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Antigua

The tropical nation of Antigua and Barbuda with its friendly people, gorgeous weather, 365 beautiful beaches, and a wide selection of accommodations draw visitors to these two islands.

Antigua & Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. Antigua was populated by Amerindian tribes when Christopher Columbus “discovered” it in 1493. He named the island “Santa Maria de la Antigua”.

The current population for Antigua nation is approximately 68,000. Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making Antigua the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round. The coolest hours throughout the country are after the sun has gone down, when the temperature can drop to two to four degrees less than daylight hours.

With the steady trade winds blowing from the northeast, this can make evenings a little chilly for some visitors. No matter where you go in Antigua, you won’t be far from beautiful beaches, stunning accommodations, and fascinating history. Because of this, you’ll need to do a bit of research to help you decide exactly where you’d like to go. There’s so much to do that travelers can never see it all in just one trip, so plan well to make your trip to Antigua a dream come true.

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