The sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, Antigua is also the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide.
With 365 white sand beaches, Antigua claims to have one for every day of the year.
The island is a must-see destination for scuba divers and snorkellers, who come from around the globe to explore the breathtaking nearly unbroken wall of coral reef that surrounds the island.
Once known as the "gateway to the Caribbean" because of its location and natural harbours, Antigua is dotted with reminders of its nautical past, from Nelson's Dockyard, one of Antigua's finest physical assets, built by Horatio Nelson in the eighteenth century, to the beautifully restored Redcliffe Quay. More than 100 picturesque stone windmills, some now housing bars, shops, restaurants, and homes, serve as a testament to Antigua's role in the sugar trade.
It's always summer in Antigua, with temperatures rarely falling below 25C, or exceeding 30C. Most of the island's water comes from the desalination plant and is potable, but bottled water is widely available everywhere. The local currency, the EC$, is pegged to the US$ (EC$2.60 = US$1) and can be obtained from banks or ATMs island-wide. Most establishments welcome US$ cash or travellers cheques, and major credit cards are widely accepted.