If you love beaches then Antigua is your dream vacation. With 365 different beaches, there’s one for every day of the year. Antigua’s soft plains and low rolling hills are dotted with old mills that used to service the sugar plantations.
The scenery changes quite suddenly as you travel around the island. The roads will lead you through pineapple and mango groves and on into a tropical, semi-parched landscape before plunging you into lush rainforest.
First discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493, Antigua was colonized by the British in 1632. You can see why the colonists felt at home. The hills are almost rolling like the English countryside – in fact if it was not for the weather you could be in Cornwall – well, almost! English Harbor, frequented by Nelson and other famous (and infamous!) seafolk, takes you right back in time to the colonial days of the Caribbean.
The capital St John’s offers a good selection of duty-free shopping in its quaint streets and along the harbor front.
Roads in Antigua are not well sign-posted, to say the least, so as often is the case in the Caribbean, driving a rented car can be something of an adventure. An easier option is to take a catamaran cruise and discover the many beautiful and secluded beaches for which Antigua is a famous vacation destination.
With beaches aplenty, lots to see and do and a spirited approach to daily life, Antigua’s hard to beat if you are looking for the quintessential Caribbean holiday. Antigua has some of the best resorts, best beaches, and best hotels in the Caribbean.
Antigua (pronounced An-tee’ga) is located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Barbuda, Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin / St. Maarten.
Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John’s on Antigua.
Temperatures generally range from the mid-seventies in the winter to the mid-eighties in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands, with low humidity year-round.
|Carlisle Beach is located by the village of Old Road on the south coast of Antigua West Indies. This expansive beach offers clear waters, fine sand and excellent snorkelling where you can find a wide variety of tropical fish. Bring your mask and fins!|
|Crab Hill Beach (also known as Turner’s Beach)is located at the village of Crab Hill on the south west coast of Antigua West Indies. Cooled by gentle trade-winds, Crab Hill beach offers a great venue for tanning in the tropical sun. On exceptionally clear days, the Island of Montserrat can be seen on the horizon.|
|Darkwood Beach is located on south west coast of Antigua West Indies about 5 minutes drive south of Jolly Harbour. Crystal Blue waters, great snorkeling and gentle cooling breezes makes Darkwood Beach a favorite of all.|
|Fort Beach located at Fort Bay on the northwest coast of Antigua, is popular with locals and visitors alike, a beach where you can often find a volleyball game, or a game of beach
cricket to participate in. Fort Beach is also popular spot for cruise ship visitors, as it’s only a 5-10 minutes drive from the cruise ship dock in St.John’s.
|Fryes Beach located at Fryes point on the West Coast of Antigua features
powder white sand and a great views of Montserrat on exceptionally clear days. Like all the beautiful beaches of Antigua, it’s a good idea to bring your mask and fins!
|Galley Bay Beach is located on the northwest coast of Antigua near Five Islands Village with white sand beaches and crystal clear blue waters. If you are fortunate during your visit you may even witness the hatching of sea turtles who sometimes use the beach as a nesting place.|
|Green Island is an uninhabited island just off the east coast of Antigua and offers a wide variety of pristine white sand secluded beaches to discover. It is a popular stop for many Antigua sea charters and excursions and offers many opportunities for some excellent snorkelling, so make sure you have mask and fins!|
|Half Moon Beach is located about a 5 minute drive from Freetown village on the south east coast of Antigua West Indies. A personal favorite of ours, Half Moon Beach has fine pink sand, wonderful cooling breezes and an active surf.|
|Jabberwock Beach is located on the north-eastern coast of Antigua and features a mile long white sand beach. A favorite with locals and visitors alike. Jabberwock Beach’s warm waters are a fun place for playing in the surf Bring mask and fins!|
|Jolly Beach, located on the West coast of Antigua at Jolly Harbour, offers a mile long powder white sand beach on the warm waters of the Caribbean sea. With plenty of restaurants, watersports, and shopping amenities nearby, it’s a great place to spend a day, or your entire holiday on Antigua.|
|Long Bay Beach is located about 5 minutes from the village of Willikies at Long Bay on the east coast of Antigua, West Indies. It’s fine white sand and crystal blue waters make it a great place for snorkelling or just relaxing in the sun.|
|Pigeon’s Point Beach is located about a 5min drive from English Harbour on the south east coast of Antigua West Indies. A favorite spot for the local community as well as visitors, Pigeon’s Point beach also is a fun place for snorkelling. Bring mask and fins!|
|Runaway Beach is a seeming endless white sand beach on the northwest coast of Antgua. Home to many popular resorts, restaurants and bars, Runaway beach is a fun place to discover on your Antigua holiday. If you get to hot in your wandering, hop in and cool off in the clear waters of one of Antigua’s most popular destinations.|
|Turner’s Beach is located near Johnsons Point on the south west coast of Antigua West Indies. Cooled by gentle trade-winds, Turner’s beach offers a great venue for tanning in the tropical sun. On exceptionally clear days, the Island of Montserrat can be seen on the horizon.|
|Valley Church Beach located on the West coast of Antigua just south of Jolly Harbour and offers powder white sands in the calm waters of Lignum Vitae Bay. Relax in the warm waters as local fishing boats glide by. You’ll marvel at the beauty of this spot.|