Holidays to Antigua in 2014

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Holidays to Antigua and Barbuda

Surrounded by sapphire blue ocean and miles of spectacular coral reef, the Islands of Antigua and Barbuda are famous for their stunning pink and white beaches, glorious weather and laid back Caribbean atmosphere.

Whether you want to dive into the warm water and explore the reef, soak up the rich culture and history or simply stretch out on the beautiful beaches - a break to Antigua has everything you could want from the Caribbean! Made up of two small islands - Antigua to the south and the smaller Barbuda to the north – there are idyllic beaches, vibrant beach towns and plenty of water sport activities on offer. Enjoy a slice of tropical paradise as you kick back on the beach with a cocktail in hand. It won’t be long before you catch yourself saying, ‘this is the life.’

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Caribbean Paradise

Like the rest of the Eastern Caribbean, the islands have stunning weather and cool sea breezes making it the perfect destination to relax in the sun! With over 365 beaches to choose from you are spoilt for choice. Head to the northwest coast for the popular beaches at Dickenson Bay, St John’s and Hawksbill Bay or alternatively seek out the picturesque and quieter beaches on the southwest and south east coast at the resorts of Johnson’s Point or English Harbour.

If you’re looking for action and adventure, then why not try scuba diving or snorkelling which are found all around the islands or zip wire your way across the rainforest canopy before sitting down to the very best of Caribbean food and drink. For those who like to soak up some culture, why not head to English Harbour and explore Horatio Nelson’s Dockyard, or spend the day in the capital St Johns, admiring the town’s cathedral and shopping for local goods.

Things to do in Antigua and Barbuda

For those with little ones, a visit to Half Moon Bay is a must. Filled with crystal clear rock pools and plenty of hideaway coves, it’s the perfect place to kick back or make a splash. Adventure-seekers on Antigua holidays will like the abundance of water sports on offer including kayaking and snorkelling. Another must-see is the Codrington Lagoon on Barbuda, which is home to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary. Make sure you have time to sample the traditional cuisine too; spiced ducana – sweet potato dumplings – and freshly grilled seafood is a popular favourite with the locals. Afterwards, watch the sun go down as you sip the award-winning English Harbour Rum, named after the British’s past rule of the country.

There are plenty of ways to delve into the history of the country - the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda and the Museum of Marine life are home to an impressive collection of historic artefacts – from shells to shipwrecks. A wander around Fort James harbour is the perfect way to spend an afternoon and there are plenty of markets selling fresh food so you can immerse yourself in the local culture throughout holidays to Antigua.

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Important Information

Travel Information
Language: English, Antiguan Creole dialect
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollars
Local time: GMT -4 hours
Local airport: Antigua Bird International
Flight time: Eight hours 30 minutes

Hotel Jolly Beach Resort

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Jolly Beach, Antigua & Barbuda

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Flight + Hotel from £963.50 pp

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Halcyon Cove By Rex Resorts Hotel

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Dickenson Bay, Antigua & Barbuda

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Flight + Hotel from £1,000.50 pp

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Hawksbill By Rex Resorts Hotel

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Hawksbill Bay, Antigua & Barbuda

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Flight + Hotel from £1,195.00 pp

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The Verandah Resort & Spa by Elite Island Resorts

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Long Bay, Antigua & Barbuda

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St James's Club by Elite Island Resorts

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Mamora Bay, Antigua & Barbuda

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Flight + Hotel from £1,725.50 pp

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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

Caves

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.

Shopping

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.

Museums

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.