Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda

Photo provided by Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office
Photo provided by Antigua & Barbuda Tourist Office
Escape to relaxing Antigua! Enjoy its beaches, island views and entertainment.

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.

Known for

Beaches, Dancing and Snorkelling

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Where to stay in Antigua

Dickenson Bay
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Dickenson Bay

While visiting Dickenson Bay, you might make a stop by sights like Dickenson Bay Beach and Leeward Islands.

Runaway Bay
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Runaway Bay

While visiting Runaway Bay, you might make a stop by sights like Runaway Bay Beach and Leeward Islands.

Half Moon Bay
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Half Moon Bay

While visiting Half Moon Bay, you might make a stop by sights like Half Moon Bay Beach and Leeward Islands.

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Top hotels in Antigua

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Starfish Jolly Beach Resort All Inclusive
3 out of 5
Bolans Village, St. Mary's, P.O.Box W2009, Jolly Harbour, Antigua
£167/night
25 Aug-26 Aug
3.4/5Good! (1,264 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Jolly Harbour resort is just steps away from Leeward Islands and Jolly Beach. Hermitage Bay is 2.2 mi (3.6 km) away.

3.4/5Good! (1,264 reviews)

"Hospitality, food and entertainment was great. I wish the rooms were a bit more upgraded. The AC made noise when we turned it on and there was no toothpaste."…"

Reviewed on 21 Aug 2019

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort All Inclusive
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Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort Antigua-All Inclusive
3 out of 5
Dickenson Bay, St John's, Antigua
£145/night
6 Sep-7 Sep
3.2/5 (553 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Dickenson Bay resort is just steps away from Leeward Islands and Dickenson Bay Beach. Runaway Bay Beach and Marble Hill are also within ...

3.2/5 (553 reviews)

"The staff was friendly and accommodating. The rooms are clean, the beach is beautiful. Breakfast is really good I would rate it an 8. Dinner is regular all inclusive food that I would give a 5 rating."…"

Reviewed on 17 Aug 2019

Starfish Halcyon Cove Resort Antigua-All Inclusive
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Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Valley Church, Valley Church, Antigua
4.6/5Wonderful! (362 reviews)

Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church resort is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Leeward Islands and 1.9 mi (3.1 km) from Jolly Beach. Valley Church Beach and Fryes Beach ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (362 reviews)

"Great clean and looked very pretty. Gardens and beaches beautiful"…"

Reviewed on 22 Aug 2019

Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only

Popular things to do in Antigua

Dickenson Bay Beach
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Dickenson Bay Beach

Enjoy white sands, blue-green waters and thrilling watersports at this Caribbean beach, which is conveniently located close to the town of St. John’s. 

Nelson's Dockyard
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Nelson's Dockyard

Walk in the footsteps of Admiral Lord Nelson and visit the cafés, galleries and museum located inside the restored Georgian houses of this boatyard.

Fort James
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Fort James

Admire the view of the Caribbean Sea and St. John’s and examine the powder magazine and gun emplacements of this beachside fort.

Devil's Bridge
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Devil's Bridge

Appreciate the artistry of nature with this narrow strip of rock that stretches across a blowhole in the Atlantic Ocean.

Valley Church Beach
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Valley Church Beach

Sheltered by the broad arc of Lignum Vitae Bay, this captivating beach has tranquil waters, gorgeous views, soft sand and shady trees on the foreshore.

Galley Bay
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Galley Bay

Stay at the acclaimed resort to experience its pampering spa treatments and enjoy excellent views of the white-sand beach.