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<strong>2016</strong>


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CONTENTS<br />

LIFE IN<br />

ANTIGUA &<br />

BARBUDA<br />

4 ....................................................Letter of Welcome<br />

8 .................................................General Information<br />

12 ............................Places to Visit Beyond the Beach<br />

14 ............................................................. <strong>Antigua</strong> Map<br />

20 .........................................................Holiday Planner<br />

22 ...................................................St. John’s City Map<br />

24 ................................................................... Shopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

38 .................................................................. Wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

48 ................................................... Luxery on the Bluff<br />

50 ............................... Bus<strong>in</strong>ess & Bank<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

54 ........................................Embodiment of Romance<br />

58 .........................................................................D<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g<br />

66 ...............................................................After Sunset<br />

70 ....................Real Estate: Your Own <strong>Life</strong> In <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

75 ......................................................................Carnival<br />

78 ............................................................<strong>Antigua</strong>n Arts<br />

84 .....................................................Beautiful <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Please feel free to take this magaz<strong>in</strong>e home as a<br />

memento to show to family and friends.<br />

‘<strong>Life</strong> <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong>’ is published by:<br />

West Indies Publish<strong>in</strong>g Ltd.,<br />

P.O. Box W883, Woods Centre, St. John’s, <strong>Antigua</strong>, W. I.<br />

Tel: (268) 461 0565 Fax: (268) 461 9750<br />

E-mail: wip@candw.ag<br />

Publisher – Bertel Dejoie<br />

Sales Manager – Mark Woodhouse<br />

Sales – Avonelle Pole<br />

Graphic Design – Paula Ch<strong>in</strong>-Lai Hom Design<br />

Accreditation for photography is <strong>in</strong>dicated on images. Whilst<br />

every effort has been made to ensure correct accreditation, WIP<br />

accepts no responsibility for errors or omissions and apologises<br />

for same. Cover photo by <strong>Antigua</strong> & Barbados Tourism Authority.<br />

Distribution: hotel rooms, suites, villas, apartments and real<br />

estate agents throughout the island, M<strong>in</strong>istry of Tourism, Civil<br />

Aviation & Culture and the <strong>Antigua</strong> Hotels & Tourist Association.<br />

With special thanks to:<br />

All those who donated photos and editorial to this year’s edition.<br />

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given support and encouragement <strong>in</strong> mak<strong>in</strong>g this editionof<br />

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<strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong> Tourist Offices:<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong>: Tel: (268) 562 7600 Fax: (268) 562 7602<br />

Email: <strong>in</strong>fo@aandbtourism.com<br />

Canada: Tel: (416) 961 3085 Fax: (416) 961 7218<br />

Email: <strong>in</strong>fo@antigua-barbuda-ca.com<br />

United K<strong>in</strong>gdom and Europe: Tel: (44) 203 668 3800 Fax: (44) 207 258 7486<br />

Email: tourism<strong>in</strong>fo@aandbtourism.com<br />

U.S.A.: Tel: (212) 541 4118 Fax: (646) 215 6008<br />

Email: <strong>in</strong>fo@antigua-barbuda.org<br />

Toll Free: 1 (888) 268 4227<br />

Web site: www.visitantiguabarbuda.com<br />

Member of the<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Hotels &<br />

Tourist Association<br />

M<strong>in</strong>istry of Tourism<br />

Civil Aviation &<br />

Culture<br />

Member of the<br />

Caribbean Hotel<br />

Association<br />

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Government of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

M<strong>in</strong>istry of Tourism, Civil Aviation & Culture<br />

Queen Elizabeth Highway, St. John’s, <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

Tel: (268) 462 0651/462 0787/463 9522/3<br />

Fax: (268) 462 2836/462 6398<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> Tourism Authority<br />

P.O. Box W351, ACB F<strong>in</strong>ancial Centre High Street, St. John’s<br />

Phone: (268) 562 7600<br />

Fax: (268) 562 7601<br />

Email: <strong>in</strong>fo@aandbtourism.com<br />

Hon. Asot Michael<br />

M<strong>in</strong>ister of Tourism,<br />

Civil Aviation & Culture<br />

Welcome to the beautiful tw<strong>in</strong>-islands of <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong>! Here you will f<strong>in</strong>d a<br />

country of stunn<strong>in</strong>g beaches, lush scenery and friendly, hospitable people. We <strong>in</strong>vite<br />

you to experience our unique <strong>Antigua</strong>n and <strong>Barbuda</strong>n charm and hospitality. From the<br />

moment you step <strong>in</strong>to our new airport term<strong>in</strong>al until that f<strong>in</strong>al swim before leav<strong>in</strong>g our<br />

sun-kissed shores, you will experience warm memories that will last a lifetime.<br />

We really do boast 365 of the best beaches anywhere <strong>in</strong> the world, and yet, there is<br />

still much more to see and do. If excitement is what you seek, take a zip through the<br />

ra<strong>in</strong>forest, go kite surf<strong>in</strong>g or simply kayak through a South Coast mangrove for an unforgettable<br />

experience. You can also take a step back <strong>in</strong> time by visit<strong>in</strong>g one of our many<br />

historical sites. Popular among visitors and locals is Nelson’s Dockyard, the world's<br />

best-preserved Georgian Naval dockyard which is still <strong>in</strong> operation today, with some of<br />

the best sail<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> the Caribbean.<br />

Be sure to sample the delicious, local cuis<strong>in</strong>e which is a great way to <strong>in</strong>teract with us<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g your visit. If your stay is around the end of July to the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g of August, you<br />

will experience the Caribbean’s ‘Greatest Summer Festival’ – <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong>’s<br />

Carnival! You will be mesmerized by all the colourful bands, bangles and beads and<br />

stand <strong>in</strong> awe at the kaleidoscope of vivid costumes and the pulsat<strong>in</strong>g rhythms of the<br />

bands parad<strong>in</strong>g through St. John’s city <strong>in</strong> a cultural celebration of our heritage.<br />

If total relaxation is your aim, you won’t be disappo<strong>in</strong>ted. Wile away your days at any<br />

of our spectacular beaches enjoy<strong>in</strong>g the cool ocean breezes, brilliant tourquoise-coloured<br />

water and soft, powdery white sand.<br />

Your visit would not be complete without a trip over to our sister island <strong>Barbuda</strong>,<br />

known for its 17 miles of unbroken p<strong>in</strong>k-sand beach and the largest Frigate Bird sanctuary<br />

<strong>in</strong> the western hemisphere with over 5,000 frigate birds <strong>in</strong>habit<strong>in</strong>g the Codr<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

Lagoon.<br />

So you see, everyth<strong>in</strong>g has been carefully planned for your comfort and enjoyment,<br />

designed to create warm and last<strong>in</strong>g memories of your wonderful time <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong>. You have heard it all, now it is time to experience true paradise. We <strong>in</strong>vite you<br />

to experience one of the most charm<strong>in</strong>g and memorable Caribbean dest<strong>in</strong>ations for a<br />

truly unforgetable vacation experience.<br />

Do enjoy your stay here with us <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> and we look forward to see<strong>in</strong>g<br />

you aga<strong>in</strong> very soon.<br />

S<strong>in</strong>cerely<br />

Col<strong>in</strong> C. James<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tourism Authority<br />

Col<strong>in</strong> C. James<br />

CEO, <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> Tourism Authority<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Hotels & Tourist Association<br />

P.O. Box 454, Island House, Newgate Street, St. John’s, <strong>Antigua</strong>, West Indies<br />

Telephone: (268) 462 3703/4928 Fax: (268) 462 3702 E-mail: ahta@candw.ag<br />

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GENERAL<br />

INFORMATION<br />

CAPITAL<br />

St. John’s<br />

POPULATION<br />

Approximately 85,000<br />

CURRENCY<br />

Eastern Caribbean dollar – exchanged at the rate of US$1<br />

to approximately EC$2.70. Both are normally accepted by<br />

stores, restaurants and hotels. You may receive change <strong>in</strong><br />

EC dollars. Major credit cards are accepted at most<br />

establishments.<br />

BANKS & FINANCIAL SERVICES<br />

Banks can be found <strong>in</strong> St. John’s, at some shopp<strong>in</strong>g<br />

centres and at the airport. ATMs that accept Mastercard<br />

and Visa can be found at most banks and elsewhere<br />

around the island.<br />

General Bank<strong>in</strong>g Hours:<br />

Mon-Thurs: 8.00am-2.00pm<br />

Fri: 8.00am-4.00pm – Some banks are open on Saturdays.<br />

ELECTRICITY<br />

Voltage is 110, however please check before plugg<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

as 220 volts can sometimes be found.<br />

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Heritage Quay, St. John’s <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

Tel: 1-268-481-1880<br />

www.DiamondsInternational.com<br />

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Manual-w<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g movement with<br />

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an exclusive red gold alloy developed<br />

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Photo: Shelly Chadburn<br />

GENERAL<br />

INFORMATION<br />

IN CASE OF EMERGENCY<br />

Emergencies ................................................................... 911 or 999<br />

Fire ..................................................................................... 462 0044<br />

Mount St. John’s Medical Centre .................................... 462 0251<br />

Ambulance .................................................................................. 911<br />

Police Headquarters ......................................................... 462 0125<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Search and Rescue (ABSAR) ............................................. 562 1234<br />

Office of Disaster Preparedness ..................................... 462 4207<br />

FM RADIO STATIONS<br />

89.1 BBC<br />

89.7 CATHOLIC RADIO<br />

90.5 ABS FM<br />

91.1 OBSERVER RADIO<br />

91.9 HITZ FM<br />

93.9 CARIBBEAN SUPERSTATION<br />

97.1 ZDK<br />

100.1 SUN FM<br />

104.3 NICE FM<br />

107.5 CRUSADER RADIO<br />

Complete list<strong>in</strong>g on www.west<strong>in</strong>diespublish<strong>in</strong>g.com<br />

ANTIGUA AREA CODE PREFIX<br />

When call<strong>in</strong>g from outside <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

please use the prefix (268).<br />

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Heritage Quay, St. John’s, <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

Heritage Quay, St. John’s, <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

Tel: (268) 481-1880<br />

www.DiamondsInternational.com<br />

Tel: (268) 481-1880<br />

www.DiamondsInternational.com


PLACES TO VISIT<br />

Photo: Ted Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

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ANTIGUA<br />

BEYOND THE BEACH<br />

ST. JOHN’S AREA<br />

Arts & Crafts Market (next to the fruit and<br />

vegetable market and near to the West Bus<br />

Term<strong>in</strong>al) – A delightful, colourful gather<strong>in</strong>g of local<br />

artists actively work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> their small shops produc<strong>in</strong>g<br />

100 percent <strong>Antigua</strong>n products. Some items are<br />

actually made on the spot for you to see – natural<br />

vegetable based soaps; artwork done with fish scales<br />

and sea shells; leather craft such as shoes, belts and<br />

bags, as well as straw hats and items made of other<br />

natural fabrics. Open Monday to Saturday.<br />

Cenotaph – Situated at the top of High Street, the<br />

war memorial to <strong>Antigua</strong>ns who died serv<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong><br />

World War I was unveiled <strong>in</strong> 1919. Remembrance Day<br />

is celebrated annually with a service for those who<br />

gave their lives dur<strong>in</strong>g World Wars I and II.<br />

Fort James – is named after K<strong>in</strong>g James II, who<br />

reigned dur<strong>in</strong>g the years the fort was be<strong>in</strong>g built. Work<br />

started <strong>in</strong> 1706 at the entrance to St John’s Harbour.<br />

Most of the build<strong>in</strong>gs seen today date back to 1739. By<br />

1773, thirty-six guns were mounted <strong>in</strong> place with<br />

barracks for about 75 men. In the 19th century, a gun<br />

was fired at sunrise, sunset and to salute visit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

warships.<br />

Government House – is the office of the Governor<br />

General of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong>. Ow<strong>in</strong>g to its cont<strong>in</strong>ual<br />

alterations and additions, this house has an<br />

unconventional architectural history. It orig<strong>in</strong>ally<br />

started out as two wooden build<strong>in</strong>gs side-by-side.<br />

Today, it possesses three f<strong>in</strong>e <strong>in</strong>teriors dat<strong>in</strong>g from<br />

1800, with an impos<strong>in</strong>g façade with a two-storey<br />

colonnade. Restorations are ongo<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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PLACES TO VISIT<br />

THIS 108 SQUARE<br />

MILE ISLAND<br />

PARADISE, BEST<br />

KNOWN FOR ITS 365<br />

BEACHES, HAS SO<br />

MUCH MORE TO SEE<br />

BEYOND THE WHITE<br />

SAND AND<br />

SPARKLING WATER.<br />

Photo: Randy Thomas<br />

Photo: <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tourism Aurthority<br />

Photo: Shelly Chadburn<br />

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PLACES TO VISIT<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong> – This is one<br />

of those ‘don’t miss’ attractions. Displays<br />

<strong>in</strong>terpret the story of the islands from their<br />

geological birth through political<br />

<strong>in</strong>dependence to the present day. Lively<br />

displays <strong>in</strong>clude ancient tools and artifacts,<br />

shells, various flora and fauna and the<br />

island’s plantation, naval and slavery history.<br />

The gift and souvenir shop <strong>in</strong>cludes<br />

marvelous colour pr<strong>in</strong>ts and etch<strong>in</strong>gs of 18th<br />

and 19th century <strong>Antigua</strong>, local handmade<br />

pottery, handicrafts and books. The<br />

Historical and Archaeological Society and<br />

the Environmental Awareness Group are<br />

also located on the premises. Admission –<br />

US$3.00 or EC$8.00. Tel: 462 4930/1469.<br />

Public Market – The market sits at the<br />

southern end of Market Street and is a good<br />

place to sample <strong>Antigua</strong>’s unusual fruit and<br />

vegetables. Especially lively on Fridays and<br />

Saturdays when you can feel the unchanged<br />

atmosphere of bygone days, with the loud<br />

chatter of merchants ply<strong>in</strong>g their trade. Well<br />

worth an early morn<strong>in</strong>g visit. At the entrance<br />

to the market is a large, pa<strong>in</strong>ted statue of Sir<br />

Vere Cornwall Bird, one of our national<br />

heroes.<br />

St John’s Cathedral – Is between Newgate<br />

and Long Streets and was orig<strong>in</strong>ally built of<br />

wood <strong>in</strong> 1681 as ordered by governor <strong>in</strong><br />

1843, it was rebuilt <strong>in</strong> freestone and three<br />

years later was re-opened and consecrated<br />

on 25th July, 1848 (hav<strong>in</strong>g been <strong>in</strong>itially<br />

elevated to the status of a cathedral <strong>in</strong><br />

August 1842). The very majestic <strong>in</strong>terior is<br />

completely encased <strong>in</strong> pitch p<strong>in</strong>e, which is<br />

<strong>in</strong>tended to secure it aga<strong>in</strong>st hurricanes and<br />

earthquakes. Some <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g memorial<br />

stones and many other objects of <strong>in</strong>terest<br />

lie <strong>in</strong> this peaceful oasis, designed by<br />

architect J. Fuller of Bath, England. Tall,<br />

bronze, white-pa<strong>in</strong>ted figures of St. John<br />

the Baptist and St. John the Div<strong>in</strong>e stand<br />

atop the pillars of the iron south gates. This<br />

impos<strong>in</strong>g baroque-style, tw<strong>in</strong> spired<br />

structure still dom<strong>in</strong>ates the capital’s<br />

skyl<strong>in</strong>e.<br />

ENGLISH HARBOUR AREA<br />

Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre – Set on<br />

the hill on your way to Shirley Heights, this<br />

centre gives a wonderful historic summary<br />

of <strong>Antigua</strong>. The presentation, ‘Reflections of<br />

the Sun’, is a colourful journey through this<br />

island’s history. Well worth a visit.<br />

Fort Berkeley – is situated on the western<br />

entrance to English Harbour on the narrow<br />

spit of land beh<strong>in</strong>d the Copper and Lumber<br />

Store Hotel. Built <strong>in</strong> three stages between<br />

1704 (21 years before the Dockyard was<br />

built) and 1745, it served as the most critical<br />

defense to this landlocked harbour with 29<br />

large cannons. A superb vantage po<strong>in</strong>t to<br />

view some of the world’s most exotic and<br />

beautiful yachts under sail.<br />

Hik<strong>in</strong>g Trails In The National Park, Nelson’s<br />

Dockyard – There are five walkable trails<br />

each up to 1-1/2 miles long <strong>in</strong>to the hills<br />

around Nelson’s Dockyard. Set <strong>in</strong> the<br />

National Park, the trails go through wooded<br />

valleys, across hill tops, past old<br />

fortifications with stunn<strong>in</strong>g vistas that are<br />

seldom seen by visitors and few <strong>Antigua</strong>ns.<br />

To f<strong>in</strong>d these trails, start at the entrance to<br />

the dockyard or the museum.<br />

Nelson’s Dockyard – This is the only<br />

surviv<strong>in</strong>g Georgian naval dockyard <strong>in</strong> the<br />

world. The museum and several other<br />

restored build<strong>in</strong>gs stand as a memorial to<br />

Admiral Horatio Nelson and the Royal Navy<br />

that used it for many years dur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Caribbean wars with the French, Spanish<br />

and Dutch <strong>in</strong> the 18th and 19th centuries.<br />

This National Park houses restaurants, art<br />

galleries, boutiques and gift shops. It is also<br />

the home of lead<strong>in</strong>g yacht charter<br />

companies and headquarters for the annual<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Sail<strong>in</strong>g Week Regatta. All build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

have been faithfully restored with many<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g facts and history detailed on<br />

mounted showboards.<br />

Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

Photo: <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tourism Aurthority<br />

Photo: Laura Hall<br />

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PLACES TO VISIT<br />

Photo: Randy Thomas<br />

ELSEWHERE ON THE ISLAND<br />

Betty’s Hope – For more than 300 years, this<br />

prom<strong>in</strong>ent sugar plantation, located on the eastern<br />

side of the island, has played a lead<strong>in</strong>g role for, and<br />

<strong>in</strong>fluenced the lives of, many generations of<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>ns. Its unique tw<strong>in</strong> mills sit amid gently roll<strong>in</strong>g<br />

countryside. Please visit their onsite <strong>in</strong>terpretation<br />

centre which displays excellent exhibits. Be sure to<br />

sign the visitors’ book.<br />

Devil’s Bridge – A national park s<strong>in</strong>ce the 1950s and<br />

site of archaeological excavations, it is situated at the<br />

extreme eastern po<strong>in</strong>t of the island, just off the road<br />

to Long Bay. Atlantic breakers culm<strong>in</strong>ate here with<br />

dramatic swells, after a 3,000-mile fetch from Africa.<br />

Over the centuries these spectacular breakers have<br />

carved out a natural limestone arch called Devil’s<br />

Bridge, creat<strong>in</strong>g blowholes where spout<strong>in</strong>g surf<br />

crashes through and up.<br />

Fig Tree Drive – A very worthwhile and picturesque<br />

drive through the lush vegetation of the ra<strong>in</strong> forest,<br />

featur<strong>in</strong>g mango, guava, orange, coconut and banana<br />

trees. Along the scenic southwest coast to Old Road,<br />

Fig Tree Drive climbs up and down hillsides and <strong>in</strong>land<br />

roughly to the centre of the island. Travell<strong>in</strong>g this way,<br />

you will pass near the village of Swetes and come out<br />

opposite the p<strong>in</strong>k Tyrells Church and the ma<strong>in</strong> road to<br />

