Two islands of stunning beauty nestled in the idyllic Caribbean, you’ll find countless things to do in Antigua and Barbuda – whether it’s lazing on the beach, being pampered in your classy resort, watching the sunset from Shirley Heights or exploring the historic Nelson’s Dockyard.
Antigua and Barbuda attractions will entice anybody searching for a holiday break that encompasses luxury and paradisiac values, with a string of fantastic hotels and resorts catering to your every need, while the natural attractions will sweep you off your feet with equal prowess.
The island of Antigua is home to a staggering 365 beaches – one for every day of the year you might say - as well as boasting great energy and infrastructure to help support its tourism influx. Barbuda possesses equally impressive beaches, but is not as developed as its big sister, lending a more sedate and privatised ambience to the island.
Wine and Dine
Antigua and Barbuda is home to some delicious culinary treats for visitors to dig into. If you like barbecued meat, fresh seafood and aromatic spices, you’ve certainly come to the right place. One of the most famous dishes found on the island is the pepperpot, a stew containing delicious vegetables. Another popular local dish is ducana, a sweet potato dumpling which is often served with traditional salt cod and vegetables.
The capital of Saint John’s is home to some of the most diverse culinary treats, with many international restaurants on offer for tourists. Touloulou Bar & Restaurant cooks up tasty Asian food, while C + C Wine Bar specialise in tapas.
For a local flavour, some of the best Caribbean-style joints will be found on the island of Antigua, including Cecilia’s High Point Café, The Hideout and Roti King.
Action and Adventure
Adventurous types will find many things to do in Antigua and Barbuda, especially when immersed in the nation’s beautiful surrounding waters. You’ll find an engaging sailing culture spread across the coastlines of both islands, and taking to the water on a boat trip can provide an exciting adventure for some, and a relaxing experience for others.
Getting under the water will afford you with a holiday thrill or two, and nothing is more thrilling than a snorkelling trip at Stingray City. Get up close and personal with the mysterious creatures and learn more about their habitat. Diving is another great option for those that want to get their pulse’s racing. There are numerous operators on the islands offering trips beneath the waves where you could be lucky enough to spot sharks and turtles.
A retreat to a Caribbean island is always going to get those heart strings playing, and flocking to Antigua and Barbuda with your loved one will certainly have you indulging in a romantic vibe. Taking to the myriad of gorgeous beaches will help to set the scene, whether you choose to lay side-by-side on Valley Church Beach, Darkwood Beach or Galley Bay Beach, any will do. Later you can explore the beaches further with a horse riding excursion along the pristine sands.
To make the most of the sunset, head to the imposing Pillars of Hercules. The colours created by the reflective sunset are as romantic as they are hypnotic, beautifully contrasting the blue of the ocean. To top off a romantic day, head to one of the bars in the English Harbour area and grab a refreshingly strong cocktail, before returning to your resort for a relax in the hot tub. The inevitable holiday romance is one of the most welcomed attractions.
Recharge and Relax
If sitting on perfect beaches in idyllic locations isn’t enough to get your batteries refilled, don’t fret – you’ll find countless activities to help you chill. Beyond the deserted bays and shallow warm waters, you’ll find breath-taking vistas and relaxing leisure activities.
The Monk’s Hill lookout provides you with some stunning views of Antigua’s Falmouth Harbour, and it is a perfect place to head for an afternoon picnic with freshly-bought fruit, or alternatively for a romantic sunset.
Others may find that taking to the fantastic Cedar Valley Golf Club will help them to chill out. The peaceful ambience and sea views will keep you relaxed even if you find yourself a little off your game. If you’ve got a few aches and pains after your round, head back to one of the magnificent island resorts and get a massage or treatment.
Festivals and Parties
There are some exciting occasions adorning the calendar in Antigua and Barbuda, promising colour, vibrancy and flavour.
The month of April welcomes the Seafood Festival to Antigua – a celebration of the richness of the Caribbean Sea and the tasty treats that emerge from it. You can tuck into all manner of fish and shellfish specialities, with much of it barbecued before your eyes. Also in April you can witness the fantastic and sophisticated Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, one of the famous classic boat races in the world.
The colour and lively atmosphere is one of the most alluring attractions, and you’ll find this amped up even higher for a two-week period spanning the end of July and the beginning of August. The Antigua Carnival comes to town, and with it surfaces vibrant colours, dancing, pumping music and captivating parades.