Getting Around Antigua
The best way to get around Antigua is by car, preferably the friendly taxis. Having a car can save you money, especially on longer visits, but the island can be difficult to get around with its bumpy dirt roads and hilly areas that flood easily. A handful of rental agencies have locations in the arrival hall of Antigua's V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU), located on the northern part of the island just outside of the town of Osbourn. Charter planes provided by LIAT, Caribbean cruise lines and ferry services are available to several of the neighboring islands as well.
|Taxi||This is the best way to explore the island, since the drivers are happy to double as tour guides (with the hope of a slightly larger tip). Although, this arrangement can be convenient, it can also be expensive. Get a price quote before committing to one driver.|
|Bus||Although there are bus services on the island, we don't recommend them. Buses often turn out to be 15-passenger mini-vans with colorful paint jobs. Service is unreliable at best, and the bumpy roads make for a rough ride.|
|Car||Rental cars are another popular mode of transportation, but you'll have to get an Antiguan driver's license. They can be issued by most car rental agencies and require a valid driver's license from home, as well as an additional $20 USD fee. Don't forget that Antiguans drive on the left.|
Entry & Exit Requirements
A valid passport is required for citizens of the United States traveling by air to Antigua, though a passport card is permissible for travel by sea. Immigration officials might ask for proof of accommodations while in Antigua or Barbuda, as well as proof of a return trip and proof of commensurate funds for the trip. For more information on entry and exit requirements, visit the U.S. Department of State's website.