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With an idyllic setting in the Caribbean, born out of the sea by a volcano about 30 million years ago, the beautiful island of Antigua is ringed with eye-catching coral reefs, white sandy beaches, and has a shoreline washed almost exclusively by Caribbean waters. Antigua boasts 95 miles of breathtaking coastline and is best known for its welcoming people, crystal-clear waters, and one of the most pleasant climates in the world. Learn how to sail in one of the most famous regattas in the world, take road trips to some of the island's best spots, admire the views at Shirley Heights, and indulge in all inclusive resorts to make your trip even more special.
The best of the island's beaches are the deserted stretches in the south west, well beyond Jolly Bay. Enjoy a visit to Rendezvous Bay in the south, the offshore islands of the north east, or cruise at sunset along the west coast. Feast on lazy lunches as the sun goes down at Harmony Hall; the views will leave you completely in awe. Dine and shop along the naval heritage spot of Nelson's Dockyard, discover fascinating ruins at Fort James, and snorkel the aquamarine waters of Darkwood Beach. Marvel at Antigua's 'Everest', Mt Obama, as it rises 1,319 foot in the corner of the southwest as part of the Shekerley mountain range. Crashing waves and rugged cliffs are best seen from Devil's Bridge; a rough one-mile dirt road where the views are mesmerising.
Unforgettable sandy shores, glistening blue waters, and an abundance of dreamy views are just a few of the reasons why this stunning island would make a truly memorable escape in the sunshine.
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.