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June 20, 2020

#Antigua #Barbuda Vacations #FriendsTravelWestHollywoodCa90069 #JessKalinowsky

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There’s plenty to see and do in A&B. #Antigua #Barbuda. From taking in the beauty of the island from a catamaran to exploring the attractions from a pink safari jeep (Antigua’s Pink Panther Tour, an all-female led tour group, is legendary), there’s no shortage of sea and land tours to help you get personally acquainted with the island.

Diving, snorkeling, kite-surfing, or zip-lining through a lush rainforest canopy are perfect ways to spend the day, too.

While A&B is famous for its 365 beaches, the twin-island paradise also features well-preserved historical sites, including Nelson’s Dockyard, St. John’s Cathedral, Shirley Heights, and Betty’s Hope, a mid-1600s sugar plantation that’s been restored (historians estimate that over 100 sugar mills lie in ruin across Antigua).

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February 22, 2014

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July 16, 2012

#FriendsTravel Antigua West Indies JESS Kalinowsky

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There are the well-known Antigua hotspots, and then there’s this adults-only gem: a nine-room waterfront retreat on the island’s unspoiled southwestern edge, midway between English Harbour and St. John’s. Not surprisingly, the trump card is the view, first spotted in the lobby, by way of windows that look out onto the beach. Standard and beachfront rooms are spacious and streamlined, with four-poster beds and either a veranda or patio furnished with comfortable plantation chairs. We have every plausible resort for you.

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November 28, 2011

#FriendsTravel Antigua archetypal Caribbean Island JESS Kalinowsky

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Why go?

Antigua is the archetypal Caribbean island – sun-drenched, fringed with dazzling white sand and set by a warm jade and aquamarine sea. There are some excellent hotels, and the island has a long tradition of sailing, both in historic association with Britain (Horatio Nelson was stationed here) and sailing in its modern form, as the venue for the Caribbean’s major regatta and winter home to a number of mega-yachts. However, it is for the easy life and friendly islanders – and the wide variety of beaches – that most people visit.

Sister-island Barbuda is smaller, far less developed (there is just one hotel at the moment) and much dozier. Its beaches as perhaps even better than Antigua’s.

When to go

The best time to go is the winter season, between mid-December and mid-April: the weather is at its worst in some other places, and at its coolest and driest in Antigua.

If you are looking for a ‘value season’, prices outside of this period drop by as much as a third, and yet the weather is not radically different in early December or in May and June. By July and August it is much hotter but not usually unbearable. “Some Like It Hot”

September (and to a lesser extent August and October) is peak season for hurricanes and Antigua is often in the firing line. It is also very muggy and hot during these months.

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Antigua is an amazing Honeymoon, and/or Destination Wedding Venue, for the two of you, or the extended family and friends.


VC Bird International in Antigua (ANU) is the main airport for flights from broad to north-eastern Caribbean (Antigua serves other islands in the area including Montserrat, Nevis, Anguilla, St Maarten, St Barts and the British Virgin Islands), so there are quite a few flights each week. Flights tend to leave USA in the morning, arriving in mid to late afternoon, and then they return after noon for late night arrival in the USA.

Friends Travel LLP, will coordinate all of your air travel, and land/resort arrangements.


Codrington airport (with the delightful airport code BBQ) has a handful of flights a day from Antigua with Antigua Barbuda Montserrat Air (usually two in the morning and one in the afternoon). The morning flights leave at around 8am and 9am and the afternoon flight at about 5pm.

Friends Travel LLP will handle all these arrangements for you.

Please EMAIL us 24/7/365 with any questions on Antigua, Barbuda, or any other Caribbean Island Destination.  We have been there!

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Cruise ships

Antigua is a popular stop on the cruise lines. Ships arrive in St John’s, the capital, which sits at the head of one of the west coast’s well protected harbours. St John’s has shopping in two main malls, Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay, but the best of Antigua lies beyond the town (the beaches and historical sights at English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard).

Some of the smaller cruise ships that stop at Antigua include Fred Olsen’s Braemar and Black Watch, the Marco Polo and Windstar’s five-masted sailing ship, the Wind Surf. Friends Travel LLP  can make all of your cruise and other transportation arrangements.

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makes it easier, and most often cheaper, to book a package through one of the Caribbean specialist tour operators.

Friends Travel LLP will package the flights, transfers and accommodation for you.

Buses: Service run from the capital St John’s, but they are there primarily to serve locals, rather than hotel guests, and may not run to the places you want to go (i.e. the beaches). However, a regular service does run between St John’s and English Harbour.

Taxis: Alternatively, taxis are available all over the island and you should be able to book one through your hotel reception. In town, you can just stand and wait – someone will offer soon enough.

