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Antigua is the Caribbean’s sunniest and driest island. Popular for its stunning beaches, water sports, and fantastic All Inclusive resorts. It is home to renowned spas, both international and Creole dining, and some fantastic live entertainment.
A big player on the sailing circuit, Antigua is a premium destination known for its trade winds. It also has a near unbroken coral reef, providing you with ideal conditions for shallow diving and snorkelling. The picturesque beaches offer unbeatable surrounds for relaxation, and it is said there is a beach for every day of the year. Enjoy a varied selection of local Caribbean and Creole or international food at the hotel restaurants. If you stay at one of our All Inclusive hotels, you won’t even have to leave the resort. But for those more adventurous there is plenty to see around Antigua.
Antigua is the perfect place to relax, with All Inclusive resorts providing everything you could need – so you don’t have to leave your sun lounger. Indulge in Antigua’s only Aveda Concept Spa at the luxury Sugar Ridge resort, or unwind in the open-air spa sanctuary at Jumby Bay Resort. Pamper yourself at our choice of luxury hotels spas and retreats.
The north west of the island is home to some of the best beaches in Antigua – Dickenson Bay has great facilities with bars, restaurants and plenty of water sports, and Runaway beach offers endless white sand. Green Island to the east is an uninhabited island, hire a boat and enjoy a romantic picnic. Half Moon Bay offers pink-hued sands and is great for surfing.
The Cove at Blue Waters offers popular Caribbean dining with a French twist, or visit Carmichael’s at Sugar ridge for sensational sunsets and delicious food. Jolly Harbour Marina provides a range of local Creole-style restaurants, and Nelson’s Dockyard has a selection of different eateries to suit all tastes. Le Bistro in St. John’s has a very good reputation for classic French cuisine.
The best way to see Antigua is to go exploring. Start by hiring a car, drive up to the old fort at Shirley Heights, to gaze down upon the beautiful English Harbour. Trek through the forests, go on a zip line through the canopy, explore the coves, or go horse riding along the beach. Venture out to see grand colonial architecture and some magnificent vistas.
Enjoy world-class snorkelling on magnificent coral reefs around Antigua. Or try unparalleled sailing off the coast, taking advantage of strong trade winds behind you. World Sailing Week occurs in Antigua annually. Shallow SCUBA diving is available and some surfing is possible around the island, especially around Half Moon Bay.
Spend Sunday night at Shirley Heights Lookout. Celebrate the sunset with a night of music and dancing. This party has been happening every Sunday for 31 years, overlooking English Harbour and Galleon Beach. Take in the sounds of the steel band and drink some rum cocktails. Sample the delights of a delicious Antiguan barbeque whilst watching the spectacular sunsets. Then get dancing with the local party bands, ready to bring in the night.
Travel across to Nelson’s Dockyard – named after the famous British naval commander Admiral Horatio Nelson. Home to Clarence House, Shirley Heights, and many of Antigua’s sailing and yacht events. Navigate the island to visit Sailmaker’s Loft, Mystery Pillars, and see the fabulous yachts moored to the old quayside. Stop at the Blockhouse Ruins, which overlooks the beautiful Indian Creek and the vast Atlantic Ocean. After this, be sure to visit Shirley Heights itself for a bird’s eye view over Nelson’s Dockyard and Galleon Beach.
Take a short boat ride to private Prickly Pear Island from St. John’s for a half day in the sun. This idyllic private island greets you with white sand and shimmering turquoise depths, perfect for snorkelling. You can ease into the Caribbean, swim, snorkel or just stroll along the impeccable beach. Enjoy your time on the island drinking cocktails and refreshments from the open bar. With a delicious home-cooked Antiguan lunch thrown in, you’ll never want to leave.
Soar though the Antiguan rainforest as you traverse a series of breathtaking ziplines, suspension bridges and rope challenges on this half-day aerial adventure. Under the watchful gaze of highly experienced guides, strap on your helmet and harness and get ready for an exhilarating ride through the canopy. You’ll cross a beautiful gorge, while taking in the sights of fruit trees, vines and boulders far below. A certificate of completion awaits the brave adventurers at the end of the course, after a ‘leap of faith’ drop from the canopy.