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About Antigua | Luxury Villa Rental

With over 360 pristine white sand beaches, a multitude of relaxing activities and that famous Caribbean spirit, our luxury villas in Antigua will leave you feeling rejuvenated and relaxed. With warm winds, a constant warm climate and a fascinating coastline of picturesque harbours, this Easterly island is the perfect place to get away from it all. Handpicked Villas have personally selected the most beautiful luxury villas in Antigua, and can guide you through your Caribbean visit.

Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles.

Stepping back from the sea, visitors will soon discover that there is a lot more to an Antiguan villa holiday than sun and sand. The island’s interior is typical of a Caribbean island with its lush vegetation and rainforest-clad hills. 

Everything you could want during your holiday is at your fingertips on this island. Beach dwelling, sailing, hiking, and pampering can all be done in Antigua. Shopping in Antigua is duty free, and while some might argue that shopping is not a top priority on the island, savvy shoppers can easily come away with inexpensive designer goods, gems, and artwork.

If a beach for every day of the year isn't enough to entice you to visit our villas in Antigua, the beautiful climate and wealth of natural attractions might just be. If you are looking for a tropical destination filled with activities and excursions, Antigua is the place for you.

Our map of Antigua (below), shows the location of the main airport (V.C. Bird International), the capital of Antigua (St John's) and many of our popular villa locations. So, where is Antigua located? Antigua is one of the more northern Caribbean Islands, and is close to it's neighbour, Barbuda.

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FACTS ABOUT ANTIGUA...

Antigua offers some of the most luxurious villas in the world and has many notable residents who frequently spend time in their own luxury villa. They include, Giorgio Armani, Eric Clapton, Richard Branson and John Barrowman to name a few!

  • VISAS & ENTRY REQUIREMENTS TO ANTIGUA

Antigua tourist visas are not required for citizens of the United Kingdom for a stay up to 180 days. Citizens of the Canada and the US do not require a visa either.

  • DEPARTURE TAX FROM ANTIGUA

Antigua & Barbuda has a US$28.00 (EC$70.00) airport departure tax.

  • ANTIGUA LANGUAGE

The language spoken in Antigua is English.

  • LOCAL TIME IN ANTIGUA

The Antigua time difference is minus 4 hours from GMT, or minus 1 hour from EST.

  • GETTING AROUND ANTIGUA

Taxis are available throughout Antigua. Fares between the airport, harbour, and many hotels and destinations are fixed and can be obtained upon arrival. Renting a car is an ideal way to discover more of Antigua while on your vacation. The cost is about US$40-50 per day. In addition to a valid driver's license from your country of residence, or an international driver's license, a permit to drive in Antigua is required.

  • ELECTRICAL STANDARDS IN ANTIGUA

Antigua uses the 230 volt system.

  • CURRENCY IN ANTIGUA

The currency of Antigua is the East Caribbean Dollar which is linked to the US$. Antigua currency's official exchange rate is ECD$2.7 = USD$1.00. 

  • CREDIT CARDS IN ANTIGUA

Most restaurants do encourage and accept credit cards. Travellers cheques in US, UK and Canadian funds are also cashable at many retail outlets. There are many regional and international banks, which have ATMs that will accept major credit cards and dispense local currency based on the current exchange rate.

  • HEALTH IN ANTIGUA

The tap water on the island is relatively safe and if often used for ice cubes. That being said it can still cause upset stomachs due to the difference in composition to the water you would normally drink. There is no requirement for vaccinations for Antigua, but always check with your doctor just in case.

  • POPULATION OF ANTIGUA

The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000. Is Antigua safe for tourists? Yes, visitors are positively encouraged as there are so many spectacular natural landmarks ripe for sharing!

  • SUNRISE + SUNSET IN ANTIGUA

The sun in Antigua rises at about 5.55 am and sets at approximately 5.50pm all year around.

  • COMMUNICATIONS IN ANTIGUA

The area code for Antigua is 268. You dial this ths code just like you would do for any other international area code.

The express postal service to London or New York is guaranteed to be delivered in 48 hours. There are district post offices in every parish.

  • CAPITAL OF ANTIGUA

The Antigua capital is St Johns.