Located in the Leeward Islands in the Lesser Antilles in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua & Barbuda is an independent member state of the commonwealth as well as a member of the United Nations, CARICOM and the Organisation of American States, among many other international organisations.
The country is a twin-island state, consisting of Antigua and its smaller sister island Barbuda. The nation also consists of a number of smaller islands, such as Redonda, Great Bird, Green, Guinea, Long, Maiden and York.
The year-round tropical climate tempered by cooling trade winds and 365 palm-fringed beaches is home to a multicultural population of around 100,000 as well as internationally famous celebrities who have chosen this paradise to escape the pressures and spotlight of their regular lives.
The island’s V.C. Bird International Airport is the largest airport in the region. With daily flights to business centres in North America and London – just four hours to New York and eight to Europe, it is easy to pop to business meetings at a drop of a hat.
St John’s the capital has a wide range of shops, banks and financial institutions. The islands have a politically stable government, low crime rate, and a robust economy. Its currency, the Eastern Caribbean dollar, is pegged to the US dollar.
As the first nation in the Caribbean to ban single-use plastic, Antigua & Barbuda is a trailblazer in the fight against climate change.