Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda lies between the Atlantic and the Caribbean, and encompasses a number of other small islands with colorful names like Green and Great Bird. British influence has been powerfully exerted over the years, but the official language is Antiguan Creole. Tourism contributes about 50% of the Gross Domestic Product, banking, and financial services also playing a significant role. A limited water supply and a labor shortage related to wage scales inhibit the agricultural sector. Before Chris Columbus, the Arawaks introduced agriculture and lots of carbs, raising corn, white sweet potatoes, guava, and the Antigua Black Pineapple which is small and very sweet. Cornmeal and sweet potatoes are used in dumplings that can accompany dishes like stewed pepper pot. Try seafood dishes, rum, and curry at restaurants, maybe not all at the same time. You can find vegan establishments run by local Rastafarians, among others, in places like Falmouth or the capital of St. John's. Visitors enjoy the islands' many beaches. You can find excellent hiking, snorkeling, and tours of rainforest canopy by zipline. Other options include boating, swimming under waterfalls, horseback riding, and golf. Some popular spectacles to take in are cricket, Carnival, and calypso. If you're feeling less adventurous, you can take a Segway tour of St. John's!