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ith a firmly grounded demo­cratic po­lit­i­cal sys­tem since

in­de­pen­dence from the Bri­tish in 1981, An­tigua and its sis­ter is­land Barbuda, have made big strides in the tourism sec­tor, yet has kept her beauty and in­no­cence in tact. The ad­van­tage of this is that you can hol­i­day on a safe, pris­tine des­ti­na­tion yet en­joy all the ameni­ties you have be­come used to. With is­land wide in­ter­net cov­er­age your hol­i­day pic­tures and videos are avail­able in­stantly and you don’t have to wait for your re­turn home to make your work col­leagues jeal­ous.

With an in­ter­na­tional air­port (air­port code; ANU) and cruise ships dock­ing in the cap­i­tal, St. John’s on a daily ba­sis, An­tigua & Barbuda is eas­ily ac­ces­si­ble. Direct flights come In from Lon­don, New York, Mi­ami, Mi­lan (www.eden­vi­aggi.it) and Frankfurt daily, and lo­cal Caribbean air­lines con­nect from the neigh­bor­ing is­lands with ease. An­tigua is 20 mins fly­ing time from Guade­loupe and 30 min­utes from St.maarten.

An­tigua & Barbuda is a des­ti­na­tion that will keep you oc­cu­pied, re­gard­less of the time of year you choose to visit. Ac­tiv­i­ties like sight­see­ing, the na­tional mu­seum, hik­ing, horse­back rid­ing, zip lin­ing, swim­ming with stingrays, cata­ma­ran cruises, quad tours, cricket test matches, car­ni­val, lo­cal fetes, con­certs and snor­kel­ing and div­ing will keep you en­ter­tained, ac­tive and en­gaged. Need­less to say you don’t HAVE to do any­thing. 365 beaches say you can be as re­laxed as you want to be and the warm wa­ter and white sands will be very invit­ing for a well de­served rest.

His­tor­i­cally An­tigua & Barbuda stands out as well. Af­ter the French in­va­sion of 1666, the Bri­tish built nu­mer­ous forts and strong points to en­sure An­tigua & Barbuda would re­main THE naval hub of the eastern Caribbean. The re­mains of those forts are still vis­i­ble to­day and make a great day tour for those ad­ven­tur­ous enough to go and have a look. Lo­cal tour guides are avail­able and will en­sure you will take some his­tor­i­cal knowl­edge home as well as an un­for­get­table ex­pe­ri­ence. Why un­for­get­table? Be­cause you will ex­pe­ri­ence views like the one from Fort Ge­orge on Monks Hill (http://an­banet.com/an­tigua/fort­ge­orge.html#sthash.8mo­zlihr.dpbs).

And what about Shirley Heights at sun­set? Prefer­ably en­joyed with a glass of lo­cal rum and great com­pany. As you can see the views are breath tak­ing. Be­sides that there is a wealth of his­tory at­tached to this look­out and a great party hap­pen­ing every Sun­day. (http://shirley­height­slook­out.com/in­dex.php)

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