English Harbour. Fruit and vegetable vendors sell their<br />

produce from stalls along the way.<br />

Fort Barr<strong>in</strong>gton – The fort is located on the<br />

promontory at the northern beach side of Deep Bay,<br />

on an area called Goat Hill. This impos<strong>in</strong>g signal<br />

station reported ships’ movements to Rat Island via<br />

flag and light signals. The ru<strong>in</strong>s are of a fort that saw<br />

the most action <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>’s history. It was captured<br />

by the French <strong>in</strong> 1666 and returned to England the<br />

follow<strong>in</strong>g year, when it was named after Admiral<br />

Barr<strong>in</strong>gton who had captured St. Lucia from the<br />

French the year before. The present fortifications were<br />

built <strong>in</strong> 1779, and from this prom<strong>in</strong>ent hill excellent<br />

sight<strong>in</strong>gs of St. Kitts and Nevis are possible aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

the backdrop of stunn<strong>in</strong>g sunsets.<br />

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PLACES TO VISIT<br />

Harmony Hall – Situated on the east coast of the<br />

island, its six acres overlook gorgeous Nonsuch Bay.<br />

The former Great House of Brown’s Bay Mill dates<br />

back to 1843. This cultural haven houses a restaurant<br />

and patio with a sugar mill and tower lookout. There is<br />

a craft shop and art gallery with a collection of work<br />

by top Caribbean artists and sculptors.<br />

Megaliths, Greencastle Hill – Located about three<br />

miles due south of St John’s between the villages of<br />

Jenn<strong>in</strong>gs and Emmanuel. For the adventuresome, a<br />

climb to the 565 foot-high rounded grassy hilltop, the<br />

rema<strong>in</strong>s of an isolated volcano will reveal many<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g megaliths and panoramic views. These<br />

unusual geological formations, some say, were scenes<br />

of religious ceremonies and phallic worship. Others<br />

say the rema<strong>in</strong>s of the upright stone circles suggest<br />

the hill was once an astronomical outlay for the<br />

measurement of time. An Amer<strong>in</strong>dian site exists not<br />

far from Tomb Rock.<br />

Potworks Reservoir And Dams – This is reputed to be<br />

the largest expanse of freshwater <strong>in</strong> the Eastern<br />

Caribbean; a mile long and half a mile wide, cover<strong>in</strong>g<br />

320 acres and hold<strong>in</strong>g one billion gallons of water<br />

when full. This large lake, held by two dams, is a<br />

welcome and surpris<strong>in</strong>g sight (when there are no<br />

prolonged dry spells) as you drive <strong>in</strong> the direction of<br />

Harmony Hall, Half Moon Bay or the Bethesda route to<br />

English Harbour. There is also <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g birdwatch<strong>in</strong>g<br />

around the western edge of the reservoir.<br />

St. George’s Anglican Church – This colonial-era<br />

church dat<strong>in</strong>g back to 1687 sits on land granted to<br />

Daniel Fitch. The area, known as Fitches Creek, was<br />

remodelled <strong>in</strong> 1735 and given its present name. There<br />

is a marble ledger of the first English settler to be<br />

<strong>in</strong>terred with<strong>in</strong> a place of worship <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>, which<br />

can still be seen. Its sett<strong>in</strong>g is particularly lovely with<br />

views overlook<strong>in</strong>g Fitches Creek on one side and<br />

Parham Harbour on the other.<br />

St. Peter’s Anglican Church In Parham – The earliest<br />

British settlement <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>, the centre of seaborne<br />

trade and the island’s first port with a protected<br />

harbour, Parham Town exported the ref<strong>in</strong>ed products<br />

of some 20 sugar estates <strong>in</strong> its area. The village is noted<br />

for its unique church, St. Peter’s, which was once<br />

described as ‘the f<strong>in</strong>est church <strong>in</strong> the British West<br />

Indies.’ It was rebuilt <strong>in</strong> the 1840s after the orig<strong>in</strong>al<br />

wooden church, built <strong>in</strong> 1711, had been burnt down and<br />

its replacement of 1754 dismantled. Although the<br />

exterior is <strong>in</strong> need of restoration, the <strong>in</strong>terior is<br />

beautifully proportioned with an octagonal shape and<br />

fasc<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g rib-like wooden ceil<strong>in</strong>g. Designed by<br />

Thomas Weekes, the famous British architect of the<br />

mid-1800s, the very neat keystone work and excellent<br />

smoothness <strong>in</strong> the wall jo<strong>in</strong>ts was the work of the<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>n master mason.<br />

Wall<strong>in</strong>gs Forest And Reservoir – One of the f<strong>in</strong>est<br />

mixed evergreen deciduous forest walks, reached by<br />

a nature trail from John Hughes Village. After about<br />

half a mile along the path, the awesome widestepped<br />

spillway of the dam appears almost as if it<br />

were a spectacular folly. A magnificent example of<br />

Victorian <strong>in</strong>dustrial architecture and workmanship, it is<br />

an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary sight <strong>in</strong> such surround<strong>in</strong>gs, with its<br />

rounded capp<strong>in</strong>g and small round tower. Started <strong>in</strong><br />

1890 and f<strong>in</strong>ished three years later, this <strong>in</strong>credible<br />

overflow system was designed to hold 13 million<br />

gallons of water. This was a great feat over 100 years<br />

ago, consider<strong>in</strong>g the tunnels for the water pipe were<br />

dug through solid rock at least 50-60 feet<br />

underground – as yet an unexpla<strong>in</strong>ed marvel. In 1945,<br />

a small additional dam was f<strong>in</strong>ished, creat<strong>in</strong>g the Fig<br />

Tree reservoir. Together these two dams cover 268<br />

acres.<br />

AFTER YOU HAVE HAD YOUR DAILY<br />

SWIM AND YOUR BEACH NAP WHY<br />

NOT RENT A CAR OR TAXI AND<br />

EXPLORE AN OLD FORT, VISIT A<br />

VILLAGE AND LEARN FROM LOCALS,<br />

OR JUST GAZE OUT AT A BEAUTIFUL<br />

VISTA FROM A GOOD VANTAGE POINT.<br />

Photo: Ted Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

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HOLIDAY<br />

PLANNER<br />

Photo: Randy Thomas<br />

THERE IS ALWAYS SOMETHING HAPPENING ON THE ISLAND, FROM LOCAL FESTIVALS AND<br />

ACTIVITIES TO MAJOR SPORTING EVENTS. LOOK OUT FOR POSTERS, FLYERS AND IN THE LOCAL<br />

NEWS MEDIA FOR IMPORTANT DIARY DATES. NOTE SOME HOLIDAYS AND FESTIVALS MAY<br />

AFFECT THE WORKING HOURS OF GOVERNMENT OFFICES, BANKS, SHOPS AND STORES.<br />

JANUARY<br />

1st New Year’s Day<br />

Public Holiday<br />

16th Round the Island Race<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Yacht Club, Tel: 460 1799<br />

Exhibit - Christmas <strong>in</strong> the Dockyard<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g 1950’s<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

Field trip –<br />

Environmental Awareness Group<br />

Third Saturday of the Month,<br />

Tel: 462 6236<br />

Sailboat Rac<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Jolly Harbour every Saturday of the year,<br />

meet<strong>in</strong>g at 1.30pm latest Tommy Paterson<br />

Tel: 464 3424<br />

28th - 31st Super Yacht Challenge –<br />

Nelson’s Dockyard<br />

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FEBRUARY<br />

BLACK HISTORY MONTH<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

Field trip –<br />

Environmental Awareness Group<br />

Third Saturday of the Month, Tel: 462 6236<br />

22nd Royal Ocean Rac<strong>in</strong>g Club (RORC)<br />

600 Race Start<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Yacht Club<br />

Tel: 460 1799b<br />

12th - 14th Jolly Harbour Valent<strong>in</strong>e’s<br />

Regatta<br />

Jolly Harbour Yacht Club. A two-day event<br />

consist<strong>in</strong>g of four yacht classes and seven<br />

short races Tommy Paterson, Tel: 464 3424<br />

5th Wobbly Club Build Your Own Boat<br />

Race, A.B.S.A.R. fund raiser<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Open Golf Tournament<br />

Cedar Valley Golf Club, Tel: 462 0161<br />

28th W<strong>in</strong>dies Legends Charity Cricket<br />

Challenge<br />

MARCH<br />

Kite Festival, Various venues,<br />

Tel: 560 5693 or 774 4879<br />

Exhibit - <strong>Antigua</strong> History Month<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

12th - 13th International Laser Open<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Yacht Club<br />

Tel: 460 1799<br />

Field trip –<br />

Environmental Awareness Group<br />

Third Saturday of the Month,<br />

Tel: 462 6236<br />

25th Good Friday<br />

Public Holiday<br />

28th Easter Monday<br />

Public Holiday


CALENDAR OF EVENTS<br />

APRIL<br />

3rd 15th Annual Shark Bait Swim<br />

Jumby Bay to Shell Beach<br />

Tel: 764 0430<br />

Exhibit - <strong>Antigua</strong> Sail<strong>in</strong>g Week,<br />

the early days<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

13th - 19th <strong>Antigua</strong> Classic Yacht Regatta<br />

One of the world’s foremost classic yacht<br />

regattas, events <strong>in</strong>clude the Parade of<br />

Classics, Tall Ships race, Heritage Day &<br />

Gig-rac<strong>in</strong>g, Tel: 460 1799<br />

22nd Guadeloupe to <strong>Antigua</strong> Race<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Yacht Club, Tel: 460 1799<br />

23rd Pearns Po<strong>in</strong>t Round <strong>Antigua</strong> Race<br />

24th - 30th 49th Annual <strong>Antigua</strong> Sail<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Week Regatta<br />

The world’s f<strong>in</strong>est sail<strong>in</strong>g craft meet for this<br />

famed week of competitive rac<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

beach parties, Tel: 462 8872<br />

Earth Day Celebration<br />

Environmental Awareness Group,<br />

Tel: 462 6236<br />

MAY<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> Caribana<br />

Carnival ‘jump-up’, Tel: 562 7066<br />

Bl<strong>in</strong>d Awareness Month<br />

The ma<strong>in</strong> fund-rais<strong>in</strong>g period for The<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> Society for the Bl<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Various activities help to raise local and<br />

visitor awareness of the bl<strong>in</strong>d or visually<br />

impaired, Tel: 462 0663<br />

2nd Labour Day<br />

Public Holiday<br />

13th Marl<strong>in</strong> Classic<br />

Anglican Food Fair<br />

The Deanery Grounds, St. John’s. A variety<br />

of stalls and stands with a feast of <strong>Antigua</strong>n,<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong>n and Caribbean fare, Tel: 462 0820<br />

Annual <strong>Antigua</strong> Tennis Week – Curta<strong>in</strong><br />

Bluff Hotel. Jo<strong>in</strong> <strong>in</strong>ternational tennis<br />

professionals for a stimulat<strong>in</strong>g comb<strong>in</strong>ation<br />

of world-class tennis and <strong>in</strong>structional<br />

cl<strong>in</strong>ics, Tel: 462 8400<br />

50th <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong> Sports Fish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Tournament – Phillip Shoul, President, Tel:<br />

460 7400<br />

Field trip –<br />

Environmental Awareness Group<br />

Third Saturday of the Month, Tel: 462 6236<br />

Red Cross Day<br />

Tel: 462 0800<br />

JUNE<br />

16th Whit Monday<br />

Public Holiday<br />

Field trip –<br />

Environmental Awareness Group,<br />

Third Saturday of the Month, Tel: 462 6236<br />

JULY<br />

Turtle Watch –<br />

Environmental Awareness Group,<br />

Tel: 462 6236<br />

Exhibit - <strong>Antigua</strong> Carnival<br />

Costume Display<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

22nd - 2nd Aug <strong>Antigua</strong> Carnival<br />

Celebrations – End of July to the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

of August. A week of non-stop fet<strong>in</strong>g, music<br />

and dance culm<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> a spectacular<br />

costume parade,<br />

Tel: 720 2431/722 8881<br />

Mango Festival<br />

AUGUST<br />

1st & 2nd Carnival<br />

Public Holidays<br />

1st Emancipation Day Parade<br />

Cultural Division,<br />

Tel: 720 2431/722 8881<br />

Turtle Watch – Environmental Awareness<br />

Group, Tel: 462 6236<br />

Exhibit - <strong>Antigua</strong> Carnival Costume<br />

Display<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

Photo: Jonathan Murphy<br />

Photo: Jonathan Murphy<br />

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St. John’s Map<br />

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS<br />

Photo: Laura Hall<br />

Photo: Randy Thomas<br />

Photo: <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tourism Aurthority<br />

SEPTEMBER<br />

<strong>2016</strong> Police Week – Royal <strong>Antigua</strong> and<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> Police Force,<br />

Tel: 462 0125<br />

Turtle Watch – Environmental Awareness<br />

Group, Tel: 462 6236<br />

Exhibit - <strong>Antigua</strong> Carnival Costume<br />

Display<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

Frankie Nunes Memorial Fish<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Tournament<br />

Philip Shoul, Tel: 460 7400<br />

OCTOBER<br />

World Hospice Day – “Wet Your Foot and<br />

Come” fund-rais<strong>in</strong>g d<strong>in</strong>ner<br />

St. John’s Hospice, Tel: 562 8221<br />

Turtle Watch<br />

Environmental Awareness Group,<br />

Tel: 462 6236<br />

24th -31st National Arts and Craft<br />

Exhibition, Cultural Division,<br />

Tel: 720 2431/722 8881<br />

Spr<strong>in</strong>g Gardens Moravian<br />

Independence Food Fair – Tel: 461 0656<br />

NOVEMBER<br />

1st <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong>’s 35th<br />

Anniversary of Independence –<br />

Public Holiday celebrated on the 2nd<br />

1st National Food Fair, Sir Vivian Richards<br />

Cricket Stadium, Cultural Division,<br />

Tel: 720 2431/722 8881<br />

Exhibit – Independence<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

Curta<strong>in</strong> Bluff Hotel Tennis Challenge<br />

An event of world-class tennis,<br />

Tel: 462 8400<br />

Field Trip<br />

Environmental Awareness Group<br />

Third Saturday of the Month Tel: 462 6236<br />

Moods of Pan<br />

An excit<strong>in</strong>g showcase by steelband<br />

orchestras and musicians<br />

Tel: 462 5644, Ext. 31<br />

21st - 22nd Jolly Harbour Annual Regatta<br />

Jolly Harbour Yacht Club. Four races,<br />

different categories, primarily for local<br />

yachts and a great spectator event. Tommy<br />

Paterson,<br />

Tel: 464 3424<br />

DECEMBER<br />

9th National Heroes’ Day<br />

Public Holiday<br />

12th-19th National Secondary School<br />

Drama Festival, Cultural Division,<br />

Tel: 720 2431/722 8881<br />

55th <strong>Antigua</strong> Charter Yacht Show<br />

The world’s oldest charter yacht show where<br />

boats from the world over converge on<br />

English and Falmouth Harbours. From<br />

sloops and cutters to schooners and<br />

catamarans plus luxurious motor yachts<br />

Tel: 460 1059<br />

Christmas Masquerades Party<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

Exhibit – Christmas <strong>in</strong> the Dockyard<br />

Museum of <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

Tel: 462 4930<br />

Field trip –<br />

Environmental Awareness Group<br />

Third Saturday of the Month, Tel: 462 6236<br />

25th Christmas Day<br />

Public Holiday<br />

25th Champagne Party <strong>in</strong> Nelson’s<br />

Dockyard Someth<strong>in</strong>g completely different<br />

and fun – an annual tradition <strong>in</strong> which many<br />

visitors and locals gather from noon<br />

onwards for party<strong>in</strong>g to live bands, quaff<strong>in</strong>g<br />

reasonably priced bottles of champagne.<br />

Proceeds go to the Hourglass Foundation<br />

charity which funds projects for those <strong>in</strong><br />

need<br />

Tel: 462 4601<br />

26th Box<strong>in</strong>g Day<br />

Public Holiday<br />

High Tide Series<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Yacht Club, Tel: 460 1799<br />

World Aids Day<br />

The Aids Secretariat has a week of activities,<br />

Tel: 460 6209<br />

31st Nelson’s Pursuit Race<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Yacht Club, Tel: 460 1799<br />

Nelson’s Dockyard Old Year’s Night Party<br />

NOTE: All <strong>in</strong>formation is correct at time of<br />

go<strong>in</strong>g to press, but may be subject to<br />

change. Some holidays and festivals may<br />

affect the work<strong>in</strong>g hours of government<br />

offices, banks, shops and stores.<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

Photos: Zahra Airall<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

SHOPPING IN ANTIGUA IS<br />

A UNIQUELY CARIBBEAN<br />

EXPERIENCE.<br />

St. John’s is the shopp<strong>in</strong>g Mecca with two duty-free<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g areas, (Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay)<br />

ven dor’s malls and markets with local handiwork and<br />

stores carry<strong>in</strong>g cloth<strong>in</strong>g, accessories and household<br />

items.<br />

Just outside the city, on Friar’s Hill Road, you will<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d a bustl<strong>in</strong>g strip of malls with unique and excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

shops, restaurants and bus<strong>in</strong>esses. There are also<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g opportunities <strong>in</strong> English and Falmouth<br />

Harbours as well as Jolly Harbour.<br />

Most hotels have small boutiques where you can<br />

buy jewellery, beachwear and someth<strong>in</strong>g special to<br />

take home. If you need to do any last m<strong>in</strong>ute<br />

shopp<strong>in</strong>g, the V.C. Bird International Airport’s duty<br />

free shops carry alcohol, perfume, jewellery, unusual<br />

gift items and local CDs to help you remember your<br />

magical time <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>.<br />

No <strong>Antigua</strong>n holiday is complete without hav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

returned with a bottle of locally aged <strong>Antigua</strong>n rum<br />

or some of our local fiery and spicy pepper sauce.<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

