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This article was written on 13 Jun 2010, and is filled under To: Antigua and Barbuda.

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Discover Antigua and Barbuda

Welcome to Antigua and Barbuda, an extensive archipelago of cays and islets rich in marine life, flora, and fauna. Antigua has an impressive 365 strands of powdered-ivory sand, “one for every day of the year”, as locals love saying. Its wonders, and those of sister island Barbuda will keep you coming back for more.


History and culture

The first inhabitants of Antigua and Barbuda were the Ciboney Indians, who settled on the island 4000 years ago. Because of its superior anchorages and strategic location, Antigua was the theatre of fierce battles between the Dutch, French, and English, with England finally prevailing in 1667. British rule carried on uninterrupted until full independence was granted in November 1, 1981.

Tourism is now the main business in Antigua and Barbuda, and all types of resorts line the sand. The British heritage is evident today: afternoon tea is a ritual, and cricket is the national pastime.

Activities

Snorkeling

picture credit : by DiveMasterKing2000

There is a plethora of sports in Antigua and Barbuda, including hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, bicycling, kayaking, and snorkelling. Antigua’s waters teem with big-game fish such as marlin, wahoo, and tuna; so deep-sea fishing is a popular option. Windsurfing is also a major draw.

Petting and feeding the remarkable sea creatures of Antigua’s “Stingray City” is another highlight.

Antigua’s circular shape is perfect for boating. With plentiful undersea sights to explore, it is also an excellent diving destination.

Golfing in Antigua is good, but not great.

History buffs should head to Nelson’s Dockyard, the world’s only Georgian-era dockyard still in use.

Antigua sister island Barbuda has an exquisite, practically deserted 8-mi (13-km) stretch of sand.

By Michael Young, for Cheap All Inclusive Caribbean Vacation.

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