Antigua’s beautiful azure waters and white sands are what most people conjure up when they think of the Caribbean. Forming part of the Leeward Islands group, the pace of life in Antigua is relaxed and the sights and activities you will find here are governed by water, much as the island’s history was. Imagine exotic plant and animal life, fresh coconut juice and friendly locals and you are imagining Antigua.
Being low-lying and volcanic in origin, the weather in Antigua remains warm and relatively dry throughout most of the year. Visitors can expect a pleasant tropical climate with average daily temperatures sitting between 70 – 86 degrees. The temperature rarely falls below 68 degrees. Antigua is also drier than most Caribbean islands, with an average annual rainfall of 1140mm, most of which falls during July and October. Antigua can be susceptible to storms and hurricanes between the months of June and November.
Antigua is on the Atlantic Standard Time which is UTC-4. The island does not observe Daylight Saving Time.
Take a daytrip to the lesser-known neighboring island of Barbuda, known for its rugged beauty and wildlife – particularly a large colony of frigate birds
Discover Antigua’s colonial history at Betty’s Hope, a sugar plantation which used to be the core of the sugar industry on the island
Drive the scenic Fig Tree Drive, a winding road which stretches for 20 miles along the picturesque southwest coast through verdant hills and villages
Antigua’s National Parks, which include Indian Town and Half Moon Bay, are a great day out for beach lovers and a chance to see nature-carved blow holes
St John’s Cathedral is an ideal photo opportunity – rebuilt in 1845, it contains figures of St John the Baptist and St John the Divine which were apparently taken from one of Napoleon’s ships
For breathtaking views of the island, climb to Shirley Heights lookout
The Museum of Antigua & Barbuda offers a touch of culture and is also Antigua’s oldest building. Expect the history of the island’s politics and culture, as well as geological artifacts.
Glass-bottom boat trips
Pigeon Point – Calm waters and white sand mean that this lovely beach can often become crowded. Visit on days when there’s no cruise ship in the port to get the best swimming and snorkelling opportunities.
Dickinson Bay – A safe beach and some say one of the prettiest, here you can find many watersports and beach bars.
Johnson’s Point – An old school beach in that there are no facilities or sporting activities here; simply gorgeous clear waters ideal for snorkelling and soft sand on which to sunbathe.
Turner’s Beach – Boasting wonderful views of Monsterrat on a clear day, this beach is one of the best places to sunbathe in Antigua as sun-worshippers can enjoy a cooling breeze from the trade winds.
Carlisle Bay – Flanked by a luxury hotel, two long beaches sit next to ridiculously blue water and a line of coconut trees – what more could you ask for?