A hub for sailing and sunbathing, Antigua offers the perfect holiday getaway for fun in the sun. Step onshore and you’ll be greeted by eye-catching white sandy beaches, splashes of greenery and stately colonial architecture. Next door is Barbuda, Antigua’s sister island with a more remote and laid-back atmosphere. Stroll by the busy harbour and you’ll spot luxurious yachts and upscale beach bars – this area really comes to life during the Caribbean’s annual regatta! Bathed by sea breezes, the island’s sleepy days give way to fun-filled nights with live calypso music and dancehall nightclubs.
One of the primary reasons to visit Antigua is its chain of 365 beaches (one for every day of the year!), world-famous for their powdery white sands and swaying palm trees. Top choices include the beaches around Hawksbill and Dickenson Bay, though couples in search of a romantic setting won’t want to miss the swoon-worthy ambience at Love Beach!
Like many islands in the Eastern Caribbean, there’s a colonial history to Antigua that can be fascinating to uncover. Learn more about the British colonial heritage with a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard, or visit Antigua’s original sugar plantation at Betty’s Hope Estate.
Cricket is a popular pastime in Antigua due to the British influence here. Sporty types can visit the museum in St John’s to see record-breaking bats, or attend a match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Scuba diving is a real treat here, allowing you to explore unspoilt coral reefs around Cape Shirley. You could spot an array of wildlife ranging from dolphins to colourful parrot fish. Or if you prefer to stay on land, you can take a trek through the island’s rainforest. Get a birds’ eye view of the foliage on a canopy tour, travelling by zip wire!