|Antigua is said to have 365 beaches, one for every day of the year.
Antigua, the largest of the British Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John's on Antigua.
Climate: Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.
Although the interior of Antigua, a small island of rolling hills and flowering trees, has tons of charm, what really attracts visitors here is its spectacular coastline of perfect coves and graceful harbours. In fact the island has no less than 365 beaches with beautiful soft sand. Consequently what was once described as ?a beach with an island in the middle? has become the most developed of the Leeward Islands.
Antigua?s colourful political history may or may not have anything to do with the character of its people. Nevertheless, it certainly is a lively place. The Caribbean?s largest international regatta takes place here and the club which hosts it runs races every week during the sailing season. Visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to watersports, diving and snorkelling and, of course, there?s the cricket. This sport is an Antiguan passion verging on obsession and it?s no coincidence that the island has spawned some of the game?s finest players.
Its splendid climate and party atmosphere (there?s a great carnival here in August) have attracted a fair number of foreign millionaires to Antigua. Their presence has brought a touch of glamour which is maybe less obvious in other quieter Caribbean islands. That?s not to say that Antiguans aren?t proud of their past and their traditions many cherished old buildings are testament to that it?s just that they?ve always got an eye on what may be around the corner!
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