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AntiguaAntigua and Barbuda

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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Top Hotels in Antigua

Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Valley Church, Valley Church, Antigua
The price is CA $484 per night from Feb 6 to Feb 7

Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fryes Beach and Valley Church Beach. Jolly Beach is 1.9 mi (3.1 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (525 reviews)

"Beautiful beach, although it is public. There are locals that come and sell items and try to mingle with the guests. The hotel pools (2) are beautiful. Each guests has a private bungalow, which is lovely but some of the rooms need a bit of renovating. We had a room with a private pool which was actually ..."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 4, 2021

Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
 Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
4.5 out of 5
Five Islands VIllage, St. John's, Saint John
The price is CA $549 per night from Jan 17 to Jan 18

This family-friendly St. John's property is located by the ocean, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hawksbill Beach and Galley Bay. Landing Bay Beach and Deep Bay Beach ...

3.1/5 (91 reviews)

"Staff great. Service great. Facilities great. All good."…"

Reviewed on Jan. 15, 2021

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
3 out of 5
Bolans Village, St. Mary's, P.O.Box W2009, Jolly Harbour, Antigua
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Nestled on the beach, this Jolly Harbour property is within 1 mi (2 km) of Jolly Harbour Golf Club, Jolly Beach, and Valley Church Beach. Fryes Beach and Darkwood ...

3.5/5Good! (997 reviews)

"Beautiful location, nice building design, BUT VERY OLD... Needs some TLC...."…"

Reviewed on Jun. 19, 2020

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa - All Inclusive
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.

Vacation Rentals in Antigua

Sunsets Views Villa
Sunsets Views Villa
St. John's, Saint John

Situated in St. John's, this vacation home is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Fort Barrington and 1.6 mi (2.6 km) from Galley Bay. Deep Bay Beach and Hawksbill Beach are ...

Sunsets Views Villa
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 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Dickenson Bay Beach and 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Runaway Bay Beach. Fort Bay Beach ...

4/5Very Good! (157 reviews)

"All good really. Particularly liked the gardens. The bedside lights in our room were too high on the wall! Seriously, that's the only negative I can think of!"…"

Reviewed on Feb. 18, 2020

Antigua Village Beach Resort
Tamarind Hills
Tamarind Hills
4.5 out of 5
Ffryes Beach, Valley Church, Antigua

Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church villa is within 1 mi (2 km) of Darkwood Beach and Valley Church Beach. Jolly Beach is 2.1 mi (3.5 km) away.

4.5/5Wonderful! (20 reviews)

"We loved the location, cleanliness and roominess of our villa at Tamarind Hills. Bancroft, Guest Relations manager was an absolute star. He made sure to communicate all information and issues related to the property. He was fantastic regarding getting us transportation, recommending restaurants and ..."…"

Reviewed on Feb. 17, 2020

Tamarind Hills
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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