Set in the heart of the Leeward Islands, Antigua is best described as a waterlover’s paradise. With a different beach for every day of the year and a long list of luxurious hotels, those sun-seekers amongst you have come to the right place.
Why visit ANTIGUA?
- Take a hike up to Shirley Heights to soak up the incredible sea views
- Follow in Nelson’s footsteps in English Harbour and the delightful St John’s
- Fancy a party? – Take your pick between Antigua Sailing Week or the Summer Carnival
- Head for the hills for a quiet day’s exploration amongst the forests and farmland
- Enjoy some serious sun worshipping on the hundreds of powder-white beaches
The turquoise waters that surround this enchanting island are home to a wealth of colourful marine life and coral-encrusted shipwrecks resulting in some fabulous scuba diving and snorkelling. The many coves and bays, which once gave refuge to Admiral Nelson as well as a few pirates over the centuries are now home to a flourishing sailing scene which culminates in the world-famous Antigua Sailing Week in April – an extravaganza of yachting and partying.
The island also boasts an intriguing colonial history with a strong naval tradition dating back to its role as an important Royal Navy base in the Napoleonic Wars still reflected in places such as the picturesque English Harbour, Clarence House and the UNESCO listed Nelson’s Dockyard. The Antiguan Carnival in July and August is another cultural highlight celebrating the emancipation of slavery with wonderfully vibrant and colourful pageants, steel bands and calypso music.
Antigua is also blessed with stunning scenery ranging from lush rainforest to beautiful farmland with banana, coconut and mango groves and to spend a day exploring the island’s interior with its colourful villages and old sugar mills is highly recommended. Just a 90-minute ferry ride away is its sister island of Barbuda with its almost deserted pink sand beaches and the frigate bird sanctuary where over 5000 frigate birds and 170 other bird species outnumber the locals by some margin !
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