With sunny weather and low humidity year-round, Antigua is a favorite Caribbean destination. It is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands. Pristine white sand beaches beckon visitors to stay awhile. You might hear about Antigua’s 365 beaches---one for every day of the year.
Visit Nelson’s Dockyard
Nelson’s Dockyard is the largest national park in Antigua and is still a working dockyard today. You can get a taste of Antigua’s naval history here. Even though it dates to the early eighteenth century, it has modern upgrades such as hotels, stores, and businesses. You’ll find hiking trails outside the dockyard to enjoy the park’s surrounding area. For dinner, take the free shuttle to Boom restaurant that overlooks the dockyard.
If relaxation is your goal, head to Darkwood Beach which has pristine white beaches set against a forest. On a clear day, you can see volcano of Montserrat. After a day at the beach, Jacqui O’s Beach House restaurant will cook up gourmet specialties such as Mahi Mahi ceviche.
Half Moon Bay
Half Moon Bay, located on the east side of Antigua, is a national park that attracts snorkelers and windsurfers alike, even with its secluded location. Half Moon Bay has one of the best white sand crescent beaches in the Caribbean. Half Moon Bay Resort is set on 132 oceanfront acres next to the national park, making it a great place to stay.
When you are ready for some adventure, Stingray City Snorkel Adventure offers an opportunity to interact with and feed stingray. Afterwards you can snorkel around the area’s coral reef to see some colorful tropical fish.
Shirley Heights Lookout
Shirley Heights Lookout offers some of the best views of English Harbour on the island. Head there on a Sunday starting at 4pm to watch the sunset with locals and other tourists. Grab a drink and some BBQ at the restaurant, and watch the sun go down while enjoying local Caribbean steel-drum bands. It’s a tradition that has been going on for more than 30 years!
Dickenson Bay is for the beachgoer who also wants something to do. Located in the Northwest portion of the island, it is the most developed beach on the island with hotels, restaurants, and water sports activities. The beach features shallow calm waters making it perfect for swimming. Even if you are not staying in one of the hotels in the area, it is easily accessible with a nearby taxi stand.
St. John’s Saturday Market
The Saturday Morning Market on Market Street in the capital of St. John’s has some of the best shopping on the island---and all the locals know it too. Get ready for an energetic crowd and lots to see. Vendors from the entire island sell a variety of goods and crafts. If you work up an appetite while shopping, the market offers fresh produce and prepared foods like fried green tomatoes.
With such perfect weather, you can dine outside all year round. Carmichaels is one of the nicest restaurants on the island. Located within the Sugar Ridge Resort, it has an elegant setting with amazing views of the island. Just make sure to book a reservation in advance. Another alfresco option is Catherine’s Café, which pairs French cuisine with local ingredients. It’s set on one of Antigua’s best beaches.Grab your bathing suit and coverup and get ready to relax and have fun on Antigua’s amazing beaches.