About the Island
Antigua & Barbuda is steeped in history dating back thousands of years and internationally renowned as a top recreational destination.
Often referred to as The West Indies, the island nations of the Caribbean form one of the most culturally diverse groups of countries on our planet. Add a year-round warm temperate climate, magnificent beaches and wildlife, spectacular natural geography, and the region becomes one of world’s most exclusive destinations.
A favourite of European royalty, the English speaking twin-island nation of Antigua & Barbuda has hosted the world’s privileged for generations, with its laid-back elegance, turquoise waters, luxury yachts and celebrity residents. A world-class destination as evidenced by its growing multi-national population over the last decade, Antigua is also steeped in history dating back thousands of years.
Famously the island was the major British Naval base for more than two centuries due to its expansive winding coastline and large natural harbours. These attributes offer visitors a wealth of secluded, powdery soft beaches and magnificent wildlife. Today, the nation of Antigua & Barbuda is an independent member state of the British Commonwealth with Queen Elizabeth II as Head of State.
The tropical climate attracts varied international residents, and together with the friendly local population of 85,000, this makes the country a very comfortable place to integrate. With daily direct air access from North America and Europe and being the hub of Caribbean yachting, Antigua is a crossroads of the world albeit natural, simple and protected.
The favorable growing conditions and plentiful marine life make the country’s culinary experiences fresh and delicious, and the abundance of outdoor activities make for a very healthy lifestyle. It is no surprise a mix of internationally famous politicians, entertainers, and fashion designers live here in some of the most beautiful homes in the Caribbean.
Antigua’s government continues to demonstrate its commitment to the tourism industry with projects such as the US $75M expansion of the international airport which is the region’s hub for international flights allowing increased flight numbers, passenger jet bridges and overall higher efficiency. Antigua levies no capital gains or inheritance taxes and there is no tax on income generated outside the country.
A member of the United Nations (UN), British Commonwealth, Caricom and the Organisation of American States, among many other international organisations, the nation’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$), pegged to the US$ at EC$2.7/US$1.