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Friday, September 16, 2011

Geography and climate Antigua and Barbuda

Located north of the West Indies, the country consists of two main islands: the island of Antigua (280 km ²) and Barbuda (161 km ²), which must be added the tiny Redonda (1.6 km ² ), 50 km southwest of Antigua. The island of Antigua is a hilly island, relatively low compared to most Caribbean islands volcanic. It just rises to 402 m at Boggy Peak. The ribs are cut, alternating rocky headlands, bays and inlets lined with its famous white sand beaches. Northeast, float many uninhabited islets. The interior is not of great interest: bleak landscape of scrub grazed by herds of goats everywhere. Only the area around Fig Tree Drive, on the southern coast, are really more green, with small plantations (mostly family farms) and some sections of rainforest.

The island is administratively divided into six parishes

The island of Barbuda is anchored northeast of Antigua. The island, still flatter, it also invaded the heart of brushwood, is highlighted on the west by the great Codrington Lagoon - beneath which tightens the only town, Codrington. Small population (1,500 inhabitants), Barbuda is one of the last islands (almost) pristine Caribbean tourism. Its white sand beaches and pink are nevertheless exceptional.

Bare rock, almost round (as the name suggests), Redonda is studded with cliffs and difficult to access. Despite this, the island has been exploited in the late nineteenth century for its guano deposits. Abandoned during the First World War, it is now completely deserted.


Bass Islands, Antigua and Barbuda experiencing significantly drier climate than most other Caribbean islands - even during the wet season, which stretches from June to November. This period, known as winter, is also the one who sees the hurricanes. Temperatures range between 23 ° C in winter and 31 ° C in summer.
Information from the National Hurricane Center, the U.S. service dedicated to tracking hurricanes in real time.

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