The first settlement on the island we now know as Antigua was not established until the 1600s, when English settlers arrived. Antigua remained a part of the British Commonwealth until its independence in 1981. Today, Antigua is a popular holiday destination, attracting tourists with its ideal climate, amazing landscape, leisurely lifestyle and 365 beautiful beaches - one for every day of the year!Find Cruises Sailing to This Port
Discover Antigua's past at Nelson's Dockyard, a restored working dockyard. In this tropical Colonial Williamsburg, you can visit many of the original colonial buildings and get a real feel for the history of the place.
Take an unforgettable island safari and rugged hiking adventure through lush vegetation and enjoy unbelievable panoramic vistas from one of the island's highest points at 366 metres (1,200 feet). This is a great opportunity to experience a part of the island that few tourists have seen – with exotic plants, animal life and more.
Antigua's local beer is Wadadli, which is the Carib name for the island. You might also want to try Cavalier, a local rum used in drinks across the island.
The Eastern Caribbean dollar (XCD) is the official currency. US dollars, traveller's cheques and credit cards are widely accepted.
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