It’s hard to believe, but the pictures are real! The tropical paradise of Antigua is a pristine island of soft, white-sand beaches, dark turquoise waters and never-ending sunshine. Even in winter, the temperatures are in the mid-20s (°C) and that's as 'cold' as it gets. This former British colony in the West Indies is only 22km long and 17km wide, but you'll find plenty of opportunities for leisure and relaxation during your holidays in Antigua. Smaller and less touristy than other Caribbean islands, it offers broad beaches and secluded coves, creating the perfect setting if you're looking for the easy life and the perfect tropical escape from home.
For history and culture during your time away, visit Nelson's Dockyard, an historic naval base that was used by the British from the mid-18th century to the end of the 19th century. See the historic forts and visit the Dockyard Museum to learn more about the colonial past and the archaeological artefacts that have been discovered in this area.
Or, visit the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, which is St John's oldest building and offers a fascinating insight into the island's history, from colonial artefacts to model exhibits of sugar plantations. Have a walk around Falmouth Harbour, a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay with luxurious yachts. If you're looking for an adrenaline pump, book a snorkelling and scuba diving excursion. Here with someone special? Go on a private sunset cruise, one of the highlights of any holiday to this beautiful destination.
Enjoy a tropical climate with an average temperature of 26 (°C) throughout the year, which is ideal for beach weather. Temperatures generally don't fall below 21(°C) at night, so if you love enjoying the great outdoors after dark or having a midnight dip in the sea, holidays here will tick all the boxes.
It takes about 8 hours 30 minutes to fly from the UK to Antigua's V.C Bird International Airport (ANU), which is roughly 8km northeast of St. John’s.