Antigua…. The beach is just the beginning.
Antigua and Barbuda is a part of the Commonwealth, positioned where the Atlantic and the Caribbean meet. They are two islands, well known for their reef lined beaches, fabulous diving and sailing facilities and the warm welcome they provide to their visitors.
Antigua provides among the best that the Caribbean has to offer its guests.Beautiful beaches, fine, fresh food, rum and steel bands. Imagine yourself on a Sunday night having a party at Shirley Heights, food on the barbecue, rum flowing freely, the steel band pulsing out its reggae beats. The atmosphere is friendly and welcoming. So much so that one of the most hated men on British TV (Piers Morgan) described his family holiday there “as the best 10 days of my life.”
In Antigua the saying goes, “Fall in love with the Island first, then with your resort”. Such a refreshing attitude compared to many of the other Caribbean resorts!
There is a little bit of everything for everyone in Antigua…
If beaches are your thing, Antigua boasts 365 sensational beaches, one for every day of the year, and each one with a different character.
- Dickenson Beach, very popular and very lively!
- Pigeon Point Beach, calm and shallow waters, ideal for children
- Crab Hill Bay/ Johnson’s point, remote and with fabulous sunsets
The names are so evocative, you can almost taste the rum punch.
Sport : Cricket is the national sport of Antigua, and is the birth place of one of the most well known of the Caribbean cricketers, Sir Vivian Richards. As befits an Island, sailing is also very popular, and with such beautiful seas to sail upon, that will come as no surprise.
Culture and History : Antigua was named by Christopher Columbus after he discovered it in 1493. It is named after the Virgin La Antigua in the Cathedral in Seville. Lord Nelson was stationed here to enforce British law among its Caribbean colonies, not just from the French but also against American traders. His presence is remembered through the restoration of the old Dockyard, now renamed Nelson’s Dockyard. There are a number of old forts and other historic remains to keep even the most avid history buffs entertained with naval stories and piracy!
- 268 Buggies, an exhilarating, but messy ride, on 4 x 4s, to be undertaken in clothes which you will not be taking home with you!
- Nicole’s Table, cooking classes, in which you will not just enjoy the food, but will experience Antiguan culture at its best.
- Swimming with Sting Rays
- Cruising and Trekking Adventures
- The Rainforest Cloud Canopy and Eco Tours
- Sailing and Cruising on every type of vessel imaginable.
For a general overview of Antigua
see my blog post 3 reasons to visit Antigua
Most of the resorts here are on the beach, and with such fabulous beaches, why not?
The one exception, and what an exception, is Sugar Ridge, set on a hill but with easy access to two beaches. Up on the hill, you of course have fantastic views of the ocean. Rooms with private plunge pools, a luxury Aveda Spa and well appointed gym, fabulous cuisine, and a “Buzzy” Sugar Club bar, with live entertainment make this a really good option if you want to get away from the beach without getting away from the beach! Sugar Ridge also offers villas for families or larger groups,
Sandals have a resort here, divided into a Mediterranean and a Caribbean side, set on the famous Dickenson Beach. Like all Sandals resorts, these are aimed at “Couples in Love”. It’s very easy to get married in Antigua, so if you are not married and your partner is plying you with local rum, there may be a reason behind it!
Elegant Hotels have some 27 luxury hotels and villas on the island, including the new resortare opening a new resort at Hodges Bay. Described as the “Ultra Chic beachfront destination for the stylish traveller, it boasts stunning ocean fronting apartments, villas, suites and penthouses. Do you take a dip in the sea or in it’s ocean fronted infinity pool?
Or you could be sitting on your balcony in a Superior Waterfront Suite at one of the Elite Island Resorts properties.
Elite has four resorts. The Verandah Resort and Spa is their newest, an eco-friendly, family friendly piece of Paradise, set on 30 acres of beachfront. Each suite has a verandah overlooking the ocean. The white sand beaches, turquoise waters, huge free form pool and extensive range of activities make this the perfect resort for a relaxing, romantic and adventurous holiday.
Once you’ve been to Antigua, you will be counting the days, hours and minutes before your next visit!
It is a year round destination with temperatures at around the early 20’s deg c in the Winter and late 20’s in the Summer. There are popular periods where prices rise and crowds grow, but we can help plan your perfect holiday.