of the country. The main Mount St John Medical Centre has the capacity for treating cardiac, renal and hypertension cases. There is also a newly established and well-equipped Infectious Diseases Clinic and several poly clinics across the country, with the capacity to handle emergencies. Additionally, there are privately-operated medical facilities. All the facilities – public and private – are manned by qualified doctors and nurses.
Antigua and Barbuda has a low crime rate, and violent crimes are rare. The people of the country recognize the value of visitors to their homeland and treat them as they would guests in their own home.
Travelling around Antigua is easy. Several companies are on hand to lease or rent motor vehicles for short or long periods. A list of rental companies is also available on this website.
Mount St. John's Medical Centre
The landscapes are as breath-taking as the seascapes, and there are several historic sites that every visitor should see. These include Nelson’s Dockyard and the surrounding area which is a UNECSO Heritage Site. The dockyard, which is named after the British Admiral, Horatio Nelson, dates to the mid-18th Century and is redolent with British naval history.
Cricket is the popular sport and Antigua has produced some of the world’s most famous cricketers including Vivian Richards, Andy Roberts, Curtly Ambrose, and Richie Richardson.