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Brushed by the Caribbean Sea on one side and the Atlantic Ocean on the other, Antigua is an island paradise. Soaked with rum-infused vibrancy, its lush interior is awash with crayon-coloured villages, striking churches, fascinating historical sites, and adrenaline-fuelled activities. But, of course, it’s the 95 miles of magnificent coastline that are the real draw of any holiday to Antigua.

Consisting of rose-tinted sands, turquoise waters and stooping palm trees, the beaches here look like something straight off a postcard. From sleepy, peaceful bays to action-packed watersports arenas, there’s a beach here for every day of the year – and each one has its own distinct character. But the archetypal Caribbean vibes of Dickenson Bay and the shallow waters of Pigeon Point are the clear favourites.

If you’re strong-willed enough to haul yourself off the beach, however, you’ll be richly rewarded with a compelling mix of culture, history and hospitality. In the south of the island, English Harbour is a must-visit on your holiday to Antigua. This yachting centre is best known for Nelson’s Dockyard – a former British Navy base showcasing historical artefacts from Antigua’s colonial past. And, just a stone’s throw away, you’ll find Shirley Heights Lookout. This restored military lookout and gun battery boasts iconic views over Antigua, and makes the perfect sunset-watching spot.

Foodies will also be in their element on a getaway to Antigua. From quick fixes at roadside shacks to fine dining at gourmet restaurants, you’ll be spoiled for choice. Antigua’s national dish, pepperpot – a warm, hearty pork stew – symbolises the friendly nature of the country’s population. The island’s locally-produced rums, meanwhile, are a refreshing, soul-warming tipple. And it’s sure to have you dancing to the tune of a steel band into the early hours.

There’s no shortage of places to stay in Antigua, with everything from budget-friendly hotels to charming chalets. Saint John’s is undoubtedly the best area in terms of easy access to restaurants, shops and nightlife. But you might prefer to pitch up in one of the smaller towns and villages, like Falmouth or family-friendly Saint Mary’s. Our experts will help you plan the best Antigua holiday for you.

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English Harbour

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Things to do in Antigua

A holiday to Antigua offers the perfect mix of days spent lounging on the beach, enjoying high-octane activities, and wandering around fascinating heritage sites. Heading to the coast’s blush-coloured sands and blue waters should be top of the list, as there’s a wide selection of gorgeous beaches to discover. Dickenson Bay is perfect for watersports enthusiasts with all kinds of options on offer, from glass-bottomed boats to jet-skis. And Jolly Beach is the ideal spot to kick back and enjoy a cocktail under the parasols on the sand.

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Away from the beach, Antigua boasts a lush interior that’s ripe for adventure. Zip-lining through the canopy of trees is a favourite for all ages, providing a thrilling way of taking in the verdant surroundings. If you’re not a fan of heights, why not go kayaking through the tropical mangroves instead?

For buzzing nightlife, eclectic dining and great shopping, a day or two in Antigua’s capital city, St John’s, tops off a perfect trip.

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English Harbour

Spread around two sheltered bays, English Harbour is the finest display of Antigua’s rich maritime past. A key base for the British Royal Navy in the 18th century, English Harbour is now one of the island’s top tourist destinations, thanks to its mix of stylish restaurants, pretty beaches and historical attractions. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nelson’s Dockyard itself is a restored 18th-century British naval base, named for English captain Lord Horatio Nelson, who spent a number of years here.

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Shirley Heights Lookout is another spot worth visiting. If you take the time to trek to the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour beyond. This is also one of the best places in Antigua to enjoy traditional Caribbean music, sip a signature glass of rum punch, and marvel at the colourful sunset at the end of the day.

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Sailing in Antigua

Every year, Antigua plays host to the infinitely popular Antigua Sailing Week – the largest and most revered regatta in the Caribbean. The regatta began in 1968 and has been held every year since, drawing huge crowds of people and a flotilla of yachts, as people come from far and wide to join the festivities. As well as celebrating Antigua’s maritime heritage, this event is a great excuse for a party. Get ready to soak up the atmosphere, as bars come alive to the sound of steel bands, and rum punch flows into the early hours.

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If watching the elegant sailing boats drift past has you turning green with envy, then fear not. On your Antigua holiday, you can charter your very own boat and take it out for a full-day excursion around the island. The long glistening coastline is home to a fine array of secluded coves and bays, where you can stop off for a swim, snorkel and picnic.  

