What You Can Expect On A Holiday To Antigua
Boasting 365 beaches, one for each day of the year so they say, there’s no denying that an Antigua holiday will leave you captivated. Antigua’s capital is St John’s, one of the prettiest capitals in the Caribbean with its colourful gingerbread houses, eye-catching cathedral and colonial style architecture. As well as a large cruise terminal, St John’s is a haven for shopping with the popular Heritage Quay home to all kinds of duty free shops and the arts and crafts market a fabulous place to visit to pick up locally made souvenirs.
What To See And Do On Your Antigua Holiday
Explore endless stretches of white sugary sands and crystal clear turquoise waters create the perfect picture postcard moment whilst the island’s countless coral reefs are just waiting to be explored. If you fancy some time away from the sun loungers, check out the zip line tours, island safaris and incredible mountain scenery where you’ll find coconut, banana and mango groves and idyllic villages dotted around. Holidays in Antigua can be as peaceful or as lively as you want them to be and if you like to party why not try the brilliant D-Boat experience. A former oil tanker has been masterfully transformed into a one stop party destination complete with waterslides, trampolines, a bar and restaurant and promises a fun filled experience for all.
If you book your Antigua holiday in July and August, you’re in for a real treat with the unmissable Antigua Carnival. Expect the streets of St Johns to come alive with colour, costumes and dancing plus a variety of events taking place throughout the island.
History buffs and naval aficionados will love the UNESCO World Heritage Site that is Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour, named in honour of Admiral Horatio Nelson who served in Antigua in the late 1700’s. Historic forts, the Dockyard Museum and an array of shops, restaurants and hotels attract countless visitors every year. Another must visit in this part of the island is the magnificent Shirley Heights, sitting high above English Harbour. Don’t miss the legendary Sunday BBQ where steel bands, lip smacking food and breath-taking sunsets are the order of the day.
Antigua is a renowned destination in the Caribbean for sailing and plays host to one of the most important events on the annual sailing calendar. The Antigua Sailing Week is a world-famous regatta taking place every April on the island and attracts yachtsmen from all over the globe. Cricket is also massive in Antigua and if you book your Antigua holiday between January and July you can reserve tickets to see the West Indies play at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Barbuda is Antigua’s beautiful sister island and is well worth the hour and a half ferry ride. Miles of distinctive pink sand make Barbuda a unique destination in the Caribbean whilst the Frigate Bird Sanctuary is a must see for all nature lovers with over 170 different species of birds.
Fast Facts About Antigua
English and Antiguan Creole
- Time Difference:
Antigua is 5 hours behind the UK
Eastern Caribbean $
- Flight Time:
Approx. 9 hours
- Visa Required:
British Passport holders don’t need a visa to visit Antigua. Your passport should be valid for a minimum period of 6 months from the date of entry into Antigua.
Temperatures range from the high 20’s in winter and low 30’s in summer. The rainy season runs from July to November. Hurricane season runs from June until November.
Antigua Holiday Deals
Our Best Selling Antigua Hotels
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Where to Stay in Antigua
Antigua is a fairly small island so you can stay in any area. The hotels are generally all on the coast. The beaches in Antigua are gorgeous but we tend to like the ones in the south better, like Carlise Bay and English Harbour, as the sand is finer. If you like History stay in Nelson’s Dockyard– there’s lots of bustle there from April to July as many events happen like Antigua Sailing Week. The Capital is St John’s but there aren’t really any hotels there.
Booking Your Holiday to Antigua
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With so many islands in the Caribbean it can be difficult to choose where to go – if you need any advice just ask! We are a Caribbean specialist travel agency so we can help you decide which island would best suit your holiday style. You can also check out our travel blog if you need some inspiration.