Expats living in Antigua and Barbuda find island life can be both energetic and relaxing

The good thing about having 365 beaches to choose from within 108 square miles…is you can always find an empty one all to yourself. Visitors to the island enjoy the peace and tranquility of the surrounding seas, but the beach is only the beginning of what Antigua and Barbuda has to offer.

Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide. And its capital, St John’s is a melting pot of architectural styles, and shops and restaurants can be found in either new complexes or beautiful brightly colored 19th century Caribbean buildings.

The fascinating little island of Barbuda—once a scavenger’s paradise because so many ships wrecked on its reefs—is now home to one of the region’s most significant bird sanctuaries. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve

The easy-going, English-speaking people who call Antigua and Barbuda home have a reputation for humor and hospitality and a no problem attitude to life. Visitors to the shore rarely want to leave and are usually planning to return even before they take off.