Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda Vacations
Hotels in Antigua
Our Opinion of Antigua
From beautiful nature parks, gorgeous beaches, old plantation houses and charming fishing villages, visitors are sure to fall in love with Antigua. The people of this island are very friendly and there are some great all-inclusive resorts on the island, including the popular Sandals Grande Antigua.
Antigua tends to be a bit more pricey than other destinations so its not recommended for those on a limited budget. It is however a great place for couples or honeymooners looking for romance and relaxation.
Antigua (pronounced "an-TEE-gah") is blessed with beaches - 365 according to legend! This vacation destination is definitely a great choice for beach lovers.
This elegant and beautiful island is the choice of travelers and sailors from around the world who appreciate not only the beaches but also the history, high standards of service and sightseeing options.
Cosmopolitan and comfortable, Antigua boasts some of the finest resorts in the Caribbean. Take an island tour and keep your camera ready for the distinctive circular sugar mills dotting the landscape - a reminder of the island's days as a British colony. A must-see is Nelson's Dockyard, once a strategic base for the British navy during Napoleon's time, and now a bustling harbour which welcomes ocean-going yachts, especially during the famous annual Sailing Week Regatta, held in April.
Ashore, varied duty-free shopping in St. John's, the colourful capital, two 18 hole golf courses and three casinos are just some of the options for whiling away the days and nights in Antigua.
Things to know about Antigua, Antigua And Barbuda Vacations
An incredible array of water sports can be practised on Antigua. Windsurfing, swimming, snorkeling, water skiing, diving and deep sea fishing are all popular. Several marinas offer boating or sailing excursions. These include the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, Catamaran Marina, Jolly Harbour Marina and St. James's Club Marina. If you would like to attempt something new, then try kite surfing. Here you really solely on the power of the wind to propel your board.
Scuba diving enthusiast will rejoice in Antigua and Barbuda. One of the islands best diving spot is Cape Shirley where large rocks, coral reefs, ledges and overhangs make for a perfect setting. Rendez vous Reef is quite spectacular, as are Willoughby Bay and Cades Bay Reef, officially designated as a national marine park. There are 73 charted shipwrecks in the waters as well.
If you like your sports on the drier side, then you can enjoy a game of tennis, squash, volleyball, cricket, badminton or a horse-back ride. There are two golf courses available, the Cedar Valley Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 70, championship course and the Jolly Harbour Golf Club is an 18-hole, par 71. There is also a small 9-hole course on Barbuda.
Dining & Nightlife
On Antigua there are many types of restaurants to be found with lovely architectural details, such as intimate bistros, seaside terraces and garden-styled courtyards. Seafood and Caribbean restaurants abound. There are also several Italian, French, Indian, Chinese places, and English pubs.
For local delicacies, try Coconut Grove, George, Papa Zouk and Sticky Wicket. If on Barbuda, head to Palm Tree Restaurant where locally caught fish is served with a delicious Creole sauce.
Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay offer duty free bargains on items like crystal, china, linen, perfume and jewellery. These two places are located in St-John's. Other shops on the island can be found at Jardine's Court Shopping Plaza or Jolly Harbour Villa Resort & Marina.
The Antigua Public Market is a great experience with local charm. Fresh, tropical fruits and vegetables, spices, tea bushes and local pottery are sold here.
Harmony Hall is a restored plantation that has been turned into art galleries and craft shops, and hosts a craft fair every November.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 5 hours
Montreal: Approximately 5 hours 30 minutes
Currency: Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. Travelers checks and major credit cards are widely accepted.
Climate: Average temperatures of 24 - 29C
Electricity: Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages available.
Documents: Canadian citizens require a valid passport. All other nationalities please consult a vacation specialist or the Antigua and Barbuda Department of Tourism. Some restrictions apply to tourists 18 years & under, when travelling without parents
Note: Some hotels require credit card imprint upon check-in for any incidental charges. Hotel check-in is typically between 3pm and 4pm. If your flight arrives early, it is a good idea to pack essential items in your carry-on luggage (i.e. bathing suit, suntan lotion, medications, etc.), so you do not miss any valuable vacation time.
Note: The departure tax payable by tourists when leaving Antigua is US$ 20.00 or EC$ 50.00.
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