Antigua and Barbuda – Why visit when you can live there?
6 Things to Expect When Moving Your Family to Antigua and Barbuda
Have you ever vacationed in a spot and fell in love with it? Thought about moving there permanently? Sometimes we are ready to come home after a vacation – ready to sleep in our own beds and get back to our own routines and we always miss the menagerie of animals! BUT, once in a while a place speaks to you so deeply that you look at each other and say, “I could live here.”
Consider a place where the weather is perfect, the people are warm, the food is amazing and the dollar is strong. The exchange rate right now in Antigua and Barbuda is $1 = 2.70 – nice!
Due to the various residency and citizenship programs offered by Antigua and Barbuda, your dream of living in these sister islands with your family is now achievable. And once you and your family already have your Antigua and Barbuda permanent residency visas sorted out, your next task is to ensure everyone is prepared for this new and exciting adventure.
To be sure the whole family will be prepared for this big move, here are seven things you should expect when you relocate to Antigua and Barbuda
The country enjoys temperate climates
Antigua and Barbuda has one of the most moderate climates in the world.
During winter, temperatures range from 23°C (73.4°F) to 29°C (84.2°F) in the winter. During summer and autumn, temperatures fall between 25°C (77.0°F) and 30°C (86.0°F). The coolest months are December, January, and February. The wettest months are between September and November.
This means that you won’t have to worry about packing heavy winter clothes in your luggage. You don’t have to buy clothes, shoes, and umbrellas to prepare for the rainy season since there are available in Antigua and Barbuda. But if you have these already, you can include them in your list of things to bring for the big move.
English is the official language in Antigua and Barbuda
Another great thing about living in, or visiting, Antigua and Barbuda is you won’t encounter any language barrier here. English is the country’s official language since it was under British rule until 1981. As such, all locals are proficient in this language. English is also the language of instruction in all local schools.
It is also worth knowing that there are a number of inhabitants who speak Spanish in this country
The country celebrates a lot of public holidays
In line with the festive vibe the island country is known for, Antigua and Barbuda has a long list of public holidays that locals celebrate.
Aside from the traditional public holidays observed or celebrated by most countries such as Christmas, New Year, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday, the country has some additional local holidays when people can take a day off and just relax.
Independence Day, which is celebrated every first of November, is a huge celebration here. There are numerous food fairs, dance festivals, and arts and crafts exhibitions held for a whole month before the actual holiday. On the first of November, ceremonial parades are held in numerous parts of the country. Both locals and tourists take part in the celebration.
With all these holidays, you will definitely have plenty of time to schedule family trips to one or more of the amazing beaches and other tourist attractions in Antigua and Barbuda.
You can purchase a family home here
If you also want to buy a family home in Antigua and Barbuda, you can do so by applying for an Alien Land Holding License. The country also has a citizenship by investment program which you can also consider.
There are various types of properties you can choose from. If you and your family want to reside near a beach, there are many beachfront properties available on the market. Lastly, you can be sure you will find one that fits your budget and your family’s needs.
Getting around won’t be a problem
Public transportation is reliable in Antigua and Barbuda. Buses and taxis are plentiful and reliable.
There are also many car rental companies in the country and, as such, you can hire a vehicle on a per day basis. You can also rent one for short-term or long-term use.
If you want to everyone to enjoy some exercise while sightseeing or visiting the local attractions, you can hire bikes from rental companies or from a hotel. You can also buy them if you want to use them as your primary mode of transportation.
You won’t run out of fun things to do here
Lastly, living in Antigua and Barbuda is like going on a permanent beach holiday. There are hundreds of beautiful beaches here including the Valley Church Bay, Half Moon Bay, Ffryes Beach, Darkwood Beach and Galleon Beach, to name a few.
It is often said that Antigua and Barbuda has 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. This means you and your family can visit a different one anytime you want to go around the country.
The island country has other notable places of interest that people of all ages will enjoy visiting as well. Some of the places your family should visit are:
- Nelson’s Dockyard National Park
- Betty’s Hope
- Pelican Safari
- Redcliffe Quay
- Indian Town National Park
- Stingray City
When you move to Antigua and Barbuda with your family, you can expect to be on an amazing beach holiday all year round!
Guest post written by Jimmy Webster, CEO of Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean. A qualified lawyer and corporate financier with 20 years’ experience, Jimmy works directly with many professional partners and provides oversight on all client files.
Happy travels – temporary or permanent!
Natalie, The Educational Tourist