Antigua

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This small Caribbean island is a popular haunt for the beauty of its beaches and the tranquility of its waters.

The low-lying Caribbean island of Antigua is celebrated for its year-round sunshine and numerous long stretches of white and pink sands. In fact the locals are fond of saying there’s a beach for every day of the year. At 108 square miles (280 square kilometers), Antigua is the largest of the Leeward Islands.

Most of Antigua is ringed by coral reefs providing snorkel and diving opportunities aplenty. Grab a snorkel and explore the huge reef in the shallow waters at Long Bay. Relax on the crescent-shaped Half Moon Bay, one of the prettiest beaches on Antigua. It’s also popular with windsurfers and surfers. Charter a yacht or dinghy and investigate the coastline for secluded coves and private beaches.

For a change of scenery explore some of Antigua’s interior. Take the Rainforest Canopy Tour and swing through the treetops on zip lines deep in the heart of Antigua’s rainforest. Discover more of the island’s diverse ecology, geology and biology by visiting any or all of its four national parks.

Navigate the rugged terrain of Devil’s Bridge and marvel at the natural limestone arch carved by the sea. Visit Nelson’s Dockyard, the largest of Antigua’s national parks. It houses the restored Georgian yard that was used by the British Royal Navy during the 18th and 19th centuries. Visit the Dockyard Museum, located in the former home of Admiral Horatio Nelson, and view exhibits that chart the dockyard’s history. Go for a walk along the park’s hiking trails that lead you through tropical fauna and past old forts dotting the landscape.

At the northern end of the island is St John’s, the capital of Antigua. It’s a lively city with bars, restaurants and shops. Cruise ships dock in the natural deep water harbor so the area is normally full of visitors. Pop into the cathedral, learn about the island’s history at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda and check out the farmers market on Friday and Saturday mornings.

The most convenient options to move around the island are taxi and rental car. You will need a permit to drive on the island in addition to a valid driver’s license from your own country. The permit is valid for three months and there is a small fee to pay. Rental agencies will be able to assist you with obtaining one. Alternatively, use the bus system.

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Where to stay in Antigua

Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
4.5 out of 5
Five Islands VIllage, St. John's, Saint John
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is CA $532 per night from Dec 15 to Dec 15
This family-friendly St. John's property is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Galley Bay, Hawksbill Beach, and Landing Bay Beach. Deep Bay Beach ...
Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Valley Church, Valley Church, Antigua
Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church property is within 3 mi (5 km) of Valley Church Beach and Jolly Beach. Hermitage Bay and Runaway Bay Beach are also ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (614 reviews)
"Great place to stay and remain low key with lots of relaxation. Food was always delicious and the staff was very kind and helpful. The cottage style rooms are very authentic with great views. The property was always kept up and looked beautiful. I’d suggest looking into doing some of the local excursions, ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 20, 2021

Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Escape at Nonsuch Bay - Plunge Pool Suites – All-Inclusive – Adults Only
Escape at Nonsuch Bay - Plunge Pool Suites – All-Inclusive – Adults Only
4 out of 5
Hughes Point, Freetown
Situated near the beach, this all-inclusive hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Nonsuch Bay, Brown's Bay Beach, and Harmony Hall Art Gallery. Half Moon Bay Beach ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (161 reviews)
"The Escape at Nonsuch Bay is an exceptional resort. This was my second time visiting the resort, and I must say that it surpassed my expectations once again. The views are amazing, the room was clean, the food was great, and the staff was top tier. Michael provided EXCEPTIONAL service to my mother ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 12, 2021

Escape at Nonsuch Bay - Plunge Pool Suites – All-Inclusive – Adults Only
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Dickenson Bay Cottages
Dickenson Bay Cottages
3 out of 5
Anchorage Road, St. John's, Antigua
The price is CA $140 per night from Dec 4 to Dec 4
Located in Dickenson Bay, this apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Dickenson Bay Beach, Runaway Bay Beach, and Marble Hill. Antigua and Barbuda Institute ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (127 reviews)
"Friendly and helpful staff, spacious apartment and pleasant walk to beach and McKinnon's Pond. Supermarket (First Choice) is 25 minute walk away. Kitchen well equipped but lacked washing up liquid. Car park is quite small, so be prepared for tight maneuvers."

Reviewed on Nov. 27, 2021

Dickenson Bay Cottages
Tamarind Hills
Tamarind Hills
4.5 out of 5
Ffryes Beach, Valley Church, Antigua
Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church villa is within 3 mi (5 km) of Valley Church Beach and Jolly Beach. Hermitage Bay and Runaway Bay Beach are also within ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (28 reviews)
"The property is on the other side of the island, and the view was breathtaking - we had an one bedroom suite the view of the ocean. We had one major issue at this property our A/C unit was out for 24 hours, and the general manager nor the front desk receptionist did anything to accommodate us for ..."

Reviewed on Nov. 13, 2021

Tamarind Hills
Antigua Village Beach Resort
Antigua Village Beach Resort
3 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St. John's, Antigua
Nestled on the beach, this Dickenson Bay condo building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Runaway Bay Beach and Dickenson Bay Beach. Fort Bay Beach and Cedar Valley Golf ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (171 reviews)
"Very close to the beach"

Reviewed on Nov. 16, 2021

Antigua Village Beach Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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