• Duration (nights):
    • Adults:
      16+ years
    • Teenagers:
      12-15 years
    • Children:
      2-11 years
    • Infants:
      0-23 months


Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands. But at just 14 miles long and 11 miles wide it won’t take you long to explore its landscape, towns and natural attractions. It is a low lying volcanic island with its highest point Boggy Peak, standing just 1319ft in the south western corner of the island.
Other than Boggy Peak, Antigua is mainly flat and covered with sugar cane, tropical fruit trees, exotic flowers and palms. It has 365 stunning beaches, a near perfect climate and loads to do so when you’re tired of lazing on the beach you can go sailing, diving or snorkelling.
Its neighbour, Barbuda, lies 30 miles north and is a flat coral island with only an area of 68 square miles. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve.
The islands warm, steady winds, complex coastline of safe harbours, and protective wall of coral reef made it the perfect place for Admiral Horatio Nelson to hide his fleet in 1784. Antigua was then established as Great Britain's most important Caribbean base
It is hardly surprising then to learn that the islanders’ way of life is governed by water with Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour at the forefront the islands yachting and sailing scene.
The entire nation has a population of approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. Johns’ on Antigua. This is a lively centre for shopping and dining. With its recently completed cruise ship dock, much of the tourist activity is around the harbour-front areas such as Heritage Quay and Radcliffe Quay.
Antigua offers the tourist much in the way of local colour and relaxation with its stunning beaches, wonderful climate and clear blue seas.
The currency on Antigua is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar (which is tied to the US Dollar) but the US Dollar is also widely used. Major currencies and traveller’s cheques can be exchanged at the international banks in St John and at many of the hotels.
Credit cards and debit cards are widely accepted by ATMs are few and far between.



See & Do
Whether you are looking for a holiday full of thrills and spills, or you just want to relax and soak up some sun, Antigua is a fantastic destination. It would be impossible to list every sight and activity there is to do, but below are a few of the highlights that await you.
  • Yachting
  • Sailing
  • Windsurfing
  • Waterskiing
  • Beachcombing
  • Surfing
  • Snorkelling
  • Scuba diving
  • Crab racing
  • Two Foot Bay caves, Barbuda
  • Bush safari, Barbuda
  • St Johns’ Cathedral
  • Museum of Antigua and Barbuda
  • Indian Town National Park
  • Devil’s Bridge
  • Half Moon Bay
  • Long Bay
  • Potworks Reservoir
  • Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Barbuda
  • Shirley Heights
  • Fort James
  • English Harbour
  • Falmouth Harbour
  • St Johns’
  • Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation
  • Dockyard Museum
  • Nelsons Dockyard
  • Wallings Reservoir
  • Cycling
  • Rainforest canopy tour
  • Dickinson Bay
  • Rendezvous Beach
  • Runaway Bay
It may not be on a par with Milan or the great European cities (but then again, with the stunning beaches do you really want to spend hours shopping?), but Antigua does have some great shopping opportunities.
As well as providing a number of super markets and food stores, St Johns’ provides the main shopping opportunities on the island. It offers a wide range of shops and boutiques offering goods such as perfumes, liqueurs, rum, jewellery, china, crystal, straw hats and baskets, batik and pottery.
Especially good are the Redcliffe and Heritage Quay areas, the latter houses approximately 50 duty free shops, restaurants and a casino.
If you want to shop with the locals there is also a public market where you can buy fresh produce and handicrafts.
Food & Drink
Antigua offers many wonderful restaurants offering a wide variety of cuisines. The majority of menus tend to cater more for the tourist industry by offering a range of euro-American style dishes at the expense of more traditional fare.
If you want to try something authentic, look out for dishes such as:
  • Ducana – grated sweet potato mixed with coconut and spices, steamed in a banana leaf
  • Pepperpot Stew served with saltbeef, pumpkin and okra
  • Various curries
  • Salted codfish
  • Souse – cuts of pork marinated in lime juice, onions, hot and sweet peppers and spices
Below is a selection of some of the restaurants you might like to try during your stay on Antigua:
  • Abracadabra, English Harbour
  • Bay House Restaurant, Dickenson Bay
  • Beach House, Long Bay Beach
  • Big Banana, St Johns’
  • Bumpkins, Falmouth Harbour
  • Captain’s Quarters, Falmouth Harbour
  • Catherine’s Café, English Harbour
  • G.G.’s, English Harbour
  • Hemmingway’s Caribbean Café, St Johns’
  • Jonny Coconat, English Harbour
  • Mad Mongoose, Falmouth Harbour
  • Sandhaven, Runaway Bay
The island also offers a good local beer in Wadadli and of course, fine West Indian rum.
Whether you are looking to chill out in the evening over a meal and a drink, or are looking for something a bit more up beat, Antigua has it all.
There are numerous wine bars dotted around the island such as:
  • C&C Wine Bar, St Johns’
  • Darkwood Beach Bar, South West Coast
  • Foredeck Waterfront Patio & Bar, Jolly Harbour
  • Groove Bar & Lounge, St Johns’
  • Tony’s Watersports & Bar, Dickenson Bay
If you want something a bit noisier where you can dance the night away, the island also offers several hot night spots. Below is a selection of venues you can try:
  • Abracadabra Disco Bar, English Harbour
  • Foredeck Waterfront Patio & Bay, Jolly Harbour
  • King’s Casino, St Johns’
  • Mad Mongoose, Falmouth Harbour
  • The Coast, St Johns’
  • La Casbah, St Johns’
  • Monoloco, St Johns’
There are also several events that take place throughout the year, these include:
  • February – Valentine’s Day Regatta (Jolly Harbour)
  • March/April – Test Cricket
  • April – Classic Regatta; Sailing Week
  • May – Pro-Am Tennis Classic
  • July/August – Carnival
  • October – National Warri Championship
  • November – Antigua Craft Fair
We have already seen that there is a wealth to see and do on Antigua. Your hotel will be able to advise you about local tours and excursions but below are a few suggestions to get you started:
  • Great Bird Island
  • Glass Bottom Boat Tours
  • Restored Pirate Ship Cruises
  • Redonda
  • Barbuda
  • Fishing Charter
Health & Safety
The tap water is normally chlorinated and, whilst safe to drink, may cause mild stomach upsets. Bottled water is widely available and you are advised to drink that instead. Dairy products are pasteurised and therefore safe to consume.
Healthcare is good but very expensive. You are strongly advised to take out comprehensive medical insurance before travelling. A Hepatitis A vaccination is recommended but not mandatory. It is best to check with your GP for current medical advice before travelling.
The island is safe but you are advised to take the usual precautions with your valuables and never leave your belongings unattended on the beach.  
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