“Life’s a beach” is a popular expression in Antigua, and it’s easy to see why. With 365 beaches on an island that only spans 14 miles in length, you are almost guaranteed to not be bored with the selection of sand. Whether you want to explore seldom-seen coves or people watch, this meandering coastline produces more options to choose from than there are days to your vacation. With warm, constant trade winds and a protective harbor, the island is also a hub for snorkelers, divers, and sailors. Antigua even hosts world Sailing Week, which draws yachters from around the world.
A valid passport, or birth certificate and picture ID are required for couples to marry in Antiqua. Single status reports and a marriage application are also necessary. Divorce and death decrees are also required if applicable. Check with your Certified Destination Wedding Specialist for more details.
Travel Documents, Language & Currency
US and Canadian nationals require proof of citizenship, which could include a passport or birth certificate. If you are a citizen of the US, visit travel.state.gov for more information on travel documents needed. For Canadian travelers, visit travel.gc.ca for relevant travel information.
The official language of the island is English and the native population also speaks Creole.
The official currency of Antigua is the East Caribbean dollar, but US dollars are welcome.
Climate & Beaches
Daytime temperatures in Antigua are fairly consistent, ranging from 80 to 85 degrees F. Rainfall is relatively low compared to other Caribbean islands and the driest months are between November and April.
With 365 beaches to choose from, Antigua has endless variety in its beaches. Valley Church Beach in Jolly Harbour has soft white sand and calm, bright waters. Hell’s Gate requires a short (and claustrophobic) hike to the beach, but it’s worth it to see where the Caribbean and Atlantic waters meet. Darkwood beach is close to a local lagoon that’s great for wildlife sightings.
Activities & Tourist Attractions
Prickly Pear Island is a fun excursion where you can sample West Indian food to your hearts content-including lobster, conch, and great fresh fish. As one of the world’s premier sailing destinations, a private yacht cruise along the island’s many deserted beaches is a great way to see the land. For an adventurous activity, zip lining through the local rainforest will get you up close to beautiful, colorful birds. On the water, wind surfing, scuba diving, snorkeling and fishing are all popular water sports.
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