Few islands in the Caribbean present the same level of outright luxury as Antigua and Barbuda – then to enhance that standard of living with ESG and real estate investment opportunities, a second passport, and citizenship privileges is nearly unmatched.

With an economy largely dependent on luxury tourism, the country has developed a reputation for its five-star resorts. World-class restaurants, private beaches, and boutique spas complement the experience.

Beyond tourism, however, Antigua and Barbuda emerges not just as a postcard-perfect archipelago but as a pivotal gateway to a life of exclusivity and strategic advantages in business, finance, banking, and real estate.

One of the Caribbean crown jewels—known as the Caribbean Five—Antigua and Barbuda leaves nothing on the table when it comes to exceeding the expectations of global entrepreneurs, investors, and families who demand the best. 

A brief overview of Antigua & Barbuda

Quintessentially tropical, sun-drenched days prevail throughout the year, making it ideal for taking advantage of the country’s 365 beaches—one for each day of the year.

The island state consists of two primary and several smaller islands. Almost everyone lives in Antigua, with the capital, St. Johns, the hub of daily life. 

By contrast, Barbuda is relatively untouched. Surrounded by vibrant coral reefs, it’s considered an ecological paradise – abundant wildlife, natural lagoons, and pink-sand beaches stretching as far as the eye can see. If you seek an exclusive escape, Barbuda has it.

The country achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1981 and has since embarked on a journey of progress and modernization. Traditionally rooted in agriculture and fishing, the economy has seen a dynamic shift towards tourism, finance, and technology.

Meanwhile, the government’s open arms approach to foreign direct investment [FDI] is complemented by the nation’s political stability, low crime rates, and zero personal income tax – proving increasingly attractive to global investors and entrepreneurs. 

Why Antigua & Barbuda?

There are plenty of reasons to consider Antigua and Barbuda – not the least of which are:

  • Global accessibility and mobility: Direct routes from the USA and Europe, with airports and marinas for private jets and yachts, make Antigua easily reachable. Plus, citizens enjoy visa-free access to the EU, UK, Singapore, Hong Kong, and more.
  • Favorable tax regime: No capital gains tax, no inheritance tax, and no personal income tax – it’s fair to say citizens of Antigua and Barbuda enjoy considerable tax benefits—a significant draw for individuals looking to optimize their financial planning.
  • Prime luxury real estate: Antigua and Barbuda’s real estate market is incredible. From beachfront villas to hillside retreats, there are options to cater to all tastes and standards of luxury. 

The islands offer a lifestyle characterized by world-class amenities, gourmet dining, yachting, and golfing, all set against the backdrop of breathtaking natural beauty.

Where to live in Antigua & Barbuda?

Known as the Billionaires Caribbean playground, you can expect impressive real estate options in Antigua and Barbuda.

And every property comes with the three most important elements for real estate investing: location, location, location.

Jolly Harbour

Jolly Harbour is Antigua’s stand-out option for those after privacy and exclusive living. 

Offering everything from waterfront villas to grand apartments, this gated community is not just about upscale living; it’s a lifestyle choice, providing access to a wide range of amenities. 

Many properties have direct access to the marina, while the greater area includes a golf course, three beaches, boutiques, restaurants, and a westward-facing view (stunning sunsets every night).

English Harbour

Taking its name from the British naval forces that used the deep waters as their base of command in the 18th Century, English Harbour is renowned for its rich history and vibrant yachting scene.

The area is home to the historic Nelson’s Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage site, and hosts the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week each year.

As a result, it’s a sought-after choice (alongside neighboring Falmouth) for expats.


Falmouth, adjacent to English Harbour, is another haven for sailing aficionados and those seeking a more laid-back lifestyle. 

The area boasts stunning natural landscapes, rolling hills, and clear waters, making it ideal for outdoor activities. 

Properties in Falmouth often come with breathtaking views and access to some of the island’s most secluded beaches, offering an ideal balance between tranquility and an exclusive community.

St. John’s

As the capital city, St. John’s is the pulsating heart of Antigua. Expect colorful markets, museums, colonial architecture and relics (like Fort Barrington), live music, and more. 

Residential options in St. John’s range from modern apartments to traditional homes, providing a unique opportunity to immerse yourself in the daily rhythm of Antiguan life while enjoying city conveniences.

Galley Bay is renowned for spectacular beachfront properties. Residents enjoy privacy and seclusion yet benefit from the proximity to St. John’s. 

St. Phillips – exclusive property options

With good reason, Jolly Harbour, English Harbour, Falmouth, and St John’s are the country’s most popular areas. However, St. Phillips, on the eastern edge of Antigua, offers all of the above with a greater degree of exclusivity:

  • Half Moon Bay –  in a country renowned for beaches, this is considered to be one of the best beaches in the country – ideal for those seeking a serene coastal lifestyle
  • Willikies – best for those after proximity to the world-renowned Long Bay Beach and a collection of top-rated resorts

The lifestyle in Antigua & Barbuda


Like its Caribbean neighbors, Antigua’s cuisine has been heavily influenced by its cultural heritage. 

