Flights to Antigua arrive at the V.C. Bird International Airport on the island of Antigua. If you are interested in cheap flights to Antigua, you can save money by taking advantage of vacation packages offered by many travel agencies. This is a small island airport with a few places to dine, souvenir shops, and a duty-free zone. Passenger services include a post office, ATMs and a bureau de change. There are no business or conference facilities, but nearby hotels can provide these amenities. Passengers on Antigua flights can access the Internet via Wi-Fi in the departures area after passing through the security check. Once you arrive, you can take an airport-taxi to your hotel, or to the harbor to travel to Barbuda by boat.
Renting cars in Antigua is a very expensive option. You will need to arrange the rental through your hotel or when you book your airfare to Antigua. The speed limit is extremely slow on Antigua, so car hire may not be practical for this island. Buses are the cheapest mode of travel for Antigua, whilst taxis are also pretty expensive.
You can hire a car cheaply on Barbuda with hardly any paperwork, and it may be the best option to get around this island as nothing is within walking distance. There is only one paved road on Barbuda, and traffic is light. To get between islands you can take a ferry or boat, and you can book boat tours and excursions through your hotel.
There are few historical or cultural attractions on these two islands, but you can find plenty of enjoyable activities. The city of St. John in Antigua hosts cricket games and the annual Carnival celebration, which is like Mardi Gras in New Orleans. The beautiful beaches offer many water sports, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling. The main attraction for Barbuda is its huge rare frigate bird colony. There are very few places in the world that have such colonies, so this island attracts a lot of bird watchers and nature lovers. You can also enjoy beach activities on Barbuda, take a guided tour of the sights, or visit the Art Café.
You will want to go to Antigua for shopping, and keep your ship ID or airline ticket with you so you can take advantage of the tax-free offerings on the island. The best items to buy there are fine linens, gold jewellery, tobacco products, and liquor. The Galley Boutique located in English Harbor and 1000 Flowers in St. John sells lovely clothing as well. Local dishes you will want to try are fungi, a dish similar to Italian cornmeal polenta, seafood and seasoned rice. You can get delicious lobster on Barbuda, and the confections from the bakeries are definitely worth a try. Antiguan rum and beer are very popular, and you can find bars and pubs on either island, especially in the resort areas.