PERUSE ANTIGUA<br />

BESIDES SOAKING UP THE SUN, DIVING INTO THE<br />

BLUE AND CATCHING UP ON MUCH NEEDED SLEEP,<br />

READING A GOOD BOOK IS SOMEWHERE ON YOUR<br />

TOP 5 TO-DO LIST WHEN VACATIONING.<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

HERE ARE JUST A FEW BOOKS THAT YOU<br />

MAY FIND QUITE INTERESTING:<br />

OH GAD! by Joanne Hillhouse<br />

A stirr<strong>in</strong>g novel about a woman fac<strong>in</strong>g cross-cultural<br />

odds and redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g everyth<strong>in</strong>g she understands<br />

about her family, herself, and the country she's never<br />

really been able to call home. Nikki Baltimore was<br />

born <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> but grew up with her dad <strong>in</strong> the<br />

United States. Her mother's funeral br<strong>in</strong>gs Nikki back<br />

to the island, and, at a professional and personal<br />

crossroads, she makes the impulsive decision to stay<br />

after be<strong>in</strong>g offered a job by the rul<strong>in</strong>g government.<br />

Soon, Nikki is embroiled <strong>in</strong> a hurricane of an<br />

existence which <strong>in</strong>cludes a political hot potato,<br />

confusion <strong>in</strong> her romantic life, and deepen<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>volvement <strong>in</strong> the lives of the family she left beh<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

While you’re sipp<strong>in</strong>g on a signature island dr<strong>in</strong>k, or<br />

relax<strong>in</strong>g under the shade of a palm tree, why not turn<br />

the pages of one of many books by <strong>Antigua</strong>n authors?<br />

You see, besides the sun, sea and sand, <strong>Antigua</strong> and<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> is also ready to take your m<strong>in</strong>d throughout<br />

the island and across the world without leav<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

comfort of your hammock or perfect beach spot.<br />

WHAT’S YOUR FANCY? ARE YOU INTO<br />

ROMANCE, SULTRY PASSION, FICTION,<br />

FACT OR FANTASY? ARE YOU LOOKING<br />

FOR HISTORY, OR WISH TO LEARN<br />

MORE ABOUT THE ISLAND?<br />

Stroll through the Best of Books where you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d a<br />

wide assortment of literature, and add some <strong>Antigua</strong>n<br />

literature to your collection. Our local authors will take<br />

you through the pages of history, wrap you <strong>in</strong> a<br />

whirlw<strong>in</strong>d of romance and even provide you with<br />

options for the children.<br />

UNBURNABLE by Marie-Elena John<br />

Haunted by scandal and secrets, Lillian Baptiste fled<br />

Dom<strong>in</strong>ica when she was 14 after discover<strong>in</strong>g she was<br />

the daughter of Iris, the half-crazy woman whose life<br />

was told of <strong>in</strong> chanté mas songs sung dur<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Carnival—songs about a village on a mounta<strong>in</strong>top<br />

littered with secrets, masquerades that supposedly<br />

fly and wreak havoc, and a man who suddenly and<br />

mysteriously dropped dead. After twenty years away,<br />

Lillian returns to her native island to face the demons<br />

of her past—and with the help of Teddy, a man who<br />

has loved her for many years, she may yet f<strong>in</strong>d a way<br />

to heal.<br />

LOVING THIS MAN by Dr. Althea Pr<strong>in</strong>ce<br />

This novel beautifully traces a woman's struggle to<br />

negotiate the transition from life <strong>in</strong> the Caribbean to<br />

life <strong>in</strong> the concrete utopia of urban North America.<br />

This Man is about <strong>Antigua</strong>, about politics and class,<br />

but more than anyth<strong>in</strong>g, about the mother-daughter<br />

bond that exists <strong>in</strong> the lives of the ma<strong>in</strong> characters.<br />

Sensuous, specific <strong>in</strong> its evocation of Toronto and<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>, Pr<strong>in</strong>ce's novel is a must for anyone who<br />

follows Black Canadian, Caribbean and Post-colonial<br />

literatures.<br />

SAVING BABYLON by Kimolisa M<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

A secret that sets her apart from the masses and<br />

delivers her to Babylon. Babylon, New Gotham's<br />

premiere house of pleasure is also a house of<br />

secrets, mak<strong>in</strong>g it the perfect home for Dani. But all<br />

is not well <strong>in</strong> Babylon. Someone is try<strong>in</strong>g to destroy<br />

the formidable house by leak<strong>in</strong>g secrets. In<br />

destroy<strong>in</strong>g Babylon, they rob Dani of everyth<strong>in</strong>g she<br />

holds dear. Erotic, suspenseful and engag<strong>in</strong>g, Sav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Babylon is a k<strong>in</strong>ky page turner that will keep you up<br />

late <strong>in</strong>to the night.<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

CONSIDERING VENUS by D. Giselle Isaac<br />

This book explores the almost-unacknowledged<br />

issue of lesbianism among Caribbean women and<br />

adds to it the complication of a heterosexual<br />

perspective. Consider<strong>in</strong>g Venus asks, "What<br />

happens when girlfriends becomes more than<br />

friends?" Two forty-someth<strong>in</strong>g women meet aga<strong>in</strong> 25<br />

years after high school: Lesley, an African-American,<br />

is straight, recently widowed with three children, and<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g for a friend, while Cass is <strong>Antigua</strong>n, gay and<br />

look<strong>in</strong>g for love.<br />

Cass f<strong>in</strong>ds all that she is look<strong>in</strong>g for <strong>in</strong> Lesley; but<br />

would tell<strong>in</strong>g her the truth be a confession of love or<br />

a betrayal of their friendship?<br />

TO SHOOT HARD LABOUR by Keithlyn Smith<br />

Written with well assisted footnotes, this book<br />

captures the lifestyle and despair of “Nega people”,<br />

the true forefathers of <strong>Antigua</strong>, while Papa Smith<br />

(Samuel Smith) gave his experience for his people to<br />

write down. It explores early <strong>Antigua</strong> after slavery –<br />

why so many after slavery still had children without<br />

fathers' <strong>in</strong>volvement; the surnames they used were of<br />

the estate owners; homes were whatever they could<br />

put together and used whereby the wattle and daub<br />

became plentiful; villages were created out of<br />

desperation as Nega people left the plantations.<br />

This powerful narrative provides a history that will<br />

make you want to seek the landmarks mentioned.<br />

THROUGH THE WINDOW by Floree Williams<br />

Through the W<strong>in</strong>dow is a story burst<strong>in</strong>g with drama,<br />

betrayal, tears, laughter and the strength/<br />

weaknesses of relationships. Follow Anya, a 23 year<br />

old, complex and often complicated, woman who<br />

has to navigate through a maze of friendships, love, a<br />

dysfunctional family and f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g love for herself.<br />

FISH OUTTA WATER by Joanne Hillhouse<br />

(a children’s book)<br />

Meet Dolph<strong>in</strong>, the Arctic seal. Dolph<strong>in</strong> loves hear<strong>in</strong>g<br />

tales of the Caribbean, but how will he fare when he<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ds himself on his very own Caribbean adventure?<br />

Will he f<strong>in</strong>ally get to meet a real dolph<strong>in</strong>?<br />

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ANTIGUAN<br />

SOUVENIRS<br />

KEEPSAKES UNIQUE TO ANTIGUA<br />

Story and photos by Zahra Airall<br />

When you th<strong>in</strong>k about it, most souvenirs around<br />

the world take almost the same form, with the<br />

ma<strong>in</strong> difference be<strong>in</strong>g the name of the country.<br />

Of course, there’s no way you can return home<br />

without a souvenir or two, whether as personal<br />

keepsakes or for the loved ones who def<strong>in</strong>itely<br />

expect a gift. This time around, how about you<br />

select tokens that are unique to <strong>Antigua</strong>?<br />

OUR MUSIC<br />

If you enjoyed mov<strong>in</strong>g to the unique rhythms of<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>, you can purchase CDs of your favourite<br />

artists and bands. Most music stores will carry<br />

them and may even have mixes of the Carnival<br />

season. Some of the favourites <strong>in</strong>clude CDs by<br />

Burn<strong>in</strong>g Flames, K<strong>in</strong>g Short Shirt, K<strong>in</strong>g Obst<strong>in</strong>ate,<br />

Soca Monarchs Tian W<strong>in</strong>ter, Claudette Peters<br />

and Ricardo Drue. You can also check out<br />

contemporary and modern beats from Jus Bus and<br />

Asher Otto.<br />

ANTIGUAN APPAREL<br />

www.facebook.com/Genx724<br />

Made only <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>, this l<strong>in</strong>e is embroidered<br />

with the flag of <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> and branded<br />

with two local say<strong>in</strong>gs: “a ya me bawn” and “ah<br />

rudeness mek me”. Get yourself or loved ones<br />

cute shorts and tees <strong>in</strong> any colour of the flag. The<br />

cloth<strong>in</strong>g can be purchased at Cool & Smooth or<br />

directly from the designer.<br />

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BIGRED DESIGNS<br />

T 783-6068<br />

BigRed Designs specializes <strong>in</strong> custom wooden<br />

keyr<strong>in</strong>gs, clocks and signs. Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g as a hobby,<br />

Andrew Phillip has certa<strong>in</strong>ly carved his way <strong>in</strong>to<br />

many homes on and off island with his custom<br />

made pieces. Once contacted before your<br />

vacation, he can custom make your souvenirs and<br />

have them delivered to your hotel or villa when you<br />

arrive <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>. How about a keyr<strong>in</strong>g carved <strong>in</strong><br />

wood of your neice’s name? Or a clock shaped like<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>? Maybe you’d love to get a carv<strong>in</strong>g that<br />

can be added to your home décor.<br />

GREEN DESIGN<br />

T 728 7600<br />

If you’re a Go Green advocate, you’ll love these<br />

glasses made by Leonard Mellson. Us<strong>in</strong>g recycled<br />

bottles, he carefully cuts the glass <strong>in</strong>to anyth<strong>in</strong>g<br />

from tumblers to w<strong>in</strong>eglasses for a unique green<br />

themed glassware. For the beer lovers, he also<br />

creates clever mugs from recycled bottles, with<br />

handles attached.<br />

BUSH TEAS<br />

For the tea lovers <strong>in</strong> your life, take home packs<br />

of locally packaged teas, all with dist<strong>in</strong>ct flavours<br />

and great heal<strong>in</strong>g properties. The two ma<strong>in</strong> tea<br />

companies <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> are Ashackie’s Favourite<br />

Bush Teas (721 6659), which can be purchased at<br />

the local market; and MHN Hillside Herbals (562<br />

7184), available at Heavenly Java 2 Go café <strong>in</strong><br />

Redcliffe Quay. Once you’ve sampled these teas,<br />

you’ll enjoy<strong>in</strong>g brew<strong>in</strong>g a cup of <strong>Antigua</strong> at home.<br />

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Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

First time travell<strong>in</strong>g to <strong>Antigua</strong>, or the Caribbean for that matter? Not<br />

sure what to pack? Not a problem.<br />

WEAR ANTIGUA<br />

LEAVE THE WINTER COATS AND<br />

THERMAL UNDERWEAR AT HOME<br />

The temperature generally ranges from 60˚ to 98˚F, so you can leave<br />

the w<strong>in</strong>ter coats and thermal underwear at home. Known for 365<br />

beautiful beaches, this is def<strong>in</strong>itely the isle of never-end<strong>in</strong>g summer, so<br />

feel free to pack a bik<strong>in</strong>i and tanks for each day that you’re here.<br />

If you’re <strong>in</strong>terested <strong>in</strong> a night on the town, or a romantic stroll on the<br />

beach at night after d<strong>in</strong>ner at a four or five star restaurant, and you<br />

want to feel as cool as a couture breeze, you may want to pack a few<br />

light dresses – summer dresses to cocktail. It’s a never-end<strong>in</strong>g party on<br />

this island with various bars and clubs to visit.<br />

Forgot someth<strong>in</strong>g? Oh, your summer clothes are still <strong>in</strong> storage?<br />

Not a problem. Why not treat yourself to a shopp<strong>in</strong>g spree <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>?<br />

That’s right. You’ll f<strong>in</strong>d everyth<strong>in</strong>g from casual to couture island wear<br />

that will turn your normal appearance to a runway vision when you<br />

return home and whip out your island wear. And no, this is not your<br />

typical Bahamian-tree-pr<strong>in</strong>ted-shirt attire. Oh no! You can purchase<br />

cute cropped tops and shorts from the <strong>Antigua</strong>n Apparel l<strong>in</strong>e – great<br />

for the gym, a casual stroll or campus wear. Take home an orig<strong>in</strong>al from<br />

one of our top rated fashion designers, or even have them create a<br />

couturier piece just for that banquet you’re plann<strong>in</strong>g to attend when<br />

you return home. Use this opportunity to collect your exclusive<br />

summer collection and proudly boast of the authenticity of your island<br />

<strong>in</strong>spired wardrobe when the season <strong>in</strong> your hometown changes to<br />

summer. You will be the talk of the town!<br />

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Photo: Calv<strong>in</strong> S<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

Photo: Calv<strong>in</strong> S<br />

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SHOPPING<br />

by Karron James Scholl<br />

Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

WHILE IN ANTIGUA, YOU MAY WANT TO<br />

VISIT THESE LOCAL DESIGNERS:<br />

AJEANTÉ<br />

www.ajeante.com<br />

Under the aJeanté label, Caribbean fashion<br />

designer, Jean-Marie Thomas converts her energetic<br />

creativity <strong>in</strong>to elegant wearable art which is visible<br />

<strong>in</strong> both her Cruise Collection and Haute Couture<br />

Collection. With the use of carefully selected, high<br />

quality, light weight, natural fabrics, aJeanté’s Cruise<br />

Collection truly consists of a wide range of elegant,<br />

but affordable pieces.<br />

With aJeanté’s Haute Couture Collection, you can<br />

make a grand entrance <strong>in</strong> the perfect one of a k<strong>in</strong>d,<br />

high end, custom fit design, made just for you.<br />

CALVIN S<br />

calv<strong>in</strong>sdesigns@gmail.com<br />

With over 40 years <strong>in</strong> the fashion <strong>in</strong>dustry, Calv<strong>in</strong><br />

Southwell is one of the most sought after Caribbean<br />

designers. His designs, from cutt<strong>in</strong>g edge chic to<br />

pageant elegance, have graced the stage of many<br />

regional and <strong>in</strong>ternational runways, while hugg<strong>in</strong>g<br />

the bodies of many celebrities. Putt<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

on the map through his designes which reflect<br />

the flamboyancy of the Caribbean people, Calv<strong>in</strong><br />

was awarded the Grand Order of Merit (GOM) by<br />

His Excellency, the Governor General, Sir James B<br />

Carlisle <strong>in</strong> 2003.<br />

GENX 724<br />

www.facebook.com/Genx724<br />

Designer Tamke Jarvis-George describes her<br />

fashion as light, fun, sexy and perfect for the cutt<strong>in</strong>g<br />

edge woman. Her cloth<strong>in</strong>g l<strong>in</strong>e plays with different<br />

textures to create <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g designs for work and<br />

play. But it is her own l<strong>in</strong>e, <strong>Antigua</strong>n Apparel, which<br />

reflects her national pride. Us<strong>in</strong>g the colours of the<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> flag and affix<strong>in</strong>g two local<br />

say<strong>in</strong>gs “a ya me bawn” (I was born here) and “ah<br />

rudeness mek me” (I was naturally consummated),<br />

she has created fun apparel for everyday wear <strong>in</strong><br />

cute shorts, tanks and cropped tops.<br />

ISLAND MANTRA<br />

islandmantra@gmail.com<br />

An artist at heart who melts her Caribbean love<br />

<strong>in</strong>to her work, Lyris Tracy has created a unique and<br />

fabulous l<strong>in</strong>e of earr<strong>in</strong>gs from scavenged skeletal<br />

fan coral, new leather, and even plastic bottles. This<br />

orig<strong>in</strong>al artisan jewelry is <strong>in</strong>spired by Caribbean<br />

culture, colours and ecological susta<strong>in</strong>ability.<br />

Comb<strong>in</strong>ed with meticulous craftsmanship, these<br />

one of a k<strong>in</strong>d pieces are extraord<strong>in</strong>arily lightweight<br />

and will last for years with m<strong>in</strong>imal care. Your ears<br />

will thank you and your attire will have the perfect<br />

accents that will <strong>in</strong>evitably be conversation starters.<br />

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RC CREATIONS<br />

T 788 6202<br />

Although his designs have walked runways<br />

and pageant stages, Rody Christopher is<br />

sought after for his dist<strong>in</strong>ctive <strong>in</strong>terpretation<br />

and recreations of the national dress.<br />

Independence celebrations <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

and <strong>Barbuda</strong> have morphed <strong>in</strong>to a fashion<br />

extravaganza with both the madras (material<br />

used to make the national dress) and the<br />

national flag form<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>in</strong>spiration beh<strong>in</strong>d<br />

the l<strong>in</strong>es that are produced every year. Let<br />

him capture the <strong>Antigua</strong>n essence for you <strong>in</strong><br />

a chic or couture design.<br />

Photo: Laura Hall<br />

AMYA’S DESIGNS<br />

www.facebook.com/amyasdesign<br />

Louise Joseph Ochasi has carved her<br />

space <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>’s fashion with her creative<br />

manipulation of a material that most<br />

would associate with days or old and<br />

well, potatoes. Us<strong>in</strong>g simple and natural<br />

materials, ma<strong>in</strong>ly the crocus or burlap sack,<br />

she’s created trendy and upscale clutches<br />

and totes. Us<strong>in</strong>g various colours and accents<br />

these bags have become highly sought from<br />

many local fashionistas. Each bag is truly<br />

unique and salutes her philosophy, "Simply<br />

Classy".<br />

Photo: RC Creations<br />

NOREEN PHILLIPS COUTURE<br />

http://www.noreenphillipscouturiere.com<br />

Fodor’s Travel describes Noreen Phillips’<br />

designs as “glitzy appliquéd and beaded<br />

even<strong>in</strong>g wear—<strong>in</strong>spired by the colors of<br />

the sea and sunset—<strong>in</strong> sensuous fabrics<br />

rang<strong>in</strong>g from chiffon and silk to Italian lace<br />

and Indian brocade”. Grac<strong>in</strong>g the covers<br />

of many <strong>in</strong>ternational magaz<strong>in</strong>es as well as<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational runways, Noreen believes that<br />

