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Antigua and Barbuda

Background

Antigua and Barbuda

The Siboney were the first to inhabit the islands of Antigua and Barbuda in 2400 B.C., but Arawak Indians populated the islands when COLUMBUS landed on his second voyage in 1493. Early settlements by the Spanish and French were succeeded by the English who formed a colony in 1667. Slavery, established to run the sugar plantations on Antigua, was abolished in 1834. The islands became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981.

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Antigua and Barbuda are two Caribbean islands, (Antigua, pronounced "an-tee'-gah" and Barbuda), that form a country that lies between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico, off the coast of South America.

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Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and BarbudaJumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort 

Jumby Bay Island
P.O. Box 243
Long Island
Antigua and Barbuda

Price (US$): $2400 - $2750 / night

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Location. Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort is located on the beach in Long Island's Antigua neighborhood, close to Dutchman's Bay, Hell's Gate Island, and Jabberwock Beach. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Prickly Pear Island and St. Peter's Church. Resort Features. Dining options at Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort include 2 restaurants. A beach bar and a poolside bar are open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include 2… more »

Antigua and BarbudaCarlisle Bay 

Old Road
St. Mary
Carlisle Bay
Antigua and Barbuda

Price (US$): $747 - $1250 / night

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Location. Carlisle Bay is located on the beach in Carlisle Bay's Antigua neighborhood, close to Carlisle Beach, Doigs Beach, and Mount Obama. Springhill Riding Club is also a point of interest near this luxury hotel. Hotel Features. Dining options at Carlisle Bay include 3 restaurants. 3 bars/lounges are open for drinks. Room service is available 24 hours a day. The hotel serves a complimentary breakfast. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool, a health club, and a children's club.… more »

Antigua and BarbudaInn At English Harbour 

English Harbour
English Harbour
Antigua and Barbuda

Price (US$): $726 - $942 / night

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Location. Inn At English Harbour is located on the beach in English Harbour's Antigua neighborhood, close to Galleon Beach, Pillars of Hercules, and Shirley Heights. Other points of interest near this luxury resort include Nelson's Dockyard and Fort Berkeley. Resort Features. Dining options at Inn At English Harbour include 2 restaurants. A bar/lounge is open for drinks. Room service is available during limited hours. Recreational amenities include an outdoor pool and a fitness facility. Spa… more »

Antigua and BarbudaCurtain Bluff 

Old Road Village
Curtain Bluff
Carlisle Bay
Antigua and Barbuda

Price (US$): $1480 - $1481 / night

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Location. Curtain Bluff is located on the beach in Carlisle Bay's Antigua neighborhood, close to Carlisle Beach, Mount Obama, and Doigs Beach. Other points of interest are Nelson's Dockyard and Turner's Beach. Property Features. This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages, and other amenities. Dining options at Curtain Bluff include 2… more »

Antigua and BarbudaHermitage Bay All Inclusive 

Hermitage Bay
Jennings New Extension
Jennings
Antigua and Barbuda

Price (US$): $1740 - $1741 / night

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Location. Hermitage Bay All Inclusive is located on the beach in Jennings's Antigua neighborhood, close to Hermitage Bay, Mosquito Cove Beach, and Jolly Harbour Golf Club. Other points of interest near this all inclusive resort include Hawksbill Beaches and Valley Church Beach. Property Features. This resort is all inclusive. Rates include meals and beverages at onsite dining establishments. Charges may be applied for dining at some restaurants, special dinners and dishes, some beverages,… more »

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Antigua and Barbuda

Capital
St. John's
Location

Caribbean, islands between the Caribbean Sea and the North Atlantic Ocean, east-southeast of Puerto Rico

Geographic coordinates

17 03 N, 61 48 W

Area comparative

2.5 times the size of Washington, DC

Coastline

153 km

Climate

tropical maritime; little seasonal temperature variation

Terrain

mostly low-lying limestone and coral islands, with some higher volcanic areas

Lowest point

Caribbean Sea 0 m

Highest point

Boggy Peak 402 m

Natural resources

NEGL; pleasant climate fosters tourism

Population

86,754 (July 2010 est.)

Ethnic groups

black 91%, mixed 4.4%, white 1.7%, other 2.9% (2001 census)

Religions

Anglican 25.7%, Seventh Day Adventist 12.3%, Pentecostal 10.6%, Moravian 10.5%, Roman Catholic 10.4%, Methodist 7.9%, Baptist 4.9%, Church of God 4.5%, other Christian 5.4%, other 2%, none or unspecified 5.8% (2001 census)

Languages

English (official), local dialects

Government type

constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary system of government and a Commonwealth realm

Independence

1 November 1981 (from the UK)

National holiday

Independence Day (National Day), 1 November (1981)

Chief of state

Queen ELIZABETH II (since 6 February 1952); represented by Governor General Louisse LAKE-TACK (since 17 July 2007)

Head of government

Prime Minister Winston Baldwin SPENCER (since 24 March 2004)

Internet country code

.ag

Internet users

65,000 (2009)

Airports

3 (2010)

Ports and terminals

Saint John's

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