A beach for every day of the year
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.
Flights from the UK to Antigua take approximately 8 hours 30 minutes.
Antigua’s Caribbean climate means year-round good weather. Average highs hover around 28°C in June, while the coldest month is January at a toasty 25°C. The rainy season takes place from June to November, 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.
Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Antigua.
A 10% service charge will often be added to restaurant bills, however, for good service, it’s common to leave a 5% cash tip as well. Aim for a 10% tip on fixed taxi fares and a couple of dollars for porters and maids.
The official language of Antigua is English.
No vaccines are required or recommended for Antigua, however all routine immunisations should be up to date. For full details, please contact your GP.