Located in the heart of the Eastern Caribbean, Antigua & Barbuda has retained a wonderfully authentic charm without sacrificing first world amenities. This sun-soaked English-speaking country is flanked by the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea to the west and the rugged Atlantic Ocean on the east. It boasts a beach for every day of the year and a plethora of activities to satisfy its diverse visitors.

The twin island nation has been independent from Britain since 1981, is home to approximately 100,000 people and is largely a service-based economy with tourism as its economic mainstay. As a regional hub, Antigua is easily accessible with daily direct flights from the UK, Europe and North America.

Ever increasing both tourists and investors are testament to Antigua & Barbuda's welcoming climes. With a thriving property rental market equating to excellent financial returns, the country continues to attract those looking for a second home and a safe place in which to invest.

Peak tourist season is from November to May with most vacationers hailing from North America, Europe and the UK. Antigua's status as a sailing capital is well documented but this friendly isle also offers an abundance of watersports, well-maintained hiking trails, first-rate resorts, restaurants and spas, and intriguing historical spots like Nelson's Dockyard, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

A large expat community has done nothing to dilute the country's vibrant culture, epitomised in the annual carnival which turns the streets of St John's into a kaleidoscope of colour each summer.

Things to do in Antigua

Antigua’s diverse offerings go way beyond the beaches. From history to hiking, watersports to spas, aficionados of all will find plenty to occupy their time.

Vestiges of the island’s colonial past can be found in the centuries-old fortresses that dot the landscape. One of the best preserved is Fort Barrington which lies at the entrance to Nelson’s Dockyard, the only working Georgian dockyard in the Western Hemisphere and a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Visitors can immerse themselves in the country’s rich and complex history at the national museum in St John’s, the dockyard museum, the restored sugar plantation at Betty’s Hope, and the Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre set in the hills above English Harbour.

Whether wishing to absorb Antigua’s stunning scenery by sea or land, there is an array of excursions to enjoy. Traverse lesser known spots on an electric bike tour, jet-ski or kayak, circumnavigate the island aboard an all-inclusive party boat, or end the day with a private sunset sail. There are also cultural heritage tours for those wishing to learn about everything from bush medicine to the foundations of Rastafari. Antigua boasts an abundance of well-maintained hiking trails to suit all levels of fitness, from gentle strolls through the rainforest to conquering Mount Obama, the country’s highest peak.

Must-dos for most visitors include rainforest zip-lining, swimming with wild stingrays, and getting up close and personal with the affable equines at the Donkey Sanctuary, before bringing the week to a close with the legendary Sunday night barbecue at Shirley Heights, complete with steel orchestra and live band.

365 Beaches

Antigua offers some of the most stunning beaches in the entire world, so you'll never run out of places to enjoy the sun.

World-Class Cuisine

With a host of award-winning local and international restaurants, there's always something to please your palate.

Immerse in Nature

Get active and explore the island's hiking trails and discover the immense beauty hidden in Antigua's hills and forests.

Marine Wildlife

With sea tours available and hidden snorkelling spots around every point, uncover a whole new world in Antigua's Caribbean Sea.

Vibrant Culture

Every summer, watch as the streets of St. John's are transformed into the colourful celebration that is the world famous Antiguan Carnival.

A Sailing Epicentre

Antigua is the yachting capital of the Caribbean, boasting a variety of sailing events throughout the year, including regattas and fishing tournaments.

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