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A beach for every day of the year

Antigua

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.

Natasha Starkin

A visit to Stingray City is a must-do for any marine-life lovers. Being able to swim so close to a stingray was as unique and unforgettable as it was scary. A fantastic experience I would love to have again!

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Destinations in Antigua
Dian Bay
Dian Bay shows off Antigua’s wild side – it’s where the Atlantic Ocean cuts out sandy coves and rugged peninsulas. The popular Devil’s Bridge rock arch is right next door, too.
Jolly Harbour
West coast Jolly Harbour does exactly what it says on the tin – it’s a friendly harbour resort with a yacht-lined marina and a handful of crescent-moon beaches.
St. John's
St. John’s is the colourful capital city of Antigua. It arranges a cruise ship harbour, colonial forts, candy-coloured restaurants and sandy beaches around a deep bay in the island’s north-west.

St. Mary's
St. Mary’s is a parish in the south-west corner of Antigua. Exclusive harbours and beaches trim the coastline, which rises towards the highest hill in Antigua – emerald-green Mount Obama.

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Flight Information

Flights from the UK to Antigua take approximately 8 hours 30 minutes.

When to go

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.

Visa Information

Currently visas are not required for UK citizens travelling to Antigua.

Tipping

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.

Introduction to languages

The official language of Antigua is English.

Health 

No vaccines are required or recommended for Antigua, however all routine immunisations should be up to date. For full details, please contact your GP.  

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Our pick of the top hotels in Antigua
Every one of our hotels is handpicked and personally visited by our team

Blue Waters & Cove Suites Antigua

Antigua, St Johns
Everywhere you turn, St. John’s is mixing vibrant heritage with an upmarket crowd, from Redcliffe Quay’s swanky shops and restaurants to the Saturday morning fruit markets.

Carlisle Bay Antigua

Antigua, St Mary's

Galley Bay Resort and Spa

Antigua, St Johns
St. John’s, Antigua's colourful capital, is perched on the northern coast of the island, covering four square miles of markets, restaurants and candy-coloured buildings.

Sugar Ridge

Antigua, Jolly Harbour

The Verandah Resort & Spa

Antigua, Dian Bay
Located on the unspoilt Northeast Coast, The Verandah Resort & Spa provides the perfect location from which to indulge in some peace, tranquillity and relaxation.
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