Antigua and Barbuda is an exquisite twin-island Caribbean country comprised of of two major inhabited islands, Antigua and Barbuda, and a number of smaller islands. Antigua is home to some extraordinary beaches as well as the nation’s vibrant capital, St Johns, which boasts a wonderful cathedral and some excellent museums. A visit to neighbouring Barbuda is an altogether more laidback experience. The island is remarkably undeveloped and is blessed with an abundance of intriguing wildlife and countless idyllic palm-fringed beaches. Whether exploring the old fort, the graceful harbours dotted along Antigua’s curving coastline or the calm clear waters of Half Moon Bay, you are bound to find plenty to keep you blissfully entertained in this charming dual-island nation.
The islands enjoy a very pleasant balmy tropical climate which remains warm and relatively dry throughout the year, with relatively little variance. Temperatures range from lows of 22°C (72°F) to highs of 40°C (104°F) all year round, with October to January being the hottest time of year, staying in the region of 30°C (86°F) to 35°C (95°F). Cooling winds blow in from the south east so the heat rarely feels too unbearable. In general, humidity in Antigua and Barbuda is quite low.
The rainy season runs from around June to November, and during this time daily rain showers are common; there is also a good chance of tropical storms and hurricanes across the islands. Their location in the hurricane zone means the islands are vulnerable to powerful storms every two or three years, whilst hurricanes can hit every two to six years.