Antigua

Part of the eastern Caribbean’s Leeward Islands, Antigua was discovered and named by Christopher Columbus in 1493. The sun-soaked isle is small at just 108 square miles, but it boasts 365 beaches and crystal-clear water. History buffs will want to tour Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, where one of the great admirals of the 18th century kept his fleet. The UNESCO World Heritage Site has been continuously in operation since 1745 and displays a telescope once used by Nelson himself. Other visitors might opt to lounge on one of the white-sand beaches, partake in water sports or go for a horseback ride along the shore. Hike up to Shirley Heights, a restored military outlook and gun battery, for a bird’s-eye view of the harbors, or take a culinary tour to sample Caribbean classics like rum punch, jerk chicken and West Indian curry. The island draws a huge yachting crowd and is perfect for windsurfing, water skiing, sailing, snorkeling and diving.

Language: English
Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD), US dollar (US$)

Antigua Weather
Temperature (Fahrenheit)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 81 81 82 83 84 85 86 86 86 85 84 82
Low 74 73 74 75 77 79 79 79 79 78 76 74
Temperature (Celsius)
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
High 27 27 28 28 29 29 30 30 30 29 29 28
Low 23 23 23 24 25 26 26 26 26 26 24 23
Precipitation Days
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Days 17 13 13 11 13 13 15 16 15 16 17 17
Humidity
  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Percent 75 72 72 73 76 76 76 77 78 79 79 77

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