Antigua is a lovely modern vision of the Caribbean – stunning beaches, warm smiles and excellent year-round weather.
Located north of St Lucia in the Eastern Caribbean, it is famous throughout the region for the handsome English Harbour and the fun-loving Sundays of Shirley Heights. We love Antigua for its charm and versatility with fine sandy beaches backing onto stretches of open greenery and wonky verdant hills.
It is a true haven for sun-seekers and thrill-seekers alike, with a fantastic range of accommodation options. And thanks to the abundance of well-preserved coral, Antigua is a great choice if you’re a fan of scuba diving or snorkelling.
The culture is blessed with traditional Caribbean friendliness, drawing on influences from a colonial past that saw French, Spanish and predominantly British rule. There’s a lingering passion for everything English, mostly shown through a love of cricket and a reserved charm.
Nevertheless, Antigua (officially joined with sandy sister island, Barbuda) has been an independent nation for more than 30 years and has more than established its own customs and traditions.
Why visit Antigua?
St John’s is a cute Caribbean capital and one of the nicest cities in the region – there is a parade of pretty buildings and some excellent boutique shops and markets
The Sunday evening party at Shirley Heights is famous across the Caribbean for its calypso rhythms and infectious spirit – it’s been going for more than 25 years
There are secluded romantic beaches with beautiful white sand. Believe the hype; Jolly Beach truly has one of the best stretches of sand in the Caribbean
A dramatic and pretty landscape with forests, beaches and impressive National Parks
English Harbour is a large natural harbour that is a heaven-on-Earth for sailing enthusiasts – you’ll meet plenty of like-minded people here if you’ve got an interest in sailing