“when gett<strong>in</strong>g dressed, [you] should th<strong>in</strong>k<br />

of the day as your stage and your wardrobe<br />

as your costume. Fashion is all about<br />

self-expression, so why not take on a new<br />

identity?”<br />

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WEARING<br />

A PIECE OF<br />

THE ROCK<br />

THIS STONE IS ESTIMATED<br />

TO BE BETWEEN 13 AND<br />

34 MILLION YEARS OLD.<br />

Story and photos byZIA Photography<br />

In <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> we use the phrase “own<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

piece of the rock” to <strong>in</strong>dicate a land purchase.<br />

Goldsmitty, however, offers a new way to not only own<br />

a ‘piece of the rock’ but also wear it. Unearth<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

precious stone from deep with<strong>in</strong> the land of the<br />

island, Hans Smit of the Goldsmitty has added a new<br />

stone to his extensive variety of precious stones.<br />

Co<strong>in</strong>ed <strong>Antigua</strong>nite, he discovered fossilised or<br />

petrified coral unique to <strong>Antigua</strong>. This stone is<br />

estimated to be between 13 and 34 million years old.<br />

Hav<strong>in</strong>g eventually crystallised <strong>in</strong> mostly hexagonal<br />

(quartz) patterns <strong>in</strong> a assortment of colours and sizes,<br />

the goldsmith could not let this precious stone rema<strong>in</strong><br />

hidden. Through careful and meticulous cutt<strong>in</strong>gs, the<br />

Goldsmitty offers visitors and patrons the opportunity<br />

to purchase a beautiful piece of history and the land.<br />

After, slic<strong>in</strong>g off the protective coat<strong>in</strong>g of iron oxide<br />

the hidden beauty of the stone with its <strong>in</strong>tricate<br />

patterns is exposed, gr<strong>in</strong>ded and polished <strong>in</strong>to<br />

beautiful gemstones which are delicately set <strong>in</strong>to<br />

unique silver and gold jewellery casts.<br />

Known for its exclusivity, the Goldsmitty is<br />

revered for its unique creations which have been<br />

worn on the necks, wrists and f<strong>in</strong>gers of people<br />

from all walks of life around the world. Add<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>nite to his exceptional collection, the<br />

archaeology buff <strong>in</strong> you may recognise patterns<br />

that are members of the sponge and coral families.<br />

Other patterns rema<strong>in</strong> somewhat exclusive at this<br />

time, but certa<strong>in</strong>ly enhance the fasc<strong>in</strong>ation and<br />

splendour of the stone.<br />

When you visit the island, be sure to step <strong>in</strong>to<br />

the Goldsmitty and purchase your very own “piece<br />

of the rock”. It’s guaranteed to be a conversation<br />

starter whenever you wear it.<br />

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Photo: Randy Thomas<br />

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WEDDINGS<br />

DESTINATION:<br />

ANTIGUA &<br />

BARBUDA<br />

FALL IN LOVE… AGAIN<br />

Story by Zahra Airall<br />

Photography byZIA Photography<br />

“I DO!”<br />

Whether exclaimed with excitement or whispered<br />

with solemnity, these two small words reflect the<br />

passion, love and hope shared by two people<br />

embark<strong>in</strong>g on a lifetime journey together. There is an<br />

extraord<strong>in</strong>ary essence that filters through the air<br />

when he looks deeply <strong>in</strong>to her eyes, his hands<br />

wrapped around hers. There is an unheard<br />

enchantment that echoes throughout the moment as<br />

she blushes at him, reveal<strong>in</strong>g a smile only he could<br />

elicit. And <strong>in</strong> that perfect collection of seconds where<br />

their lips acqua<strong>in</strong>t for the first time as husband and<br />

wife … there is magic.<br />

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THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS AND THE POSSIBILITIES INFINITE. IN ANTIGUA AND<br />

BARBUDA, YOU’LL EXPERIENCE THE FANTASY YOU’VE ALWAYS ENVISIONED.<br />

Photo: Laura Hall<br />

So what better way to enhance that magic than<br />

gett<strong>in</strong>g married right here <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong>?<br />

Wiggle your toes <strong>in</strong> the sand or walk down the aisle<br />

<strong>in</strong> a qua<strong>in</strong>t or majestic rustic church. Have an<br />

<strong>in</strong>timate ceremony with your own steel orchestra or<br />

musician, or maybe just let the ocean’s orchestra<br />

serenade you. Enterta<strong>in</strong> all your family and friends<br />

and treat them to a classy tropical fantasy or let<br />

them party from start to f<strong>in</strong>ish. Comb<strong>in</strong>e the white<br />

glisten<strong>in</strong>g <strong>Antigua</strong>n sand with the remarkable p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong>n sand <strong>in</strong> your sand ceremony or release<br />

white doves or both! Thrill your guests with dynamic<br />

performances from local dancers or turn up the heat<br />

with a fire dancer. End your night with a bang,<br />

literally, as fireworks form the perfect backdrop for<br />

an amaz<strong>in</strong>g kiss.<br />

CAPTURING YOUR SPECIAL DAY:<br />

WEDDING PHOTOGRAPHERS<br />

Vanessa Hall<br />

www.vanessahallphotography.com/<br />

by ZIA photography<br />

www.byziaphotography.com<br />

So Shoot Photography<br />

www.soshootphotography.com<br />

Joseph Jones Photography<br />

www.josephjonesphotography.com<br />

Photogenesis Studio<br />

www.photogenesisglamourshots.com<br />

See <strong>Life</strong> Studio<br />

www.torrezjoseph.com<br />

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THE BEACH IS THE BEGINNING…<br />

… OF YOUR JOURNEY TO FOREVER!<br />

So you’re simple like a cool Caribbean breeze or<br />

maybe you’re as elegant as the shades of blue that<br />

gently kiss the shore. Perhaps you’re even that couple<br />

that’s as passionate and fierce as an <strong>Antigua</strong>n sunset.<br />

Whatever your style, the beach is def<strong>in</strong>itely a breathtak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

option for your nuptials.<br />

Boast<strong>in</strong>g 365 beaches, we love the slogan “the<br />

beach is just the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g” and this could be the<br />

perfect way to start your journey as husband and wife.<br />

Set aga<strong>in</strong>st a picturesque backdrop – blue skies, hues<br />

of blue lapp<strong>in</strong>g at the shorel<strong>in</strong>e and feet caressed by<br />

our warm sands – your wedd<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> paradise awaits.<br />

Imag<strong>in</strong>e a simple arch adorned <strong>in</strong> natural flowers<br />

or tied with ribbons match<strong>in</strong>g your theme. Imag<strong>in</strong>e<br />

the w<strong>in</strong>d breath<strong>in</strong>g through the gentle folds of a<br />

bamboo arch as you exchange your vows. Have your<br />

guests s<strong>in</strong>k their feet <strong>in</strong>to the white sand and then<br />

dance the night away with a bonfire and fireworks.<br />

And don’t stop there. How about a trash the dress<br />

(TTD) session? A grow<strong>in</strong>g trend amongst brides, you<br />

can toss the pool aside and let the warm waters<br />

caress your body as you create artistic moments.<br />

Create your own work of art with unique shots <strong>in</strong> our<br />

Caribbean blue. Spread your dress aga<strong>in</strong>st the white<br />

sand and have a blast be<strong>in</strong>g a super model!<br />

Whatever your fancy, the beach is truly just the<br />

beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

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RELAX<br />

AND LET US PLAN THE<br />

PERFECT WEDDING<br />

This is your wedd<strong>in</strong>g, your honeymoon, your dream<br />

vacation all bundled <strong>in</strong>to one amaz<strong>in</strong>g voyage, so<br />

why not relax from the moment you board the plane<br />

or ship?<br />

Besides offer<strong>in</strong>g the perfect dest<strong>in</strong>ation for your<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> can also offer<br />

professional wedd<strong>in</strong>g plann<strong>in</strong>g services whether it is<br />

just for two or an assembly of friends and family from<br />

around the world. While some hotels have their own<br />

wedd<strong>in</strong>g planners, you may want to leave the hotel<br />

and experience different flavours of the island. Let<br />

one of our wedd<strong>in</strong>g planners make all your<br />

arrangements, from the legal formalities and venues,<br />

to deserts and fireworks.<br />

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WEDDING<br />

COORDINATORS<br />

Indigo Event Services<br />

<strong>in</strong>fo@<strong>in</strong>digoeventservices.com<br />

www.<strong>in</strong>digoeventservices.com<br />

T 726 5098<br />

Blissful Events Studio<br />

blissfulevents20@gmail.com<br />

T 789 8252<br />

JayBird Event Design<br />

jaybirdevents@gmail.com<br />

www.jaybirdeventdesign.com<br />

T 771 2473<br />

Agenda Design Concepts<br />

<strong>in</strong>fo@markbrownart.com<br />

www.facebook.com/<br />

AgendaDesignConcepts<br />

T 720 9572<br />

Fashionista<br />

fashionista.mod@gmail.com<br />

T 789-0770<br />

All World Wedd<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

<strong>in</strong>fo@allworldwedd<strong>in</strong>gs.com<br />

www.allworldwedd<strong>in</strong>gs.com<br />

T Italy +39 335 1783668<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> 7281657<br />

How can our wedd<strong>in</strong>g planners help you escape the dreaded wedd<strong>in</strong>g mania?<br />

Pros! Our wedd<strong>in</strong>g planners have a wealth of experience and can turn your<br />

p<strong>in</strong>terest board <strong>in</strong>to an unforgettable experience.<br />

Island people! They’re familiar with the island, so after email<strong>in</strong>g, skyp<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

p<strong>in</strong>terest shar<strong>in</strong>g and whatsapp<strong>in</strong>g, they can recommend the perfect venue for<br />

ceremony, reception and bridal shoots.<br />

P<strong>in</strong>k Mongoose Events<br />

pnkmongoose@yahoo.com<br />

www.thep<strong>in</strong>kmongoose.com<br />

T 461 4045<br />

Connected! It’s all about network<strong>in</strong>g, which means hairstylists, make-up artists,<br />

musicians, caterers/chefs, flowers, photographers, enterta<strong>in</strong>ers, bands, steel<br />

pan orchestras, doves, butterflies, and anyth<strong>in</strong>g else you need to make your day<br />

perfect, are all with<strong>in</strong> the wedd<strong>in</strong>g planner’s reach. This could also mean a better<br />

package for your budget.<br />

Legal Liaisons! You wedd<strong>in</strong>g planner will brief you on the documents you need to<br />

carry with you and assist with the legal preparations for your wedd<strong>in</strong>g, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g<br />

recommend<strong>in</strong>g the perfect marriage officer.<br />

Runners! That’s right – they will do all the runn<strong>in</strong>g around for you. Confirm<strong>in</strong>g<br />

book<strong>in</strong>gs with vendors and prepar<strong>in</strong>g the décor for the ceremony and reception<br />

are noth<strong>in</strong>g for you to worry about.<br />

For YOU! It is your day and that is exactly what your wedd<strong>in</strong>g planner does –<br />

create your day. Whether you’re br<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g your own décor or us<strong>in</strong>g theirs, whether<br />

you want fun and funky or chic and classy, our wedd<strong>in</strong>g planners are there to<br />

cater to you.<br />

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WEDDINGS<br />

WILL YOU TAKE THIS RING?<br />

Photo: ZIA Phtotgraphy<br />

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WEDDINGS<br />

It’s been a hectic year and between work, social and community<br />

commitments, even family obligations, your busy schedules have allotted<br />

you barely enough time to see each other. So you’ve decided to escape it<br />

all and head to the isle of 365 beaches with your loved one. While soak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

up the sun and giv<strong>in</strong>g yourself a natural pedicure, play<strong>in</strong>g footsie <strong>in</strong> the<br />

sand of course, you look at each other and <strong>in</strong>stantly, the thought is spoken:<br />

Why not turn this vacation <strong>in</strong>to a honeymoon?!<br />

With the hotel or wedd<strong>in</strong>g planners readily available to make your special<br />

spur of the moment day perfect, there’s just one th<strong>in</strong>g – the r<strong>in</strong>g!<br />

ANTIGUA AND BARBUDA HAS IT ALL.<br />

RING SHOPPING CAN BE A FUN VENTURE<br />

TOGETHER AND WE CAN OFFER YOU<br />

OPTIONS FROM THE TRADITIONAL AND<br />

SIMPLE TO THE EXTRAVAGANT AND UNIQUE.<br />

Diamonds International<br />

Forget Kay’s and Jared’s! Diamonds International offers a diverse<br />

selection of jewellery where you’ll certa<strong>in</strong>ly f<strong>in</strong>d a r<strong>in</strong>g or r<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

that perfectly capture your style and relationship. Established<br />

over two decades ago with one store <strong>in</strong> St. Thomas, today, DI<br />

has 125 locations throughout the Caribbean, the United States<br />

of America and Mexico, and is considered one of the largest<br />

jewellery retailers <strong>in</strong> the world. Offer<strong>in</strong>g luxury and elegance <strong>in</strong> a<br />

comfortable shopp<strong>in</strong>g atmosphere, value is always offered with<strong>in</strong><br />

each personally selected piece. You may even choose to depart<br />

from the traditional wedd<strong>in</strong>g bands and select pieces from one<br />

of their collections, like the Crown of Light; or try a different<br />

stone, perhaps one from their Caribbean topaz collection.<br />

The Goldsmitty<br />

If tradition has never been your forté, then the Goldsmitty is<br />

the jewellery store to explore. Known for their exclusivity with<br />

their designs, you can f<strong>in</strong>d a range unique bands <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

various patterns, from spiky to ladder casts. Even the simple<br />

bands ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong> a simple yet <strong>in</strong>trigu<strong>in</strong>g design. Perhaps the<br />

dist<strong>in</strong>ctive cast of the “bread and cheese” may peak your<br />

<strong>in</strong>terest. The bread and cheese design, which is fashioned solely<br />

by Goldsmitty as one of his signature pieces, replicates a small<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>n flower known as the “bread and cheese”. With unique<br />

casts for the various gemstones (from diamonds and rubies to<br />

opals and tanzanite), you’ll certa<strong>in</strong>ly capture the unique beauty of<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> <strong>in</strong> your bands.<br />

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LUXURY ON<br />

THE BLUFF<br />

CURTAIN BLUFF IS ONE OF LIFE’S SPECIAL PLACES.<br />

Consistently voted “#1 Resort <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>” by Condé Nast Traveler<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>e and “One of the World’s Best Hotels” by Travel+Leisure<br />

magaz<strong>in</strong>e, this legendary boutique resort has one of the highest<br />

repeat-guest rates <strong>in</strong> the Caribbean. We <strong>in</strong>vite you to come over<br />

and see the reasons for yourself (our spa and restaurants are open<br />

to non-guests but please make a reservation first).<br />

Curta<strong>in</strong> Bluff sits on a rocky bluff between two beautiful<br />

beaches, one wild and wave-washed, the other l<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g a protected<br />

bay, perfect for swimm<strong>in</strong>g, sunbath<strong>in</strong>g and watersports. All 72<br />

rooms offer spectacular views over the sea, yet vary <strong>in</strong> style and<br />

price from the Deluxe Room right on the sand to the spacious<br />

Grace and Morris Bay Suites with sweep<strong>in</strong>g verandahs and<br />

outdoor Jacuzzis. Creative, award-w<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g cuis<strong>in</strong>e is served <strong>in</strong> the<br />

resort’s two restaurants — the Sea Grape (quiet, romantic and<br />

right on the beach) and the Tamar<strong>in</strong>d Tree (open-sided and<br />

wrapped around a danc<strong>in</strong>g terrace where live music is played<br />

every night).<br />

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For those quieter moments there is a beautiful pool surrounded by coconut palms. There are shade<br />

cabanas on the sand and, for extra <strong>in</strong>dulgence, our very special spa just a few feet from the water’s edge.<br />

For activities we offer a full range of watersports (<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g scuba, waterski<strong>in</strong>g and sail<strong>in</strong>g), exercise classes,<br />

squash, and tennis at our full-service, pro-run tennis centre. A playground for guests of every age, Curta<strong>in</strong><br />

Bluff has an <strong>in</strong>ventive kids club for the younger ones, a games room for teenagers and a dedicated TV room.<br />

All areas of the resort are connected via WiFi.<br />

As remarkable as these facilities are, it’s Curta<strong>in</strong> Bluff’s extraord<strong>in</strong>ary value and famously friendly staff<br />

(“Best Service <strong>in</strong> the Caribbean” accord<strong>in</strong>g to Travel+Leisure) that keep our guests com<strong>in</strong>g back year after<br />

year. Almost everyth<strong>in</strong>g is <strong>in</strong>cluded <strong>in</strong> the room rate (only above-and-beyond <strong>in</strong>dulgences like spa<br />

treatments, v<strong>in</strong>tage w<strong>in</strong>es from our famous cellar, and tennis lessons are extra) giv<strong>in</strong>g the resort the casual,<br />

elegant atmosphere of a private club.<br />

For guests who want a more structured vacation, Curta<strong>in</strong> Bluff has its Liv<strong>in</strong>g Well series of wellness and<br />

tennis retreats, hosted by such celebrities as Tracy Aust<strong>in</strong> (the youngest player ever <strong>in</strong>ducted <strong>in</strong>to the<br />

International Tennis Hall of Fame) and Adam Rosante, author and tra<strong>in</strong>er to the stars. You can participate as<br />

much as you like and all skill levels are welcome.<br />

The resort is also the perfect spot to for special occasions or bus<strong>in</strong>ess retreats. Wedd<strong>in</strong>gs and family<br />

reunions are our specialty. Noth<strong>in</strong>g is too much trouble and our dedicated event planners are stand<strong>in</strong>g by<br />

ready to accommodate any request.<br />

To f<strong>in</strong>d out more about the Curta<strong>in</strong> Bluff experience go to curta<strong>in</strong>bluff.com, call (268) 462-8400 or follow<br />

us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.<br />

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Photo:Jonathan Murphy<br />

ANTIGUA: THE PREFERRED<br />

DESTINATION FOR INTERNATIONAL<br />

BUSINESS AND BANKING<br />

By: Brian Stuart-Young<br />

Chairman & CEO Global Bank of Commerce, Ltd., <strong>Antigua</strong>, W.I.<br />

www.globalbankofcommerce.com<br />

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INVEST IN ANTIGUA<br />

FOUR REASONS WHY ANTIGUA AND<br />

BARBUDA IS THE BEST CHOICE FOR YOU:<br />

1. It is a sound regulatory environment<br />

The tw<strong>in</strong> island nation successfully reshaped its<br />

regulatory and bus<strong>in</strong>ess operations to meet the<br />

requirements of a safe harbour for <strong>in</strong>vestments,<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational bank<strong>in</strong>g and bus<strong>in</strong>ess services. The<br />

jurisdiction strives to balance the client’s needs for<br />

confidentiality with the requirements of meet<strong>in</strong>g<br />

all <strong>in</strong>ternational f<strong>in</strong>ancial standards. It has a robust<br />

mutual legal regime which facilitates a transparent<br />

process under which <strong>in</strong>formation may be exchanged.<br />

It became tax compliant with the OECD phase one<br />

requirements and was placed on the OECD’s “white<br />

list”. <strong>Antigua</strong>n banks will report under the USA’s<br />

Foreign Account Tax Compliance Act (FATCA), and<br />

accord<strong>in</strong>g to an Intergovernmental Agreement<br />

with the US. The govern<strong>in</strong>g legislation for the<br />

management of its <strong>in</strong>ternational f<strong>in</strong>ancial centre<br />

is regularly updated to ensure compliance with<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational standards.<br />

