Antigua and Barbuda Driving Directions
ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA is a tiny state comprising three islands – Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda, an uninhabited rocky islet, located on the eastern side of the Leeward Islands.
Formerly under British rule, they became independent in 1981. Antigua’s strategic position was recognised by the British in the 18th century when it was an important naval base and later by the USA who built the island’s airport during World War II to defend the Caribbean and the Panama Canal.
Mainly low-lying, the country’s highest point is Boggy Peak at 405 meters or 1,329 feet. The climate is tropical although its average rainfall of 100 millimeters or 4 inches makes it drier than most of the other West Indian islands. Tourism is the main industry as its numerous sandy beaches make it an ideal holiday destination. Barbuda surrounded by coral reefs, and the island is home to a wide range of wildlife. Cotton, sugar cane and fruits cultivated, and fishing is an important industry in Barbuda. Great damage was inflicted on Antigua and Barbuda in 1995 by Hurricane Luis when over 75 percent of the property was destroyed or damaged.