Exquisite beaches, world class sailing, first class hotels and a distinctly English vibe, the tropical twin island paradise of Antigua and Barbuda is the ultimate getaway for families and couples.

In Antigua, you can zip-line through the rainforest, swim with the stingrays at Stingray City or reach into the island’s rich colonial history at UNESCO world heritage site Nelson’s Dockyard. Antigua is rightly proud of its 365 flawless beaches, and its reefs and coves are home to 200 shipwrecks that surround the islands. Just a short ferry ride from Antigua lies Barbuda and its 17 miles of pink sand beach are awash with wildlife and rare bids- it has one of the largest colonies of Frigate birds in the world! As the sailing capital of the Caribbean, the annual Antigua Sailing Week each April and the Classic Yacht Regatta make the island a magnet for the international jet set.

Antigua is a charming, luxurious escape and makes the perfect pairing with untouched Barbuda.

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Airports / Gateways / Flying times

Airport: V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) to English Harbour is approximately 14 miles, and St. John’s downtown is approximately 5 miles.

Gateways/Flying Times: British Airways and Virgin Atlantic fly direct from Gatwick, and Thomas Cook from Manchester. London: 8 hours. Manchester: 8 hours.

Climate

Average temperatures high/low: Summer 29°C-23°C. Winter 27°C-23°C. Average annual rainfall- 45 inches.

Dining

ntigua’s many beautiful beaches make the perfect setting for Caribbean beach bars and restaurants, where you can eat watching the sunset. From authentic Caribbean cuisine to international dishes, enjoy the scenery, relax and indulge. 

Language

English is the main language spoken on the island.

Nightlife

Antigua is your island when it comes to nightlife, and there is something to suit every whim! At Shirley Heights Lookout, you can get your fill of reggae music, food cooked on the barbecue and a laid back party atmosphere every Sunday. For a Caribbean club experience, head to Abracadabra in English Harbour, and Antigua even has a few casinos near to capital St. John’s. 

Sightseeing

There is so much to fill your days in Antigua and Barbuda. In Antigua chose from Betty’s Hope, a restored sugar plantation, the famous Nelson’s Dockyard- the only remaining British Georgian fort in existence- and Shirley Heights, an ancient military lookout with the best views in all of Antigua! If you’re near capital St. John’s don’t miss beautiful St. John’s Cathedral, or Wadadli Animal Nature Park (about a 15 minute drive from the capital). For adventure, jump into an exhilarating jeep safari tour through the rainforest- or zip-line through it instead! You can also take a helicopter to the Indian National Park on the remote eastern part of the island, taking in the natural wonder of Devil’s Bridge. Barbuda might be small, but it still has some fascinating places to visit like the Frigate Bird Sanctuary and the colonial Martello Tower. If you’re staying in Antigua, you can reach Barbuda by high speed catamaran for a day. 

Where to stay

Find your perfect accommodation

Visit the official tourist board website