May 27 2009

Jumby Bay & Antigua

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Usually the first thing people ask when they hear about the private island paradise of Jumby Bay is “where is it?” The easy answer is the Caribbean but if you want to get more specific, the best answer is that Jumby Bay is in the West Indies off of the island of Antigua. So what’s Antigua all about?While most guests who come to Jumby Bay spend their entire time on this private island (why wouldn’t they!) it’s always good to know a little bit about Jumby Bay’s big sister Antigua because that’s where you’re probably going to fly into and you might want to do a trip over to Antigua at some point to check things out.

So here are some of the basics courtesy of the Antigua and Barbuda tourism folks.

ANTIGUA FACTS: 

LOCATED:

 Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin. 

SIZE:

 Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. 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 current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua. 

CLIMATE:

Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.

 For more information about things to do and see on Antigua and Barbuda just go to www.antigua-barbuda.org     

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