Antigua: Know before you go

by Female Abroad

Basic facts you will need to know about arriving and staying on the island in a point form for easy reference.

Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar (EC) but the US Dollar is also widely accepted

Language: English

Time Zone: AST (same time as EST)

Capital: St. John's

Climate: tropical with little seasonal temp variations. Hurricane season is July to Oct

Airport: VC Bird International Airport

Cruise Ports:

Heritage Pier that connects to Heritage Quay - most used pier

Nevis Street Pier that connected to Redcliffe Quay


most places will take credit cars

ATM's (will dispense EC) are available at the banks and the airport

Electricity: 110 volts

Food: safe to eat

Water: safe to drink

Medical: good and easy to find

Safety: Stick with normal tourist recommendations (ex. avoid flashy jewelry). As always, be aware and respectful of locals and you'll have no issues. Women can travel solo here and feel safe. Theft is uncommon but does happen - secure your purses and wallets.


Inhabited by the Siboney in 2400 BC

Arawak and Carib Indians populated the island shortly after until 1493 when Columbus landed

Spanish and French started early settlements English formed a colony in 1667

Slavery abolished in 1834

Became an independent state within the British Commonwealth of Nations in 1981