There are over 300 beaches on Antigua and Barbuda where you can lie in the sun, go snorkelling, or even swimming with the stingrays. Although Antigua is popular for golfing and hiking as well, most tourists are here to enjoy water sports in the Caribbean's azure waters. In comparison, Barbuda has pristine beaches free of crowds, and plenty of bird life. The main town of Codrington has less than 1,500 residents, and very few luxury resorts. The island is the epitome of the simple life and a haven to those looking for some peace and quiet. Bird watchers should definitely stop by Barbuda's Frigate Bird Sanctuary which is home to over 170 bird species.
Remnants of British colonialism are evident in the locals' passion for cricket, but for a more historical perspective, visit Nelson's Dockyard in the English Harbour on Antigua. After a day at the beach, sample the drive-by barbecues or local restaurants to try the local 'Fungie', a traditional dish of cornmeal paste. Seafood is plentiful and a lobster lunch will never be cheaper! If you're thirsty, sip mauby or sea moss, non-alcoholic drinks that are an alternative to the more traditional rum!
Although there is no public transport on Barbuda and only buses on Antigua, cars and bikes are readily available for hire, making it easy to get around on your own
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V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is the only airport for international flights. The airport is just outside St. John's on Antigua and there are several international airlines that operate from it including Air Canada which has direct flights to Antigua from Toronto. American Airlines, British Airways, Continental, and Delta also have frequent flights to and from Antigua. To get to Barbuda you can take the Barbuda Express ferry service which runs five days a week or take a local flight to Barbuda's small airstrip near Codrington.
Average temperatures during the year remain between 24-29°C but the island's tropical weather means that it can go from periods of drought to storms and hurricanes over the course of the year. For the most part, the weather remains warm and sunny with occasional rains, but avoid the main downpours which occur from August to November when hurricanes are most likely. The best times to visit are usually April/May and toward the end of July/early August, avoiding the main tourist season in June.