With a plethora of fine beaches – there is one for every day of the year should you be lucky enough to have the time – Antigua is definitely the place to kick back, soak up that Caribbean vibe and take life easy.
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Where to Go in Antigua
Antigua has a distinctly English flavour, with narrow roads leading to pastel-coloured villages with English names, such as Falmouth and Carlisle. The island is perhaps most famous for its stunning English Harbour where you can explore the fully restored dockyard where Horatio Nelson lived for three years. Climb to the Shirley Heights lookout for spectacular views over the harbour particularly at sunset. If you visit on a Sunday you can enjoy the weekly BBQ and party until the sun goes down!
Sailing is an extremely popular activity here for both locals and international guests, culminating in the annual Antigua Sailing Week at the end of April.
For those intrepid travellers looking for more than just a beach flop there is plenty to keep you entertained –hike up Mount Obama, the highest point on the island, fly through the jungle like Tarzan on a rainforest canopy tour or take a boat trip to Barbuda for the day. To learn a little more about Antigua’s history a visit to Betty’s Hope, a former sugarcane plantation, is well worth a visit
Or, for something completely different visit Stingray City where you can snorkel with sting rays, as well as see coral reefs and tropical fish.
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When to go
The temperature variations throughout the year are very slight with the average being around 26 – 28 C. High season is between mid-December to mid-April when there is typically less humidity and rainfall. However, Antigua can be visited year-round and often there are some great offers to take advantage of if you are travelling during the low season. The main hurricane season is from mid-August to mid-October so we recommend travelling earlier in the summer months.
Flights: British Airways have daily direct flights to Antigua during high season and 5 flights per week during low season. Virgin Atlantic have up to four direct flights a week during peak seasons (flight time approximately 9 hours). There are also connecting flight options via Europe and the USA.
Typical carbon emissions for a return flight (Economy) per person: 660 kg.
FCDO travel advice: https://www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/antigua-and-barbuda
Time Zone: GMT-4
Eastern Caribbean dollar
Capital City: Saint John's