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ntigua and Barbuda is synonymous with luxury and romance with its

365 beaches, azure-blue waters, stunning tropical landscapes and quiet retreats. It is also a highly attractive destination for families with its endless list of varied activities and colonial-era historical sites to enjoy.

Swim with stingrays, zip-line through the rainforest, learn to sail, enjoy a jeep safari tour across the island’s rugged countryside, explore the beaches on a Segway or soak


Size: Ant. 108 sq miles / Bar. 62 sq miles Currency: East Caribbean dollar Population: Antigua 80,000 Barbuda 1,200 Main City: Ant. St John’s / Bar. Codrington Local Beer:Wadadli Dish of the Day: Fungee (made from corn meal and resembles Italian polenta) and Salt Fish

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What’s New? Thomas Cook is launching a new weekly flight from Manchester to Antigua in December 2013

up an international cricket match at the Sir Vivian Richards stadium on a day out with the family. Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO

World Heritage Site, is an excellent example of Georgian naval architecture with its restored original buildings, whilst St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda’s capital, is the ideal shopping destination with its harbour-front boutiques. Barbuda, best known for its pristine 17-mile stretch of pink sand beach, is a wildlife paradise teeming with bird-watching opportunities at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary and marine life in the coral surrounding the island. There are few more romantic places on earth to say “I do”, or


Select one of the 365 beaches to relax on when you arrive, I usually opt for the Pink Sand Beach on


Low Bay in Barbuda and whilst on Barbuda do not miss the opportunity to visit the Frigate Bird Sanctuary and the impressive caves at Two Foot Bay. Friday night fish fry at Esther’s in Liberta is the place to be for great food and a chilled vibe as the weekend approaches and then Saturday should be spent at the market in St. John’s before moving on to explore the famous Nelson’s Dockyard & English Harbour. There is one place to be on a Sunday and that is Shirley Heights for its renowned BBQ party! In order to

take a honeymoon with private jetties, hilltop gazebos, beachfront cottages and helicopter rides to secluded offshore islands. There is something for everyone

when visiting the islands of Antigua & Barbuda.

keep active whilst away I suggest a hike in the Antigua Rain Forest before heading back to the beaches to just chill once again.

JLS’ JB who was born in Antigua and Barbuda often returns and suggests the perfect relaxing break to Antigua and Barbuda


he Islands Of The Bahamas is celebrating 40 years of independence throughout

2013 and has turned every event into something extra special, with the vibrant music, colour, culture and food of the islands featuring large. Twinning with the US and island- hopping in The Bahamas has never been easier with more scheduled inter-island flights, seaplane and ferry services.Whether it’s for a week, a few days or just a one-day fast ferry adventure, seeing some

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What’s New? Learn the art of chocolate making and create your own chocolate truffles at the Graycliff Chocolatier in Nassau

of the Out Islands is a ‘must-do’ experience for anyone wanting to discover the real Bahamas. They say the further south you go, the slower the pace of life, although exploring some of the northern islands like The Abacos or Harbour Island by golf cart or small boat is hardly life in the fast lane. If you fancy speed, visit Nassau in the first week of December when Bahamas Speed Week turns the streets into a blur of high gloss paintwork, polished chrome and the purr or roar of classic race cars. Everyone, even Sir Sean Connery, steps outside to look at the spectacle. Another exciting change of pace is Junkanoo, the national cultural festival of The Bahamas, dating back

over 200 years and celebrated every year with two spectacular parades on Boxing Day and New Year’s Day. The drama, colour and excitement of this riveting cultural experience are relived with Junkanoo ‘rush outs’ at every kind of Bahamian gathering.


Size: A 100,000 sq mile archipelago extending more than 500 miles. Currency: Bahamian dollar (B$) on par with the US dollar Population: 353,658 Main City: Nassau Local Beer: Kalik and Sands Dish of the Day: Light, fresh and spicy conch salad followed by a sticky guava duff and English sauce – think fruity roly poly with custard!


Each time I visit Nassau I cross the bridge to Atlantis Paradise Island to check what’s new, maybe new state- of-the-art kids’ facilities or some big star like Alicia Keys or Michael Bublé putting on a show. Dolphins are a must for me, whether at Atlantis’s Dolphin Cay or combining with some serious hammock chilling on Blue Lagoon beach after a dolphin or seal encounter. I love seeing new places and trying new dishes and the new Tru Bahamian Food Tours are a great way to sample the local specialities on a gentle walking tour of restaurants and eateries. Taking the fast ferry to the pink sands of Eleuthera or Harbour Island, possibly spotting wild dolphins on the way, or a short flight to The Abacos is an exhilarating way to experience an Out Island, for a day or more. Kim Valente, Director of Bahamas Flavour, the specialist tour


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