Antigua: Sailor’s Paradise with a Beach for Every Day of the Year
Best for… beaches. With over 365 beaches scattered along its coastline, Antigua really does have one for every day of the year. You’ll be spoilt for choice with vast strips of sand lined by bars, and sweeping palm-fringed bays with shallow warm waters. You’ll even find isolated coves once you step off the beaten track.
Visit… Stingray City, for the chance to see gentle stingrays in their natural habitat. You’ll be whisked by speedboat from the mainland to a shallow pool where you’ll be able to swim with the wild rays, as well as touch and feed them.
Don’t miss… taking to Antigua’s waves – the best way to see the island’s picture-perfect shores and beautiful coral reefs is by boat. If you’re a seasoned sailor, visit during the Antigua Sailing Week when over 100 yachts from all over the world converge on the island. If not, there are plenty of day tours: our favourites include a trip to Great Bird Island (home to pelicans and the endangered red-billed tropicbirds), or a sunset cruise.
Try… black pineapple, the sweetest in the world according to many. The fruit is so closely associated with Antigua that it even features on the nation’s coat of arms.
Fun fact… Antigua’s sister island Barbuda has an 8-mile pink-sand beach. This natural colouring is caused by crushed coral and is best seen along the surf line where the azure sea meets the shore. Barbuda is 90 minutes away by catamaran and services run five days a week.