Antigua and Barbuda

Living in Antigua and Barbuda

Iyna Bort Caruso

Some resort destinations are blessed with a fabulous beach. It’s said the twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda, in the Eastern Caribbean, has 365 beaches, one for each day of the year.

The islands, separated by 28 miles, gained independence from British rule in 1981. Owing to its colonial roots, the destination remains popular with British visitors and vacation homeowners. In recent years, American and Canadian presence has increased as a result of expanded air service.

The population center resides on Antigua. St. John’s is the capital city and cruise ship port. The white towers of St. John’s Cathedral define the skyline. The cathedral is one of many historic structures, which also include colorful wooden buildings that have been restored and turned into shops, offices and homes.

Luxury enclaves are scattered throughout the island in places like Jolly Harbour, a marina community with golf, shops, restaurants and waterfront homes on the west coast, and Nunsuch Bay on the east coast. Just offshore is the celebrity retreat of Jumby Bay Island.

On the southern tip of Antigua is English Harbour, a historic settlement and one- time base for the British Royal Navy in the late 18TH century. Today it’s an upmarket area of restaurants, bars and beachfront residences. The waters off English Harbour draw sailors from around the globe for Antigua Sailing Week, a yachting regatta 50 years running. The other major event on the social calendar is Antigua Carnival, a 13-day-long festival marking the abolition of slavery in 1834.

By contrast, Barbuda is a sparsely populated, reef-fringed isle north of Antigua with abundant nature and remarkable pink sand beaches.

Property buyers can choose from new condominiums and villas in resort developments, town homes and beachfront residences. There are no restrictions on overseas buyers.