Antigua is an island in the West Indies, it is a part of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean. To the natives of the island, it is known as Waladli. On November 1, 1981, both Antigua and Barbuda became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations. This island is a hotspot for large cruise ships. There are over 32,000 people that live in the capital city, St. John’s and over 80,000 people on the island in total. During the 1600’s, the English had begun to establish settlements on Antigua; the island itself was considered Britain’s “Gateway to the Caribbean.”
The area of Antigua comes out to a total of 281 square kilometers (108 square miles), and the coastline measures out to a total of 87 kilometers (54 miles). The highest point on the island reaches up to 402 meters (1,319 ft). This island is home to one of the rarest snakes in the world, the Antiguan Racer, and the Lesser Antilles are home to all 4 species of racers. As of today, all 4 have foregone extreme range reduction, and at least 2 of the subspecies are extinct.
The country’s official currency is the East Carribean dollar. This is one of the more optimal islands for anyone that does not have too much sailing experience and want to get some more sea time under their belt. You will be swept away by the greenery of the island as well as the local vibe; everyone is so carefree and just wants to go with the flow.