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. If you're a fan, time your visit for Sailing Week, which takes place during the first week of May.
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). Another great viewpoint is Boggy Peak - the view from here can stretch all the way to Guadeloupe and St. Kitts on a clear day.
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 shops selling local ceramics and woodcarvings.
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.
Antigua's lively carnival is held each year at from the end of July to the beginning of August, and features calypso music, steel bands, dancing, parades and a Carnival Queen pageant.
Hotels in Antigua
The eco-friendly Verandah Resort & Spa is a fantastic choice for families, thanks to child-friendly extras like a dedicated menu, children's club and splash pool. Honeymooners, meanwhile, will love Blue Waters, a beachside retreat with a chain of little coves and a standout spa.
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The Sovereign Standard
To help you choose your perfect holiday we have rated all of our hotels using our own system.
Classical Sovereign hotels are more modest hotels offering charm and character, or an exceptional location. Many of these hotels have been firm favourites with Sovereign customers for countless years and offer great value for money.
Luxury Collection hotels offer everything you would expect to go hand in hand with a luxury holiday. They offer high standards of service and attention to all those important little details.
Exclusive Collection hotels provide the ultimate luxury; they are the finest, most opulent hotels offering superlative service and excellent facilities, which will satisfy the needs of even the most discerning traveller.
Family Collection hotels are some of the finest family-friendly resorts and offer a wide range of facilities for both children and parents. Families can enjoy a whole host of amenities including fun kid's clubs, a dedicated children's pool and spacious accommodation.