2. It is a bus<strong>in</strong>ess centre with technology-driven<br />

services<br />

Located <strong>in</strong> the Eastern Caribbean islands, <strong>Antigua</strong> is positioned<br />

as the crossroads for f<strong>in</strong>ancial services with<strong>in</strong> the Caribbean.<br />

Although best known for its 365 white-sand beaches, its more<br />

than 30 year old f<strong>in</strong>ancial centre is conveniently time-zoned to<br />

provide <strong>in</strong>ternational f<strong>in</strong>ancial services. Visitors and <strong>in</strong>vestors<br />

enjoy the jurisdiction’s grow<strong>in</strong>g reputation as a trusted<br />

Caribbean dest<strong>in</strong>ation for both tourism and <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ancial services. The Government is vigorously pursu<strong>in</strong>g<br />

programmes to enhance and strengthen these two sectors as<br />

key pillars of the economy. As the world f<strong>in</strong>ancial crisis gets<br />

repaired, there has been a resurgence of bus<strong>in</strong>ess and foreign<br />

direct <strong>in</strong>vestment towards <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong>, identify<strong>in</strong>g<br />

its attraction as a non-volatile, politically stable and sovereign<br />

jurisdiction for clients seek<strong>in</strong>g more personal attention for<br />

their wealth management portfolios. <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> is<br />

positioned as an up-market tourism dest<strong>in</strong>ation for the more<br />

discrim<strong>in</strong>at<strong>in</strong>g visitor and similarly appeals to client relationships<br />

for bank<strong>in</strong>g services.<br />

The comb<strong>in</strong>ation of well-regulated f<strong>in</strong>ancial services,<br />

world class communications, an English-speak<strong>in</strong>g and<br />

skilled workforce and strong professional resources<br />

offers a positive environment for <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess services. <strong>Antigua</strong> provides ideal support<br />

for <strong>in</strong>formation technology services and Internetdriven<br />

bus<strong>in</strong>ess opportunities that demand more<br />

sophisticated f<strong>in</strong>ancial services. There are three<br />

major providers of telecom services, namely Cable<br />

and Wireless, Digicel and the local Public Utilities<br />

Authority. <strong>Antigua</strong> is the base for Global Process<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Centre, a payment platform provid<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational<br />

electronic f<strong>in</strong>ancial transactions certified by Visa,<br />

MasterCard and Ch<strong>in</strong>a’s Union Pay International.<br />

It is also the head office for SugaPay, a Caribbeangrown<br />

alternative payment system. The <strong>Antigua</strong> &<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> Investment Authority assists <strong>in</strong>vestment<br />

enquiries and identifies related <strong>in</strong>centives for certa<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>vestment categories. International bus<strong>in</strong>ess<br />

companies (IBCs), Trusts and Foundations will also<br />

benefit from a tax-neutral bus<strong>in</strong>ess environment.<br />

There is a fully experienced and professional sector<br />

comprised of attorneys-at-law and licensed company<br />

providers that can assist <strong>in</strong> the clear<strong>in</strong>g of names,<br />

registration of corporate entities and referr<strong>in</strong>g clients<br />

for bank account relationships <strong>in</strong> the jurisdiction.<br />

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INVEST IN ANTIGUA<br />

Photo:Shelly Chadburn<br />

3. The opportunity for citizenship and a home away<br />

from home <strong>in</strong> paradise.<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> is <strong>in</strong>creas<strong>in</strong>gly attractive to <strong>in</strong>ternational <strong>in</strong>vestors from Lat<strong>in</strong> America,<br />

Europe and the Far East seek<strong>in</strong>g private bank<strong>in</strong>g services and wish<strong>in</strong>g to balance<br />

their portfolios with real estate <strong>in</strong>vestment <strong>in</strong> the jurisdiction.<br />

Photo:Zahra Airall<br />

There are a number of residential developments tak<strong>in</strong>g place <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> &<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> which would be considered attractive as vacation and second homes.<br />

These <strong>in</strong>vestments may also qualify them for Permanent Residency or to make<br />

application for citizenship under the legislation known as the Citizenship by<br />

Investment Programme (CIP). This provides for citizenship and an <strong>Antigua</strong> and<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> passport to be granted on the basis of approved persons and families who<br />

satisfy a high standard of due diligence requirements and qualify <strong>in</strong> respect of<br />

mak<strong>in</strong>g personal <strong>in</strong>vestments <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong>. The jurisdiction has spent<br />

considerable time and research efforts to design an <strong>in</strong>vestment process that could<br />

safely award a qualified applicant with a valued citizenship and passport which<br />

enables visa free travel to 131 countries that <strong>in</strong>cludes Canada, Hong Kong,<br />

S<strong>in</strong>gapore, U.K. and the European Union. The Government’s Citizenship by<br />

Investment Unit (CIU – www.cip.gov.ag) is the Government authority responsible for<br />

process<strong>in</strong>g all applications for Agents’ Licenses, and all applications for Citizenship<br />

by Investment by applicants and their families, and ensures the CIP meets<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational standards and prohibits applications from persons associated with<br />

sanctioned jurisdictions. Applicants can obta<strong>in</strong> advice on the CIP procedures from<br />

the CIU website and <strong>in</strong>ternational banks and most professional firms with offices <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>.<br />

An <strong>in</strong>vestor may apply for citizenship through four mechanisms: 1) a Real Estate<br />

Option which permits him to purchase property <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> with a<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imum value of US $400,000.00 <strong>in</strong> a designated resort zone; 2) a contribution of<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imum US $250,000.00 to a National Development Fund; 3) a contribution of<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imum US $250,000.00 to a Charitable Fund, or 4) a bus<strong>in</strong>ess <strong>in</strong>vestment of US<br />

$1.5 million.<br />

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INVEST IN ANTIGUA<br />

4. <strong>Antigua</strong> is ready for your bus<strong>in</strong>ess.<br />

The Government and Private Sector partnership <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> is committed to improv<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

<strong>in</strong>frastructure and environment for do<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess and encourag<strong>in</strong>g entrepreneurship. Plans are <strong>in</strong> effect to further<br />

improve the access to the jurisdiction as a bus<strong>in</strong>ess centre, by air and sea, for visitors and commerce. A new term<strong>in</strong>al<br />

at the V. C. Bird International Airport opened <strong>in</strong> August 2015, host<strong>in</strong>g sophisticated and friendly passenger<br />

process<strong>in</strong>g, security and baggage control systems on par with any <strong>in</strong>ternational airport worldwide. Passenger<br />

convenience is enhanced with the <strong>in</strong>troduction of four jet bridges, multiple VIP lounges and duty-free shopp<strong>in</strong>g. The<br />

term<strong>in</strong>al was established with the assistance of the Government of the People’s Republic of Ch<strong>in</strong>a, who are also<br />

provid<strong>in</strong>g concessional fund<strong>in</strong>g assistance to significantly upgrade and expand the St. John’s Port and Deep Water<br />

Harbour. Dredg<strong>in</strong>g the harbour commenced <strong>in</strong> February 2015 and a substantial restructur<strong>in</strong>g programme will<br />

facilitate the Port as both a commercial trans-shipment hub and a modern cruise tourism harbour with attractive<br />

visitor accommodation and duty-free services. It is anticipated that <strong>Antigua</strong> will be able to host the Quantum Class of<br />

cruise ships for the <strong>2016</strong> w<strong>in</strong>ter season. The improvements <strong>in</strong> the island’s <strong>in</strong>frastructure and ease of access for visitors<br />

are a stimulus for new <strong>in</strong>vestments <strong>in</strong> trans-shipment services and tourism related services <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g hotels, tours,<br />

cultural <strong>in</strong>formation, renewable energy plants, water and waste treatment services, and much more.<br />

The Government has declared its <strong>in</strong>tention to make <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> an economic powerhouse <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Caribbean. It will establish enhanced <strong>in</strong>ternational economic zones and f<strong>in</strong>ancial centres to meet the challenges and<br />

requirements of a connected f<strong>in</strong>ancial world. <strong>Antigua</strong> is appropriately reorganiz<strong>in</strong>g itself to meet the requirements of<br />

modern bus<strong>in</strong>ess and the surge of global demands for f<strong>in</strong>ancial solutions to serve <strong>in</strong>ternational bus<strong>in</strong>ess, wealth<br />

management and ecommerce services. It is redef<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g the role of <strong>in</strong>ternational bank<strong>in</strong>g relationships and<br />

compliment<strong>in</strong>g bus<strong>in</strong>ess opportunities that need technology-driven solutions. The comb<strong>in</strong>ation of well-regulated<br />

f<strong>in</strong>ancial service providers and the ability to offer modern f<strong>in</strong>ancial services <strong>in</strong> a stable environment, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

benefit to qualify for citizenship, makes <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> a preferred location for do<strong>in</strong>g global bus<strong>in</strong>ess and<br />

obta<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>ternational bank<strong>in</strong>g services.<br />

Personal Bank<strong>in</strong>g Services<br />

We’re here to help you manage<br />

your new life <strong>in</strong> paradise.<br />

Provid<strong>in</strong>g the perfect balance of world class bank<strong>in</strong>g services,<br />

security and convenience, for over 30 years.<br />

Wealth Management<br />

Onl<strong>in</strong>e Bank<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Prepaid and Debit Card Solutions<br />

Citizenship by Investment Programme<br />

Global Bank<strong>in</strong>g Solutions<br />

Global Commerce Centre<br />

Old Parham Road<br />

P.O. Box W1803<br />

St. John’s, <strong>Antigua</strong>, West Indies<br />

Tel: (268) 480-2240<br />

Fax: (268) 462-1831<br />

email: customer.service@gbc.ag<br />

www.globalbankofcommerce.com<br />

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SAILING<br />

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SAILING<br />

EMBODIMENT<br />

OF ROMANCE:<br />

ANTIGUA<br />

SAILING<br />

Photos by Ted Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

The act of sail<strong>in</strong>g evokes all k<strong>in</strong>ds of images and<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>gs. <strong>Antigua</strong> embodies them all. <strong>Antigua</strong> has<br />

played its part <strong>in</strong> sail<strong>in</strong>g’s colourful history, and that<br />

history <strong>in</strong> turn has left its mark on every aspect of the<br />

island. Here you will f<strong>in</strong>d full time cruisers,<br />

vacationers who come to taste <strong>Antigua</strong> through<br />

charter<strong>in</strong>g, and visitors and competitors who come<br />

to spectate and/or participate <strong>in</strong> the many<br />

competitive sail<strong>in</strong>g events such as '<strong>Antigua</strong>’s Sail<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Week‘ and 'Classic Yacht Regatta.‘<br />

Columbus brought the sail, and for over three<br />

centuries, these waters were home to merchantmen<br />

and their square riggers, filled to burst<strong>in</strong>g with riches<br />

of all sorts; naval officers from Spa<strong>in</strong> and France and<br />

Brita<strong>in</strong> and the Netherlands were relied upon to<br />

defend the merchantman from the countless pirates<br />

and privateers, always on the lookout for plunder.<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>, <strong>in</strong> particular, would come to play a large role<br />

<strong>in</strong> the story of the region: the modern-day Nelson’s<br />

Dockyard <strong>in</strong> English Harbour, named for Admiral<br />

Horatio Nelson, was home to the Royal Navy’s ma<strong>in</strong><br />

base of operations <strong>in</strong> the Lesser Antilles. It rema<strong>in</strong>s<br />

the only surviv<strong>in</strong>g Georgian dockyard <strong>in</strong> the world.<br />

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SAILING<br />

A CARIBBEAN BOAT CHARTER OFFERS ALL THE EXOTIC ADVENTURES OF SAILING,<br />

WITHOUT THE ADDED COMPLEXITIES OF ACTUALLY OWNING A VESSEL.<br />

Fiercely <strong>in</strong>dependent, world travellers and<br />

retirees, cruisers are people who have decided<br />

freedom and tranquility are of the highest priority.<br />

These people have purchased their sail<strong>in</strong>g vessels to<br />

live aboard full time so that they may travel from one<br />

island to the next when the urge hits them. Cruisers<br />

will run from <strong>Antigua</strong> to Guadeloupe to shop for<br />

some of their favourite French provisions. Cruisers<br />

will take the weekend to anchor at a favorite spot like<br />

Green Island to snorkel and barbecue, or f<strong>in</strong>d a<br />

secluded cove to ‘lime’. If they so desire, they may<br />

even stay <strong>in</strong> their moor<strong>in</strong>g, hang out <strong>in</strong> their cockpit,<br />

and watch the world go by on 'Caribbean’ time.<br />

Want to be a cruiser, but don’t own your own<br />

boat? A Caribbean boat charter offers all the exotic<br />

adventures of sail<strong>in</strong>g, without the added<br />

complexities of actually own<strong>in</strong>g a vessel. It is the<br />

ultimate self-directed, all-<strong>in</strong>clusive holiday<br />

experience, with commensurate pric<strong>in</strong>g and a range<br />

of offers, from the more luxurious – if you want to be<br />

pampered, for <strong>in</strong>stance, you could hire capta<strong>in</strong> and<br />

crew to cater to your demands – to someth<strong>in</strong>g a little<br />

more DIY, such as a bare boat charter, where you<br />

supply your own crew, <strong>in</strong> order to fully experience<br />

the hypnotic rhythms of <strong>Antigua</strong> sail<strong>in</strong>g. Imag<strong>in</strong>e: a<br />

new, secluded beach, bath<strong>in</strong>g suits, snorkel<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

div<strong>in</strong>g, the catch of the day prepared right on the<br />

beach you just swam to. Just the sort of holiday<br />

friends, lovers, and family will never forget.<br />

No discussion of sail<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> would be<br />

complete without a mention of its more competitive<br />

aspects. Numerous races call <strong>Antigua</strong> home,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the Caribbean’s longest runn<strong>in</strong>g regatta,<br />

‘Sail<strong>in</strong>g Week’ and the ‘Classic Yacht Regatta.’ While<br />

visitors may be content to bask <strong>in</strong> the display of<br />

beautifully-ma<strong>in</strong>ta<strong>in</strong>ed boats, filled with unleashed<br />

sp<strong>in</strong>nakers, these races are open-entry, provid<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

rare opportunity to participate <strong>in</strong> an event most can<br />

only dream of.<br />

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SAILING<br />

THE HISTORY OF CARIBBEAN SEAMANSHIP GOES ALL THE WAY BACK TO THE<br />

BEGINNING, CIRCA TWO THOUSAND YEARS AGO, WHEN THE FIRST INHABITANTS<br />

ARRIVED OUT OF SOUTH AMERICA ON CANOES.<br />

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IF YOU’RE AS ADVENTUROUS WITH YOUR PALETTE AS YOU ARE WITH YOUR<br />

BUCKET LIST, YOU CAN FIND INDIGENOUS AND UNIQUE ISLAND DISHES AT<br />

JUST ABOUT EVERY RESTAURANT.<br />

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DINING<br />

CARIBBEAN<br />

FUSIONS ON<br />

YOUR PLATE<br />

Now, I don’t know about you, but whenever I travel,<br />

I travel with my appetite. Yes. I love to eat; and<br />

sampl<strong>in</strong>g the cuis<strong>in</strong>e from new places is always on<br />

my to-do list. Not to brag, but <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

has a collection of top chefs, both locally and from<br />

around the world, who create masterpieces with a<br />

Caribbean fusion. This means that your taste buds<br />

are flooded with amaz<strong>in</strong>g contrasts and bursts of<br />

flavour.<br />

If you’re as adventurous with your palette as you<br />

are with your bucket list, you can f<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong>digenous and<br />

unique island dishes at just about every restaurant.<br />

Simmered <strong>in</strong> island spices and freshly grown<br />

<strong>in</strong>gredients, our chefs love <strong>in</strong>fus<strong>in</strong>g the taste of the<br />

island <strong>in</strong> just about every dish.<br />

But, if you’re not as adventurous, that’s okay too.<br />

The chefs at these restaurants and hotels will still<br />

excite your palette with their own twists on<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational favourites. And just as we enjoy over<br />

three hundred beaches, we also enjoy an extensive<br />

menu on the island rang<strong>in</strong>g from American to Greek<br />

cuis<strong>in</strong>e and everyth<strong>in</strong>g between. You’re almost<br />

guaranteed to f<strong>in</strong>d a restaurant serv<strong>in</strong>g authentic<br />

dishes from <strong>in</strong>ternational menus, with the option of<br />

an <strong>Antigua</strong>n twist to it.<br />

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DINING<br />

Enjoy suishi nights and Middle Eastern delights. Select options from Italian,<br />

Greek, Asian or Mediterranean menus. Let the Caribbean breeze cool you as<br />

you wiggle your toes <strong>in</strong> the sand of some of the restaurants which l<strong>in</strong>e the<br />

shore. Or throw on your heels and ties and turn the night <strong>in</strong>to your personal<br />

runway as you dress to the 5-star occasion.<br />

AND DON’T FORGET TO SAMPLE SOME OF THE SIGNATURE<br />

COCKTAILS FROM THE BARS. FOR A TRUE ANTIGUAN EXPERIENCE,<br />

BE SURE TO SIP THE COCKTAILS THAT ARE INFUSED WITH<br />

ANTIGUAN RUMS LIKE ENGLISH HARBOUR OR CAVALIER RUM.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, don’t dare leave the island without s<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g your teeth <strong>in</strong>to the sweet,<br />

refresh<strong>in</strong>g, and juicy <strong>Antigua</strong> Black. Our locally grown p<strong>in</strong>eapple is considered<br />

the sweetest <strong>in</strong> the world, and is often served as a desert <strong>in</strong> restaurants.<br />

