Antigua History and Interesting Facts

Antigua and Barbuda is a beautiful country in the eastern Caribbean Sea, made up of three islands: Antigua, Barbuda, and Redonda.  They are an independent state in the Lesser Antilles at the southern end of the Leeward Islands chain. The capital city is St. Johns, on Antigua.  

Antigua has been inhabited since at least 2400 BC. In 1493, Christohper Colombus was the first European to discover the island, naming it Antigua after the Church of Santa Maria de la Antigua in Seville, Spain.

The island has a rich cultural heritage of British and African influences, and English is the official language. The population is around 94,435 people with a diverse citizenry of African, British and Portuguese. The people of Antigua are known for their friendly and welcoming nature.  

The highest point on Antigua is Mount Obama, which was named after the former US President Barack Obama.

Antigua is a foodie destination because of its fresh seafood, delicious rum, and flavorful dishes. Cricket is the national sport, and at least 182 bird species have been recorded in Antigua. The national flag was adopted on 27 February 1967 to mark the achievement of self-government.

Historical Sites

Explore the rich history of Antigua by visiting these historical sites: 

Shirley Heights Lookout Bar and Restaurant: This historic site offers stunning views of the English Harbour and is a great place to watch the sunset. It was once used as a military lookout point during the 18th Century.

Fort Barrington: This fort was built in the 18th century to protect Antigua from French invasion. It is located on a hilltop and offers panoramic views of the surrounding area.

Betty’s Hope: This sugar plantation was established in the 17th century and was one of the largest plantations on Antigua. It has been restored and now serves as a museum that showcases Antigua's colonial history.

Relax or Explore!

Antigua is known as the land of 365 beaches, and it’s no wonder why! 

Jolly Beach is just one of the spectacular seaside delights in Antigua. There are many bays, beaches and inlets on this little island waiting to inspire you! 

There are so many beautiful beaches, that no matter where you decide to stay, you will be on or near one of them! Whether you seek relaxation or adventure, you will find plenty to enjoy in this tropical destination. Relax at one of the many resorts this island has to offer with amazing spa treatments and rituals to cleanse the body mind, and soul. Or find your adventurous spirit and explore the island waters in a kayak, or snorkel in the crystal blue waters. On land, take a hike up to one of the active volcanoes for breathtaking views. Antigua offers you a range of activities and experiences that will make your visit unforgettable!