Know before you go


The currency of Antigua, like many of the former British islands in the area, is the Eastern Caribbean (EC) Dollar. The currency is fixed to the US Dollar at a rate of US$1 = EC$2.67.

US Dollars are regularly (and legally) used on the island, so that may be easier. Hotels publish their rates in US Dollars.

Make sure you know which currency you are dealing in before you make a transaction.

While the Antiguans are generally very friendly, if you are approached in the street, react sensibly and within reason – in the same way you would at home if approached by a stranger. Do not give out personal information, such as where you are staying.

Taxis are not metered in Antigua. Instead, fares are published. It is a good idea to establish the fare at the start of your journey – so it helps to know the going rate before you get into the cab.

It is easy to let your guard down with security on an island like this, so remember not to leave valuable belongings within sight in your car, or unattended on the beach.

February 18, 2011

#FriendsTravel Antigua Verandah Resort and Spa JESS Kalinowsky

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Verandah Resort & Spa
Verandah Resort & Spa
St. Philip, Antigua and Barbuda

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Two tiers of island-style cottages fan out over a rocky point overlooking a quiet bay to create the Verandah Resort & Spa. Unlike the cookie-cutter, cement-happy all-inclusives the Caribbean is oftentimes known for, the Verandah takes pride in making you feel like you are indeed actually on Antigua, and not just some random tropical resort. Ceiling fans dangle beneath wood beams, the open-air public spaces attract sea breezes, arched roofs nod to the isle’s architectural past, antique-style street lamps glow around the main pool at night, and old-fashioned pastel-colored porch chairs encourage horizon viewing and day dreaming.

February 7, 2011

#FriendsTravel Antigua Caribbean Vacations Jess Kalinowsky

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December 21, 2010

#FriendsTravel Antigua and Barbuda Travel Guide JESS Kalinowsky

Antigua and Barbuda Travel Guide

Natural Rock Bridge Antigua

Natural Rock Bridge Antigua

In 1784, Admiral Horatio Nelson chose Antigua, situated in the centre of the Leeward Islands, as the base for Great Britain’s Caribbean Fleet. It is hard not to see why, as the island boasts a varied coastline with secure docking points, a protective coral reef and steady trade winds. Add to that shimmering sandy beaches, bright sunshine and a laid-back attitude and it is no surprise that Antigua, together with its smaller sister island Barbuda, is today one of the Caribbean’s most popular tourist spots.

Along with the uninhabited Redonda Island, Antigua and Barbuda form a tiny nation with a population descended largely from African slaves and a mix of Europeans. Visitors flock to enjoy the stretches of beach and miles of excellent hikes on Antigua, the protected nature reserve of Redonda, the exclusive resorts and superb bird sanctuary on Barbuda, and world-class snorkelling and scuba diving among wrecks along the nation’s coral reefs. The warm winds that Nelson relied on to bring his ships safely into harbour now contribute to one of the world’s biggest maritime events, Sailing Week.

The nation’s largest city is the popular cruise destination of St John’s, situated on Antigua. With a strong maritime history, the city is filled with related attractions and also offers visitors a chance to shop, dine and unwind. Codrington (named after sugar plantation Christopher Codrington) is Barbuda’s main city and acts as a base for explorations of the many coastal shipwrecks, as well as the island’s frigate bird population. Ultimately, however, visitors to this island nation come to enjoy the expanse of sandy beaches and the unique atmosphere of the Eastern Caribbean.

Antigua and Barbuda Travel Guide JESS Kalinowsky Friends Travel LLP

December 19, 2010

#FriendsTravel The Hermitage Bay Hotel St. John, Antigua and Barbuda JESS Kalinowsky

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Hermitage Bay
The Hermitage Bay Hotel
St. John, Antigua and Barbuda
The 25 sea-facing cottages, which spread from the unspoiled beachfront to the fertile hillside, are outfitted with sustainably harvested wood, outdoor showers, freestanding bathtubs, and canopied king-size beds fitted with bone-white Italian linens. And that’s just the tip of the opulent iceberg at this everything-included Caribbean resort, where your days begin with fresh-squeezed tropical juices and rum-drizzled French toast before you move onto the spotless beach…

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December 18, 2009

#FriendsTravel Verandah Resort and Spa JESS Kalinowsky

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This resort ensures that fun can be had by all with its wealth of island attractions. Featuring 200 state-of-the-art villa suites with every amenity imaginable, two white-sand beaches, three pools, & full service Spa Tranquility. Hiking trails to nearby Devil’s Bridge, water sports galore, expansive supervised kids program allows a playground of adventure for all to enjoy.

January 2010, 5th night free.

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October 18, 2008

#FriendsTravel Antigua Grand Pineapple Beach JESS Kalinowsky

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