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Best time to visit Antigua

Deciding when to go to Antigua depends entirely on the nature and budget of your holiday. Peak tourist season in Antigua starts in December, when people begin flocking to the islands balmy shores in search of some winter sun. The driest period is February to April, and the latter is also when Antigua hosts its highly-anticipated Sailing Week.

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But, with winter being the most popular time to go on holiday to Antigua, it’s also the most expensive season. For an attractive mix of affordable prices and good weather, consider planning your trip in May, June or November. Rains are moderate during these months, while warm temperatures persist – so you can still make the most of the beaches.

July to October is hurricane season, so this time of year is best avoided.

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Essential travel information

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Antigua
Language: English
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Time difference: GMT -5 hours
Flight duration from London: A direct flight takes less than nine hours
Capital city: St John’s

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Things to do

Things to do in Antigua

A holiday to Antigua offers the perfect mix of days spent lounging on the beach, enjoying high-octane activities, and wandering around fascinating heritage sites. Heading to the coast’s blush-coloured sands and blue waters should be top of the list, as there’s a wide selection of gorgeous beaches to discover. Dickenson Bay is perfect for watersports enthusiasts with all kinds of options on offer, from glass-bottomed boats to jet-skis. And Jolly Beach is the ideal spot to kick back and enjoy a cocktail under the parasols on the sand.

Show More
Show Less

Away from the beach, Antigua boasts a lush interior that’s ripe for adventure. Zip-lining through the canopy of trees is a favourite for all ages, providing a thrilling way of taking in the verdant surroundings. If you’re not a fan of heights, why not go kayaking through the tropical mangroves instead?

For buzzing nightlife, eclectic dining and great shopping, a day or two in Antigua’s capital city, St John’s, tops off a perfect trip.

Show More
Show Less

English Harbour

English Harbour

Spread around two sheltered bays, English Harbour is the finest display of Antigua’s rich maritime past. A key base for the British Royal Navy in the 18th century, English Harbour is now one of the island’s top tourist destinations, thanks to its mix of stylish restaurants, pretty beaches and historical attractions. The jewel in the crown is undoubtedly Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Nelson’s Dockyard itself is a restored 18th-century British naval base, named for English captain Lord Horatio Nelson, who spent a number of years here.

Show More
Show Less

Shirley Heights Lookout is another spot worth visiting. If you take the time to trek to the top, you’ll be rewarded with panoramic views across English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour beyond. This is also one of the best places in Antigua to enjoy traditional Caribbean music, sip a signature glass of rum punch, and marvel at the colourful sunset at the end of the day.

Show More
Show Less

Sailing

Sailing in Antigua

Every year, Antigua plays host to the infinitely popular Antigua Sailing Week – the largest and most revered regatta in the Caribbean. The regatta began in 1968 and has been held every year since, drawing huge crowds of people and a flotilla of yachts, as people come from far and wide to join the festivities. As well as celebrating Antigua’s maritime heritage, this event is a great excuse for a party. Get ready to soak up the atmosphere, as bars come alive to the sound of steel bands, and rum punch flows into the early hours.

Show More
Show Less

If watching the elegant sailing boats drift past has you turning green with envy, then fear not. On your Antigua holiday, you can charter your very own boat and take it out for a full-day excursion around the island. The long glistening coastline is home to a fine array of secluded coves and bays, where you can stop off for a swim, snorkel and picnic.  

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Antigua

Deciding when to go to Antigua depends entirely on the nature and budget of your holiday. Peak tourist season in Antigua starts in December, when people begin flocking to the islands balmy shores in search of some winter sun. The driest period is February to April, and the latter is also when Antigua hosts its highly-anticipated Sailing Week.

Show More
Show Less

But, with winter being the most popular time to go on holiday to Antigua, it’s also the most expensive season. For an attractive mix of affordable prices and good weather, consider planning your trip in May, June or November. Rains are moderate during these months, while warm temperatures persist – so you can still make the most of the beaches.

July to October is hurricane season, so this time of year is best avoided.

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Essential Info

Essential travel information

Visa: British citizens do not need a visa to visit Antigua
Language: English
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar (XCD)
Time difference: GMT -5 hours
Flight duration from London: A direct flight takes less than nine hours
Capital city: St John’s

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