Antigua Travel Guide

Idyllic Antigua is an eastern Caribbean island bordering the Atlantic which makes up part of the independent nation of Antigua and Barbuda. Having thrown off its colonial master, the UK, in 1981, Antigua has blossomed as a major Caribbean tourist draw thanks to its idyllic beaches, palm trees and generous servings of locally produced rum.

Promoted as a luxury Caribbean destination, Antigua’s beaches are exemplary, as are its deep sea ports which are perfect for mooring yachts and cruise ships. Given its colonial legacy, the island also sports a wealth of history which is most prominent at the old port of Falmouth with its 17th century fort built by the British, parts of which are still visible today.

Antigua caters well to tourists, meaning that all mod-cons are available here from Pepsi to scuba diving, the latter extremely popular given the reefs and crystal clear waters. The interior is not as dramatic as many of the more hilly Caribbean islands, but is nevertheless still worthy of exploration. Antigua is generally safer than many other destinations in the area, with great seafood and a huge variety of culinary styles to whet your appetite.

Highlights

Falmouth: with its old colonial harbor and fort at Monk’s Hill, this small town makes a great place to take a stroll followed by a locally-made ice cream at one of the parlors or caf├ęs dotted around.

Jolly Bay and west coast: protected from the elements on the western side of the island, the white sandy bays here have clear water and water sports a plenty.

St John’s: the colorful capital of Antigua and Barbuda is also the nation’s largest city. With its port and Baroque cathedral, there is plenty to see here too.

Boggy Peak: located in the southwest of the island, this 400-metre high hill is Antigua’s highest peak with impressive views that stretch out to sea.

English Harbor: a major tourist draw, particularly nearby Nelson’s Dockyard which is littered with colonial artifacts from the 18th and 19th centuries and million dollar yachts in the winter.