Antigua and Barbuda
|Low-lying and volcanic in origin, Antigua & Barbuda form part of the Leeward Islands group in the northeast Caribbean and have certainly adopted the notoriously ‘Caribbean' way of life. This is a place to take things easy, stroll around markets, sip the fresh juices of coconuts and pineapple and meet friendly locals. Antigua & Barbuda's way of life is governed by water.
Crab-race: ideal for the very lazy, this eccentric sport is staged in certain bars once or twice a week. A punter may win enough to pay for the next round of drinks, but the moderate stakes are unlikely to make anyone a millionaire!
Play Antigua & Barbuda’s national game of Warri - an ancient board (‘count and capture’) game that was traditionally played using shells placed in cups: a National Warri Festival is held every year. Go for a bush safari in Barbuda. Stop for a picnic in the shade and watch for the wildlife amongst the sparkling salt ponds.
|Capital:||St John's (ANU)|
|Currency:||East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)|
|Language:||English. There are some Spanish-speaking communities.|
|Dialling code from SA:||+ 268|
|Time Zones:||UTC / GMT -4 (6 hours behind South Africa)|
|Public Holidays 2018:||
Jan 1; Mar 30; Apr 2; May 7, 21; Nov 1; Dec 9, 25, 26
|Side of the Road:||Left|
|Best Time to go:||December to April|
|Best For:||Island relaxation|
|Plugs:||220/110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style two-pin plugs are standard. Some hotels also have outlets for 240 volts AC; in this case European-style, two-pin plugs are used.|
|Drinking Water:||Mains water in hotels and towns is safe to drink.|
|Health:||There are adequate and well-equipped medical facilities, however visitors are required to pay for these services. Comprehensive health insurance is recommended, although doctors will require cash payment regardless of whether you have health insurance.|
|Customs:||It is customary to greet before engaging in transactions or conversations (i.e., Good Morning / Good Afternoon / Good Evening). Dress code is informal but conservative. Swimwear should be reserved for the beach / poolside.|
|Local Offences / Laws:||Dressing in camouflage clothing is illegal. Homosexuality is illegal.|
|Travel Warnings / Tips:||Tropical reef fish are poisonous to eat.|
|Duty Free:||The following items may be imported into Antigua & Barbuda without incurring customs duty:
• 200 cigarettes or 50 cigars or 250g of tobacco
• 1L of wine or spirits
• 170ml of perfume
|Prohibited Imports:||Prohibited items include arms and non-prescription drugs. Restricted goods requiring a licence include vehicles, plants, fruits and vegetables, pharmaceuticals, chemicals and firearms.|
The SA High Commission in Kingston, Jamaica is accredited to Antigua & Barbuda.
|Compulsory:||Yellow Fever (Dependant on Country of Origin/Stopover)|
|Recommended Travel Vaccines:||Hepatitis A & B, Typhoid, Tetanus, Polio|