Antigua Holidays

Antigua Holidays

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There’s always something new to discover during your time in Antigua, where taking life in the slow lane has been turned into an art form. Stunning white sand beaches give way to historic towns and landmarks on this surprise-filled island.

Beaches
Known as the Land of 365 Beaches, you can visit a different beach every day of the year if you’re up to the challenge. From tropical retreats to bustling beachfronts, there’s a beach for every holidaymaker in Antigua. Dickenson Bay is on the west of the island, it has a gorgeous mile-long golden sand beach which overlooks the crystal clear sea as far as the eye can see. After a long day on the beach, stop by one of the many sports and beach bars scatted by the beach for a bite to eat or refreshing rum punch!

Food & Drink
Like most Caribbean islands, the food in Antigua draws delicious inspiration from its inhabitants over the years, featuring fresh seafood, jerked meats, and the finest rums around. For a truly authentic Antiguan dining experience, check out one of the beach huts serving homemade fungie and pepper pot, Antigua’s national dish. This staple meal is cornmeal and orka paste balls (a bit like dumplings) which are served with hearty meat or saltfish stew (the pepper pot).

Culture
Antiguan culture is a melting pot of the different people who have been lucky enough to call this island paradise home. European, African, and Carib influences come together to create a lively mixture of fun under the sun. A perpetually hospitable bunch, you’ll never be far from a new friend in Antigua. If you’re around the island at the end of July and early August, you’ll be treated to a fiesta of fantastic outfits, jaw dropping dances and a celebration like no other at the annual yearly Antigua Carnival. This must-see event takes place for two weeks, where the capital, St. Johns is turned into one big party!

Nightlife
The majority of bars and clubs are located in and around the popular English Harbour area. However, the highlight of any Antiguan trip is the weekly street party held in Shirley Heights, where locals and visitors come together to eat, drink, and dance the night away. Another popular choice for both locals and visitors to the island is the Mad Goose Man, this lively roadside establishment isn’t hard to see as the building boasts a brightly painted exterior. Expect live music nights, filled with traditional Caribbean music, plenty of dancing and a range of rum punch and bitter beers.

Important Information
Flight Time: 9 hours
Time Difference: -5hr
Currency: Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Official Language: English

Vaccinations
Please check with your healthcare provider for all up to date vaccination advice before booking your holiday.

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Top Antigua Hotels

The Verandah Resort

Long Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Halcyon Cove By Rex Resorts

Dickenson Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Starfish Jolly Beach Resort

Jolly Harbour South, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Cocobay Resort - Adults Only

Jolly Harbour North, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Hawksbill By Rex Resorts - Adults Only

Five Islands, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa - Adults Only

Dickenson Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Antigua Yacht Club Marina Resort

English Harbour, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Pineapple Beach Club - Adults Only

St Johns, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Galley Bay Resort & Spa - Adults Only

Five Islands, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Cocos Hotel - Adult Only

Jolly Harbour South, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Hermitage Bay

Jolly Harbour North, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

St. James's Club & Villas

Mamora Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Copper & Lumber Store Hotel Boutique

English Harbour, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

The Anchorage Inn

Dickenson Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Grand Royal Antiguan

Five Islands, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Carlisle Bay Antigua

Old Road Urlings, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Sugar Ridge Hotel

Jolly Harbour South, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Tranquility Bay Antigua

Jolly Harbour North, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Blue Waters Antigua

Hodges Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

The Inn At English Harbour Antigua

English Harbour, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Keyonna Beach All Inclusive - Adults Only

Old Road Urlings, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Curtain Bluff Resort

Old Road Urlings, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Ocean Point Hotel & Spa All Inclusive - Adult Only

Hodges Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Nonsuch Bay Resort

English Harbour, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Trade Winds Hotel

Dickenson Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

South Point Antigua

English Harbour, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Hammock Cove - Adults Only

Long Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Royalton Antigua

Five Islands, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Catamaran Hotel Marina

English Harbour, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Cove Suites at Blue Waters

Hodges Bay, Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda

Antigua Weather

Promising year-round sunshine and hot temperatures, there’s never a bad time to visit Antigua. The Island is made up of two distinctive weather seasons. From May to November, the island experiences occasional tropical showers whereas, December to April is very dry, with little humidity in the air.
Jan 25ºC
Feb 26ºC
Mar 26ºC
Apr 26ºC
May 27ºC
Jun 28ºC
Jul 28ºC
Aug 28ºC
Sep 28ºC
Oct 27ºC
Nov 27ºC
Dec 23ºC

Things To Do on Antigua Holidays

Shirley Heights
Not to be outdone by its neighbouring islands, Antigua’s take on the weekly street party is the highly anticipated Shirley Heights barbecue. Sunday nights come alive with island beats and the sizzle of barbecues frying up jerk chicken and the catches of the day.

Sail Away
The reliable winds that made Antigua a popular trade-hub back in the day now make it the ideal destination for budding water sports enthusiasts to perfect their skills. So, if you fancy yourself the next best thing to hit the seas, Antigua’s turquoise waters might just be the place to be.

Catch Some Rays
One of Antigua’s most popular experiences is a trip to Stingray City. Catch the boat over to the reef they call home, and snorkel alongside the friendly stingrays for an experience you’ll never forget.

Nelson’s Dockyard
Learn about Antigua’s fascinating history with a tour around English Harbour. Named after Horatio Nelson, who lived on the island in the 1780s, Nelson’s Dockyard is a popular day out for many visitors. The dockyard itself is still used today, playing host to a number of events such as the annual Antigua Sailing Week.