Abire from Citizens International explains why the country and islands of Antigua and Barbuda are destinations the solo traveller might want to add to their travel list.
Antigua and Barbuda, a country composed of two islands, is the ideal destination for solo guests looking to relax and unwind amid spectacular scenery and vibrant culture. Here are five reasons why you should be adding this beautiful nation to your travel list.
Quick facts: Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda are two separate islands in the Caribbean Sea around 28 miles apart. They operate as one nation, which is part of the Commonwealth Of Nations, formerly known as the British Commonwealth. They lie east of Puerto Rico and St. Kitts and Nevis and north of Grenada.
Capital: St John’s (on Antigua)
Population: 100,000 (approx)
Area: 440 km²
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
What makes Antigua and Barbuda a great destination for solo travellers?
This beautiful nation likes to consider itself the romance capital of the world. But don’t let that put you off; it is not only a honeymoon destination. There is so much going on and so much to explore; and as such, it is a very enriching experience for the independently-minded traveller.
1. There’s so much to discover
Antigua and Barbuda is rich in culture, history, scenery and wildlife. It can be really straightforward to tailor a trip to your interests and never run out of things to see or do. Here are some highlights to look forward to:
- 365 white sandy beaches with crystal clear waters.
- Perfect conditions for snorkelling and reef diving.
- The incredible Frigate Bird Sanctuary and turtle watching trips.
- Lush rainforest and ancient volcanic hills.
- Historic Nelson’s Dockyard and English Harbour with ruined forts to explore.
- The highly popular Sailing Week and the Classic Yacht Regatta.
- Caribbean choirs and steel bands.
- Vibrant flavours and fresh ingredients for many delicious meals.
- A lively nightlife.
2. It is easy to set your own pace
The beautiful thing about Antigua and Barbuda is that you can move around at your own pace. Whether you want to spend the entire day kicking back on a sun lounger on a tropical beach or whether you want to trek all day to seek out the nation’s wildlife, you can.
Antigua and Barbuda has become popular with solo travellers, so if you feel like company, you are likely to find other like-minded souls. On the other hand, it is also easy to keep to yourself and enjoy your own adventure.
3. There’s a very international and welcoming feel
Antigua and Barbuda has a long history of welcoming guests from all over the world. Not only will you meet tourists from around the globe, but you will also meet many international travellers who have made the islands their home or second home.
Antigua and Barbuda has a very welcoming citizenship program attracting many global citizens who invest in property or business. As well as a spectacular Caribbean home, the program affords successful applicants many opportunities and benefits, including a Commonwealth passport.
Antigua and Barbuda, therefore, have a very international feel that will help you feel comfortable and at home.
4. Both safety and convenience are covered
Antigua and Barbuda are easy to get to. You can fly directly from Canada, the US and the UK. It is also easy enough to hop over from other Caribbean islands. You are unlikely to arrive feeling too jaded.
Once you are ready to explore, you’ll find both islands well connected when it comes to getting around with regular boats running between them. Taxis are popular with solo tourists. Drivers are friendly and knowledgeable, and the small size of the islands makes taxis relatively inexpensive. Alternatively, you might like to rent a compact car. This is straightforward too, although you will need to bring your driving license from home. Your rental agency can supply you with the mandatory Antiguan driving permit for a small fee.
Public transport is also easy to use. However, you may also enjoy one of the many tours that take place each day. Walking tours of St. John’s city and English Harbour are very popular. There are also safaris, horseback tours, helicopter trips, VIP excursions and many other exciting ways of exploring Antigua and Barbuda as a solo traveller.
You will also feel safe in Antigua and Barbuda. The nation has maintained a low crime rate for many years. Just be sure to take normal, sensible precautions.
5. There’s a great range of accommodation
You’ll find accommodation options to suit every traveller, including budget hostel options that are popular with many single travellers. There are, of course, plentiful hotel options of which many are very luxurious.
As a solo traveller, you might not think of a villa as an option. However, there are one-bedroom, compact villas out here. If you fall in love with this style of property, why not consider staying long term and trying out the Caribbean lifestyle?
Antigua and Barbuda make an exciting yet comfortable and safe destination for the solo traveller. Why not come and explore soon? The nation is ready to give you a warm welcome.