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DINING<br />

RECOMMENDED<br />

RESTAURANTS<br />

Papa Zouk<br />

Dickenson Bay St., St. John’s<br />

Get your creole cuis<strong>in</strong>e on <strong>in</strong> this qua<strong>in</strong>t<br />

and cosy rum bar turned restaurant.<br />

That’s right. Orig<strong>in</strong>ally a rum bar, Papa<br />

Zouk boasts over 100 rums from around<br />

the world. Besides the creole theme<br />

menu, they also boast a delectable<br />

array of seafood dishes, with a few<br />

items for the land lubbers.<br />

Dennis’ Cocktail Bar and Restaurant<br />

Ffryes Beach, St. Mary’s<br />

Nestled <strong>in</strong> the side of the hill<br />

overlook<strong>in</strong>g the Ffryes Beach, Dennis’<br />

provides an excellent fusion of<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational and local cuis<strong>in</strong>e. Every<br />

item has his personal touch, a secret<br />

<strong>in</strong>gredient that will have your mouth<br />

water<strong>in</strong>g and long<strong>in</strong>g for more. With<br />

large portions of goodness on your<br />

plate, you can relax as the panoramic<br />

view of the Caribbean sea laps aga<strong>in</strong>st<br />

the shore – the perfect symphony for a<br />

perfect meal.<br />

OJs Bar and Restaurant<br />

Crab Hill, St. Mary’s<br />

Dig your toes <strong>in</strong>to the sand as OJ<br />

serves up his world famous red<br />

snapper. Right on the beach, with an<br />

eclectic driftwood and netted décor,<br />

this seafood-themed restaurant is<br />

delicious, to say the least, thanks to<br />

its tasty, memorable menu. And while<br />

you’re there, be sure to try his signature<br />

Rum Punch.<br />

Touloulou’s<br />

Marble Hill, St. John’s<br />

Offer<strong>in</strong>g an Asian fusion <strong>in</strong> a Caribbean<br />

chic ambiance, you’ll f<strong>in</strong>d the perfect<br />

place to sit back, relax and unw<strong>in</strong>d.<br />

Enjoy an array of dr<strong>in</strong>ks and a menu<br />

that will have you moan<strong>in</strong>g with its<br />

delectable fusions.<br />

Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar<br />

Dickenson Bay, St. John’s<br />

This is truly Caribbean with its bursts<br />

of flamboyant flavours transform<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational favorites <strong>in</strong>to a unique<br />

dishes that are sure to satisfy all<br />

palates. The cocktail menu is just as<br />

colourful and tantaliz<strong>in</strong>g. Set right on<br />

the beach, <strong>in</strong>hal<strong>in</strong>g the ambience of<br />

the sea is just as sooth<strong>in</strong>g and excit<strong>in</strong>g<br />

as <strong>in</strong>hal<strong>in</strong>g the delectable aromas from<br />

the kitchen.<br />

Sheer Rocks<br />

Valley Road, St. Mary’s<br />

For a five star experience with a<br />

stunn<strong>in</strong>g location, this is the restaurant<br />

for you. Enjoy an exquisite menu with<br />

w<strong>in</strong>e pair<strong>in</strong>g that will seduce your<br />

senses as you overlook the sea. A<br />

spectacular experience that will rival<br />

top five star restaurants around the<br />

world, this is where perfection stays.<br />

Le Bistro<br />

Hodge’s Bay, St. John’s<br />

As the name implies, this restaurant<br />

enjoys a French fusion <strong>in</strong> a cosy bistro.<br />

Ranked as one of the world’s top chefs<br />

by the Discovery Chanel, Chef Patrick<br />

Gauducheau cont<strong>in</strong>ues to <strong>in</strong>vent<br />

creations that excite the palate and<br />

satisfy the stomach. A delightful treat<br />

that ends with a scrumptiously s<strong>in</strong>ful<br />

tray of deserts to choose from, Le<br />

Bistro cont<strong>in</strong>ues to be the favourite for<br />

generations of families.<br />

Island Fusion<br />

Liberta, St. Paul’s<br />

Welcome to <strong>Antigua</strong>n cuis<strong>in</strong>e at its<br />

best. Island Fusion offers island d<strong>in</strong>g<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong> a warm and <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g ambience that<br />

will blow your m<strong>in</strong>d with the explosion<br />

of island spices <strong>in</strong> traditional dishes.<br />

Ana’s on the Beach<br />

Dickenson Bay, St. John’s<br />

Set aga<strong>in</strong>st the romantic shorel<strong>in</strong>e<br />

of Dickenson Bay, with<strong>in</strong> these p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

doors lie an delightful elegance that<br />

explores art, from its <strong>in</strong>tegrated art<br />

gallery and <strong>in</strong>tricate décor to its<br />

luscious Mediterranean menu. With<br />

numerous events to enterta<strong>in</strong> guests<br />

whilst they enjoy and sip their cocktails<br />

and s<strong>in</strong>k their teeth <strong>in</strong>to the unique and<br />

sophisticated taste of Ana’s, this is an<br />

d<strong>in</strong><strong>in</strong>g experience that will have you<br />

return<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Trappas<br />

Dockyard Drive, English Harbour<br />

Come for the food, stay for the homely<br />

ambience. This restaurant takes<br />

<strong>in</strong>ternational cuis<strong>in</strong>e and adds the<br />

flavour of the island <strong>in</strong> a relaxed, all the<br />

while mak<strong>in</strong>g you feel just like family.<br />

Laugh as loud as you want and feel<br />

as carefree as you wish as you chomp<br />

down on a juicy entrée or sip a lipsmack<strong>in</strong>g<br />

cocktail. Enjoy their espresso<br />

or selection of w<strong>in</strong>es and beers and<br />

let the “no-care-<strong>in</strong>-the-world” feel<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>vade all your senses.<br />

Carmichael’s<br />

Valley Road, St. Mary’s<br />

Overlook<strong>in</strong>g the impressive Jolly<br />

Harbour, this restaurant provides an<br />

<strong>in</strong>timate ambience adjacent its strik<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>f<strong>in</strong>ity pool. Us<strong>in</strong>g only the freshest<br />

produce from local farmers and<br />

fishermen, this restaurant serves up a<br />

remarkable menu that will br<strong>in</strong>g out the<br />

romantic <strong>in</strong> you.<br />

C & C W<strong>in</strong>ehouse<br />

Redcliffe Quay, St. John’s<br />

Provid<strong>in</strong>g an amaz<strong>in</strong>g collection of<br />

South African w<strong>in</strong>es, this bistro <strong>in</strong><br />

the middle of Redcliffe Quay offers<br />

a friendly ambience with great food.<br />

Offer<strong>in</strong>g an <strong>in</strong>ternational menu<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g everyth<strong>in</strong>g from succulent<br />

escargot to creamy Alfredo, you’ll<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d yourself laugh<strong>in</strong>g your cares away<br />

as the warmness of the meal and<br />

smoothness of the w<strong>in</strong>e relaxes you.<br />

Hemm<strong>in</strong>gway’s<br />

Caribbean Restaurant & Cafe<br />

St. Mary’s St., St. John’s<br />

Located <strong>in</strong> one of the colonial build<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

of St. Johns, Hemm<strong>in</strong>gway’s overlooks<br />

the bustl<strong>in</strong>g city, offer<strong>in</strong>g an escape<br />

of sorts and a bird’s eye view. Enjoy<br />

an extraord<strong>in</strong>ary Caribbean menu as<br />

you exchange conversation and watch<br />

island life unfold before you.<br />

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DINING<br />

TASTE ANTIGUA<br />

Photos by Zahra Airall<br />

Is your palette as large as your appetite for romance<br />

and adventure? Does your vacation to-do list <strong>in</strong>volve<br />

a carefully selected list of restaurants to visit? Are<br />

you a vacationer who seeks out unique flavours and<br />

loves try<strong>in</strong>g the cuis<strong>in</strong>e of the country? How about<br />

detour<strong>in</strong>g from the usual restaurant experience and<br />

really “tast<strong>in</strong>g” <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong>?<br />

Get ready for a real submersion <strong>in</strong> island life when<br />

you truly taste <strong>Antigua</strong>. We’re talk<strong>in</strong>g about the<br />

roadside cuis<strong>in</strong>e, where you can m<strong>in</strong>gle with<br />

islanders while s<strong>in</strong>k<strong>in</strong>g your teeth <strong>in</strong> true island<br />

tast<strong>in</strong>ess. From Rasta prepared vegetarian delights<br />

to chef touched lobster thermidor and a wide variety<br />

of barbeque and jerk, each with their unique fusion<br />

of flavours, the only th<strong>in</strong>g you have to worry about is<br />

f<strong>in</strong>d<strong>in</strong>g enough room to sample as much of the<br />

island as you can!<br />

Pull up a chair, or get your food to go. Sample<br />

local dishes such as the coconut-sweet potatoe<br />

dumpl<strong>in</strong>g called ducana; the cornmeal based dish<br />

called fungi (pronounced fun-gee); grab a bowl of<br />

delish pepperpot (a fusion of local vegetables<br />

served with or without pork); try the grilled shellfish<br />

or snapper. And while you’re at it, <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> lively<br />

conversation with the colourful personalities<br />

around you.<br />

If you’re someone who prefers the healthy<br />

options <strong>in</strong> life, there are locally made products that<br />

will certa<strong>in</strong>ly entice you. Did you know that <strong>Antigua</strong>’s<br />

honey is one of the healthiest forms of honey? Pure<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>n Honey (one of the producers of local<br />

honey) comes to you heavily laden with all the<br />

essential elements which make honey a remarkable<br />

food. Honey <strong>in</strong> its purest form is the healthiest<br />

option as it conta<strong>in</strong>s enzymes, propolis, fiber,<br />

vitam<strong>in</strong>s and m<strong>in</strong>erals; everyth<strong>in</strong>g you need to start<br />

your day right. In addition because Pure <strong>Antigua</strong>n<br />

Honey is essentially raw honey, it conta<strong>in</strong>s a very low<br />

moisture and very high antioxidant content; thus, like<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e w<strong>in</strong>e, the longer it stays, the richer it gets.<br />

And for the tea lovers, you can purchase local<br />

teas ready for brew<strong>in</strong>g. There is a range of teas from<br />

the delicious lemongrass to the mor<strong>in</strong>ga. In fact, did<br />

you know that brew<strong>in</strong>g the tree of life (mor<strong>in</strong>ga) is<br />

high <strong>in</strong> iron, prote<strong>in</strong> and fibre content and is great for<br />

persons who battle asthma, cancer, anaemia,<br />

arthritis, rheumatism, constipation, diabetes,<br />

diarrhea, epilepsy, heart problems, high blood<br />

pressure, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, and<br />

bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic <strong>in</strong>fections?<br />

For the beer and rum connoisseurs, you def<strong>in</strong>itely<br />

cannot leave the island without try<strong>in</strong>g our locally<br />

brewed Cavellier Rum English Harbour Rum and the<br />

Wadadli beer – regular and gold!<br />

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DINING<br />

TASTE ANTIGUA:<br />

Breakfast on the Corner<br />

Rise and sh<strong>in</strong>e with Scotty! Located <strong>in</strong><br />

Gray’s Farm, adjacent the K<strong>in</strong>g George<br />

V play<strong>in</strong>g field, you can <strong>in</strong>dulge <strong>in</strong> local<br />

breakfast specials, freshly baked bread,<br />

and brewed local teas and fruit dr<strong>in</strong>ks.<br />

For more <strong>in</strong>formation or directions, you<br />

can call 268 775 0398<br />

Ilan Chefs<br />

Get ready for a lunch time treat with<br />

these island chefs. Specialis<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> local<br />

treats, patrons enjoy a variety of dishes,<br />

rang<strong>in</strong>g from traditional ducana and<br />

saltfish to modern dishes like lasagne<br />

with an <strong>Antigua</strong>n flare. You can also<br />

enjoy local fruit dr<strong>in</strong>ks with your meal.<br />

For further <strong>in</strong>formation call (268) 734<br />

4874.<br />

Afro Sushi Delivery & Cater<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Afro Sushi Delivery & Cater<strong>in</strong>g offers<br />

f<strong>in</strong>e quality sushi rolls with an Afro twist<br />

to it! The avant-garde, yet traditional<br />

take on sushi sees their signature<br />

roll, the Afro, garnered with roasted<br />

chicken. They offer shrimp, tuna,<br />

salmon, and crabstick rolls as well. For<br />

those of you who don’t eat meat, we<br />

have the vegetarian-friendly Veggie<br />

roll and the Guava for vegans. Afro<br />

Sushi has a unique Friday and weekend<br />

delivery service. Just be sure to place<br />

your orders by Wednesday. Check<br />

out “Afro Sushi Delivery & Cater<strong>in</strong>g”<br />

on Facebook (www.facebook.com/<br />

AfroSushiAnu) or give them a call, text<br />

or WhatsApp them at 720 2229 or 789<br />

0770.<br />

Honey Cutters<br />

Indulged <strong>in</strong> a little late night island<br />

life? Starv<strong>in</strong>g? No worries, Honey<br />

Cutters provides patrons with two<br />

locations (Contry Pond and Nevis St)<br />

with convenient hours for the late night<br />

partiers and snackers. Enjoy a range of<br />

grilled delights with his special sauce.<br />

Marie’s<br />

If you’re stay<strong>in</strong>g on the southern side<br />

of the island, or driv<strong>in</strong>g there for a little<br />

island tour, be sure to stop <strong>in</strong> by Marie’s<br />

<strong>in</strong> Urnl<strong>in</strong>gs on a Friday or a Saturday.<br />

This is where you can get some mouthwater<strong>in</strong>g<br />

black pudd<strong>in</strong>g and maw – a<br />

favourite amongst island people. Try<br />

her fried fish, conchs water and goat<br />

water too. For more <strong>in</strong>formation call<br />

268 4620 8014.<br />

Mama Lolly’s<br />

Serv<strong>in</strong>g up scrumptious vegetarian<br />

dishes, this mother-daughter team will<br />

delight your palate. You need to try<br />

the stir-fry tofu mar<strong>in</strong>ated <strong>in</strong> tamar<strong>in</strong>d<br />

sauce! They also offer free delivery<br />

with<strong>in</strong> St. John’s. For menus and more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation call 268 734 3358.<br />

One Stone Ital Shack<br />

Try <strong>in</strong>terest<strong>in</strong>g and flavour-explosive<br />

vegan meals from the Rastafari<br />

community. Located on Independence<br />

Drive, just opposite the Country Pond,<br />

these chefs of the land will serve up hot<br />

lunches prepared on traditional coal<br />

pots. You’re <strong>in</strong> for a serious blend of<br />

season<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

Sibley’s Fresh Fish Outlet<br />

The weekends just got a little more<br />

delicious. Located just off Old Parham<br />

Road Thursdays through Saturdays<br />

is Chef Sibley grill<strong>in</strong>g up the ultimate<br />

surf and turf options with scrumptious<br />

sides. Enjoy fresh fish prepared your<br />

way and try the scrumptious lobster<br />

thermidor. Taste his barbecue with<br />

his one of a k<strong>in</strong>d sauce. For more<br />

<strong>in</strong>formation call 268 736 1500.<br />

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DINING<br />

SO, HOW IS YOUR ANTIGUAN<br />

CREOLE (CALLED “DIALECT”)?<br />

Here’s a crash course on some of words<br />

you may here on a typical <strong>Antigua</strong>n<br />

market morn<strong>in</strong>g:<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>n Word(s) ....Mean<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Look Ya! .................Look here<br />

Me hab ..................I have<br />

Saltfish ...................Codfish<br />

Badm<strong>in</strong>d(ed) .........Selfish/envious<br />

Bex .........................Vex<br />

Cooda ....................Could’ve<br />

Ah foo me .............It’s m<strong>in</strong>e<br />

Disgust<strong>in</strong>g ............Troublesome/<br />

demand<strong>in</strong>g<br />

Dis ..........................This<br />

Dutty .....................Dirty<br />

Fus ..........................First<br />

Koo Ya! ..................No one is impressed<br />

by your actions/words<br />

Lakka ......................Like<br />

Lef ..........................Leave<br />

Lib ..........................Live<br />

Mooma ..................mother<br />

Nyam .....................Eat<br />

Tarl ........................At all<br />

Um ..........................It<br />

Wha ........................What<br />

Me nar tek um .......I’m not tak<strong>in</strong>g that!<br />

Ah wha do he? ......What is wrong?<br />

Come nuh Jack! ...Come on<br />

Ah who he? ...........Who is he?<br />

Now while you’re practic<strong>in</strong>g some of your <strong>Antigua</strong>n “Dialect”, you may realise that<br />

you hear the name “Jack” be<strong>in</strong>g called quite frequently. Who is Jack? For <strong>Antigua</strong>ns,<br />

“Jack” could be anyone. Should you be called “Jack”, consider it a good sign – you’ve<br />

made it <strong>in</strong>to the <strong>Antigua</strong>n Culture … okay, Jack!<br />

If you enjoyed that, here are a few <strong>Antigua</strong>n proverbs that you may also like:<br />

Fisherman never say ‘e fish t<strong>in</strong>k (fishermen never say their fish is st<strong>in</strong>k) – It’s human<br />

nature not to condemn one’s own<br />

Pot a tell kettle ‘e black (the pot is tell<strong>in</strong>g the kettle it is black) – One person is<br />

ridicul<strong>in</strong>g or scold<strong>in</strong>g someone for do<strong>in</strong>g more or less the exact same th<strong>in</strong>g (be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

hypocritical)<br />

When yuh neighbour house pon fyah, wet foo you (when your neighbour’s house is<br />

on fire, wet yours) – If you see someth<strong>in</strong>g happen<strong>in</strong>g to your neighbour or someone<br />

else, take precautions to avoid the predicament.<br />

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DINING<br />

TO MARKET, TO MARKET WE GO<br />

FRESH, JUICY, ORGANIC AND TASTY!<br />

Walk right <strong>in</strong>to island life with a visit to the local Market. A<br />

kaleidoscope of fruits, vegetables and colourful characters<br />

await you. The bustle of women, traditionally clad <strong>in</strong> layers<br />

of “market” clothes, fills the arena as their chatter filters<br />

through the air <strong>in</strong>vit<strong>in</strong>g you to purchase freshly picked sp<strong>in</strong>ach,<br />

tomatoes, squash and so much more. And don’t forget the<br />

gossip! Yes, this is the place to fully submerge <strong>in</strong> local culture,<br />

from syntax to behaviour.<br />

You may be able to get freshly roasted corn, turned right<br />

there on a traditional coal pot (earthenware stove). And this is<br />

the beauty of a visit to the market – you get an experience that<br />

cannot be had <strong>in</strong> a hotel. Well, that is, if you’re look<strong>in</strong>g for real<br />

island life with all its delightful nuances.<br />

This is the perfect place to sample local “made <strong>in</strong><br />

grandma’s kitchen” cuis<strong>in</strong>e. Try a variety of pickled fruits and<br />

vegetables. Let the sweetness of homemade tamar<strong>in</strong>d or<br />

raspberry stew coat your tongue. Try the many hot sauces, all<br />

with different secret recipes passed on through generations.<br />

Yes, the market is the place you get the real <strong>Antigua</strong>n treats.<br />

Let the residents, the marketwomen and the market-goers<br />

fill you <strong>in</strong> on the best fruits and vegetables. See if you can get a<br />

recipe or two! And don’t forget to get your fill of <strong>Antigua</strong>n<br />

banter and gossip with our colourful twangs and local creole.<br />

THIS IS THE PLACE TO FULLY<br />

SUBMERGE IN LOCAL CULTURE,<br />

FROM SYNTAX TO BEHAVIOUR.<br />

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Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

