If you are contemplating moving to the mesmerising island of Antigua, there are a few essential things you should know before moving here. Some of these you may already know, so we will try and spice things up for you and throw in some helpful tips.
Yes, you read that right! There are 365 beaches in Antigua, but you will only end up going to around 10 different ones frequently, but trust me they are some of the best beaches you will have ever visited.
The government introduced an official policy that says every beach in Antigua is allowed to be accessed by the public with at least one landward access to each beach. But that has been difficult for them to implement, meaning every pathway isn’t a casual stroll, also a lot of them are surrounded by private hotels/resorts who in essence treat the space as their own for guests.
Tip to take from this: So you should ask the locals which beaches are easily accessible and have no issues reaching. Instead of making a journey only to try and charm your way through hotel security or following a difficult path.
This is assuming that you speak English of course! Thankfully there are no language barriers for you to overcome, trying to learn a new language is never easy, and trying to order a simple meal can be difficult sometimes in a foreign land. But in Antigua everybody speaks English, this is due to early colonisation by the British in the 1600s.
Tip to take from this: Go out and adventure freely, knowing you can talk to the locals and go into any establishment and be able to talk to everyone.
The Island is only 108 square miles in size, this may sound daunting to some people. But the small size is perfect for those who are looking for a quiet & slower pace of life, where they can enjoy the relaxing beaches, beautiful scenery and amazing weather (as well as the AMAZING cuisine of course). What this means for you is that if you have a car that you can go explore Antigua in its entirety without having to drive for too long. Nothing is more than an hour away from you.
Tip to take from this: GO HAVE FUN & EXPLORE!
Antigua has two types of currency that are dominantly used there. The US dollar and the Eastern Carribean dollar, unfortunately, both use the same $ symbol which can be very confusing when trying to pay for things as you don’t want to end up paying more than you should have. In 2019 the exchange rate is roughly 1 US Dollar converts to 2.7 Easter Caribbean Dollars (XCD). But if you are living there you may as well just convert your money into XCD.
Tip to take from this: When you are purchasing something make sure you can distinguish between the US Dollar and the XCD. If you can’t simply ask them and they will let you know which currency to pay with.
Antigua takes the protection and preservation of endangered species and nature very seriously. Back in 2016 Antigua banned the use of plastic bags on the island and encourages people to leave no trace on the beaches or anywhere you visit on the island. This may sound strict, but you will notice how clean and well preserved the beaches & forestry are, which you will strongly appreciate if you decide to call Antigua home.
Tip to take from this: Remember to grab a canvas tote bag for your shopping & be respectful to the environment.
So there you have it, five useful things to know before moving to Antigua. We hope that this has helped put your mind at ease if you’re thinking about moving here. It is truly a wonderful place to be and live. If you love nature, a relaxing pace of life & a vibrant/friendly community. Then Antigua is the place for you.
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