Antigua

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Antigua which includes tropical scenes and general coastal views

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
The price is £355 per night from 1 Nov to 1 Nov
This family-friendly St John's resort is located by the ocean, within a 15-minute walk of Galley Bay, Hawksbill Beach and Landing Bay Beach. Deep Bay Beach and ...
3.4/5 (210 reviews)
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Reviewed on 17 Oct 2021

Royalton Antigua, An Autograph Collection All-Inclusive Resort & Casino
COCOS Hotel Antigua - All Inclusive - COUPLES ONLY
COCOS Hotel Antigua - All Inclusive - COUPLES ONLY
4 out of 5
Valley Church Beach, Valley Church, Antigua
The price is £446 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church resort is within a 10-minute walk of Valley Church Beach and Fryes Beach. Darkwood Beach and Turner's Beach are also ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (553 reviews)
"The view was great and beautiful."

Reviewed on 25 Oct 2021

COCOS Hotel Antigua - All Inclusive - COUPLES ONLY
Keyonna Beach Resort All Inclusive - Couples Only
Keyonna Beach Resort All Inclusive - Couples Only
3.5 out of 5
Turner's Beach, Johnson's Point
The price is £555 per night from 17 Nov to 17 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Johnson's Point hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Turner's Beach and Darkwood Beach. Fryes Beach and Urlings Moravian Church are ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (236 reviews)
"The food was excellent and the wait staff was there whenever you needed anything. A bit more entertainment would have been nice"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2021

Keyonna Beach Resort All Inclusive - Couples Only
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.
Dickenson Bay Cottages
Dickenson Bay Cottages
3 out of 5
Anchorage Road, St John's, Antigua
The price is £100 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in Dickenson Bay, this apartment building is within 2 miles (3 km) of Dickenson Bay Beach, Runaway Bay Beach and Marble Hill. Antigua and Barbuda Institute ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (125 reviews)
"Everyone was so helpful and courteous. The apartments were clean and tidy just needs finishing touches. Would I stay again. Hell yes. We love the place."

Reviewed on 11 Oct 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! (27 reviews)
"Each room is ABSOLUTELY STUNNING! The view is open from villa and although the sun floods, it's not overwhelming. Bancroft and Nafuna made the stay more comfortable than we could have imagined. They set everything up for us, including our massages, chefs, covod tests, and transportation. Don't be ..."

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2021

Tamarind Hills
Lord Nelson Hotel & Residences
Lord Nelson Hotel & Residences
3 out of 5
The price is £169 per night from 20 Nov to 20 Nov
Nestled on the beach, this Osbourn apartment building is within 1 mi (2 km) of Dutchman's Bay Beach and American University of Antigua. Jabberwock Beach and ...
4/5 Very Good! (1 review)
"Nice ocean view...helpful staff"

Reviewed on 22 Jul 2021

Lord Nelson Hotel & Residences
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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