Antigua FC comes to Red Bull Arena in the opening game of the Red Bull’s CONCACAF Champions League campaign. To help preview the game, here are five things about Antigua to familiarize you with the beautiful Caribbean island the Red Bull’s opponent hails from. [Editor's Note: Wait...you're off track here, I think.]
5. Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua is part of Antigua and Barbuda, a country comprised of two islands.
While they received independence from Great Britain in 1981, Queen Elizabeth is technically the Monarch of Antigua and Barbuda, something that doesn’t quite make sense after my casual glancing at Wikipedia. [Editor's Note: research "constitutional monarchy".]
That being said, with its average temperature of range of 73.4 °F to 86 °F and low humidity the island is a great way to spend your vacation as long as you avoid the wet seasons!
4. They Love Obama
One of the first things you notice looking at Antigua’s Wikipedia page is that the highest point in the country is named after our current US President. In 2009, in honor of President Obama’s 48th Birthday, the country re-named"Boggy Peak". It is now Mount Obama. Surprisingly, many many things have been named after President Obama. Mount Obama is the highest point of the Shekerley Mountains, and its 1,319 ft height make it a perfect hike for hikers of all skill level.
3. It’s Pretty Small
Antigua is only 108 sq miles. To put that in perspective, that is about a tenth the size of Rhode Island. The island boast of a population of only 80,000 people. The small population really adds to a local feeling of community that makes all travelers really feel at home when they come visit. This is especially true when you’re at one of Antigua’s many natural beaches. Most of the beaches are easily accessible by public transportation or affordable taxis. Antiguans will work hard to make you feel welcome whether you’re laying out on the beach or enjoying a meal as you watch another pristine sunset.
2. A Rich History of European Sailors
Antigua has been the home of both Christopher Columbus and Horatio Nelson. Antigua, which means ancient, was given its name by Christopher Columbus in honor of an ancient cathedral in Seville. Antiguans later named "Nelson’s Dockyard" in honor of the famous Brit Horatio Nelson. The ancient British port is a great place to take kids. It was recently named a Unesco World Heritage site. Which isn’t surprising since it’s filled with a multitude of restaurants, gift shops, and local attractions. [Editor's Note: The World Heritage designation isn't for the restaurants or gift shops.]
1. Antigua FC is actually from Guatemala.
Editor-in-Chief and OaM Caribbean expert, Austin Fido, just informed me that Antigua FC is from Antigua, Guatemala not Antigua and Barbuda. However, since I already cashed the check from the Antigua and Barbuda tourism board, it is too late to turn back. The Red Bulls will play Antigua FC of Guatemala on Wednesday at 8 pm at Red Bull Arena, hopefully they did more research than me.
However, Antigua of Antigua and Barbuda sounds like a beautiful place we should know more about. With it’s 54 beautiful miles of coastline, the country is the perfect vacation destination. The island has countless beaches, clear blue waters, and enough natural attraction and history to make any family vacation an instant success.