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​Holidays in Antigua


The beach is where it’s at on holidays to Antigua and Barbuda. There are 365 of them on Antigua alone – one for every day of the year – all coated in sugar-white sand and lapped by sea so sparkly it puts diamonds to shame. And Barbuda, Antigua’s little sister, basically IS a beach, albeit a slightly pinker one thanks to the crushed coral in the sand there. It’s a place where the wildlife massively outnumbers the people, giving it ultimate get-away-from-it-all status.

With so many coves and inlets to explore, there’s a stretch of sand for everyone on Antigua. Most beaches are protected by an outer reef, making the water invitingly calm for swimmers, and there’s fabulous marine life to discover if you strap on a snorkel. Turtles, sergeant major fish, stingrays and sea sponges are all to be spotted darting among the coral, while boat trips to off-shore reefs, wrecks and islets reveal a whole host of underwater wonders.

Holidays to Antigua and Barbuda don’t have to be all about the beach though, and inland there’s lush rainforest and tropical hillsides to discover, dotted with traditional thatched villages and the ruins of sugar plantations from times past. The brave-hearted can even explore the forest from on high, skimming through the trees on zip wires or climbing through the canopy on interconnected ropes and cables.

Plus, there’s the colourful Antiguan capital of St John’s to enjoy, with its baroque cathedral, vibrant morning market, and plenty of good shopping and dining. You can grab the chance to view famous homeboy Viv Richards’ cricket bat in the museum here, before heading to the very south of the island to explore the heritage sights of English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyards. Thankfully, this particular slice of British history comes with Caribbean, not British, weather!

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St. John’s

St. John's

The capital city of St John's is the lively heart of Antigua. It's a colourful place to visit with a busy dock, great shops and excellent restaurants. Stroll around to see the colonial buildings and don’t miss visiting St John's Cathedral and the lively market in Heritage Quay with stalls groaning with tropical fruit and where you can buy carefully crafted souvenirs.


Nelson’s Dockyard & English Harbour

Nelson's Dockyard

Admiral Nelson was a regular visitor to Antigua and the 18th Century Dockyard remains the only working Georgian dockyard in the world. Its historic buildings have been carefully restored and many now house boutiques and restaurants. The adjoining modern marina of English Harbour is the place to admire the many yachts at anchor in the bay and hosts Antigua’s prestigious Charter Yacht Show in December.


Shirley Heights

Shirley Heights

The hills overlooking magnificent English Harbour offer magnificent views of the coastline and lush tropical landscapes of the island. Named after the ruins of a fort, Shirley Heights is an excellent place for a walking excursion around the hillside, or to visit on the very popular Sunday evenings to watch the sunset and enjoy local food and the lively music.


Betty’s Hope Sugar Plantation

Sugar Plantation

The sugar trade was key to the development of Antigua and visitors can now see a restored and working sugar mill established in 1650 with its original windmill towers and boiling house intact. This is an open-air museum and has the interesting ruins of many other buildings to be seen. There are regular tours of the grounds and also an interpretive museum on site.


Devil’s Bridge

Devil's Beach

For a wilder side to Antigua holidays, head to Devil’s Bridge – a natural bridge hewn out of the rock by the incessant crashing waves, where the Atlantic meets the Caribbean Sea on Antigua’s eastern coast. Here the surf powers through blowholes, creating dramatic plumes of spray and offering the visitor a spectacular walk and dramatic views of the surrounding cliffs.

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Pineapple Beach Club Antigua - All Inclusive

4

Set in 30 acres of lush gardens right on a beautiful white sandy beach, this adults only property is a great place to have a laid-back holiday. Airy guestrooms are furnished in stylish Caribbean décor for a perfect stay.

The hotel boasts an array of daily activities from water aerobics, to kayaking and windsurfing, so there is plenty on offer to keep you busy. There are also several bars and restaurants with a variety of International, Italian gourmet and Caribbean specialities with a BBQ on offer too.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 3 restaurants
  • 2 swimmings pools
  • 2 bars
  • Wi-fi
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Galley Bay Resort and Spa - All Inclusive

4.5

This boutique adults-only Caribbean hideaway is set amid 40 acres of beautiful tropical gardens, facing the glittering Caribbean Sea and a palm-fringed white-sand beach.

Each of the 98 guestrooms are tucked into the landscape along the beach, providing you with a sense of privacy and each is equipped with a refrigerator, television, plush bathrobes and fully stocked mini bar. Spend the days relaxing by the pool, explore the picturesque lagoon with its bird sanctuary, or just indulge yourself with a massage at the spa.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • 3 restaurants plus a grill
  • Hair salon
  • Swimming pool
  • Evening entertainment
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Starfish Jolly Beach Resort - All Inclusive

3

Set in tropical gardens stretching along one of Antigua's best white sand beaches, the hotel offers relaxing guestrooms where you can admire stunning views and enjoy the Caribbean breeze.

