A taste of paradise
The largest of the Caribbean Leeward islands, Antigua is 108 sq miles and has a population of around 75,000 people. Its neighbouring islands are Montserrat in the southwest and Guadeloupe in the south. The state of Antigua and Barbuda includes two dependencies, Barbuda, 25 miles to the north and the uninhabited island of Redonda 24 miles to the south west.
The islands are among the driest in the region, which ensures that visitors can bask in sunny weather whenever they go. The island is a year-round destination with temperatures varying between 26C and 32C. The trade winds, a constant easterly sea breeze, give respite from the heat.
Flying to Antigua
Frequent flights to Antigua from the UK are provided by Virgin Atlantic and British Airways as well as some charter companies. Flying time is around eight hours. A regular service is offered from New York, Miami and Toronto as well as other North American airports.
Antigua is on Atlantic Time which is four hours behind GMT in British Winter and five hours in Summer.