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Dian Bay, Antigua

Luxury Antigua Holidays

Antigua is said to have 365 beaches, one for every day of the year. We haven't counted them, but you'll certainly be spoilt for choice, with everything from pretty scalloped coves to endless stretches of deserted sand artfully decorated with driftwood.

There's a lot more to the island than just the beaches, though. Antigua's maritime heritage goes back to the 18th century, when Horatio Nelson arrived to develop the island's naval facilities, and it's still a centre for some of the best sailing in the Caribbean.

You can discover more about Antigua's colonial history at Nelson's Dockyard and the ruined barracks at Shirley Heights (which also offer a fantastic - and much-photographed - view over English Harbour). The historic capital of St. John's throws up some unexpected cultural highlights, with its majestic cathedral and handful of museums. It's also a top spot for shopping - head to Redcliffe Quay and Heritage Quay for duty-free buys and local ceramics.

In the north-east of the island is Indian Town, a national park. Its most famous feature is Devil's Bridge, a natural limestone arch that's been carved out by the Atlantic waves. There are some great walks through the park, as well as a few picnicking spots.

Practical information

Flight time
Flight time from the UK to Antigua is approximately 8.5 hours.

When to go
Antigua's Caribbean climate means year-round good weather. Average highs hover around 28C in June, while the coldest month is January at a toasty 25C. Average daily sunshine tops 10 hours in summer, while the rainy season takes places around September to February, with October racking up the most rainfall - unlike the constant drizzle we often get at home, Caribbean rain tends to fall in short, sharp bursts, usually followed by sunshine and blue skies. One of the best times to visit Antigua is late July-early August, when the annual carnival is held - expect calypso music, steel bands and parades.

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