AFTER SUNSET<br />

WHY ANTIGUA IS IN THE TOP<br />

RUNNING FOR NUMBER ONE<br />

NIGHT LIFE DESTINATION<br />

That’s right. [At the time of pr<strong>in</strong>t] USA Today 10 Best<br />

site (10best.com) was ask<strong>in</strong>g its viewers to vote for<br />

the top Caribbean Nightlife Dest<strong>in</strong>ation. In the top<br />

three, I’d say <strong>Antigua</strong> has a pretty good chance of<br />

cupp<strong>in</strong>g the top spot by the end of the vot<strong>in</strong>g spell.<br />

Why? There’s always someth<strong>in</strong>g to do and the<br />

beach is really just the beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g. What’s your fancy?<br />

From the very polished to the extremely laid back,<br />

there is someth<strong>in</strong>g at night happen<strong>in</strong>g on and off the<br />

resorts.<br />

Are you a resort person? You prefer the all<strong>in</strong>clusive<br />

experience? This is exactly what the hotels<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong> will offer you – options for<br />

your buck. At night the hotels come alive offer<strong>in</strong>g<br />

enterta<strong>in</strong>ment for the family and just for the adults.<br />

Dance the night away with local bands who take you<br />

through a range of beats and era, from 80s rock to<br />

today’s latest soca tunes. Jam to the dynamic beats<br />

of the steel pan and jo<strong>in</strong> your limbo or fire dancer <strong>in</strong><br />

awesome rout<strong>in</strong>es. Attend the on-site clubs and<br />

move your feet until the early morn.<br />

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AFTER SUNSET<br />

Photo: Randy Thomas<br />

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AFTER SUNSET<br />

Photo: Ted Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

Photo: Johnathan Murphy<br />

But if you really want to dive <strong>in</strong>to life <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong>,<br />

you may just want to step off your resort and enjoy<br />

the nightlife that happens. Why not try a little bar<br />

crawl or pub-hopp<strong>in</strong>g while you’re on the island?<br />

Start <strong>in</strong> town at the Drunken Skunk or Last Call, and<br />

make your way out to Jolly Harbour and then end up<br />

<strong>in</strong> English Harbour. The sports bars are packed on<br />

game nights but otherwise will keep you jump<strong>in</strong>g<br />

with lively conversation, the hottest local deejays<br />

and of course the dr<strong>in</strong>ks! Enjoy beers from around<br />

the world, <strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g the <strong>Antigua</strong>n Wadadli. Or put<br />

our local mixologists to the test as they whip up your<br />

favourite cocktails and dare you to try one of their<br />

own.<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>ns are known for their <strong>in</strong>nate ability to<br />

party non-stop, so if you th<strong>in</strong>k you can outparty an<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>n, why not make it to a local nightclub and<br />

see if you can stay on the dance floor until morn<strong>in</strong>g?<br />

Listen out, because we have excit<strong>in</strong>g concerts<br />

that will keep you danc<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong>to the wee hours. While<br />

most of these concerts feature top local artists we’ve<br />

been known to headl<strong>in</strong>e with <strong>in</strong>ternational legends<br />

rang<strong>in</strong>g from Soca artise Machel Montano to Reggae<br />

Legends Third World.<br />

How’s your luck with the dice? If you love tak<strong>in</strong>g a<br />

gamble on life, the cas<strong>in</strong>os have the excitement<br />

you’re look<strong>in</strong>g for. With many cas<strong>in</strong>os around the<br />

island, open day and night, you can roll your dice of<br />

fortune and even take <strong>in</strong> a live show. How’s your<br />

voice? When you’re ready to take a break and restrategize,<br />

try the karaoke at the cas<strong>in</strong>o – most have<br />

designated enterta<strong>in</strong>ment nights which play along<br />

the slot mach<strong>in</strong>es and tables.<br />

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REAL ESTATE<br />

Photo: Tamar<strong>in</strong>d Hills<br />

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REAL ESTATE<br />

Photo: Tamar<strong>in</strong>d Hills<br />

YOUR OWN LIFE IN ANTIGUA<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> has long provided elegant Real Estate<br />

opportunities for <strong>in</strong>dividuals purchas<strong>in</strong>g second<br />

homes. The Mill Reef Club, established <strong>in</strong> the 1940’s,<br />

has been the longest last<strong>in</strong>g real estate<br />

development of its k<strong>in</strong>d <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> with its 56<br />

residences, boutique hotel and golf club. It<br />

cont<strong>in</strong>ues to br<strong>in</strong>g and <strong>in</strong>troduce many <strong>in</strong>dividuals as<br />

to luxury vacation homes with privacy blend nicely of<br />

course with the <strong>Antigua</strong>n lifestyle. The <strong>Antigua</strong>n<br />

Government has seen the value of this relationship<br />

and has <strong>in</strong>centivised this concept <strong>in</strong> order to boost<br />

these types of developments by establish<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

Citizen Investment Programme <strong>in</strong> 2013.<br />

The Citizen Investment Programme (CIP) allows<br />

the qualified purchaser and their family to ga<strong>in</strong><br />

citizenship <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>Barbuda</strong>. The CIP allows a<br />

<strong>in</strong>dividual who purchases a property with the<br />

m<strong>in</strong>imum value of US $400,000 <strong>in</strong> a designated<br />

resort zone an accelerated pathway to citizenship. Of<br />

course this is subject to str<strong>in</strong>gent application<br />

procedures that <strong>in</strong>cludes a thorough background<br />

check.<br />

Photo: Jonathan Murphy<br />

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REAL ESTATE<br />

WHETHER YOU ARE LOOKING<br />

TO PURCHASE SOMETHING<br />

ALREADY EXISTING OR BUILD<br />

SOMETHING FROM THE<br />

GROUND UP WITH<br />

SPECTACULAR SEA VIEWS ON<br />

HILL SIDES OR JUST TO BE<br />

CLOSE TO THE BEACH,<br />

ANTIGUA OFFERS YOU THIS<br />

AND EVERYTHING IN<br />

BETWEEN.<br />

Work<strong>in</strong>g with architects and/or estate agents<br />

from the <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong> Association of<br />

Realtors is a great way to start to f<strong>in</strong>d your own<br />

piece of Wadadli. Just remember, purchas<strong>in</strong>g your<br />

Photo: Ted Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

dream vacation and/or permanent home <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Caribbean has never been easier.<br />

PROPERTY ACQUISTION<br />

CONSIDERATIONS<br />

1. For non-citizens a license is required to purchase<br />

property. The cost is 5% of the value of the property.<br />

2. On vacant land, build<strong>in</strong>g must be completed <strong>in</strong> compliance<br />

with the non-citizen’s license terms.<br />

3. Government transfer fees to the buyer, 2.5% and to the<br />

seller, 7.5%.<br />

4. Property taxes/rates are based on rental value and are<br />

reasonably set.<br />

5. Most property is fee simple or freehold. Leaseholds are<br />

rare and usually held by the Crown.<br />

6. Legal cost 1% to 2% depend<strong>in</strong>g on the value of the<br />

transaction.<br />

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REAL ESTATE<br />

Photo: Just<strong>in</strong> Peters<br />

7. There is no title <strong>in</strong>surance. Properties are registered at<br />

the Land Registry.<br />

8. Real estate commissions are from 5% to 7%.<br />

9. The property management fee is usually 10%. Rental<br />

commissions 8.33%.<br />

10. Withhold<strong>in</strong>g taxes are 25% of net rental <strong>in</strong>come for<br />

non-residents.<br />

11. Insurance coverage is approximately 1.4% of <strong>in</strong>sured risk;<br />

deductible of 2% <strong>in</strong>cludes earthquakes and named<br />

storms.<br />

12. Bank f<strong>in</strong>anc<strong>in</strong>g is available but <strong>in</strong>terest rates are high by<br />

world standards.<br />

13. Most houses are serviced by septic tank. Water cisterns are<br />

required.<br />

14. Most properties are fully serviced with electricity, water,<br />

cable television, telephone and <strong>in</strong>ternet.<br />

15. The <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong> Investment Authority offers<br />

attractive fiscal <strong>in</strong>centives to developers.<br />

16. Permanent residency and other residency programmes are<br />

available. New residency programmes are be<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>troduced to attract <strong>in</strong>vestment. Inquire of your lawyer or<br />

estate agent about these.<br />

17. <strong>Antigua</strong>’s new Citizenship Investment Programme applies<br />

to specifically identified real estate products.<br />

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CARNIVAL<br />

Photo: Ted Mart<strong>in</strong><br />

Photo: Laura Hall<br />

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Photo:Randy Candy<br />

Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

IT’S CARNIVAL BABY!<br />

Get ready for the greatest summer festival known<br />

to the Caribbean. If you’re look<strong>in</strong>g for a party<br />

that never stops, welcome to <strong>Antigua</strong>’s Carnival!<br />

Beg<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g the last week <strong>in</strong> July, until the first<br />

Tuesday <strong>in</strong> August, it is a non-stop barrage of fun,<br />

fet<strong>in</strong>g and enterta<strong>in</strong>ment. Carnival City comes<br />

alive every night with different shows – from the<br />

teenage pageant, to legendary battles between the<br />

social giants and the calypso superstars. Listen to a<br />

serious selection of pan, as community orchestras<br />

compete for bragg<strong>in</strong>g rights. Then prepare to<br />

dance <strong>in</strong>to the early morn with the annual j’ouvert<br />

jam throughout town. But it doesn’t stop there.<br />

Enjoy two days of parades and music <strong>in</strong> the streets<br />

when costumes revellers and mas players party<br />

throughout town.<br />

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CARNIVAL<br />

CARNIVAL CITY COMES ALIVE EVERY NIGHT WITH DIFFERENT SHOWS –<br />

FROM THE TEENAGE PAGEANT, TO LEGENDARY BATTLES BETWEEN THE<br />

SOCIAL GIANTS AND THE CALYPSO SUPERSTARS.<br />

But don’t just watch from the side-l<strong>in</strong>e – jo<strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>in</strong>! If you’d love to be a part of the mas play<strong>in</strong>g<br />

experience this is where you belong. Mas Troupes<br />

beg<strong>in</strong> launch<strong>in</strong>g their costumes as early as March<br />

with registration to overseas partiers. In fact,<br />

once you experience mas with us, you may return<br />

every summer for the same excitement and thrill.<br />

You only have to Youtube Ia<strong>in</strong> and Sian to see<br />

how much fun they’ve had for the last few years.<br />

As Carnival hunters, they’ve made <strong>Antigua</strong> and<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> their official party central of the year and<br />

you can too!<br />

ENJOY TWO DAYS OF PARADES<br />

AND MUSIC IN THE STREETS WHEN<br />

COSTUMES REVELLERS AND MAS<br />

PLAYERS PARTY THROUGHOUT TOWN.<br />

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COMMISSIONED ART:<br />

A PRICELESS ENDEAVOUR<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g: Maria K<strong>in</strong>sella<br />

Why would one want to commission a piece of art?<br />

June Yong from thecommissioned.com op<strong>in</strong>es that<br />

there are several reasons. It makes it personal. You<br />

get exactly what you want. It becomes a mean<strong>in</strong>gful<br />

work of art likely to be passed down for generations.<br />

F<strong>in</strong>ally, it is fun and perhaps a little decadent. 1 Isn't<br />

this why you came to <strong>Antigua</strong> <strong>in</strong> the first place — to<br />

have fun and be a little decadent?<br />

Mak<strong>in</strong>g art personal is key for not only the work’s<br />

commissioner of the work of art but also the artist.<br />

Accord<strong>in</strong>g to D<strong>in</strong>a de Brozzi, artist and owner of<br />

Workshop Studio Art Gallery, 'creat<strong>in</strong>g a long term<br />

relationship with the artist allows the artist to be an<br />

‘artist’ and br<strong>in</strong>g out your qualities as they see it.‘ So<br />

first th<strong>in</strong>gs first, she suggests to discover an artist<br />

whose style appeals to you because, 'a lot of the<br />

artist’s personality goes <strong>in</strong>to the feel of the portrait.’<br />

De Brozzi further rem<strong>in</strong>ds us, ‘oil pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs will be<br />

around for a long time and will hopefully be passed<br />

down through the generations. Gett<strong>in</strong>g the right<br />

artist may take time. But, you will get exactly what<br />

you want.’<br />

A brilliant example of how you can make<br />

someth<strong>in</strong>g personal and mean<strong>in</strong>gful dur<strong>in</strong>g your<br />

short stay <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> is take your favourite wedd<strong>in</strong>g<br />

photo and have it put to canvas. The beauty of<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> is that you do not have to stop with just<br />

scenes on canvas. Sculptures, carv<strong>in</strong>gs and pottery<br />

can be commissioned too.<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> has a surpris<strong>in</strong>gly large number of<br />

outstand<strong>in</strong>g artists for an island its size, so whilst on<br />

island, look through the follow<strong>in</strong>g pages and get <strong>in</strong><br />

contact with some of them or make it a priority to<br />

visit their galleries. Then, that cherished photo can<br />

be turned <strong>in</strong>to a true work of art, or, better yet, a<br />

reason to return to <strong>Antigua</strong> on your next holiday to<br />

pose. You have to admit this is a little decadent …<br />

but you deserve it.<br />

1. Yong, June. "Why You Should Commission Art Instead of Buy<strong>in</strong>g<br />

It." Web log post. Blog. N.p., 15 Sept. 2015. Web. 04 Nov. 2015.<br />

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ART<br />

ARTS & ARTISTS<br />

DINA BROZZI GOODENOUGH, Tel. 764 5594, was<br />

born <strong>in</strong> Italy and started pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> oil at the age of<br />

ten prior to attend<strong>in</strong>g art schools <strong>in</strong> Bologna, Paris<br />

and Florence. She has been very happily liv<strong>in</strong>g here<br />

<strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> s<strong>in</strong>ce 1999 with her husband Architect<br />

Andrew Goodenough. While work<strong>in</strong>g as much as<br />

possible from life, whether it be children, women,<br />

Caribbean people or dogs, she firmly believes <strong>in</strong><br />

developp<strong>in</strong>g good friendships with her models. Her<br />

latest portrait “Serene Joy” is a beautiful testimony<br />

of these soul search<strong>in</strong>g spiritual journeys and of the<br />

wonderful attitude of the <strong>Antigua</strong>n people. Her work<br />

can be viewed at Harmony Hall and at her Studio/<br />

Gallery “The Workshop” <strong>in</strong> Falmouth, English<br />

Harbour.<br />

DEBORAH ECKERT, Tel: 723 3007, has a passion for<br />

people and has spent several years pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g awardw<strong>in</strong>n<strong>in</strong>g<br />

portraits. Her other favourite subject is<br />

nature and particularly landscapes. However,<br />

recently she has begun explor<strong>in</strong>g abstract pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

In addition, Debbie creates sculpture from found<br />

objects and wall hang<strong>in</strong>gs from glittery fabrics called<br />

lum<strong>in</strong>ous landscapes. Her work can be viewed at Art<br />

at the Ridge galleries.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g: Katie McConnachie<br />

JAN FARARA, Tel: 764 8803, Jan’s murals grace<br />

many hotels and restaurants on the island. Her large<br />

colourful canvases are much <strong>in</strong> demand <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong><br />

and around the world. The subject matter is always<br />

the Caribbean, becom<strong>in</strong>g sometimes more,<br />

sometimes less abstract, but always captur<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

feel<strong>in</strong>g of the islands. Jan gives visitors a warm<br />

welcome to her gallery/studio <strong>in</strong> Buckleys.<br />

JILL FULLER, Tel: 725 5455, Jill moves between<br />

media, us<strong>in</strong>g photography as a tool whether she is<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g, sculpt<strong>in</strong>g, work<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> ceramics or mak<strong>in</strong>g<br />

collages. Her work reflects her love of the Caribbean<br />

and is often featured <strong>in</strong> magaz<strong>in</strong>es, catalogues and<br />

brochures.<br />

GILLY GOBINET, Tel: 464 6084, is best known for her<br />

vibrant watercolours, true reflections of <strong>Antigua</strong> and<br />

the Caribbean. She uses her wide range of styles,<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g cartoons, to illustrate her very popular<br />

Cool Caribbean book series. Orig<strong>in</strong>al pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong><br />

watercolour, oil, acrylic, and pen and <strong>in</strong>k are available<br />

directly from the artist at her studio or Fig Tree<br />

Studio Art and Sandals Art galleries. www.<br />

gillygob<strong>in</strong>et.com.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g: D<strong>in</strong>a DeBrozzi<br />

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ART<br />

NAYDENE GONNELLA, Tel: 720 2423, is best known<br />

for her encaustic and mixed media pieces of<br />

doorways, pelicans and plam trees. Her unique use<br />

of colours gives tremendous visual energy,<br />

particularly <strong>in</strong> her new abstract compositions. Her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs can be viewed at Harmony Hall, Rhythm of<br />

Blue, Art at the Ridge as well as at her studio <strong>in</strong> Jolly<br />

Harbour.<br />

SALLIE HARKER, Tel: 460 1234, produces a range of<br />

oil and watercolour pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs which are <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

the <strong>Antigua</strong>n coastl<strong>in</strong>e and the bird and mar<strong>in</strong>e life<br />

of the islands. Her orig<strong>in</strong>als are highly collectible and<br />

she also offers a wide range of affordable pr<strong>in</strong>ts. Her<br />

pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, along with the pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs of other well<br />

known island artists, are available at the popular Fig<br />

Tree Studio Art Gallery.<br />

MARIE KINSELLA, Tel: 770 4248/561 1752,<br />

Marie’s new medium <strong>in</strong> art is handpa<strong>in</strong>ted silk<br />

designs, affixed to a handpa<strong>in</strong>ted canvas<br />

background, creat<strong>in</strong>g silk relief pictures of life <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Antigua</strong>. She was <strong>in</strong>spired with a need to br<strong>in</strong>g the<br />

true vibrancy of the Caribbean <strong>in</strong> to a 3D<br />

perspective.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g: Deborah Eckert<br />

GABRIELA LUERY, Tel: 727 3239, attended art<br />

classes <strong>in</strong> Salzburg, Austria, and at McGill University<br />

<strong>in</strong> Canada. Hav<strong>in</strong>g lived <strong>in</strong> Europe, Africa and<br />

Canada, she landed and built a life <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> more<br />

than 25 years ago. Not be<strong>in</strong>g bound to one style or<br />

one medium, she experiments with many different<br />

media and subjects. Many of her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs are<br />

exhibited at Yeptons Estate Cottages and Art at the<br />

Ridge.<br />

KATIE MCCONNACHIE, Tel: 460 1417, began her<br />

artistic career pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g special effects for Hanna<br />

