Expat Antigua and Barbuda

The beautiful twin island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is located in the Eastern Caribbean Sea. These islands deliver the ultimate in tropical paradise living. Many expats who love the sea and water sports have made Antigua and Barbuda their home. Many expats either live on the islands year round or stay only for the summer/winter season.


Antigua and Barbuda have one of the best tropical climates in the world. Temperatures are usually hot, with average temperatures ranging from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. There is rainfall all year round,  but far less than many other islands in the region. Therefore, Antigua and Barbuda are two of  the sunniest islands in the Caribbean. The islands can be affected by hurricanes. The hurricane season lasts from June to November, with August and September being the most active months. Trade winds give off a constant breeze (especially in September) in Antigua and Barbuda and there is low humidity year round.

The sea surrounding Antigua and Barbuda is warm, calm, and blue. This is perfect for those who enjoy boating, scuba diving, and snorkeling. There are many beaches on the islands that are perfect for relaxing and sun bathing.


The government of Antigua and Barbuda is a federal constitutional monarchy. The government is very stable and secure. The islands are developed and boast a thriving tourist industry. Other industries such as fishing, cotton, and molasses are major parts of the economy. Americans visiting Antigua and Barbuda only need a passport. Prospective residents or employees should contact the government for guidance. You can find out more information at Antigua and Barbuda.

Tax System

Antigua and Barbuda are not categorized as tax havens as the state has income and corporate taxes. There are also property taxes, tourist taxes, and export duties on some merchandise. Anyone who is interested in starting a business in Antigua or Barbuda may qualify for tax incentives.

Medical Care

Antigua and Barbuda have a well educated work force and many doctors are extremely well trained and qualified. However, the medical facilities found on the island are usually below US and UK standards. It is normal for expats who are seriously injured or ill to be evacuated to the US. Deep sea divers should bear in mind that there is no hyperbaric chamber. If it becomes necessary to give decompression treatment to a patient, he/she will have to be evacuated to another island (usually Saba or Guadeloupe).

Visitors should ensure that their current health insurance is accepted on the islands. Other options include purchasing travel insurance that has a medical component or setting aside money to pay out of pocket.

Real Estate

Purchasing real estate in Antigua or Barbuda is relatively straightforward. However, there are specific guidelines that foreigners must follow. For instance, foreigners must request and receive permission for purchasing property and pay a government purchasers’ tax. Mortgages are not easily obtained  from local banks so expats should have their own financing available.

The cost of homes ranges from moderate to expensive on the island. Living spaces cost $70 to $200 per square foot. Prices for rentals are also moderate to high. Most condos and apartments on the island cater to tourists who only stay short term. It is quite expensive to indulge in long term renting there.


Shopping in Antigua and Barbuda is more directed at tourists. Necessities, unlike household items, are easily found. Anitigua and Barbuda’s goods are priced much higher than they are in the U.S. because their goods are mostly imported. However, items that are locally produced are quite affordable.

Both islands cater to tourists so there is always great food, wine, and nightlife. If you are looking to live a tourist lifestyle, Antigua and Barbuda truly delivers. For those looking for water sports, there are plenty of beautiful beaches, boating, snorkeling, scuba diving, etc, in easy reach of any part of the island.

Cost of Living

The cost of living in Antigua and Barbuda can be classified as moderate to expensive. Living on the island is more expensive than in the US and Europe.

Housing is probably Antigua and Barbuda’s biggest expense. Food is also expensive especially since most expats eat out. The cost of goods is usually higher than in the US because most items need to be imported. However for those seeking paradise, Antigua and Barbuda fulfill most expats’ requirements.

Extradition from Antigua and Barbuda

The laws of extradition from Antigua and Barbuda are set by the Extradition Treaty Between the Government of the United Stats of America and the Government of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland.

Map of Antigua and Barbuda