Caribbean Travel Guide: Antigua

Antigua is the northernmost island in the West Indies and one of the main regions in the country of Antigua and Barbuda.

Due to its sheer beauty, Antigua is a popular travel destination and tourism is one of its main industries. Travelling to Antigua is easy, especially for British and USA citizens as they can enter the country visa-free.

In this article, we will present to you some of the most invaluable lessons that can help you plan an unforgettable trip to Antigua and make the most out of your travel experience.

Read the following guide before you make your picture perfect escapade to the beautiful Antigua.

You Can Sail Around The Entire Island In A Single Day

Antigua is a small island; it covers an area of 270 square kilometers and has a circumference of around 85 kilometers. Therefore, it can be driven around more than once in just one day. This is what attracts visitors looking for a stress-free experience to the island.

At any point in time, you are only 50 minutes away from where ever else you might want to be. Its small size also means that you can easily cover everything that Antigua has to offer during a one-week stay, without feeling rushed.

There are various boat tours which allow visitors to sail around the island as well. In half a day, they cover many of the important sights of Antigua. It is a great way to witness the magnificent coastal landscape and the famous sights in Antigua, such as Shirley Heights, Nelson’s Dockyard and Eric Clapton’s Cliffside holiday home.

There’s Only One Airport

The V.C Bird International Airport is the only airport serving the island, so unless you take a cruise it will be your only point of arrival and exit. Several direct flights operate from Gatwick Airport in London as well as from Miami, Atlanta.

A smart strategy for booking your flight is to search for the most affordable tickets available on the online search portal of FindLateHotel. The website allows you to easily compare prices and book in advance to take advantage of the early bird discounts.

Antigua is an Island Paradise with 365 Beaches

The locals claim that the island is home to 365 beaches – one for every day of the year! We can’t confirm if Antigua really has 365 beaches, but one thing is for sure: the beaches in Antigua are some of the best that you will ever see.

All of the beaches in Antigua feature fine, white sand, aquamarine waters and the warm, calm Caribbean Sea. If you’re dreaming of a vacation that has breathtakingly beautiful beaches, Antigua is the ideal destination for you.

Everyone Speaks English

Almost all of the Caribbean Islands were colonized by the British up until mid 20th century. You will find many colonial legacies there. English is the most widely spoken language on the island. This makes it easy for tourists to travel without facing any hurdles or communication barriers. Locals converse with each other in an Antiguan dialect of English called Creole. It is spoken at a much quicker pace and might be a little difficult to follow because of their slightly different vocabulary.

Don’t Forget Barbuda

Barbuda is the sister island of Antigua, and together they form the country of Antigua and Barbuda. It is easy to make a day trip to Barbuda. This will provide you an even more intimate experience of life on the Caribbean islands.

Barbados was hit badly by the Hurricane Irma in 2017, and since tourism is the main industry, your visit to Barbados would also help in the re-development process. And if you are into bird watching, you will be happy to know that it’s one of the world’s best spots for frigates.

You can easily catch a boat in Antigua’s ferry dock at St John’s harbor. They operate 6 days a week (excluding Wednesdays) and cost US$40 (one way), or US$75 for return journey.

The Best Time to Visit Antigua

Typically, the most popular time to visit Antigua is late winter up to the spring season (December to April). These months are mostly dry and you can expect nothing but bright blue skies and endless sun. However, these are also the months when the beaches are relatively more crowded and the fares for travel and accommodation are generally higher. You can always rely on FindLateHotel’s online portal to provide you access to the lowest priced accommodations in Antigua.

It is generally advised to avoid travelling between August and October. This is the rainfall season so there are greater chances of hurricanes.

Plastic Bags Are Banned

Starting July 2016, all kinds of plastic bags were banned on the island. This is a positive move and would definitely help decrease the damage to environment especially the fish population around the island. Furthermore, you are advised to bring along canvas bags to help you carry the souvenirs back to home.

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