Antigua and Barbuda is an English speaking twin island state located in the north eastern Caribbean which gained independence from Britain in 1981. Antigua is the larger of the two islands with a size of 108 square miles and a population of about 90,000. The twin island nation enjoys a very agreeable temperature throughout the year of about 80 degrees Fahrenheit with low humidity and gentle breezes. St. John’s is the capital city, and it is the center of trade and commerce in the state of Antigua and Barbuda.
The local currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), which is pegged to the US dollar at $2.70 EC to US $1.00.
As tourism is the main industry, with the island’s 365 white sand beaches making it an ideal island paradise, Antigua is easily accessible from Europe, the United Kingdom, North America and other Caribbean islands. It is known as “the gem of the Caribbean”. Antigua is serviced by several major airlines. Many of the world’s largest cruise ships also dock in St. John’s each week. Barbuda is easily accessible from Antigua and is a tranquil island with beautiful pink sand beaches and clear turquoise waters.
Antigua and Barbuda has a low crime rate and offers a highly advanced communications infrastructure to rival that of any of the world’s leading nations. High speed internet, overseas telephone services including international direct dialling, facsimile and cable services are all available.
Antigua and Barbuda is a member of the United Nations, the British Commonwealth, CARICOM and the Organisation of American States (OAS) among many other international organisations.
Antigua and Barbuda has a politically stable climate with a British parliamentary style system of government that is democratically elected. Elections are constitutionally due every five years.