Beach in Antigua
Antigua
English Harbour
Harbour in Antigua

Antigua holidays, dazzling white sand beaches and blue waters

A classic beach destination with a lively twist, holidays to Antigua offer a stunning mix of blissful coastlines, Caribbean charm and endless sunshine. If you can pull yourself away from the sublime white sand and sparkling sea, you’ll find that this is an island overflowing with history and intrigue.

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The beach is just the beginning in Antigua

A contemporary Caribbean experience in Antigua

Located at the heart of the Leeward Islands in the northern Caribbean, Antigua is ringed with incredible beaches. While it is dominated by British and West African culture, the influence of Portuguese settlers has added a laid back, Mediterranean flavour to the lifestyle here.

Antigua is a wonderful, contemporary vision of the Caribbean, with stunning beaches, warm smiles and excellent year-round weather. It’s famous throughout the region for its handsome English Harbour; a restored military lookout with spectacular views. We love Antigua for its charm and versatility, with fine sandy beaches backing onto stretches of open greenery and verdant hills.

It is a true haven for sunseekers and thrill-seekers alike with a fantastic range of accommodation options. Thanks to the abundance of well-preserved coral, Antigua is a great choice for scuba diving or snorkelling, whilst the dramatic and pretty landscape of forests, beaches and impressive national parks make Antigua an adventurous Caribbean island.

If your idea of paradise is sailing across crystal-clear waters, English Harbour is a large natural harbour that is heaven-on-earth for sailing enthusiasts; you’ll meet plenty of like-minded people here as you board your sailing boat. Back on land, you'll find secluded and romantic beaches with beautiful white sand. Believe the hype; Jolly Beach truly has one of the best stretches of sand in the Caribbean.

Stroll away from the stunning beaches and you’ll find St. John’s, Antigua’s cute capital that is one of the nicest cities in the Caribbean. Along the streets you’ll find a parade of pretty buildings, excellent boutique shops and markets for you to enjoy. Meanwhile, the Sunday evening party at Shirley Heights has been going for over 25 years and is famous across the Caribbean for its calypso rhythms and infectious spirit.

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.

Why visit Antigua?

  • Enjoy a vibrant local food scene, including succulent seafood like Mahi Mahi and lobster
  • There are 365 beaches on the island, that's a beach and day!
  • Antigua is one of the best places to sail or let someone else take the helm and enjoy a catamaran cruise
  • Marvel at the sensational sunsets at Shirley Heights
  • Experience fun parties and live music

Inspired? Tropical Sky also arranges Caribbean holidays in other destinations including Barbados, Mexico, Jamaica, Antigua, St Lucia, Bahamas, British Virgin Islands, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Grenadines, Cuba, Tobago, Cayman Islands, Aruba, Anguilla and St Kitts and Nevis.

Antigua Quick facts
Flying Time: 8 hrs 30 mins
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Time difference: GMT -4 hrs
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Capital: St John's
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Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
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Dialling code: 00 1 268
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Language: English

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