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Uptown Auto Rental

Uptown Auto Rental is a home town car rental company with an international flavor. Located less than a mile from the airport and at Cobbs Cross in English Harbor. We are easily accessible to the international traveler and the local community alike. We are a full service, client oriented company that places emphasis on client satisfaction. Whether you need a short – term or long – term rental, Uptown Auto Rental has the perfect vehicle just for you.

Cobbs Cross English Harbour , 268-460-1452

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Barbuda Express

The Antigua Barbuda ferry service uses the Barbuda Express which is an innovative wave-piercing catamaran giving maximum passenger comfort at high speed. The journey time of 90 minutes in nearly all weather conditions makes it ideal for business use and for day-trips or excursions. Tourists can economically visit Barbuda with a selection of packages to explore and discover this undeveloped and little-visited island

St. John"s , 268-560-7989

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Tropical Rentals

Car rental in Antigua is an affordable and practical way to see the sights. Hop into your choice of rental car or 4x4 from Tropical car rentals Antigua and take a drive out to Betty's Hope Sugar Plantation, or Devil's Bridge. You may stop along the way to enjoy the lush scenery and go for a swim at one of our crystal clear beaches. We deliver and pick up vehicles from cruise ship clients.

St. Mary's , 268-562-5180

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X-Press Car Rental

X-Press Car Rental situated on the eastern side of the island, Pares Village main road, caters for all your transportation needs. We offer a very extensive line of vehicles which suit every size, preference and budget. We have a fleet of cars, jeeps or vans at affordable prices. All vehicles are fully air conditioned and accommodated with AM & FM radio and CD player just for your comfort. “ clean and ready to go”.

St. Peter?s , 268-562-6454

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CHEKES SCOOTER RENTAL

We're a scooter Company located in Antigua and we rent scooter and quads to cruise passengers. Please feel free to contact me.

, 1(268)723-9292/773-3508

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Big's Car Rental & Taxi Service

We offer the best services in car rentals with a complete set of vehicles of any kind. Competitive prices, insurance against collision damages and our experience will help you spending a great holiday in the caribbean. Just let us know where you want to go and we will get you there! Big's also provides taxi service and V.I.P. pick-up from the V.C Bird International Airport.

ENGLISH HARBOUR , 268-562-4901

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ounce you get off the ship in Antigua you will enter a small tourist area. in that area you will find a lot of guides and taxi drivers offering you services. the ones in the tourist area are licensed to provide services. if you go out of this area and take a taxi they are not licensed to provide tourist services and you should be careful picking your driver just to be safe. Antigua is safe.

Jun 11, 2014

When you get off the pier in Antigua cruise area there will be a lot of tour operators outside. They can offer you a taxi ride to the beach or a short trip around the island. Most of the operators in the shopping area are licensed taxi and tour operators so you should feel safe in finding a guide. It is always good to make arrangements to have the taxi driver pick you up at the beach where they drop you off. Also to make sure you check the local time as it is often different form the ship time.

Aug 23, 2012
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INTRODUCTION TO ISLANDS
Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands in the East Caribbean 17deg north of the equator, with Montserrat and Guadaloupe to the south and Nevis, St Kitts and St Maarten to north-west. A main business and communications center of the Caribbean. Once dependent on sugar, now relies on cotton and tourism. Capital is St John's.
 

The islands' main attractions are relaxation, historical sights, deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, beautiful beaches, bicycling, horseback riding, cricket, yachting, casinos and friendly people. If you enjoy excellent beaches, food and water sports - and are not on a strict budget - Antigua and Barbuda are for you.
In fact, Antigua has 365 beaches - one for every day of the year!
 

NEW CRUISE SHIP FACILITIES

Antigua's St John's Harbour has been dredged in a US $22million project to upgrade the area and accommodate the new generation of bigger cruise ships calling since October 2001. Passenger arrivals expected to increase from 460,000 in 2001 to 600,000 in 2002.
Other plans for this project include building a new pier, upgrading and renovation of Heritage Quay dock to handle even larger vessels, extension of the boardwalk from Heritage Quay to Redcliffe Quay, a new waterfront shopping complex and an upgrade of shoreside facilities, such as parking areas and taxi stands.
 

GEOGRAPHY


Antigua & Barbuda comprises three islands - Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda. They are low-lying and volcanic in origin.
Antigua's coastline curves into a multitude of coves and harbours. Barbuda lies about 40km (25 miles) north of Antigua and is an unspoiled natural haven for wild deer and exotic birds. Its 8km-long (5-mile) beach is reputed to be among the most beautiful in the world.
 

The island's village capital, Codrington, was named after the Gloucestershire family that once leased Barbuda from the British Crown for the price of 'one fat pig per year if asked for'. There are excellent beaches and the ruins of some of the earliest plantations in the West Indies. The coastal waters are rich with all types of crustaceans and tropical fish.
Redonda, smallest in the group, is little more than an uninhabited rocky islet. It lies about 40km (25 miles) south-west of Antigua.
 

When To Go

Temperatures are usually warm in Antigua and Barbuda. Daytime range 75-80F/25-30C and nights about 10F/5C cooler. Summer temperatures are a bit hotter.
The islands are among the driest in the Caribbean and it's often sunny and arid with a pleasant breeze blowing. Exception to this is hurricane season (July-October), when it's cloudier, hotter and more humid.
 

OVERVIEW

If you're unfamiliar with Antigua, know this: Robin Leach of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous has a home there. Needless to say, the island has some of the most luxurious villas and exclusive resorts in the Caribbean and is a favorite destination for yachters.
 

