Glass Bottomed Boat Trips
If you want to enjoy the underwater delights during your holiday but don’t fancy snorkelling or diving, a glass-bottomed boat trip is the perfect solution, and great fun for families. There are many trips available and the guide can teach you about the underwater flora and fauna on the way. Expect to see a rainbow of multi-coloured fish darting in and out of the coral, stingrays, moray eels, sea turtles and if you’re really lucky, nurse sharks
Those interested in nature may want to visit the Bat Caves which are located close to English Harbour. This series of caves are home to thousands of bats and can be visited if you acquire permission 24 hours in advance from the National Park Authorities in Nelson’s Dockyard. It’s a fascinating place and well worth adding to your holiday sightseeing hit-list.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities to take advantage of during your holiday, whether you’re looking for a souvenir of your trip or some local rum. The duty-free malls in St John’s restored waterfront, Redcliffe Quay, are well worth checking out and sell local arts and crafts including pottery, batik work and wood carvings. You’ll also find designer brands, perfume and jewellery. There’s also plenty of markets on the islands offering a range of local crafts and beach wear.
Those wanting to learn more about history should spend an afternoon at The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda in St. John’s. Opened in 1985 by the Historical and Archaeological Society it has a number of exhibitions and artefacts which help tell the story of Antigua from its geological birth to political independence. It’s the perfect place to escape the sun for a few hours, and enjoy an educational and relaxing afternoon.
The twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda is one of the Caribbean’s premiere beach destinations and with a fabulous climate and immaculate swathes of soft sands it’s not hard to see why as whichever island you stay on you’ll feel like you’ve found your very own slice of heaven. If you’re looking for solitude head to Johnson’s Point on Antigua with its dazzling white sands and outstandingly clear waters. On Barbuda check out Pink Beach; with its pink-champagne coloured sands and relaxed vibe it’s the perfect place for quiet contemplation on a stunning sandy beach.
You’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to sunbathing, with a host of beaches to choose from ranging from busy and bustling, to peaceful and relaxing. There are an incredible 365 beaches, one for each day of the year, making this a fabulous way of exploring Antigua’s beautiful coastline. Weather wise you’ll be able to enjoy temperatures which range from the mid-twenties in winter to the mid-thirties in the summer so whenever you go you’ll be able to work on that tan.
If you’re the active type you’ll be able to take part in a number of water-based sports during your holiday. Both Antigua and Barbuda are almost completely surrounded by coral reefs, and so diving is a popular pursuit. There are many schools and centres offering diving opportunities for both beginners and experienced divers and you can expect to see a kaleidoscope of tropical marine plants, animals and shipwrecks; there is a whole underwater world to explore. Other water-based pursuits include snorkelling, fishing, deep-sea fishing and kayaking.
If you’re looking for a paradise location for your wedding or honeymoon then Antigua ticks all the right boxes. Not only is the location idyllic for all those photographs, but many of the hotels on the island provide special wedding and honeymoon packages
Things to Do
Aside from lazing on the beach and enjoying romantic sunset strolls, there are a host of things to do here. Taking a helicopter ride is a once in a life-time experience and a fantastic way of enjoying the scenery. There are also opportunities for bike tours for active couples, so you can stay trim and see the sights of the island at the same time. Horse-riding is another popular pursuit and there are several stables here which can accommodate your needs, whether you and your partner are beginners or experienced riders.
A holiday to Antigua and Barbuda is all about the romance; from strolling along deserted beaches, to enjoying a candlelight supper at your luxury hotel. If you want to add some special daytrips and excursions for that extra dash of spice why not book a day cruise? There are a variety of tours available on both islands ranging from catamaran trips where you can cruise to a secluded beach to relax and sunbathe, to eco tours which include a walk in the rainforest and kayak excursion through the mangrove swamps. Enjoy an all-inclusive Caribbean holiday like no other with a stay at an award-winning Sandals Resorts.
If you’re looking for a beautiful and relaxing retreat, hotel’s such as The Verandah by Elite Island Resorts has a variety of features that will make your romantic getaway one to remember. Aside from the fabulous soft white sand beach and breath taking sea views with lush surrounding tropical landscape, The Verandah allows you and your partner to spend quality time together whilst on holiday here. If you’re on a budget then hotels such as the Jolly Beach Resort, situated just steps away from delightful Jolly Beach, is another great choice, and offers an array of water-sports.
Eating out here is a feast for the senses with an array of options available. Restaurants, whether they be independently owned, or hotel based, offers exceptionally high standards and you’ll find everything from local dishes to international cuisine so you’ll have plenty to choose from. If you’re looking for authentic, unpretentious local fare check out Bumpkins at Pigeon Point Beach, a casual beach front restaurant offering a selection of Caribbean dishes and drinks at very reasonable prices.
You’ll find a host of options whether you’re looking for a chilled beer whilst enjoying ocean views, or a crisp glass of white wine on a chic terrace. Dennis Cocktail Bar & Restaurant offers great views of two of Antigua’s most spectacular beaches as well as delicious food and a range of cocktails and fine wines. C & C Wine Bar in Redcliffe Quay is another good place for wine lovers offering a sophisticated bar and chic interior decor.
Although you’ll find plenty of nightlife on both islands, Antigua is certainly slightly more up tempo when it comes to lively nights out. The choice of nightlife is extensive and you’ll find clubs, nightclubs and discos playing the best local and international music from reggae and soca, to hip hop and rhythm and blues. If you’re looking to party till dawn head to Luyo Sound System which has a DJ and VJ mixing eclectic music genres in one continuous session. If you’re more into your disco, then try Abracadabra Restaurant and Disco Bar in English Harbour.
You’ll find plenty of live entertainment options on your holiday to Antigua and Barbuda and can expect to hear the sounds of soca, calypso, reggae, jazz and rock during your stay. Both local and international artists play on the islands and there are plenty of options whether you like it up-beat or chilled-out. Try Café Club in Antigua’s Yacht Club Marina if you’re looking for a relaxed evening out. As well as an extensive wine list and great food, the club also hosts regular jam sessions and performances from live bands.