Antigua and Barbuda are twin islands located in the Leeward Islands in the heart of the Caribbean. Antigua is a small island with a population of around 80,000. About 1800 live on tiny Barbuda.
Antigua is an island with a strong British heritage, as found in the names of many places such as Falmouth, English Harbour and Nelson Dockyard.
It’s a big sailing destination and you’ll find lots of harbours dotted around the island.
Antigua has some of the best beaches in the Caribbean and is the perfect destination for a winter sun holiday.
The Best Time to Visit Antigua
The high season is from December to May. The low season normally runs from mid-June to mid-November and can still be a great time to visit.
Getting to Antigua
There are direct flights with British Airways and Virgin, taking just over 8 hours.
Flights with British Airways depart from Gatwick and from Heathrow with Virgin.
What can I expect in Antigua?
Beaches aside, there's plenty to do in Antigua. take the time to visit Nelson's Dockyard, hike up Shirley Heights, visit the natural rock arch Devil's Bridge, take a rainforest tour or visit Stingray city.
The Best Beaches in Antigua?
With 365 or so beaches in Antigua in such a small area, you're spoilt for choice for your beach holiday in Antigua.
Dickenson Bay is one of the best beaches in Antigua and you'll find Sandals Grande and the Villas at Sunset Lane here. It's a busy area, very developed with lots of resorts, restaurants & bars. It's good if you like things social and lively. There are also plenty of water sports on offer here to keep you busy.
Pretty Ffryes Beach is perhaps the best known beach in Antigua and a great option for a family holiday to Antigua. Things are quieter here but still busy enough and Denis Beach Bar & Restaurant is a perennial favourite. Just to the south, Darkwood Bay is great for snorkelling.
The white arc of Rendezvous Bay in the south of Antigua is stunning but isolated and you'll need to trek here or arrive by sea.
For pure beauty, Half Moon Bay is probably the winner for the most beautiful beach in Antigua. It's just a couple of km south of Nonsuch Bay. It's quiet here and you can snorkel at the northern end.
There are some superb smaller bays in Antigua, offering a secluded Caribbean beach holiday. Hermitage Bay on the West Coast and Nonsuch Bay on the East are two of these.
For a beautiful stretch of beach and superb snorkelling, look no further than Long Beach with its beautiful azure waters and protective reef.
Windsurfers and Kite surfers will feel very happy at Jaberwock Beach in Anitgua's North Eastern corner.
For even more beach seclusion, head to private Jumby Bay or over for a stay at the desert island style Barbuda Belle on Barbuda.
Antigua is GREEN for GO!
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