Those who have yet to be either rich or famous will find that Antigua has more moderately priced hotels than its high-end neighbors, Anguilla and St. Barts.
And there's more to do than just luxuriate because Antigua boasts two first-rate historic sights - Nelson's Dockyard and Betty's Hope Estate - and Barbuda is more a bird sanctuary than a lavish resort isle.
 

The Siboney Indians originally inhabited Antigua and Barbuda and were succeeded by the Arawak. In turn, they were forced out by the cannibalistic Caribs. Christopher Columbus named Antigua in 1493 but attempts by the Spanish and French to colonize the islands failed.
 

They remained unsettled by Europeans until the 1630s, when the British established a colony on Antigua. Famous British Admiral Horatio Nelson figures large at tourist spots but it all really began with another Briton, Sir Christopher Codrington, who arrived on the island in 1684 - 100 years before Nelson - to see if it could support the sort of large-scale sugar cultivation already flourishing elsewhere in the Caribbean.
 

He soon proved it could. Over the next 50 years the industry exploded on the island and, by the mid-18th Century, it was dotted with more than 150 cane-processing windmills, each supporting a big plantation.
Nearly 100 of these picturesque stone towers still survive today serving as houses, bars, restaurants and shops across the island. At Betty's Hope - Codrington's original sugar estate - visitors can see a fully restored sugar mill.
Unlike many Caribbean Islands, Antigua and Barbuda were not subjected to numerous changes of government in the colonial period. Except for a brief period of French rule, they were held by the English from the early 1600s until they achieved independence in 1981.
 

By the end of the 18th Century, Antigua had become an important strategic port as well as a valuable commercial colony. It became known as "The Gateway to the Caribbean" offering control of major shipping routes to and from the lucrative colonies.
 

Thus the arrival of Britain's Horatio Nelson in 1784 to develop naval facilities at English Harbour and build what's now known as Nelson's Dockyard - a major turning point in the island's evolution.
By all accounts, Nelson was not too fond of Antigua. But serving under him was Britain's future King William IV who seemed to like it so much Clarence House was built for him!
 

It was during William's reign, in 1834, that Britain abolished slavery in its empire. Then the sugar market declined and the islands went into economic decline.
Though unproductive, the large plantations were not redistributed after slavery ended, as they were on many Caribbean islands. This helped create desperate conditions for the former slaves, which led to unrest in the early 1900s.
Today, the island nation is inhabited primarily by the descendants of the slaves and tourism has helped ease the economic hardships of some of the residents. Antigua and Barbuda remain part of the British Commonwealth.
For many years, the Bird family have dominated the country's politics. Vere Bird Snr. (known as "Papa Bird") has been powerful since the 1940s and was prime minister from 1981 to 1993, when he was succeeded by his son, Lester Bird.
Facts At A Glance
 

Area: Antigua: 280sq km (108sq miles); Barbuda: 161sq km (62sq miles); Redonda: 1.6sq km (0.6sq miles). Total: 441.6sq km (170.5sq miles).

Population: 64,612 (1996).
Capital: St. John's (pop: 22.342 at last count in 1991)
Economy: Tourism, manufacturing.
Government: Constitutional monarchy. Gained internal full independence in 1981. Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Sir James Carlisle since 1993.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Lester Bird since 1994.
Language: English is the official language. English patois is widely spoken.
Religion: Anglican, Methodist, Moravian, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist and others.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). U.S. dollar widely accepted. Most major credit cards and traveler's checks accepted in urban and tourist areas.
Time Zone: Atlantic; 4 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Country code 1 268. No city code needed. Outgoing international code 011.
Electricity: 220/110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style 2-pin plugs. Some hotels also have outlets for 240 volts AC; in this case European-style 2-pin plugs are used.
Airport Departure Tax: Yes.
 

POTPOURRI
Antigua's most-famous writer is Jamaica Kincaid - now a U.S. resident - but she didn't rise to that position by praising her homeland. Her book A Small Place takes a critical view of the island's government, its colonial legacy and its reliance on tourism. She has called Antigua a "monument to rottenness".


Antigua was one of the islands hit by a hurricane in 1995. About 60% of the buildings were damaged and 10% destroyed. Another hurricane struck in 1998, causing more damage.


In the waters off Barbuda, the graceful spotted eagle ray, sometimes 6ft/2m wide, may swim right up to you. Don't panic - it's just curious.


Carnival is held during the 10 days preceding the first Monday in August with great steel-drum bands, calypso music, parades with floats and dancers in colorful costumes.
Columbus named Antigua "Santa Maria de la Antigua" after a miracle-working saint whose statue graces the Seville Cathedral in Spain.
Antigua Sailing Week in late April is the Caribbean's most important yachting event and draws a world-class field.
The national game is warri, which is similar to chess. It requires considerable strategy.
Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (first Monday in May), Whitmonday, Queen's Birthday (second Saturday in Jun), Caricom Day (3 Jul), Carnival (first Monday and Tuesday in Aug), Independence Day (1 Nov), Christmas Day (25 Dec) and Boxing Day (26 Dec).
 

SHOPPING
Shopping Hours: Most Monday-Saturday 8 am-4 pm and closed on Sundays.
The cruise terminal at Heritage Quay has a shopping center with 40 duty-free stores offering clothing, perfumes, jewelry, linens, china, local artworks, liqueurs and gift items. Another hotspot is the restored Georgian-era buildings at nearby Redcliffe Quay.
Bargaining in stores is not an accepted practice on the island but street vendors are almost always willing to negotiate.

 

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