Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth country comprising its 2 namesake islands and several smaller ones. Positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, it’s known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Its English Harbour is one of the main yachting hubs in the Caribbean and the site of the historic Nelson’s Dockyard.
Antigua pronounced ann-Tee-gwa, was once called Wa’Ladli by the groups of Arawak and Carib Indians who were the original settlers of this island before Christopher Columbus. Later in the early 1970s, the name Wadadli (now the name of their local beer) was derived from the culture and linguistic lexicon of the emerging Rastafari community.
Over 22,000 people live in the capital city of St. John’s situated in the north-west. This bustling town has a deep harbour which is able to accommodate large cruise ships.
Barbuda – It’s known for its secluded pink and white-sand beaches including reef-lined Spanish Point, and North Beach, backed by palm trees. In the large Codrington Lagoon, the Frigate Bird Sanctuary is a habitat for huge frigate birds and more than 150 other bird species. Nearby is laid-back Codrington, the only village on the island.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Culture Name: Antiguan & Barbudan
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