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Antigua Barbuda General Information. Antigua Barbuda is a tropical paradise with 365 beaches- one for each day of the year.


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Antigua Barbuda Population:
68,722 ( updated 2005 )

Antigua Barbuda location

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

Official Language

English, often very "West Indian" in sound, but understandable.


110 volts, with both two and three-prong outlets.  Carrying an adapter along so you'll be able to make use of whatever outlet is available.

Entry (Immigration) Requirements

Proof of identity is required for US and Canadian citizens. While a passport is always the best document to carry, an official ID such as a driver's license accompanied by an official (raised seal) birth certificate may be used. Be sure to have the birth certificate as a driver's license or other photo ID is not enough by itself. All others, including citizens of Australia, New Zealand and UK, will need passports. All travelers must have a return or forward ticket.


The East Caribbean Dollar (ECD) is the local currency. US dollars are also accepted, but change is usually given in the local currency.


Antigua Currency rates


United States Dollar

$1.00 USD = $2. 67 EC


£1.00  = $5.00 EC


$1.00 = $1.70 EC ( approximately )


Antigua Barbuda  Banks

Banks: Open, usually, Monday - Thursday  8 am to 2 pm and  on Fridays 8:00 am  to 4:00 pm. You'll find ATMs at the airport, Woods Center Friars Hill Road & Jolly Harbour and at local banks. Major credit cards are accepted at most establishments, but carry some traveler's checks to be on the safe side.


Banks in Antigua

  • Bank of Antigua

  • Antigua Commercial Bank

  • First Caribbean Bank ( formally Barclays Bank & CIBC)

  • Scotia Bank

  • Antigua Barbuda Investment Bank ( ABIB )

  • Royal Bank of Canada

Antigua & Barbuda National Symbols

Antigua Barbuda Flag

Antigua National Flag the 7 point golden sun of the Antigua & Barbuda flag represents the dawn of a new era. The color red, the life blood of slave forefathers and the dynamism of the people. Blue represents hope, black, the soil and African heritage and gold, blue & white Antigua's and Barbuda's tourist attractions sun, sea and sand. The "V" formed by the red borders represent: "Victory at last."

National Flag
Designed by Reginald
Samuel in 1966.
This was the year before Antigua and Barbuda Gained Associated
Statehood with the United Kingdom in 1967. 

National Bird
The Frigate
The Frigate is also known as the  Weather Bird. The Frigate is a Relative of the Pelicans.  The male is glossy black and blows up his scarlet throat to attract the  female. Frigates weigh about 3 pounds and has a wing span of 8 feet.

National Animal
The European Fallow Deer
The European Fallow Deer is believed to have been brought to Antigua  by the Codringtons in the early 1700's. The deer live and breed happily on Barbuda and on Guiana Island. There are two varieties, the Black Deer and the Common Deer.

National Dish
Today it's a stew typically containing squash, spinach, eggplant, peas, pumpkin, ochre's, salted meats and dumplings. Fungee is a pastelike ball of cornmeal and ochroes.
Recipe used is courtesy Evanson's Catering.
(268) 461-3693

National Sea Creature
The Hawksbill Turtle

can be recognized by its narrow pointed beak and open jagged edge on both sides of the shell. the hawksbill was originally perceived as a gift from the Caribs, Arawaks and archaic gods.  It was once hunted for its valuable shell

The Sugar Mill and sugar cane represents the historical sugar cane industry which once was Antigua's main industry. The tourist industry is the main industry in Antigua at present.

More than 114 Sugar Mills still stand today as silent witness to a bygone era when sugar was "king."
The Sugar Mill at Betty's Hope Estate has been restored as a tourist attraction



National Tree
The Whitewood Tree.

This wide-spreading ornamental shady tree with nearly horizontal branches is related to the mangroves and almond trees. Its timber is heavy and hard and was once used for making gun carriages

Moco Jumbies
The age old art and tradition of walking high above the crowd on stilts is carried on today in Antigua and Barbuda by the Moco Jumbies
(Pronounced Mo-ko Joom-bees).
Stilt Walking is a colourful crowd-pleasing sight seen

National Weed
The Widdy, Widdy
The Widdy, Widdy bush along with cockles was used by sugar workers to supplement their food supply during the strike of 1951 for better wages and working conditions. The strike lasted an entire reaping season.   Widdy, Widdy, with little

Antigua Barbuda National Dress

Worn by market vendors and cake makers in Antigua and Barbuda, circa 1834. (This version designed by native Antiguan Heather Doram.) "National Day" is when many Antiguans proudly wear their national clothing, serve or eat local food and drinks, and attend national prayer services



Antigua & Barbuda Black PineappleAntigua Black Pineapple

Antigua National Fruit

The Black  Pineapple on the top of the Heraldic helmet represents the famous sweet Antigua Black Pineapple.

