Antigua and Barbuda is a twin island state in the eastern archipelago of the Caribbean. This sun-soaked island state is known for its remarkable 365 white sandy beaches, lush vegetation, typically flat topography, vacation-oriented weather and a world-renowned lagoon all within 440 km². With a rich marine life and inviting coast line conducive to yachting and sailing and breath taking sunset views, Antigua and Barbuda is considered one of the most beautiful places on earth.
Antigua and Barbuda was once a British colony and gained its political independence in 1981.
This twin island state has one of the most colourful cultures in the Caribbean. This is mainly due to its unique position in the Eastern Caribbean and increasingly growing economy. The island has and continues to welcome and embrace a very diverse cultural retention from various customs around the world. Local, regional and international cuisine is also a major aspect of the local culture. This cultural explosion is showcased during the annual Carnival Summer Festival which sees thousands of visitors participating and viewing the fusion of music, steel drums, pageantry and street parades.
Antigua and Barbuda is an English-speaking country. Many locals speak fluent Standard English along with patois which is a form of broken, colloquial English. Spanish, Arabic and Chinese are also commonly spoken by some citizens.