The resort is minutes away from Jolly Harbour where you can find clothing shops, accessories and a supermarket.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • 5 restaurants
  • Sance classes
  • 2 swimming pools
  • Poolside bar
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Hawksbill by Rex Resorts - All Inclusive

3

Next to four uncrowded beaches, this appealing resort is surrounded by tropical gardens and overlooks Landing Bay. All guestrooms are set across the resort gardens in white chalet style accommodation, adjacent to the beach.

The hotel's restaurants provide an excellent choice of meals from salads, pasta, sandwiches to barbecue dishes, and on some evenings enjoy live entertainment in the Tamarind Bar.

Hotel Amenities

  • Free parking
  • Poolside bar
  • 2 restaurants
  • Wellness centre
  • Scuba diving
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St. James' Club & Villas - All Inclusive

4

Situated on a private peninsula on Antigua's southwestern coast between the calm beach of Mamora Bay and the perfect surf waterfront of Coco Beach, this is an ideal location for sports enthusiasts to try their skills at a range of water activities.

Relax at one of 2 white sand beaches or enjoy a peaceful dip in one of 6 pools (of which 2 are adults only). For foodie lovers, there are 4 restaurants not only serving delicious Caribbean-inspired dishes but also offering amazing views over the sea and Mamora Bay.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Children's pool
  • Golf
  • 6 swimming pools
  • Free Wi-Fi (Lobby area)
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The Verandah Resort & Spa

4

Situated on the beachfront surrounded by tropical gardens, the eco-friendly Verandah Resort is a perfect place to spend tranquil days in the Caribbean. Spacious Caribbean cottages will make your stay relaxing and enjoyable.

There's plenty to keep guests occupied with a range of complimentary activities on-site and the largest free-form swimming pool on the island. A kid’s club, family activities, and the 18 hole mini-golf course are also highlights.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Wi-fi
  • Children's pool
  • Miniature golf
  • 3 swimming pools
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Blue Waters Resort & Spa

4.5

Sitting right on the beach, this couples and family friendly resort offers great activities sure to suit everyone. Spacious and comfortable rooms provide breathtaking views over the Caribbean Sea.

There are bars and a good choice of on-site restaurants with a variety of drinks and meals to choose from. For an active holiday, choose from watersports including windsurfing, kayaking and much more. As the sun goes down, enjoy the live music including steel pan, shows and local music.

Hotel Amenities

  • 24-hour front desk
  • Fitness centre
  • Spa
  • Poolside bar
  • Kids club and pool
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All-Inclusive Holidays in Antigua

All-inclusive resorts are found in many different locations across Antigua, and all offer a great choice of amenities and entertainment. At an all-inclusive resort you will enjoy complete peace of mind knowing that your essential costs have all been taken care of so that you can just relax and enjoy your well-deserved holiday. What’s more, an all-inclusive arrangement represents great savings and value, especially when you consider all the different meal options and activities that are included. Make sure to familiarize yourself with these inclusions not to miss any of the great restaurants or activities available during your stay in Antigua.

Our top Antigua All-Inclusive Holiday recommendations

Galley Bay

Galley Bay

4.5

This tranquil adults-only resort is set between a peaceful lagoon and a sandy beach. Here you’ll find a tropical hideaway as you relax by the pool or find your spot on the blissfully secluded beach. The resort’s restaurants offer fine dining and there are great bars to choose from and even a rum-tasting hut!

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Pineapple Beach Club

Pineapple Beach Club

3.5

The Pineapple Beach Club is a popular choice for its relaxed feel and great all-inclusive programme. Apart from its stunning beach, the resort boasts five restaurants with a variety of cuisines and settings. There are great bars too, including the Outhouse, set high on a hill with spectacular views.

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Family Holidays in Antigua

Families are made especially welcome at Antigua’s many family-friendly resorts for a memorable holiday together. At these resorts, families will benefit from the savings and convenience of an all-inclusive arrangement, and with all essential costs are taken care will have no hesitations in enjoying their chosen resort to the full. Our family-friendly resorts on Antigua have lively children’s clubs keeping the little ones happy during the day, while in the evening the whole family will enjoy the great shows and entertainment. At the resorts’ main restaurants families will feel at ease with children’s menus to cater for those picky child appetites.

Our top Antigua family holidays

The Verandah

The Verandah Resort & Spa

4

With a relaxed village-feel, the all-inclusive Verandah Resort is spread out over a hillside overlooking the blue sea. Accommodation here suits family groups, and the gentle waters are ideal for swimming and watersports. The Kids Club is one of the best, while the Teenager Club offers a haven from parents.

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St James' Club

St James’ Club & Villas

4.5

Set in 100 acres of private grounds overlooking a tranquil bay, the St. James’ Club makes an ideal family holiday location where the calm waters offer the perfect spot for family watersports. Apart from the excellent Kids and Teens Clubs, families appreciate the suites and villas suited to family accommodation.

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If you're not sure which family resort would suit you best, give us a ring and our expert advisors can help you decide based on your wishes and those of your travelling party. They’ll also be able to advise you of the latest special offers and resort information for your selected family resort to ensure the perfect holiday.



