ABOUT ANTIGUA AND BARBUDAAntigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation lying between the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean. It consists of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands (including Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York Islands). Separated by a few sea miles, the group is in the middle of the Leeward Islands part of the Lesser Antilles, roughly at 17 degrees north of the Equator.
St John's is the capital and largest city of Antigua and Barbuda, a country located in the West Indies in the Caribbean Sea. With a population of 24,226 (2000), St John's is the commercial centre of the nation and the chief port of the island of Antigua.
Antigua, also known as Wadadli, is an island in the West Indies, in the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean region, the main island of the country of Antigua and Barbuda. Antigua means "ancient" in Spanish and was named by Christopher Columbus after an icon in Seville Cathedral, Santa Maria de la Antigua — St. Mary of the Old Cathedral. The name Wadadli, comes from the original Amerindian inhabitants, and means approximately "our own".
Great Bird Island is a tiny islet lying almost three kilometres north-east of Antigua. Measuring just 20 acres (81,000 m), smaller than most city parks, it is the only place on Earth where you can see an Antiguan Racer (Alsophis antiguae) in the wild. The entire world population of this snake lives on the island. Named by sailors who were amazed at the number of birds that they found living and nesting there, Great Bird Island is a miniature paradise.
Dickenson Bay is located on the northwestern coast of Antigua, close to Cedar Grove. While Dickenson Bay is not the most secluded beach in Antigua, its intensely white beaches and tranquil seas attracts many visitors. A string of relatively large resort hotels, means that Dickenson Bay has one of the island's largest collections of rooms. The beachfront is lined with restaurants, beach bars, and water sports concessions.
Festivals and Events
Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua Sailing Week is a yacht regatta held at Nelson's Dockyard, St. Johns, Antigua. It is one of Antigua's most notable events. Founded in 1967, it is cited as one of the top regattas in the world and attracts an average 150-200 yachts, 1500 participants and 5000 spectators on average annually."