With its clear blue waters and white sand beaches, Antigua (one half of the country of Antigua and Barbuda) is a picture perfect example of a tropical island. The island’s port towns are home to a familiar English character, although there’s a healthy dollop of Caribbean colour and charm thrown in for good measure. Famed for incredible sailing, carnivals and vibrant green jungles with lots of plant and animal life, Antigua holidays have loads of fun things for all the family.
Antigua enjoys warm and balmy weather all year round, with average temperatures between 23˚C and 32˚C. June to September is the hottest time of year with the thermometer sometimes pushing into the high 30s.
V.C Bird is the island’s only international airport. It’s located around 8km to the northeast of the capital at St. John’s.
Book cheap holidays to Antigua with Airtours and you can enjoy brilliant blue waters, colourful Caribbean culture and reef filled waters teeming with life. Antigua is best for Beach bathers: The sparkling white sands of beaches like Dickenson Bay and Pigeon Point Beach are the best places to paddle in the aquamarine waters.
Overflowing with character and lined by some of the world’s best beaches, Antigua is a great island destination to splash around in warm waters, explore jungles and check out the Caribbean culture. Take in a cricket match like you’ve never seen before, dance the night away at the carnival or dine out on the freshest seafood you’ve ever tasted. Beach holidays in Antigua offer the true tropical experience.
There are three big stretches of sand, including Ffrye’s Bay, Darkwood Beach and Crab Hill Bay, nestled in Antigua’s southwest corner. It’s one of the quietest parts of the island but well worth the effort of getting there as adventurers are rewarded with beautiful beaches and unspoiled beach bars. It’s a great place to enjoy a dip in the Caribbean and sip an ice cold beer as you watch the sunset.
When you think of the Caribbean you might imagine palm lined beaches and crystal clear seas teeming with tropical fish. Antigua doesn’t disappoint and lives up to its image in every way at quiet crescents like Jolly Beach and Dickenson Bay. It’s said that there are 365 beaches on the island, one for each day of the year, so get hold of a map and take your pick because there are more than enough to go around.
Antigua’s important position in the northern Leeward Islands means it’s been the scene of a fascinating history and nowhere is this more evident than in the brightly coloured capital St. Johns. Its deep harbour makes it a top place for cruise ships to dock and it’s small enough to stroll around and soak up the laidback vibes of the town. On the other side of the island, English Harbour is the best destination for yachting and sailing lovers, hosting the world famous Sailing Week each April.
History lovers: The island was named by Christopher Columbus and hosted Admiral Nelson for a time back in the day. Its British past explains its unique mix of English and Caribbean architecture and culture.
Hello sailors: Antigua is renowned as one of the world’s finest sailing destinations and is the venue for some major maritime events. With a coastline this beautiful it’s not really surprising.
Language: The official language spoken in Antigua is English but there’s a distinctive Caribbean twist (many of the locals speak Antiguan Creole).
Currency: Antigua’s currency, like a number of other islands in this part of the Caribbean, is the Eastern Caribbean Dollar.
Local time: Antigua is four hours behind GMT/UK time.
Fly to: V.C Bird International Airport is located just 8km northeast of the capital, St. Johns.
Flight time from UK: Approximately 8.5 hours.
Tourist Information: Further Antigua tourist information can be found at http://www.antigua-barbuda.org/
Visa & Health: Before you travel, visit https://antigua-barbuda.visahq.com/ for more information and advice on visas and health for your holiday to Antigua.
Temperature: At its warmest in the summer months between June and September but warm all year round.
Best time to visit Antigua: Enjoy All Inclusive winter deals when the temperatures in Antigua are relatively mild and comfortable but still much warmer than the cold, wet weather back home. If you’re in the mood for something a little hotter, the high season between May and September is the time to visit. However, Antigua’s low humidity and the cool winds blowing in from the southeast mean you won’t overheat during your stay.
By train: There were formerly 80km of railway in Antigua but these are no longer used.
By taxi: You’ll find taxis in the major towns and tourist resorts but agreeing a price before setting off is always a good idea.
By hire car: A hire car gives you the freedom to explore the island with models available to pre-book and on the day. Just don’t forget your driving licence and be aware that roads can be bumpy.
By bus: In the Caribbean, catching the bus is always the best (and most fun) way to get around. Bus travel is cheap but you might not find any timetables. So you’ll have to ask to find out times and destinations.
For foodies: Visit the annual seafood festival for the freshest and best crab, lobster and fish. Also check out the mango festival celebrating this common local fruit in all its forms.
For guests with sea legs: Antigua’s sailing week in April is one of the world’s premier regatta events. Sailors come from all over the world to show off their boats, skills and simply to be part of the atmosphere.
For carnival dancers: Antigua’s biggest party is the annual carnival. Enjoy five days of calypso dancing, costumes and fun. It takes place in late July and August.