Dario Item is the ambassador of Antigua and Barbuda. He joined the diplomatic corps in 2016. Since then, he has been representing his country in Spain, in the Principality of Monaco and in the Principality of Liechtenstein.
One of his tasks is to promote the Country, that is to say its image, history, traditions and culture.
So let’s find out more about Antigua and Barbuda and especially on tourism on the islands.
Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda is an island country in Central America.
It is entirely surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean (north and east) and the Caribbean Sea (south and west).
Antigua and Barbuda is a democratic state belonging to the Commonwealth. The official language is English; Creole-English is also spoken.
Antigua and Barbuda is a very popular tourist destination. English is the main language and the official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar.
Most of the tourist attractions are located on the island of Antigua.
Saint John’s : the capital
Saint John’s is the capital.
Saint John’s welcomes visitors to the island with its brightly painted 19th-century houses. Founded in the 18th century, the capital is now home to over a third of the island’s population and a favorite cruise ship destination.
The skyline of the city is dominated by the Cathedral of St. John, whose striking white baroque towers reach towards the blue sky. Originally built in 1845, the Cathedral was largely destroyed by earthquakes in 1683 and 1745. Now in its third renovation, the Anglican Church is one of the most impressive landmarks on the island, and the towers offer stunning views over the city and the sea.
The Antigua Museum is located in the oldest building of St. John’s, the courthouse, which was built in 1750. The history of the islands comes to life at this museum. The fascinating collection includes a number of artifacts, such as models of sugar plantations and a life-size reconstruction of an Arawak home.
In Shirley Heights, visitors can explore a range of military buildings while enjoying breathtaking views of English Harbour. The nearby cemetery is also worth a visit, and its focus is an Obelisk built to commemorate the soldiers of the 54th regiment.
Sailing boats have been an important part of the culture of the island for hundreds of years, and visitors can rent boats of all kinds on the coast. The offshore waters are full of wrecks to explore and good opportunities for diving. Also, the Dutchman’s Bay offers some of the best conditions in the world for windsurfing.