Beautiful blue skies, gently swaying palms, sugar soft sands, and warm shallow seas, sun-soaked Antigua is the kind of island you dream about. It boasts of a different blissful beach for every day of the year. If you love nothing more than relaxing and topping up the tan, you’ll be in paradise but as the friendly locals will tell you the beach is only just the beginning. Antigua has so much to see and do. From historic sites and gorgeous scenery to activities and adventures on and off shore, there’s something for everybody here.
If you enjoy sightseeing, top of your list should be Antigua’s biggest attraction – Nelson’s dockyard. It was developed as a base for the British Navy during colonial times. The dockyard is named after Admiral Horatio Nelson who spent three years here in the 1780s. Today, it’s the only working Georgian dock yard in the world. Its buildings have been carefully restored to resemble a colonial village with some lovely little shops, restaurants, museums, and a gallery. It’s a charming place to explore giving you a glimpse of a bygone era.
The colonial theme continues at Betty’s Hope, Antigua’s first sugar plantation founded in the 1650s. The plantation provided livelihoods for generations of Antiguans during British rule, it’s one of Antigua’s most important historical sites.
At Surely Heights, you can experience the best views on the island. Once the lookout force of the British military, it’s now the most photographed spot on the island offering breathtaking views of Falmouth and English harbors.
If you are not keen on sightseeing perhaps you would like to try something a little different. Antigua offers an abundance of exciting experiences such as rainforest ziplining or how about exploring Antigua in a 4×4 Jeep. They are able to reach remote parts of the island most visitors never get to see. Discover the real Antigua as you pass through tiny villages along hidden trails and coastal roads. It is a thrilling way to explore this beautiful island.
Swimming and Snorkeling
If the lure of Antigua’s crystal-clear sea proves too irresistible, there are plenty of tours that offer the opportunity to get in or on the water. How about swimming and snorkeling with enchanting stingrays? With the help of expert guides, you’ll be able to pet and even feed these graceful creatures in their natural environment. It is an unforgettable experience. Alternatively, you could take to the calm waters in a kayak paddle through mangroves and glide over tranquil lagoons teeming with sea life. If you have never tried kayaking before, where better to give it a go than the beautiful Caribbean.
For something a little more action-packed, how about participating in a head-to-head yacht race? Antigua is perfect for sailing thanks to its excellent trade winds. Each April, the island hosts a major regatta. No sailing experience is necessary as you’ll be shown the ropes by your friendly crew. You can also try your hand at sail trimming, winch grinding, or even driving. If that looks a bit too energetic you may prefer to simply sit back and enjoy the ride. Either way, it’s great fun and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in an exciting Caribbean yacht race.
So whether you are into sightseeing and scenery activity and adventure or you simply want to soak up the sun, you can look forward to a wonderful day ashore on the island of Antigua.