With 365 dreamy stretches of sand, Antigua boasts 'a beach for every day of the year.' Your holiday here will probably last less than 52 weeks (shame) but you'll still get in plenty of beach-based downtime.
The sands are powder soft, palm fringed and simply stunning. Take a dip beneath the crystal clear waters and see spectacular coral reefs, or try one of the many other water sports on the menu. Straddling the Atlantic Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, Antigua is something of a sailing mecca and hundreds of luxury yachts are docked in the island's harbours. Nelson's Dockyard gives you the chance to learn more about the island's maritime history and see old ships restored to their former glory. Inland, Antigua's all pretty hillside villages, rainbow coloured houses and an easy-going vibe.
With delicious cuisine, prime seafront spots and sumptuous rooms, Antigua's hotels are some of our favourite Caribbean hideaways. Choose your perfect retreat and get ready to completely relax...
Antigua's tropical climate means that temperatures are warm all year round, but the best time to visit is between November and April.
With so many beaches, Antigua offers a huge choice of sea based activities. The coral reefs have to be seen to be believed, so diving and snorkelling are both must-dos here. Learn to sail, try kayaking, take a lazy boat trip or go deep sea fishing. Inland, the lush hills make for scenic hiking and horse riding. Capital St John's is excellent for shopping, with a good mix of traditional markets and modern, duty-free shops. Don't miss a trip to Nelson's Dockyard, the world's only continuously working Georgian dockyard, set in a beautiful national park.
Antigua's rich cultural history means that the local cuisine is infused with influences from all over the world. You'll also find a good choice of international restaurants in hotels, resorts and St John's. For an unforgettable dining experience, try the catch of the day by moonlight.
Most evenings in Antigua are hotel-based and low-key (think steel bands and calypso dancing beneath the stars.) If you're looking for livelier bars, clubs and casinos, you'll find them in St John's and some resorts.
It is your responsibility to ensure you have the correct travel insurance and vaccinations and / or special medication for your destination. Please consult your GP for advice at least one month ahead of travel. It is essential that you meet the visa and passport requirements for your chosen destination. Visit the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (http://www.fco.gov.uk) website for up to date entry requirements listed by country.