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When you think of the Caribbean, sandy-white beaches, turquoise waters and smouldering sunsets spring to mind – but it’s time to discover more in Antigua. From inland island excursions and striking sailing experiences, to heritage landmarks, there’s another side to see on this luscious isle.

Start your trip relaxing on the postcard-perfect beaches of Antigua as you bask in the blissful sunshine. Then up the ante and choose from an array of exhilarating water sports – go paddle-boarding, cruise over the ocean by catamaran, snorkel beside the coral reef and watch out for manta rays at Dickenson Bay. Venture to the tropical rainforests of Antigua for a chance to whiz through the green canopy on a zip line. For a slower pace, join a guided hike and listen for the calls of exotic birds. Then, for a snapshot of history and striking views, make a move to the iconic Shirley Heights. Looking for a little culture? Visit the capital, St. John’s, and tuck into a bowl of local Creole cuisine.

Antigua beaches.

Antigua beaches

Antigua is home to an abundance of beautiful beaches, so choosing which ones to visit will be the trickiest decision you make on holiday. Discover Runaway Beach, where the white sands stretch for miles, let romance flourish on a boat ride over to the secluded Green Island or see the pink-hued sands at Half Moon Bay, where surf fanatics can catch waves. From the thriving restaurants, bars and array of water sports on offer at Dickenson Bay, to the tranquil weekday atmosphere and sweeping views at Pigeon Point Beach, there’s a beach that will make everyone smile.

Water sports in Antigua.

Water sports in Antigua

Famous for its fantastic sailing conditions, Antigua plays host to world-class sailing events. With the annual Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April and the annual Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Regatta every November – it’s easy to see why water sports are hot on this island. Take a cruise on a catamaran, try kayaking along the shoreline or head out wind-surfing. Make a splash when you snorkel or scuba-dive beside the florid coral reefs. Whether you’re looking for easy-going or adrenaline-fuelled activities, plenty of our hotel resorts offer a variety of water sports.

Island adventure.

Island adventure

The best way to explore Antigua is by hire car. Create your own island itinerary and tick off must-see sights, as well as off-the-beaten-track treats. Make a pit stop to see the candy-coloured colonial architecture in St. John’s – and if you’re peckish, try a plate of Ducana (sweet potatoes and coconut wrapped in a banana leaf). Drive south to English Harbour to explore the coves. Back to the west, you can find exhilarating zip line adventures amongst the rainforest treetops. Afterwards, make tracks further west to Ffrye’s Bay or Darkwood Beach for a mesmerising sunset.

Antigua must-visits.

Antigua must-visits

Experience a dash of Antigua’s history and discover some of the island’s most iconic spots. No trip to Antigua is complete without a visit to the old fort at Shirley Heights. Soak up the sweeping views across the Caribbean Sea and English Harbour. If you plan to visit on a Sunday afternoon, you can join the Sunday barbecue party, with the sounds of steel-pan drums in the zestful atmosphere and tasty bites. Head down to Nelson’s Dockyard, in Antigua’s largest National Park and wander around the marina. If you have time, pop into the naval museum, or stay outdoors and walk the hiking trail to Fort Berkeley.

Spa tranquillity.

Spa tranquillity

The Caribbean is the perfect place to unwind and Antigua is no exception. Savour a slice of the spa life on a rejuvenating break. Lounge next to pristine pools, relax in fragrant treatment rooms and let any stress ebb away in a bubbling hot tub or steam room. Take a look at our wonderful section of hotels and choose your ideal resort with a serene spa of your dreams.

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