Crystal turquoise waters, silky white sands, and lush tropical gardens are the things you will never forget after visiting Antigua. And let’s not forget the rum; it’s everywhere and in many different variations. All these beautiful scenes and more will undoubtedly become a core memory for years to come—one of the most beautiful beaches to visit in Antigua & Barbuda in the Caribbean. Antigua & Barbuda have the nickname “Land of 365 Beaches”, one for each day of the year. This post is all about Antigua Travel.
Located in Dickenson’s Bay, one of the most outstanding coastlines in the entire Caribbean island, it’s an enchanting setup you would ever want to see in person. A previous British colony, Antigua, was uncovered by Christopher Columbus. He initially called the island Wadadli, which is currently the name of the local beer.
As an island country, Antigua and Barbuda lie in the middle of the Leeward Islands (Antigua is the most oversized island in the team), comprising part of the Lesser Antilles island chain. It’s right in the middle of the Eastern Caribbean Sea, near the Atlantic Ocean, with Guadeloupe to the south and Montserrat to the southwest. Saint Kitts and Nevis boundary this island country to the west while Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin act as their northwest next-door neighbors.
Antigua and Barbuda take pride in no less than 365 beaches and 365 reasons to relax. Playful Beach, Dickenson Bay, Pigeon Point Beach, and Half Moon Bay are among the most preferred! Some folks delight in the Caribbean’s tranquil waters, while others grab the choppiness of the Atlantic.
You must pick this island as your exclusive Caribbean retreat. Its extensive, winding shoreline supplies excellent hiking routes that open to the incredible riches of remote, grainy, soft beaches. Hikers and travelers enjoy what Antigua and Barbuda provide, not just for the aesthetic banquet of sedimentary rock and volcanic landscapes but also for the many outstanding exotic vegetation and animals.
Sandals Grande Antigua
Arriving at the Sandals Grande Antigua, an all-inclusive resort, is a treat. A beautiful all-inclusive resort. Sandals Grande Antigua elected as the “World’s Most Romantic Resort,” which has a riches of luxurious features, be it inland or water, that will indeed become your very own piece of heaven.
No worrying about where to eat. The resort has 11 different restaurants, all with varying options of food. And the drinks are everywhere. There are bars by the pools, restaurants and of course the beach. You even have waiters strolling up and down the beach in search of thirsty, relax goers.
It has that beauty of a charming town that sends shivers down your back enhanced with award-winning holiday accommodations. Sandals Grande Antigua is more fabulous than something you would yearn to anticipate.
The resort offers couples the chance for a romantic 6-course dinner on the beach during sunset. It is charming and something you should partake in.
You have the option of dining with other couples. There is also great entertainment like fire-breathers, local bands, and games the resort sets up, all optional.
What To Do
There are many things to do in Antigua. It depends on how much time and effort you want to put into it. Or you can sit on the beach, drink, and enjoy the sounds of the waves crashing. I still cannot get over the views and deep relaxation we felt while we were there.
Bird viewing, boating, cruising, yacht, horseback riding, as well as relaxing under the warmth of the Caribbean sun rays are just several of the options you have.
While you’re never much from acquainted meals in Antigua, do not miss out on a possibility to attempt some Caribbean standards. Corn, coconut, Caribbean spiced poultry, curried goat, yams, plantain, conch, rice, beans, and saltfish are all diet plan staples. Fresh fish and shellfish are readily available in many areas and also generally of superb high quality!
It’s all concerning rum when it comes to alcohol consumption in Antigua! Many bars and also dining establishments will certainly offer their take on a Caribbean rum strike (light or dark rum usually combined with exotic fruit juices (pineapple, mango, enthusiasm fruit, etc.), lime, as well as sugar.
If beer is your choice of spirits, make sure to try Wadadli– the local brew.
St. Johns, the capital of Antigua, is where you can find local shops, colorful streets, restaurants, casinos, and bars all serving “rum punch.”
We dipped into Antigua and Barbuda’s museum, which covers 10,000 years of Antigua and Barbuda history. We also made a stop at the Cathedral of St. John; it was undergoing renovations but still managed to go inside and explore.
Shirley Heights, a popular tourist attraction, overlooks the English and Falmouth harbors. The views here are spectacular! The best point on the island to hear a steel drum band, eat BBQ jerk chicken, and drink rum like a fish. It’s a great place to people watch, enjoy the sounds of the music, and watch the sunset.
The sights from up right here are unique. It’s one of the most prominent places on the island for a Sunday session, with people drinking and waiting for the stunning sunset. This is a beautiful time to see a bit of the Antigua celebration scene!
Snorkelers, as well as scuba divers, have more remarkable than their reasonable share of undersea views. The islands’ reef offers world-famous diving as well as snorkeling. Go diving or snorkeling, and you may see angelfish, parrotfish, rays, barracuda, registered nurse dolphins, sharks, and turtles.
There are also water sport toys and classes you can take like kayaking, snorkeling, windsurfing, and paddleboarding at the resort. You’ll find locals who are up and down the beaches offering excursion packages and jet ski rides, which you should try without a doubt.
When To Go
Antigua and also Barbuda’s high season happens from the middle of December to the middle of April. It can get quite crowded around these months. The high season remains a great time to check out the island as restaurants, resorts, tours, and various services will provide events and more options for their visitors.
You can also opt for making the trip in late in April, in the nick of time for Sailing Week, to see a merging of luxury yachts and racing boats in Antigua’s English Harbor.
Tip: One tidbit regarding Antigua is that there are two money currencies in circulation. US Dollars and Eastern Caribbean Dollars are approved. However, EC Dollars are the central money. I recommend using US Dollars. Although it may not be the best rate, you’re likely to use it elsewhere.
Besides Sun and Sand, Caribbean traveling offers an opportunity to get closer to nature. The Caribbean offers several eco-tourism where guides take you right into the inmost rainforest. As a result, you can experience firsthand a few of the rarest and earliest types of vegetation and animals discovered globally.