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A Visitors' Guide to Antigua
Antigua is your destination, if you are looking for some real fun in beaching, snorkeling, scuba diving, and sailing. The paradise for snorkelers and scuba divers, Antigua is one of the mesmeric beauties of Caribbean.

Your tropical paradise, Antigua is located in the middle of Leeward Islands of in the Eastern Caribbean. Antigua is part of Antigua and Barbuda, surrounded by the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe to the south and Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin to the north and west. The arresting island of Antigua is the larger of the two main islands that make up Antigua and Barbuda.

Antigua is also known as Wadadli, which means "Our Own." The 14 miles long and 11 miles wide island of Antigua is inhibited by approximately 68,000 people on its 108 square miles of land mass. The island of Antigua is divided into six parishes including St. George, St. John, St. Mary, St. Paul, St. Peter, and St. Philip. St. John's is the capital of Antigua.

Scenic beauty, beautiful "sapphire" ocean around, sunniest climate, cooling tradewinds, and year-round low humidity make Antigua a lovely vacation destination. Antigua is one of the most pleasing vacation destinations of the world. It is widely known for its superb beaches, captivating skyline, hotels, private accommodations, vibrant culture, excellent restaurants and nightlife, and a wide variety of tours and excursions.

Most of your "city fun" in Antigua is centered in Saint John's. Some of the other attractions of Antigua include English Harbour, Falmouth, West Coast, and Nelson's Dockyard. Cricket is the soul of Antiguan. This game is played at the Recreation Ground in St John's or at any of the 365 beaches on the island, or on any spare bit of ground. Antigua is also famous for its Carnival that runs from late July to early August to liberate the Recreation Ground in St John's from the cricket fans; it becomes is home to main festival events.

Antigua is you heaven, if you are fond of sailing, snorkeling, and scuba diving; the island is one of the top ranked sailing destinations of world. It's your destination you love serene beauty.

You can access Antigua via air or sea route. There are daily flights to Antigua from all around the world daily. VC Bird International is situated on the outskirts of St John's and to the north of the island. It has regular flights from UK and America, along with smaller planes from elsewhere in the region. It is a fully functioning airport with Wi-fi capabilities and is currently under construction. Antigua is a hub for onward travel to many smaller and larger islands within the Caribbean; LIAT and Caribbean Star have hubs in Antigua, operating flights to various destinations in the Eastern Caribbean.

You can also relish the beauties around and in Antigua thru cruises. Cruises are one of the popular ways to access Antigua and Barbuda. Some of the famous Caribbean cruises include Royal Caribbean, Disney Cruise Lines, and Celebrity Cruises.
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Orson Johnson writes for the holiday and vacation site Holiday Velvet.
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