Famous for having “one for every day of the year,” Antigua and Barbuda’s beaches are known internationally as some of the most beautiful in the world. From the unique pink sands of Barbuda to the golden sands all around Antigua’s coastline, it is easy to find a spot of distinct beauty and absolute tranquility.
Southern Antigua is blessed with an array of excellent restaurants. Popular spots include the wonderful Catherine’s Cafe Plage, Hamilton’s Wine Bar & Bistro, The Admiral’s Inn, Rum BaBa, Cloggy’s, Trappas, SunRa, Sheer Rocks, Jackie O’s to name a few. In the north of the island Cecelia’s High Point Cafe is not to be missed.
Helicopters are available for private charters on a daily basis. Charters might include a volcano fly-around on Montserrat, or a tour of the 50 miles of clear water reef systems and beaches that give Antigua its character. The Bell helicopter is flown by fully licensed, experienced Canadian pilots from Caribbean Helicopters.
Cedar Valley Golf
The 18-hole Cedar Valley Golf Club, is a wonderful Caribbean golf course with a loyal membership including cricket legend Sir Vivian Richards who is regularly spotted on course. The par 70 (6,157 yards) championship course lies amidst mature tropical trees, giving players vistas over the hills, and towards the Caribbean Sea and offers an enjoyable golf game for all levels.
Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is the most visited in the country. The only continually working Georgian-era dockyard in the world, it is one of the prettiest historical sites in the Caribbean and soon will be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
The Dockyard Museum is located at the heart of the Dockyard in the old Naval Clerk’s house. A centre for archaeological research in Antigua, the Museum offers a research lab, research library, educational programs and an interesting gift shop.
Antigua Buggys offers the ultimate off-road adventure. Perfect for off-road adventure lovers, this 4×4 action-packed excursion showcases all that Antigua has to offer with 4-5 hours in an intimate group of 12 or less people with a friendly and informative guide.
Mount Obama National Park
This park covers roughly 2,500 acres and are some of the most stunning in Antigua. Visit the park to see outstanding scenery and learn about the last remaining wet and dry forest areas in Antigua.
Desmond's Trail English Harbour
A relatively short, fun hike up from Galleon Beach to Shirley’s Height Lookout (more commonly known as simply Shirley Heights), the trail offers some incredible view points.
This fort was originally built in the 18th century to protect the Nelsons Dockyard. Visitors can walk through the ruins of barracks, powder magazines and extensive fortifications. The location is famous for spectacular views of the sunset and neigbouring islands.
This was the first full scale sugar plantation on the island. It was built in 1674 by Sir Christopher Codrington. The twin windmills are fully restored with further restoration ongoing. Betty’s Hope is located south of Pares Village.
An impressive natural limestone bridge on the northeast coast at Indian Creek, Devil’s Bridge offers the chance to see blow holes and spouting surf powered by waves from the Atlantic Ocean.
Barbuda is a dependency of Antigua and secluded vacation spot. Its pristine white and pink sandy beaches which stretch our over many miles and supports one of the world’s largest colonies of frigate birds. The late Princess Diana vacationed there and Princess Diana Beach was named after the repeat royal visitor.
Take an unforgettable tour of a lush rain forest high above the trees at 300 feet. A total of 360 feet of aerial walkways with suspension bridges and tree houses combine to offer visitors an exhilarating zip-lining experience with spectacular views of the indigenous fauna and flora.
St. John’s Cathedral
The current cathedral was rebuilt in 1843 and is presently being restored. The previous two were constructed in 1683 and 1745. The outer walls are stone and the interior is completely paneled in pitch-pine. The headstones in the churchyard date back to the seventeenth century.
Christian Valley Trail
This bird trail is a little over 2.5 miles and consists of 3 segments. There is the Central Valley, the Northern Loop and the Southern loop. The entrance of each segment has signs showing the approximate 3 dozen species of birds in the area. The trail is sponsored by the Environmental Awareness Group and funded by the Government of Finland.
Body Ponds Nature Park
This park was opened in 2011 and is also an Environmental Awareness Group project. It has beautiful trails meandering through the forest passing peaceful ponds and streams. Signs along the trail tell visitors about the heritage of Antigua and guided wildlife tours are available.
Horse-riding in Antigua is a popular pastime and there are a couple of places to go experience an adventure through the hills and beaches on horseback including Antigua Equestrian Centre close to Rendezvous Bay.
Antigua is blessed with hundreds of hiking trails. Some are easily accessible and don’t require a guide, others are more complex and will take you to incredible hidden gems on the island. Try out Footsteps Hiking Tours for some of the best ones or the 5am Hike Club on a Saturday.
Take a short heli trip and stop overnight see Monsterrat’s old capital covered in ashes from the 1995 eruption of Soufriere Hills Volcano and the contrasting green pastures outside the exclusion zone. Known as the emerald isle of the Caribbean, Montserrat offers equally captivating “green” or “gritty” adventures.