Boasting a different beach for each day, escape to this sun-soaked Caribbean island and absorb its rich history, explore its many activities, tours and attractions. Stroll around the beautifully restored Nelson's Dockyard and watch yachts sail around English Harbour. Enjoy local restaurants and shops in Jolly Harbour or head to the local art and craft markets in St Johns. Not to be missed is the famous live steel band and barbecue on Sundays with fabulous views from Shirley Heights Lookout.
Climate and Best Time to Visit
The period from mid-December and mid-April is ideal for visiting Antigua. Britons who cannot bear the UK's weather during this time can schedule their travel and take delights in the coolest and driest climate of Antigua. They can partake in sightseeing and number of outdoor activities. However, it is a peak tourist season with heavy crowds and expensive flight tickets, holiday packages and accommodations. Budget conscious travellers, on the other hand, can take advantage of the island's off-season that stretches from May to November. Prices are cheapest during this time but there are slight chances of hurricanes.
Seafood is highly popular and one can also find a wide ranging tropical fruits around the island. In addition, all kinds of international cuisines such as British, Italian, French, Jamaican, American and Mexican are found on the island. Considering a high footfall of tourists, Antigua has emerged as a popular stamping ground brimming with countless eating options including swish restaurants at high resorts and budget-friendly, local eateries. Some of leading restaurants are Le Bistro, Harmony Hall, Catherine's Café Plage and Trappas.
Shopping is one of the remarkable rewards of visiting Antigua. It can be best experienced around the small supermarkets and shopping centres namely Woods Mall. But for the quintessential souvenirs make way for St John's and its prominent shopping places-Heritage Quay and Redcliff Quay. Heritage Quay is located at the end of the ship piers and abounds with a marvellous variety of duty-free products. It is a grand shopping and entertainment area boasting duty-free shops, eating places and a casino. Another lure is Redcliff Quay, a lively and scenic shopping district that overlooks the harbour in St John's. It is home to many shops of jewellery and craft.
Popular Hotels & Resorts
Antigua is dotted with a slew of luxury properties that roll out the red carpet and treat with the utmost of opulence. Most of the resorts feature pools and highly advanced amenities that offer beyond the imagination of all those leisure travellers who invest on Antigua flights and luxury holiday deals. But at the same time, Antigua also offers a number of small resort hotels that provide extremely comfortable accommodation without burning a hole in the pocket of economic travellers. Lighthouse Bay Resort hotel, Jumby Bay hotel, Curtain Bluff hotel and Blue Waters hotel are among the popular choices of most holidaymakers.
Tips and Advice
Antigua is served by VC Bird International Airport by several reputed airlines. Flights from London take around eight hours to reach the island. For getting around, visitors can hire cars, buses and taxis. It should be noted that taxis are not metered and travellers are advised to decide fare at the start of their journey. When it comes to safety, Antigua ensures trouble free holidays to one and all. But at the same time, it is always sensible to pay heed to the surroundings and follow safety advices.