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Antigua

Antigua may have an enchanting colonial past, with rugged cobblestone streets and historical ruins to explore. Yet, it’s the coast that’s by far the real attraction. There’s no better way of appreciating Antigua than from one of its 365 beaches and the best vantage point is at sea.


Rightly associated with sailing for its strong trade winds, snorkelling for its near-perfect coral reefs, and beaches for its quantity. The unpretentious island of Antigua is also home to some hidden gems. Pass the exquisite Georgian buildings along Nelson's Dockyard, take a picture postcard shot from Shirley Heights, see the mass of yachts bobbing around English Harbour and hire a boat to take you to the uninhabited Green Island. Enjoy dining on fresh local produce with a Creole twist, before partying the night away to live music at ‘Jump up’ each Sunday.

Antigua

Antigua facts

Historical Antigua

Historical Antigua

A former British colony, Antigua has many architectural reminders of its colonial past, from the sugar plantations, to the Georgian buildings at Nelson’s Dockyard and the fortress at Shirley Heights. Christopher Columbus named Antigua as he sailed past the island in 1493. The British colonised it in the 17th century, when it became a sugar-cane producer. With strong trade winds and a near perfect coral reef, it was also perfect for hiding the navy, characteristics that now attract tourists for world-class sailing and snorkelling.

Antiguan weather

Antiguan weather

Year round sunshine is almost guaranteed on Antigua, the Caribbean’s driest island. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches; making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands. The Northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September, making it perfect for sailing most of the year. With low humidity and temperatures staying above 20 degrees all year, you will have plenty of chance to relax on one of Antigua’s 365 beaches.

Getting around Antigua

Getting around Antigua

Being a relatively small island with just 15 miles of roads, it doesn’t take long to get around Antigua. Hiring a car is a popular activity to see the entire island; you just need to pay for a permit to drive on Antigua as well as the rental fee. Taxis have fixed fares to airports and hotels that you can find out locally, and taxi drivers are qualified tour guides for sightseeing trips.

When best to go?

Prepare for the weather before your Antigua holiday

Average seasonal temperatures°C/°F
  • 28°Jan
  • 28°Feb
  • 29°Mar
  • 29°Apr
  • 30°May
  • 30°Jun
  • 31°Jul
  • 31°Aug
  • 31°Sep
  • 30°Oct
  • 30°Nov
  • 29°Dec
Average monthly rainfall (mm)
  • 51
  • 25
  • 51
  • 102
  • 102
  • 25
  • 102
  • 51
  • 51
  • 25
  • 229
  • 76
Average daily sunshine (hours)
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 8
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7
  • 7

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