Lay of the Land
“Mangoes are in season, and literally falling off the trees—an embarrassment of mangoes to someone from the north. We feel duty bound to try as many varieties as we can. ”~Ann Vanderhoof
Antigua (Spanish for ancient), in the West Indies, lies in the Leeward Islands and covers an area of about 108 square miles. Its capital city is St. John’s and gorgeous beaches line its coasts. Antigua is pleasant year-round, with temperatures in the mid-80s. (It feels hotter in the summer because the trade winds calm down.) Hurricane season officially runs from the beginning of June until the end of November. Many resorts close down during September, which is the worst of hurricane season. Notable residents include novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Giorgio Armani and Eric Clapton.
Antigua’s VC Bird International Airport (ANU) is served by non-stop flights from the States and Europe. British Airways flies non-stop from London. Multiple major airlines fly non-stop from New York, and most other major cities can easily connect through Miami or Puerto Rico. English is the island’s official language, and a visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting for fewer than 180 days with a valid passport. The island’s currency is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD). In terms of time zone, Antigua is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.