Last May 2019 I had the chance to travel to Antigua & Barbuda, the charming island in the Northeastern Caribbean. Of course I found out everything about buying a sim card in Antigua as that is the first thing I do when I travel to a new country. My job as a professional travel blogger requires me to be connected to the internet at all times. Unfortunately... ;)
There is not much choice when it comes to prepaid sim cards in Antigua and like most other things nothing is cheap in Antigua. Click on the link for a complete Antigua & Barbuda travel guide with everything you have to know when visiting.
Although all Antigua hotels and resorts have ok WiFi, I would still advice you to buy a sim card in Antigua. That way you can always rely on 4G and you won’t have any problems with streaming videos for example. My resorts WiFi was not strong enough to stream live football for example and on the deserted Antigua beaches there is no wifi of course. Also when road tripping and ticking off the best things to do in Antigua being connected to Google Maps and finding local restaurants it is totally worth having an Antigua sim card.
Mobile internet operators in Antigua & Barbuda
Antigua & Barbuda is a small country and there are only two official mobile internet operators: Digicel and Flow. Digicel is the oldest mobile network and is active all over the Caribbean, Flow is also present in most Caribbean islands nowadays.
I also found an Antigua sim card of INET Mobile, but I can already tell you that buying this sim card at Antigua Airport is not a good idea! More about it later.
Best mobile network Antigua
Normally I would take the network coverage for Digicel and Flow into consideration to find out what is the best sim card in Antigua & Barbuda. Imagine finding a great sim card deal but then finding out there is hardly is any phone reception.
For Antigua and Barbuda it was a little harder to find relevant information about the network strength on the island for Flow and Digicel. As you can see in the picture above Flow is claiming to be the most reliable 4G network in Antigua, but I asked the locals to find out more. According to locals Digicel has the best 4G network in Antigua, but it doesn’t differ much from Flow. Based on my own experience I can tell you that Flow has a good 4G network too.
Where to buy a sim card in Antigua
Buying a sim card in St. John’s
The best place to buy an Antigua sim card is in St. John’s. In the city center of Antigua's capital you will find a Digicel and a Flow shop only about 100 meters away from each other. Both shops are located in Market Street and easy to locate.
Buying a sim card at Antigua Airport
Unfortunately there is no Flow or Digicel shop at Antigua Airport (ANU). Still it is possible to buy an Antigua sim card at the airport. Right behind customs (before baggage claim) there is a duty-free shop and they sell an INET Mobile sim card. It is the easiest way to buy a sim card when arriving in Antigua, but also the most expensive one. The INET Mobile sim card cost $30 USD and gives you only 1GB data. Super expensive!
Important! For buying an Antigua sim card you will need a photo ID, passport is best, but I bought my Flow sim card with my Dutch drivers license.
Prices Antigua sim card
Buying a sim card at Antigua Airport is not worth it, because you can find much better deals in the Digicel and Flow shops in St. John’s.
Digicel Antigua prepaid sim card
A Digicel prepaid sim card cost EC$20 ($7,5), just for the sim card.
To add data credit to your Digicel sim card you can choose from the following packages:
- 700 MB - EC$35 ($13) - valid for 7 days
- 3 GB - EC$100 ($37) - valid for 30 days
- 5 GB - EC$115 ($43) - valid for 30 days
Calling and texting is not included in the above packages and you will need extra credit for calling local and international phone numbers.
Flow Antigua prepaid sim card
A Flow prepaid sim card cost EC$20 ($7,5), just for the sim card.
To add data credit to your Flow sim card you can choose from the following packages:
- 3 GB - EC$40 ($15) - valid for 7 days - including 350 sms and 350 minutes calling time.
- 7 GB - EC$100 ($37) - valid for 30 days - including 700 sms and 1000 minutes calling time.
- 10 GB - EC$120 ($44) - valid for 30 days - including 700 sms and 1000 minutes calling time.
In both the Digicel and Flow shop you can pay with international credit cards.
Best Antigua sim card
Taking all the above into consideration we can clearly see that Digicel is much more expensive than Flow. Based on my own experiences the Flow network across Antigua & Barbuda is good, which makes me come to the simple conclusion that:
Flow is the best Antigua prepaid sim card for tourists!
I hope the above tips for buying a sim card in Antigua were helpful for your upcoming Antigua holiday. Don’t forget to check out everything you need to know when you travel to Antigua. In this link you find all about: visas, electricity plugs, best things to do, best beaches, hiking trails, bars, restaurants and many more Antigua & Barbuda travel tips.
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Safe travels and enjoy the Caribbean!