Discover: Antigua

Dickenson Bay
Home to the largest annual sailing celebration in the Caribbean, Antigua has long attracted those with a love for the sea. But you don't have to be a sailor to enjoy everything Antigua has to offer, so let's take a look and Discover Antigua.

Antigua is famous for it's 365 beaches ranging from pink to sun-kissed golden sands. Some of the most popular beaches to soak up the rays include Half Moon Bay, Hawksbill and Dickenson Bay, although this beach is usually busy as it's also home to Sandals Grande Resort & Spa. Snorkeling, scuba diving and sunset cruising are activities all visitors should try at least once.

Antigua also has a wild side: think rainforests, safari tours, zip-lining and hiking past sugar cane ruins, while neighboring Barbuda has caves with fresh water pools. You can visit a donkey sanctuary, see the blow holes at Devil's Bridge, or take a kayak tour.

Nelson's Dockyard
History buffs will love visiting Nelson's Dockyard National Park, which dates back to the Georgian-era, and other interesting attractions like Fort James, Government House, St. John's Catherdral and the Greencastle Hill megaliths.

Shopaholics will enjoy visiting the arts & crafts market at the West Bus Terminal, public market in St. Johns and duty-free shopping at Heritage Quay. Foodies can enjoy Seafood Friday at the Copper & Lumber Store, plus there's a great selection of bars, clubs and casinos around the island.

Shirley Heights
A trip to Antigua wouldn't be complete without visiting Shirley Heights. Once an 18th-century guard post, Shirley Heights is now the place to party and view the spectacular Antiguan sunsets - especially during the Sunday night barbecues when the steel band rhythms endlessly flow along with the rum punch.


Antigua Facts:
Population: 80,000
Capital: St. John's
Area: 442 square kms
Language: English
Currency: East Caribbean dollar
Average Year-round Temperature: between 25-30°C

Antigua Annual Events Not to be Missed:
March: Wadadli Day
April: Antigua Sailing Week
July: turtle nesting season
August: Carnival
November: Cricket Festival

For more information, visit Visit Antigua & Barbuda.



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