Barbera Productions before mov<strong>in</strong>g here. Katie loves<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g with prismacolor pencils and acrylic pa<strong>in</strong>ts.<br />

Her subject matter spans from her pet portraits of<br />

birds, cats, dogs, etc. to native island and<br />

underwater wildlife.<br />

JENNIFER MERANTO’s, Tel: 764 8035, work hangs <strong>in</strong><br />

public and private spaces worldwide. Her series of<br />

hand-pa<strong>in</strong>ted photos of the Caribbean islands are<br />

collected by both tourists and island nationals and<br />

can be seen at f<strong>in</strong>er gift shops and galleries,<br />

published under the name Yellowboat. She<br />

welcomes serious buyers to her artist’s hideaway <strong>in</strong><br />

Turtle Bay. Please phone for appo<strong>in</strong>tment and<br />

directions.<br />

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ART<br />

STEPHEN MURPHY, Tel: 562 7662, was born <strong>in</strong><br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> and started explor<strong>in</strong>g his passion for<br />

watercolours <strong>in</strong> the early 90s. Famous for his<br />

Streetcar pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs <strong>in</strong> Toronto, Murphy’s wonky,<br />

whimsical style has captured landscapes across the<br />

globe. Stephen’s work can be viewed at Zemi Art<br />

Gallery <strong>in</strong> Redcliffe Quay.<br />

NANCY OFFERMANS, Tel: 464 9777, is <strong>in</strong>spired by<br />

the beauty of <strong>Antigua</strong> – its breathtak<strong>in</strong>g beaches,<br />

landscapes and moonlit nights. Her work can be<br />

seen <strong>in</strong> prom<strong>in</strong>ent bus<strong>in</strong>ess places and private<br />

homes. She uses watercolours, acrylics and pastels,<br />

but her favourite medium is oils. Nancy has the<br />

ability to make the viewer feel they could step <strong>in</strong>to<br />

her pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

LYRIS TRACEY, Tel: 725 8561, draws on the<br />

Caribbean’s rich heritage of colourful folklore and<br />

carnival when creat<strong>in</strong>g her vibrant pieces. Well<br />

known for pa<strong>in</strong>ted fabrics, her work on found objects<br />

like ‘Dhole Drummer’ and ‘Date Palm Fish’ show her<br />

versatility and range. Lyris’s unique art, gifts, fan<br />

coral and leather jewellery are available at Art At the<br />

Ridge, Sugar Ridge or by appo<strong>in</strong>tment at her studio<br />

<strong>in</strong> McK<strong>in</strong>nons.<br />

POTTERY<br />

Pottery shards <strong>in</strong> our museum date back to the<br />

Amer<strong>in</strong>dians, so it is hardly surpris<strong>in</strong>g that the craft<br />

of pottery mak<strong>in</strong>g <strong>in</strong> <strong>Antigua</strong> still flourishes. Different<br />

local clays from various parts of the island are<br />

lov<strong>in</strong>gly hand formed and open pit-fired by several<br />

potters.<br />

CEDARS POTTERY, Tel: 460 5293, is the creative<br />

venture of <strong>Antigua</strong>n born Michael Hunt and his wife<br />

Imogen Margrie. Commercially they are develop<strong>in</strong>g<br />

a range of wall light sconces and an evolv<strong>in</strong>g group<br />

of eclectic gift items, whilst also creat<strong>in</strong>g a grow<strong>in</strong>g<br />

portfolio of substantial sculptural commissions <strong>in</strong><br />

such materials as wood and stone.<br />

KIM DERRICK, Tel: 560 4043, An ex-Chelsea potter<br />

has her studio <strong>in</strong> the garden at Hodges Bay on the<br />

ma<strong>in</strong> road, where she lives. The theme of her pottery<br />

and pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs features fruit, flowers and tropical<br />

trees <strong>in</strong> all their vibrant colours.<br />

SARAH FULLER, Tel: 562 1264, has been express<strong>in</strong>g<br />

<strong>in</strong>novative vision through pottery s<strong>in</strong>ce 1985, us<strong>in</strong>g<br />

natural clays of <strong>Antigua</strong> and <strong>in</strong>spired by the colours<br />

and light of her surround<strong>in</strong>gs. The Pottery Studio is a<br />

must-see on your visit to <strong>Antigua</strong>. All works of art are<br />

100% natural and <strong>Antigua</strong>n.<br />

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Sculpture: Michael Hunt<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g by Gabie Luery<br />

Sculpture: Michael Hunt<br />

NANCY NICHOLSON, Tel: 460 1614/770 7888,<br />

Nancy’s pottery is a vibrant expression of her k<strong>in</strong>ship<br />

with the sea. She playfully refers to her pieces as<br />

‘mermaid ware’. Made with locally dug clay, her<br />

pottery is not only functional and beautiful, it is an<br />

extension of herself, a piece of her <strong>Antigua</strong>n soul. A<br />

visit to Rhythm of Blue Art Gallery, located <strong>in</strong> English<br />

Harbour (open Dec-May) or her studio (May-Nov)<br />

also <strong>in</strong> English Harbour, is an experience not to be<br />

missed!<br />

SEA VIEW FARM VILLAGE, Tel: 463 1888, is rich with<br />

a history of traditional pottery mak<strong>in</strong>g. Previous<br />

generations, learned the art from their mothers<br />

without the aid of a potter’s wheel. Make this stop a<br />

must particularly for natural clay cook<strong>in</strong>g vessels,<br />

coal pots, plant holders and pots. A limited number<br />

of these items are sometimes available at St. John’s<br />

market.<br />

SCRIMSHAW<br />

Scrimshaw is the ancient sailor’s folk art of engrav<strong>in</strong>g<br />

or carv<strong>in</strong>g whales’ teeth and other exotic materials<br />

found on shipboard <strong>in</strong> order to make objects as gifts<br />

for loved ones, or useful articles for trade or sale<br />

among shipmates.<br />

SCRIMBONES ENGRAVING & SCULPTURAL<br />

JEWELLERY MICHAEL ‘SCRIM’ STRZALKOWSKI,<br />

Tel: 772 5275, sailed the Atlantic to the West Indies<br />

dur<strong>in</strong>g the 1975-76 yacht charter season to engage <strong>in</strong><br />

what would become his ma<strong>in</strong> occupation up to the<br />

present day. After acquir<strong>in</strong>g a few whales’ teeth <strong>in</strong> the<br />

Grenad<strong>in</strong>es he tried his hand at the old sailors’ folk art<br />

of scrimshaw and found that people readily wanted to<br />

buy the work. Over the past 40 odd years he has also<br />

sculpted jewellery pieces cast <strong>in</strong> silver and gold. Still<br />

work<strong>in</strong>g at his studio <strong>in</strong> Falmouth Harbour, St. John’s<br />

and the island of St. Barths.<br />

SCULPTURE IN WOOD<br />

Artist and sculptor CARL HENRY, Tel: 562 5386/770<br />

5780, is one of <strong>Antigua</strong>’s premiere wood sculptors with<br />

over forty years’ experience. Carl created Th<strong>in</strong>gs Local,<br />

<strong>in</strong> Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour where you can<br />

view wood carv<strong>in</strong>gs ma<strong>in</strong>ly from <strong>Antigua</strong>n mahogany,<br />

eucalyptus, almond and other hard, locally grown<br />

wood. Carved fish, turtles, masks, sailboats, warri<br />

boards, fruit bowls and other collectors’ items are but a<br />

few of what’s on offer.<br />

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ART GALLERIES<br />

ART AT THE RIDGE, Tel: 728 1558, based at Sugar<br />

Ridge Village, this art gallery and gift shop features a<br />

wide and diverse range of genu<strong>in</strong>e local art and<br />

crafts by well-known <strong>Antigua</strong>n artists and<br />

craftspeople. Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, pottery, f<strong>in</strong>e art pr<strong>in</strong>ts and<br />

cards, and gorgeous handmade crafts – great gifts,<br />

and souvenirs. Artwork is also displayed opposite at<br />

Sugar Club. They offer a full art gallery service<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g exhibitions, private commissions and<br />

view<strong>in</strong>gs.<br />

FIG TREE STUDIO ART GAL LERY, Tel: 460 1234/773<br />

4321, is situated <strong>in</strong> the heart of the ra<strong>in</strong>forest <strong>in</strong> the<br />

tropical gardens of the artist, Sallie Harker. The<br />

gallery features a selection of orig<strong>in</strong>al oil and<br />

watercolour pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. The craft section features the<br />

work of lead<strong>in</strong>g contemporary Caribbean craftsmen.<br />

Emphasis is on the use of natural materials, an<br />

appreciation for the environment and traditional<br />

skills such as carv<strong>in</strong>g and ceramics. Come and enjoy<br />

good quality orig<strong>in</strong>al works of art <strong>in</strong> a unique sett<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>g by Katie McConnachie<br />

HARMONY HALL ART GAL LERY, Tel: 460 4120,<br />

features top <strong>Antigua</strong>n and Caribbean artists and<br />

their pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, sculpture and pottery. There are<br />

exhibitions held between November and May. You<br />

can always f<strong>in</strong>d exclusive arts and crafts from all over<br />

the Caribbean.<br />

THE RHYTHM OF BLUE ART GALLERY, Tel: 770<br />

7888/562 2230, Inspired by a passionate love of the<br />

sea, this collection of orig<strong>in</strong>al art, created by<br />

selected local and regional artists gives you the<br />

opportunity to take home a slice of paradise!<br />

Rhythm of Blue is the showroom of Nancy<br />

Nicholson’s brilliant blue pottery, as well as hand<br />

crafted silver jewellery, sculpture, photography and a<br />

vibrant display of Caribbean pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs. Located on<br />

Dockyard Drive.<br />

THE WORKSHOP STUDIO ART GALLERY, Tel. 764<br />

5594, by appo<strong>in</strong>tment only. On view are some of<br />

D<strong>in</strong>a Brozzi Goodenough’s most recent pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

together with other local artists. For private visits<br />

and more <strong>in</strong>formation on The Workshop activities<br />

<strong>in</strong>clud<strong>in</strong>g Meditation classes and retreats with fully<br />

qualified teachers and Saturday night movies, please<br />

contact D<strong>in</strong>a directly by phone or by e-mail d<strong>in</strong>a@<br />

d<strong>in</strong>adebrozzi.com/ www.d<strong>in</strong>adebrozzi.com. The<br />

Workshop is located <strong>in</strong> Falmouth, English Harbour.<br />

Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

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Photo by Randy Thomas<br />

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BARBUDA<br />

Photo: <strong>Antigua</strong> & <strong>Barbuda</strong> Tourism Aurthority<br />

BEAUTIFUL BARBUDA<br />

GENERAL INFORMATION<br />

CAPITAL<br />

Codr<strong>in</strong>gton Village<br />

POPULATION<br />

1,500<br />

BARBUDA INFORMATION<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> Council, Tel: 460 0077<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> Tourism Dept., Tel: 562 7065/6<br />

COMMERCIAL BANKS<br />

AND FINANCIAL SERVICES<br />

<strong>Antigua</strong> Commercial Bank, Tel: 481 4215<br />

ELECTRICITY<br />

220 volts however 110 volts are available<br />

at some locations (check <strong>in</strong> advance)<br />

GETTING HERE<br />

Welcome to <strong>Barbuda</strong> – the warmth and<br />

s<strong>in</strong>cerity of these words touch the heart as<br />

you arrive - whether you have come by boat<br />

or plane. By boat it will take you<br />

approximately 90 m<strong>in</strong>utes or fifteen m<strong>in</strong>utes<br />

by air. Alternatively, you can get to <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

by helicopter or sailboat – whichever, the<br />

welcome is always the same!<br />

<strong>Barbuda</strong> Express,<br />

Tel: 560 7989<br />

Caribbean Helicopters, Tel: 460 5900<br />

Nicholson Yacht Charters, Tel: 460 1530<br />

SVG Air, Tel: 562 7183<br />

Remember to carry your passport as<br />

identification <strong>in</strong> order to travel to <strong>Barbuda</strong><br />

from <strong>Antigua</strong>.<br />

HOSPITAL/PHARMACY<br />

Hanna Thomas Hospital and Pharmacy,<br />

Tel: 460 0076<br />

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GETTING AROUND<br />

A ten m<strong>in</strong>ute drive from the dock or the<br />

airport is the capital, Codr<strong>in</strong>gton<br />

Village. You can either take a taxi, rent a<br />

car, or if you have organised a tour, your<br />

tour guide will pick you up from the<br />

dock or airport and take you to<br />

wherever you want to go.<br />

BICYCLE /KAYAK RENTALS<br />

Jonathon Perriera,<br />

Tel: 784 5717<br />

CAR RENTAL<br />

Andrea Christian, Tel: 775 0168<br />

L<strong>in</strong>ton Thomas, Tel: 721 2796<br />

TAXI SERVICE<br />

Dalma DeSouza, Tel: 724 2829<br />

Devon DeSouza, Tel: 771 9444<br />

Extra Taxi Service, Tel: 726 0408<br />

L<strong>in</strong>ton Thomas, Tel: 721 2796<br />

WHERE TO STAY<br />

Bernadene Deazle Tel: 721 2662<br />

The Bus Stop Guest House<br />

Codr<strong>in</strong>gton, Tel: 721 2796<br />

A ten-m<strong>in</strong>ute drive from the ferry dock<br />

and two m<strong>in</strong>utes walk <strong>in</strong>to town – a<br />

perfect example of good value for<br />

money with two comfortable, airconditioned<br />

suites and a very friendly<br />

owner, L<strong>in</strong>ton Thomas. He will ensure<br />

that your stay <strong>in</strong> <strong>Barbuda</strong> always br<strong>in</strong>gs<br />

back wonderful memories.<br />

Coco Po<strong>in</strong>t Resort<br />

Tel: 462 3816<br />

A very exclusive private hotel with 35<br />

beachfront rooms on a spectacular<br />

p<strong>in</strong>kish/white sandy beach, which is the<br />

resort’s centrepiece. There are<br />

watersports, sumptious meals with<br />

sunsets supreme, and an array of<br />

even<strong>in</strong>g stars that don’t have to<br />

compete with the lights of civilization.<br />

Open from December to the end of<br />

April.<br />

Gerald Guest House Tel: 460 0290<br />

Lighthouse Bay Resort<br />

Low Bay, Tel: 720 7559/8458<br />

A luxurious, fully appo<strong>in</strong>ted escape<br />

from the challenges of every day liv<strong>in</strong>g.<br />

Guests can expect privacy, peace and<br />

pamper<strong>in</strong>g. With breathtak<strong>in</strong>g views of<br />

the turquoise Caribbean Sea - unw<strong>in</strong>d,<br />

relax and enjoy 17 miles of prist<strong>in</strong>e p<strong>in</strong>k<br />

and white sand beach. This paradise<br />

dest<strong>in</strong>ation caters to your every<br />

pleasure.<br />

North Beach Cottages<br />

North Beach, Tel: 721 3317<br />

Several small cottages situated around<br />

a ma<strong>in</strong> pavilion and kitchen <strong>in</strong> what can<br />

only be described as the ultimate<br />

getaway – surrounded by crystal clear<br />

waters and sandy beaches <strong>in</strong> every<br />

direction. There is excellent snorkell<strong>in</strong>g,<br />

fly fish<strong>in</strong>g and all other forms of light<br />

tackle sport fish<strong>in</strong>g available. The<br />

cottages can only be accessed by boat.<br />

Island Guest House, Tel: 720 2629<br />

Palm Tree Guest House,<br />

Tel: 784 4331<br />

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Photo: Zahra Airall<br />

EATING & LIMING<br />

In Codr<strong>in</strong>gton you can f<strong>in</strong>d qua<strong>in</strong>t little<br />

restaurants, bars, outside grills and of<br />

course Burton’s General Store. Tasty<br />

homemade lunches/d<strong>in</strong>ners of fresh<br />

fish, conch, sweet potatoes, planta<strong>in</strong><br />

and peas and rice are always on offer.<br />

Ask anyone and they will direct you to<br />

the nearest restaurant, grocery shop or<br />

barbeque grill. It is completely safe to<br />

set out on foot for your even<strong>in</strong>g meal<br />

and perhaps meet up for a chat on the<br />

street corner with the locals. Cold beer<br />

at reasonable prices and good<br />

conversations can be had at all the bars<br />

<strong>in</strong> Codr<strong>in</strong>gton where there are always<br />

plenty of stories to hear. No better way<br />

to spend a relax<strong>in</strong>g even<strong>in</strong>g. There is<br />

not a lot of organised enterta<strong>in</strong>ment<br />

but check the calendar of events with<br />

the <strong>Barbuda</strong> Tourism Office.<br />

A.Js Restaurant Tel: 728 4334<br />

From the Grill<br />

Jagan Wash<strong>in</strong>gton Tel: 721 8704<br />

Outback Restaurant,<br />

Tel: 721 3280<br />

Uncle Roddy’s Restaurant,<br />

Tel: 785 3268<br />

Wanda’s Grill, Tel: 725 2571<br />

SOUVENIRS<br />

The Artcafé<br />

Just outside of Codr<strong>in</strong>gton,<br />

Tel: 460 0434<br />

Open most days except Sunday for<br />

crafts, silk pa<strong>in</strong>t<strong>in</strong>gs, hand-pa<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

t-shirts, maps and <strong>in</strong>formation. Drop by<br />

for a dr<strong>in</strong>k and chat about the island.<br />

We are not always there – might be on<br />

the beach or at the shop – but<br />

everyone <strong>in</strong> <strong>Barbuda</strong> knows where the<br />

ArtCafé is and taxi drivers will f<strong>in</strong>d us.<br />

Zabeth Handicraft Centre<br />

Codr<strong>in</strong>gton, Tel: 562 7065/6<br />

Well worth a visit. Ask for Teresa or<br />

Louise who will show you a wide range<br />

of <strong>Barbuda</strong>n made jewellery,<br />

ornaments, bags and locally pr<strong>in</strong>ted<br />

t-shirts – excellent gift ideas and<br />

mementos to take home.<br />

TOUR OPERATORS/GUIDES<br />

FISHING/DIVING/WATERSPORTS<br />

George ‘Prophet’ Burton, Tel: 788 8387<br />

Calv<strong>in</strong> Gore (Outback Tours),<br />

Tel: 721 1972<br />

L<strong>in</strong>ton Thomas, Tel: 721 2796<br />

BIRD WATCHING<br />

Calv<strong>in</strong> Gore Tel: 721 1972<br />

DAY TOUR OPERATORS<br />

Levi John Tel: 788 5378 / 779 4662<br />

George Jeffrey Tel: 788 7067<br />

Jethworth Richardson Tel: 721 7508<br />

Saloman Webber Tel: 722 8748<br />

Neil Gore Tel: 721 3280<br />

Devon & Dalma Desouza<br />

Tel: 771 9444 / 724 2829<br />

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