Information & Facts
The seasonal variations in Antigua are not very pronounced and
temperatures on the island seldom fall below 68ºF (20ºC). June to
November is hurricane season so visitors are advised to keep an eye
on the weather forecast during this period. The best time to visit
Antigua is when the climate is most pleasant from November to
February. On the coldest days a light sweater in the evenings is
all that is needed. No more than five degrees ever separates the
Antigua air temperature from that of the ocean, creating a perfect
climate for diving and outdoor activities.
English is the official language, but most locals speak
English patois (jargon or dialect).
The Eastern Caribbean Dollar (XCD) is the main form of currency
in Antigua and Barbuda, and it is tied to the US Dollar, with US$1
equal to EC$2.65 (long-standing, pegged rate). US currency can be
used nearly everywhere. Major currencies and travellers cheques can
be exchanged at the international banks in St John's and at many
hotels. Credit and debit cards are widely accepted but there are
not many ATMs in the area, so it is best to make arrangements
Local time in Antigua and Barbuda is GMT -4.