The Antigua “Black” Pineapple

The pineapple belongs to the Bromeliad family which includes Man ‘pon Tree and Old Man’s Beard. The latter is quite common, and can be seen growing on trees and telegraph wires.

The Antigua variety of pineapple is known as the ‘Black’ as it has a dark green color when it is most delicious, but is smaller than other commercial types. The variety is full of flavor, juicy and sweet; it ripens to a golden glow.

The Pineapple was first introduced into Antigua and Barbuda by the Arawak Indians from South America about the time of the first Christmas and was called Boniama or Yayama by them and was believed to be food for the Gods. The thorny leaves were used for producing initiation pains on young men, and for making twine and cloth. A tasty wine was made from the fruits and pineapples were also used for urinary complaints and for producing abortions.

In historic times, the fruit was used as a source of vitamin C, and in cakes and puddings. Medicinally the juice is good for fever, stomach pains, wasp stings and sea urchin spines in the flesh. The leaves are good as a poultice for sprains.

As early as 1640, settlers in Antigua cultivated the Black Pineapple near English Harbour, and they have been cultivated ever since on the south side of Antigua, particularly near Cades Bay and at Claremont.

In heraldry, the pineapple denotes hospitality, and was seen adorning many fine pieces of furniture in colonial times.  It is thus particularly fitting that it should be Antigua’s national fruit, symbolizing the hospitality that is vital to our tourist industry - as well as being a tasty treat for visitors and us.


Antigua & Barbuda Coat of Arms

Designed by Gordon  Christopher about 1966 and modified by the Financial Secretary at that time, Mr. Don Gibbs.


Antigua Barbuda Coat of Arms

The Shield with the sun and wavy white & blue bands symbolize the beautiful sun, sea and beaches of Antigua.

The Yucca Plant (right of shield with flowers) was once the old emblem of Antigua.

The Deer represent the pre colonial wildlife that inhabited Antigua.

The Scroll at the bottom of the Coat of Arms reads with Antigua's National Motto: "Each Endeavoring, All Achieving"


The Pineapple surmounting the arms represents the famous Antigua Black Pineapple.

The red Hibiscus flowers are symbolic of the many varieties that bloom in the Nation.

The golden Sun and the wavy blue and white BANDS symbolize the Sea, Sun and Beaches.

The central Sugar Mill Tower and the stem of SUGAR CANE echoes the historic production of sugar, once the main industry.

The Century Plant or Dagger Pole with its stem and showy golden yellow flowers was a part of the historic emblem of Antigua and the Leeward Islands.

The two rampant Deer depict the only large animal within the Eastern Caribbean and that is unique to Antigua and Barbuda.

The Scroll  bears the motto of the Nation.



Antigua National Plant


The Dagger Log's (Agave karatto Miller) yellow flowers rises from the large rosette formed by the Agave plant. Years ago, fishing rafts were made from the flower's log (or stem) and fishing bait was made from the white interior pulp of the leaves.















Antigua & Barbuda Government:


Antigua Barbuda Government

The United Progressive Party is the ruling party which won the General Elections in March 23rd, 2004  with the Honorable Baldwin Spencer as Prime Minister. The Antigua Labour Party is the Opposition party with the Honorable Robin Yearwood as Leader Of the Opposition.


Antigua Barbuda Prime Minister:

 Honorable  Baldwin Spencer

Leader of the United Progressive Party











Honorable Robin Yearwood


Leader of the opposition : Honorable Robin Yearwood

Party: Antigua Labour Party: ALP








Antigua Poisonous Insects

Antigua Tarantulas Spiders: Antigua is the home of the black Horse Spiders. These spiders are Tarantulas but are called Black Horse Spiders by Antiguans they grow to the size of a your fist and can be a scary experience when you encounter one unexpectedly.  They come out mainly in the nights and are sometimes seen in the days when their hole is wet or the day is hot.


The Tarantulas live in a hole in the ground and feed on insects. Their bite is poisonous and you would need medical attention immediately if bitten by one.


Picture with kitten playing with a spider.

  This spider was so irritated with the kitten that it turned black





Tarantulas in Antigua

Close up of Antigua Black Horse Spider or Tarantulas

Antigua & Barbuda Black Horse Spider or Tarantulas

Antigua  Tarantula home hole in the ground



Close up picture








The spider's home the dig this hole and live under ground and come up in the nights or sometime occasionally in the day time





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