Antigua and Barbuda

Main attractions

Redonda island, Antigua and Barbuda
Redonda / Jukka, / CC BY 2.0

This small island country consists of several small islands. Each of the main islands (Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda) differs from others a lot and each offers interesting landmarks.

Natural landmarks

  • Darby's Cave - Barbuda. Approximately 106 m wide and 21 m deep sinkhole with lush forest in it. Below some overhangs have formed large stalagmites.
  • Dark Cave - Barbuda. 120 m long cave with freshwater pools. Contains very rare species of crustaceans.
  • Devil's Bridge - Saint Philip. Natural bridge at the sea. Several blowholes are located nearby.
  • Great Bird Island - Saint Peter. This 81,000 m² large island is the only place where Antiguan Racer (Alsophis antiguae) - a harmless snake lives.
  • Redonda - Redonda. Small island surrounded by nearly vertical cliffs. The only place where lizards - Redonda Anole (Anolis nubilis), skink (Copeoglossum redondae) and Redonda Ground Lizard (Ameiva atrata) - live.

Man made landmarks

Nelson's Dockyard, Antigua and Barbuda
Nelson's Dockyard / David Stanley, / CC BY 2.0
  • Barbuda's Martello Tower - Barbuda. Fortification and lookout, built around 1745.
  • Betty's Hope - Saint Philip. Historical sugar plantation, established in 1650. Now contains historical windmills and ruins of some more buildings.
  • Fort James - Saint John. Historical fort, built by English in 1706. Fine views on Saint John city below the fort.
  • Government House - Saint John. Ornate building, constructed in the second half of the 18th century.
  • Indian Cave - Barbuda. Artificial, prehistoric caves, one contains two small petroglyphs.
  • Museum of Antigua and Barbuda - Saint John. National museum, housed in the colonial Court House which was built in 1747. The oldest building in Saint John.
  • Nelson's Dockyard - Saint Paul. Historical dockyard, still operating. Complex of buildings constructed in the late 17th - 18th centuries. Horatio Nelson served here in 1784 - 1787.
  • St. John's Cathedral - Saint John. Impressive Anglican church with two towers. Church is built here three times, current one in 1845 in Neo-Baroque style.

List of described attractions by parishes and dependencies

Antigua and Barbuda is divided into 6 parishes and two dependencies:

Saint George
Saint John
Saint Mary
Saint Paul
Saint Peter
Saint Philip

Map of Antigua and Barbuda

Recommended books:

Antigua and Barbuda: Island Guide

This formidable compilation is the result of firsthand experience and over two years of research. The Antigua & Barbuda Island Guide provides insightful information that allows visitors to feel like locals while enjoying the indisputable beauty of this Caribbean nation.

Insight Guides: Pocket Antigua & Barbuda

Breathtaking beaches, extraordinary wildlife and a lush, accessible rainforest make the islands of Antigua and Barbuda are a Caribbean fairytale...

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