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Antigua

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

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
Cocobay Resort - All Inclusive - Adults Only
4 out of 5
Valley Church, Valley Church, Antigua
The price is £292 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church resort 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! (464 reviews)

"Coco bay was recommend to me by a friend and it did not disappoint. It was the perfect covid anniversary getaway for my husband and I. The property is beautiful and very authentic island tropical. It was very relaxing with beautiful beaches pools and our room was amazing. The food was wonderful and ..."…"

Reviewed on 30 Jul 2020

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

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

3.2/5 (81 reviews)

"Beautiful property and very nice amenities. The location is also great, right on a small emerald bay between the hills. The all inclusive aspect was great as well, nice not needing to carry around credit card or personal info. They put a small rope bracelet with a charm on it on your wrist and you ..."…"

Reviewed on 9 Mar 2020

Royalton Antigua Resort and Spa – All Inclusive
COCOS Hotel Antigua - All Inclusive - COUPLES ONLY
COCOS Hotel Antigua - All Inclusive - COUPLES ONLY
3.5 out of 5
Valley Church Beach, Valley Church, Antigua
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is £286 per night

Nestled on the beach, this Valley Church resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Fryes Beach and Valley Church Beach. Jolly Beach is 1.6 mi (2.6 km) away.

4.6/5Wonderful! (412 reviews)

"There is no other place in Antigua you should stay. That is unless you want a typical boring American-style hotel and a large hotel feeling with buffets included. Cocos is an absolute dream with its stunning rooms, outdoor showers (glorious!!), great food/drinks, perfect beaches. We passed other ..."…"

Reviewed on 27 Jul 2020

COCOS Hotel Antigua - All Inclusive - COUPLES ONLY

Popular places to visit in Antigua

Jolly Beach
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Jolly Beach

4/5(31 reviews)

Nothing says holiday like spending a lazy day at Jolly Beach, a popular beach in Jolly Harbour. While in this relaxing area, you can savour the top-notch restaurants.

Dickenson Bay Beach
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Dickenson Bay Beach

4.5/5(39 reviews)

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

4.5/5(57 reviews)

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

Valley Church Beach
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Valley Church Beach

4.5/5(13 reviews)

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.

Runaway Bay Beach
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Runaway Bay Beach

4/5(16 reviews)

Enjoy the utterly serene ambiance on this isolated strand, go horseback riding and gaze up at the rocky Corbinson Point.

Galley Bay
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Galley Bay

4.5/5(18 reviews)

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

Top things to do in Antigua

Swim & Snorkel at Stingray City
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Swim & Snorkel at Stingray City

£39
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Half Moon Bay 4x4 Safari with Lunch
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Half Moon Bay 4x4 Safari with Lunch

£86
Per adult
Shirley Heights Lookout Party
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Shirley Heights Lookout Party

£46
Per adult
Shirley Heights Sunset Party In Antigua
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Shirley Heights Sunset Party In Antigua

£36
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Antigua Eco Adventure with Snorkeling & Lunch
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Antigua Eco Adventure with Snorkeling & Lunch

£90
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Runaway Beach Day in Antigua
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Runaway Beach Day in Antigua

£31
Per adult