African, British, Spanish, and French cuisines have left their imprint, although there are plenty of traditional dishes to try. 

The national dish, Fungie and Pepperpot, is a good starting point. 

Fungie is similar to polenta but made from cornmeal and okra, while pepperpot is a hearty stew that embodies the warmth and spirit of the islands.

Saltfish, fried dumplings, stewed goat, and conch (of which every island in the Caribbean has its own version) are ubiquitous, too. 

For a degree of extravagance that cannot be enjoyed anywhere else, try the Barbudan lobster.

Antigua has a variety of fine dining options. As a nation with so many world-class resorts, here are our some top choices:

  • Sheer Rocks – A film-worthy cliff-top location, celebrated chefs, a Mediterranean-inspired menu, and a commitment to local produce
  • Catherine’s Café – Nestled on the soft sands of Pigeon Point Beach, Catherine’s Café has an exquisite, French-inspired menu – enjoy the food, relax on the daybeds, and spend an afternoon working through their extensive wine list
  • Colibri – A little more laid back but equally as delicious and considered one of the country’s finest, Colibri integrates classic French cooking with local flavors and ingredients

Exclusive leisure activities


Called one of the Top 5 Yachting Destinations for Winter Sun, if your yacht is your home, then Antigua and Barbuda needs to be where you winter. 

The islands have a reputation as one of the leading yachting destinations in the Western Hemisphere. 

Antigua Sailing Week, one of the most prestigious regattas in the sailing world, draws enthusiasts and professionals from around the world.

The heart of the country’s yachting scene lies in Falmouth Harbour and English Harbour. Home to the Antigua Yacht Club Marina and Nelson’s Dockyard, they accommodate vessels of all sizes, including superyachts up to 100 meters in length.

The marina areas are not just about sailing; they’re vibrant lifestyle hubs where the yachting community gathers. Upscale boutiques, waterfront restaurants, and lively bars provide plenty of options for relaxation and entertainment. 

Furthermore, the annual Antigua Charter Yacht Show, another highlight in the calendar, transforms the island into a showroom for some of the world’s most luxurious yachts.


Regarding golf in the Caribbean, Antigua more than holds its own.

The Cedar Valley Golf Club is the crown jewel of Antigua’s golf scene. This 18-hole championship course opened in 1977 and has since been a fixture in the island’s sporting landscape. 

Test your skills against a backdrop of lush, rolling hills and views of the Caribbean Sea. 

With its well-maintained fairways, strategic bunkers, and gently sloping greens, Cedar Valley makes for a challenging yet rewarding experience for golfers of all skill levels.

Another notable mention is the Jolly Harbour Golf Club. Less demanding than Cedar Valley, it has a flatter topography but is still enjoyable. Moreover, it’s conveniently located for those living in or around the Jolly Harbour resort.

Resorts and spas

Relax and unwind at your choice of resorts and spas for something less active. 

  • Hermitage Bay: An all-inclusive, five-star resort tucked away in a secluded bay. The resort’s hillside suites and beachfront cottages hold breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, while the garden spa has a variety of wellness-focused treatments
  • Jumby Bay Island: Accessible only by boat, Jumby Bay is a private island resort epitomizing exclusivity – part of the Oetker Collection, the resort sprawls across 300 private acres of lush landscapes and white sandy beaches, with bespoke treatments and wellness experiences
  • Curtain Bluff: Renowned for its spectacular setting between two beautiful beaches, Curtain Bluff seamlessly combines the low-key charm of the Caribbean with the sophistication of a best-in-class resort – perched on the bluff overlooking the tranquil waters of the Caribbean Sea, is the perfect place to relax


The sole private school in Antigua is the prestigious K-13 international Island Academy in Buckleys (a 20-minute drive from the center of St John’s). 

With approximately 300 students, the institution represents over 20 nationalities and speaks more than a dozen languages. 

Business & finance

Antigua and Barbuda is committed to creating a tax-efficient and investor-friendly environment. 

This is evident in its policies, such as zero personal income tax, designed to attract entrepreneurs, investors, and high-net-worth individuals and families from around the globe.

Furthermore, the government actively encourages and nurtures FDI through investment channels, including ESG [the National Development Fund] and prime real estate – but starting or investing in an existing enterprise is also an option. 

Astons – Access the best the world has to offer

Antigua and Barbuda are as enchanting as peerless – an idyllic setting for a lifestyle that perfectly harmonizes eco-chic and traditional luxury.

Whether basking in the opulence of a beachfront villa, sailing the tranquil Caribbean waters, or enjoying the exclusivity of world-class resorts and spas, Antigua and Barbuda will go beyond accommodating your needs and standards.

The exclusive nature of Antigua and Barbuda extends far beyond the islands’ private gated communities. Since launching the Antigua & Barbuda Citizenship by Investment program in 2013, less than 4000 applications have been accepted. 

Astons has been and remains an officially licensed and an official “Authorized Representative” of the elite Antigua & Barbuda citizenship program.

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