Antigua and Barbuda recognized as the #9 Top Island in the Caribbean and Atlantic





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– Condé Nast Traveler  announced the results of its annual Readers’ Choice Awards with Antigua and Barbuda  recognized as the #9 Top Island in the Caribbean and Atlantic. 

More than 240,000 Condé Nast Traveler readers submitted responses rating their travel experiences across the globe to provide a full snapshot of the top places they enjoyed this year and can’t wait to return to next. The Readers’ Choice Awards are the longest-running and most prestigious recognition of excellence in the travel industry and the full list of winners can be found here

It’s always an honour to receive recognition from such a reputable entity, it is the direct result of the efforts of our teams and our various stakeholders that ensures Antigua and Barbuda remains on the path to becoming the number one destination in the Caribbean.” said CEO of the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority Colin C. James

The 2022 Readers’ Choice Awards are published on Condé Nast Traveler’s website at and celebrated in the November issue. 

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  1. The list
    1 St Barts
    2 Anguilla
    3 Turks and Caicos
    4 Bermuda
    6 St Lucia
    7 Jamaica
    8 Nevis
    9 Antigua
    10 BVI

  2. Jamaica is better than Antigua? We have a Jamaican friend that went back a couple years ago, he told us it isn’t the country he left, it’s dirty and dangerous, he recommended we not travel there.

    • @ Scott: When last were you in ANTIGUA. Even with your windows rolled up you can still catch the stench as you enter INDEPENDENCE Ave. St JOHN’S is STINK!
      Granted, Antigua is not as dangerous as Jamaica but it is not the Antigua that you left behind.
      Check out the stories above this news item. Sadly, it is about school break-ins, theft of personal belongings, choppings etc.

  3. @Antigua Me Come From – I appreciate your thoughts. There are things that I have read in this forum that are subjective, meaning what’s bad in your experience may mot be too bad in mine. We live in the u.s., violent crime is out of control nationwide, inflation is at a 40 year high, prices are through the roof and worst of all, the people here are viciously divided to a point of making death threats in some cases.

    So, by comparison Antigua looks pretty damn good to the wife and me. Thanks again cor sharing your thoughts!

  4. This son of Mami_Wata and Papa_Elegba CHRISTened Jumbee_Picknee at life’s #crossROAD of SWASTIKA and SQUARE says…

    …foolish pride, something which is deep rooted and embedded into to Antiguaness Culture will always keep us, as Antiguans pretending, that hand outs, trinkets and a basket of fish as a gift will be enough, to be what it takes, to be, the creme de la creme!

    PM Browne, you need to stop selling and promoting #foolish_pride, as much.

    Kum een Jimmy Cliff – Foolish Pride…

  5. Firstly this is one of the many groups that put a rating to destinations. In most Antigua is ranked higher . These people are talking about tourism destinations. In some of these islands there are military men with machine guns guarding the beaches. However these countries are blessed with natural beauty. Similarly St.Lucia crime rate is ever rising and soon countries will warn their citizens/ travel alert. Yet a tourism standpoint St. lucia is a natural beauty.
    Antigua have done very little to beautify the country in term of planting trees , flowers in strategic locations. Just a few green space with some benches and little parks, would go a long way. The Maintenance and upkeep of the botanical garden. We have not added anything to our beautiful beaches, except to overrun them with cheap huts , vendors and restaurants- Long Bay a typical example and no toilets. We have away Devil bridge one of our most natural beauty to a politician and his friend.
    So these are some of the areas we need to look at.
    As for safety we are still one of the safest desalinations in the world. We have to watch who we are letting into this country. See what happened at the pillar rock hotel recently. We have to be careful. We have enough Antiguans here to fill lots of those areas. Yet these hotel bring in more and more foreigners. Very little Antiguans are in management positions.
    Funny you politicians bright enough to run a country but our people cannot run a restaurant. Investors are hiring none nationals / white expats to run businesses that our people can manage.
    Old politicians in their late seventies and eighties are running our health system and utility systems. Young qualified Antiguans cannot handle a simple HR at A hotel or manage a simple restaurant. They come here to do a specific job and then they do not leave. They are competing with qualified Antiguans and are getting preference . Time for a change.

    • @Frankly Speaking…there are some very simple, basic and natural thing which we, as a People in Antigua have lost, to some degree, and this is in regards to trash. I know it’s not Nationwide, and it tends to be more happening, the unsightly trash, more so in St. John’s and it immediate environs.

      Besides “trash,” entertainment for the entire family is very limited away from the resorts! The same can be said for, the local food and entertainment catering to the 25 to 50 age group. I know, they’re needy, but they got money to spend, just like the 40 to 80 year olds too.

      The tourism product is good and great at times in Antigua. However, it’s still plagued by its #seasonal character.

      There’s much room for improvement. Everyone has noticed, the advancements which the sailing community has made.
      Liquor fetes between April and September alone cannot carry the Tourism Product, Carnival included.


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