With a beach for every day of the year, Antigua steals the hearts of all who arrive on its shores. We can even help you find your own slice of paradise by sailing out to a desert island. Antigua has more than a beautiful coastline. You can eat freshly caught lobster by the beach, shop along the colourful streets of St Johns and party the night away at the weekly fiesta.
Protected by a ring of coral reefs, Antigua’s beaches are some of the best in the world. The coral gives the sand a special pink glow. With a rich sea-life, there are many amazing diving spots around the island. But don’t just explore the sea beneath the waves. Set out on a charter boat and find the hard-to-reach havens, even sail over to Antigua’s sister island, Barbuda, for a romantic escapade.
Relaxing at the beach is far from the only thing to do. Sailing enthusiasts can set out at the end of April for the world famous Antigua’s Sailing Week. Or you can watch the streets explode with colour and music during the Carnival. But you don’t have to wait for August to experience the party. There’s a fiesta every Sunday at Shirley Heights where history can be enjoyed with a healthy dose of steel bands and rum.
As the most historic outpost in the Caribbean, the whole of Antigua is littered with remnants of its colonial past. English Harbour and Falmouth Bay bring the island’s maritime history to life, especially at Nelson’s Dockyard. The old docks have been lovingly restored, holding a fantastic museum with some of Nelson’s own trinkets on display.
We’ll help you create a holiday that brings together the rich culture of Antigua with smaller islands so you can enjoy the perfect combination for your Caribbean getaway. Antigua has a prime location among the Lesser Antilles. Daily flights from the UK connect through Antigua with scheduled and charter services to less developed islands such as Anguilla, Guadeloupe and British Virgin Islands.
Blessed with seemingly endless sandy beaches, host to a superb frigate bird colony and surrounded by crystal clear waters that are just perfect for diving wrecks and reefs, Barbuda is home to fewer than 2,000 people on its 62 square miles and provides the ultimate antidote to the stresses and strains of modern living. Think peace, quiet, relaxation and the bliss of “doing nothing”, or if you prefer, doing “something” such as visiting historical sites, Neolithic caves or the small town of Codrington but all at a very gentle pace. Just a 15 minute flight from “big sister” island Antigua, Barbuda is easy to reach but we think you’ll find her difficult to leave.
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Capital: St. John's
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Time Zone: GMT -4 hours
Average Flight Time: 8 hours
The most generously sundrenched island in the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua’s fertile rolling landscape, tangles of rainforest and scattered candy-coloured villages are encircled by powder soft sands and the electrifying blue of the crystal clear Caribbean Sea. Small in size but not in spirit, Antigua offers the visitor everything from dreamy days on the beach to adrenaline fuelled water sports and scenic hiking trails, while Barbuda offers a relaxing escape from modern-living.
Our team of Caribbean experts are frequent visitors to the sunny shores of Antigua and Barbuda, and well-versed in the all the diverse attractions that this unique island has to offer. Regularly revisiting the resorts that we sell in order to stay up to date with all new developments, they are passionate about Antigua and Barbuda as a holiday destination, and committed to ensuring that you soon feel the same way!
The best time to visit Antigua and Barbuda tends to be between mid-December and April, when the weather is at its coolest and driest. By July and August temperatures tend to soar, although they are not usually unbearable; be aware that August, September and October are the months when the island is most likely to be affected by hurricanes.