In the southeast of Puerto Rico is the small zum Commonwealth of nations belonging to the island state of Antigua and Barbuda. Under the motto "Each endeavoring, all achieving"The almost 80.000 inhabitants live under the Caribbean sun, which means something like "Everyone makes an effort, then everyone is successful".
At temperatures between 22 to 30 degrees on average and for the tropics rather moderate rainfall of up to 1.000 mm in the island presents the cross driver as a green paradise.
We do not know whether the small state is really like paradise. Times have changed significantly since the island was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493. After Columbus was the first crusader to set foot on the island, sugar cane was grown there for centuries. An unpleasant accessory: slavery was the basis of the cultivation of sugar cane. Then, after the abolition of slavery in the 19th century, sugar production became less important. The island sank into insignificance and poverty.
Only the expanding tourism created new sources of income. Almost 60% of GDP today comes from tourism; B. implement what Crusaders. Other economic activities developed financial offshore in. Antigua has also made a name for itself as a cheap flag country. Almost 900 German seagoing ships fly the flag of Antigua and Barbuda.
The traveler is generally not interested in these things. Decisive for him are first class hotels, a varied Creole cuisine, the 365 fine sandy beaches and a variety of excursion possibilities. We take a look.