As the headquarters for the British fleet in the Caribbean during the 18th and 19th centuries, Antigua is an historic and very popular tourist destination. Cruise ships use the deep water port at St John’s and its international airport serves jumbo jets from around the world.
The island is known for its low humidity, shopping bargains, a passion for cricket by the locals, sugar cane fields, rain forests and small, scenic coastal villages.
Barbuda, (a dependency) 26 miles to the north, is sparsely populated and famous for hunting and diving venues. Redonda (a dependency) 25 miles to the southwest, is an uninhabited rock.
Latitude/Longitude 17º 03N, 61º 48W
Facts and Figures
- Capital City St. John’s
- Languages English (official), local dialects
- Official Currency East Caribbean Dollar
- Religions Anglican, Protestant, Catholic
- Population 67,897 (July 2003 est.)
- Land Area 443 sq km (Antigua 280 sq km) (Barbuda 161 sq km) (Redonda (2 sq km)
- Highest Point Boggy Peak (402 meters)