Antigua is the archetypal Caribbean Island with its palm trees, dazzling white sand and crystal blue water lapping up on the beach. The sister island of Barbuda is less developed and somewhat smaller but it can justifiably claim to have even better beaches than Antigua.
Hotels in Antigua range from the comfortable 3 stars such as the Star Fish Jolly Beach Resort or the Hawksbill Beach by Rex Resorts to 5 start luxury hotels in Antigua such as the Carlisle Bay or the Curtain Bluff Hotel. The vast majority of the hotels in Antigua are on an All Inclusive basis where you can enjoy a wide range of local and international dishes whilst sipping rum based cocktails and sampling fine wines.
You will find many sheltered bays for snorkelling and lonely stretches of beach to stop off at. You will discover a few tell tale signs of a colonial past like the stone windmills that once processed sugar cane and many locals playing cricket looking to become the next Sir Vivian Richards, Antigua's most famous son! If you want to get out and about for day or so, island life wouldn’t be complete without tasting the traditional island cuisine. Make sure you take advantage of the fresh seafood prepared with spices, lime and coconut. The ‘Fish Friday’ at Nelson’s Dockyard is a particular popular dining experience.
With its many find beaches and reefs Antigua is ideal if you enjoy scuba diving or snorkelling. You could take a day trip to Cades Reef which is partially exposed and offers the chance to mingle with a huge variety of colourful marine life. You can also experience a yacht excursion out into the Atlantic whilst visiting the many coves of Antigua's east coast. A visit to the stunning beaches of Dickenson Bay and Pigeon Point is also not to be missed.
As is the norm in the whole of the Caribbean, the Antiguans love their nightlife and to have a great time so Antigua has many excellent bars with many nestled on the beach and offering stunning views, particularly at sunset.
In 1784 when he sailed into Antigua and established Britain's most important Caribbean base, little did Admiral Horatio Nelson know that over 200 years later the same enchanting characteristics that attracted his fleet would transform Antigua into one of the Caribbean's most popular and well loved islands with holidaymakers from around the world.
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