Antigua and Barbuda are low-lying islands located in the eastern arc of the Leeward Islands of the Lesser Antilles between the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea. With an area of 281 sq km, Antigua is the larger of the two main islands with the highest peak Boggy rising 402 meters. The flat coral island of Barbuda (160 sq km) is about 40km north of Antigua, famous for its excellent beaches. The nation also consists of the uninhabited islet of Redonda which is a nature reserve. The population is around 85,632 (July 2009 estimate). Most Antiguans are of African lineage speaking mainly in English. The climate in Antigua is warm and pleasant most of the year making it ideal for vacations year-round.