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Antigua Holidays

It’s hard to believe, but the pictures are real: Antigua is a pristine island of soft, white-sand beaches, dark turquoise waters and unending sunshine. Winter’s mid-20s (°C) temperatures are as cold as it gets. This former British colony in the West Indies is only 22km long and 17km wide. Smaller and less touristy than other Caribbean islands, Antigua offers broad beaches and secluded coves - the perfect setting for those looking for the easy life.

30 °C

Best time to visit: December-April

8.5 hours

VC Bird International Airport (ANU) is 8km northeast of St. John’s

To bask in the sun and swim in the turquoise waters, book your Thomas Cook holiday to Antigua today.

Recommended Offers in Antigua

Jolly Beach Resort

Jolly Beach, Antigua

  • Hotel-run clubs for kids and teens
  • Next to a mile of white sand beach
  • In 40 acres of tropically landscaped gardens

from

£1007

The Verandah Resort and Spa

Dian Bay, Antigua

  • Hotel-run kids' club
  • Three restaurants and four bars
  • Situated on two beautiful white sand beaches

from

£1147

St James's Club and Villas

Mamora Bay, Antigua

  • Four restaurants including a fine dining restaurant

     

  • Six swimming pools
  • Located on a secluded 100-acre peninsula

from

£1277

Halcyon Cove by Rex Resorts

Dickenson Bay, Antigua

  • Four miles from the capital, St John's
  • Situated amidst tropical gardens
  • Hotel-run kids' club

from

£1092

Though you can easily spend all day lounging on one of numerous beaches, the island has many other enticing options. Popular activities in Antigua include snorkelling among coral reefs and diving down to shipwreck ruins. In addition to water sports, visitors can zip-line through tropical forest, take a helicopter tour or trek to the summit of Mount Obama.

Antigua has 365 immaculate beaches to satisfy any fan of sand and sun. Spend your morning soaking up the rays for a perfect tan. In the afternoon, take a dip in the clear sea, which stays a comfortable 26-28 (°C) year-round. Dickenson Bay can get crowded, but its southern extension, Runaway Beach, is a bit quieter. With so many strips of white sand along the coastline, it’s easy to find secluded places in Antigua to bask in the sunshine.

On a holiday in Antigua, popular water sports include diving among shipwrecks and snorkelling with tropical fish. You can also kayak, jet-ski and take a glass-bottom boat trip. The more adventurous can feed and interact with stingrays or ride a horse into the ocean waves. Away from the water, gaze at the super-yachts moored at English Harbour and take advantage of duty-free shopping at Heritage Quay.

Seafood and tropical fruit are island staples. Try the saltfish or cornmeal-based fungie, the national dish. Beach bars serve mango juice, coconut water and ‘rum punch’ - the most common alcoholic drink in Antigua, usually made with Cavalier or English Harbour rum. One of the popular dining activities in Antigua is the weekly barbecue party at Shirley Heights Lookout. Every Sunday, the former British colonial fort offers outdoor barbecue, Antiguan music and beautiful sunset views over the English Harbour.

ANTIGUA IS BEST FOR...

Adventurers: Zip-line through the tropical forest.
 
Photographers: Capture the elaborate masquerade costumes at Antigua Carnival.
 
Families: Meet the gentle stingrays, waiting for you to feed them.


FAST FACTS

Language: The language spoken in Antigua is English

Currency: The currency used in Antigua is the East Caribbean Dollar (EC$)

Local time: Antigua is 4 hours behind GMT/UK time

Fly: VC Bird International Airport (ANU) is 8km northeast of St. John’s

Flight time from UK: Approximately 8.5 hours

Tourist information: Further Antigua tourist information can be found at www.visitantiguabarbuda.com

Visa & Health: Before your holiday to Antigua, visit www.gov.uk/foreign-travel-advice/antigua-and-barbuda for recommendations and advice on visas and health.


WEATHER AND CLIMATE

Temperature: Averages highs of 30 (°C) in summer and 27 (°C) in winter

Best time to visit: December-April

The island’s summer months can be too hot, and August through October is hurricane season. Winter and spring are warm and dry – a sunny escape from the cold weather in Europe. 


GETTING AROUND

By bus: Buses (large, privately owned minivans) won’t take you to the smaller beaches, but routes run between St John’s and English Harbour or St John’s and Jolly Harbour.

By taxi: Taxis are not metered, but fares are widely published. Confirm the rate before starting your journey.

By car: If visiting more remote beaches, you can hire a car. You must purchase a local driving licence, and prepare yourself for rough roads and a few goats.


EVENTS

Sailing Week: Every spring, trade winds off Antigua provide the setting for the Caribbean’s biggest maritime event of world-class yachting and sailing races.

Summer Festival: For 10 days, from the end of July to the first Tuesday in August, the island comes alive with colourful costumes and the sounds of steel pan drums.

Antigua Carnival: Summer Festival ends with Carnival Monday and Tuesday, when islanders parade through the streets of St John in elaborate masquerade costumes and dance to the tunes of brass and steel bands.


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