Couples Holidays in Antigua

Antigua is a tropical paradise that will fulfil any couples dream holiday, be it one that is filled with activities and evening entertainment, or one with relaxing times together on one of the island’s 365 beaches. Prestigious resorts cater to every whim, and with year-round sunny weather there will be every opportunity to enjoy the activities on offer. For couples on a romantic break, Antigua has some of the most secluded beaches and blissful settings in the Caribbean and its resorts offer the most beautiful beachfront rooms that will place couples just steps away from powder-white sands and palm trees.

Our top Antigua couples holidays

Blue Waters

Blue Waters Resort & Spa

4.5

For a relaxing couples break at an elegant colonial style property, the Blue Waters Resort will be the perfect choice. The service and the amenities are of a very high standard and the resort sees many couples returning annually to enjoy its sophisticated restaurants, the lovely beaches and the great watersports.

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Hawksbill Resort

Hawksbill by rex resorts

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With an idyllic location next to 4 different beaches, the all-inclusive Hawksbill by rex resorts offers couples an unpretentious setting for quiet holidays on Antigua’s beautiful West coast. Simply furnished cottages without the distractions of TVs allow couples to just enjoy each other’s company and the sound of the waves.

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Antigua Beaches

Life’s a Beach on Antigua

A single visit to Antigua and Barbuda is nowhere near long enough to explore all its fabulous beaches – there is one for very day of the year! Just some of the highlights include the broad sweeps of Half Moon Bay and Dickenson Bay for families, and more isolated Johnson’s Point and Prickly Pear Island for seekers of solitude.


Jeep Safari

Jeep Adventure on an Island Safari

If you can tear yourself away from the beach, a day’s safari in a jeep or air-conditioned car around the island is a great way to see all its scenic landscapes and attractions. You’ll get to see the great contrasts between the lush greenery of Fig Tree Drive to the rocky viewpoints of Shirley Heights.


Stringray City

Meet the Stingrays at Stingray City

A short boat ride to Stingray City just off Antigua’s allows visitors to encounter and learn all about these surprisingly friendly and gentle creatures as well as to feed and touch them. Snorkelling and swimming among the stingrays is an unforgettable experience on your Antigua holiday and one that the whole family will enjoy.


Kitesurfing in Antigua

Learn how to Kitesurf on Antigua

Home to an International Kitesurfing Festival, Antigua is a great place to learn how to kitesurf in the constant sea breezes and warm waters of the Caribbean. See how experienced kitesurfers perform their moves, before learning the skills at the two kitesurf schools on the island. Afterwards practice your technique at the many ideal kitesurfing spots.


Sailing in Antigua

Sail out around Antigua’s coastline

Antigua has a big sailing tradition, and whether you captain your own catamaran, take a a glass-bottomed boat trip, or cruise round the island sipping rum on an organised tour, it’s great to get out on the water. April brings Antigua Sailing Week, one of the top regattas in the world, when the partying comes as hard as the racing.


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How to get to Antigua

British Airways and Virgin Atlantic operate regular flights from the UK to Antigua’s V.C. Bird International Airport, ANU. Flight time from London’s Gatwick Airport to Antigua is approximately 8 hours 45 minutes.

Weather and climate

The climate in Antigua is warm, tropical and fairly dry year round. Temperatures are normally around 30°C in August and a cooler 23°C in the Winter months. The rainy season is from September to November, but the showers are short with plenty of sunshine in between.



Antigua Quick Facts

  • Time Difference: GMT - 4 hours

  • Flight time: Approx. 8hrs 45mins to Antigua, direct from London Gatwick

  • International airport: V.C. Bird International Airport, ANU

  • Local Currency:Eastern Caribbean Dollar. The US Dollar is widely accepted.

  • Local Language:English

  • Entry Requirements:UK citizens require Full passport and return ticket. A landing card needs to be completed for local immigration.

  • Vaccinations: None compulsory.

  • Local Transport:Car rental can be booked through us with our rental partners.
 
 

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Weather and climate

Average annual temperature: June is the hottest month in Antigua with an average temperature of 28°C and the coolest is January at 25°C
Antigua is one of the driest islands in the Caribbean with average annual rainfall of just 1140mm. Traditionally, most rain falls during July and October, but light showers can be experienced at any time. However, good weather in the Caribbean is guaranteed and the weather in Antigua is practically perfect all year round.


Antigua Quick Facts

  • Time Difference: GMT - 4 hours

  • Flight time: Approx. 8hrs 30mins direct from London Gatwick

  • International airport: V.C Bird International Airport (ANU)

  • Local Currency: East Caribbean dollar (XCD)

  • Local Language: English

  • Local Transport: Taxis are available across Antigua but be sure to agree on a price before you set off. Buses are also available, but bear in mind that it's designed for the residents so many tourist destinations will not be covered – one of the most popular bus routes is #22 which goes from the West Bus Station and takes in the lovely west coast chain of beaches. Car rental can be booked through us with our rental partner, Alamo
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