ANTIGUA & BARBUDA

Overview

Antigua and Barbuda offer some of the best hotels including charming boutique resorts and luxury villas.


The picturesque twin islands of Anitgua and Barbuda have a long established reputation as a sophisticated beach-lovers paradise, with 365 white sandy beaches and year-round sunshine.

 

A holiday spot that attracts the rich and famous, this Sailing Capital of the Caribbean is also popular with yachties and water sports enthusiasts. Antigua plays host to the internationally acclaimed Antigua Sailing Week every April.


The destination’s surroundings make it ideal for romance with sister island Barbuda offering a luxurious 17-mile stretch of undisturbed pink sand-beach.

 

Explore historic sites like the 18th-century Nelson’s Dockyard, Betty’s Hope and the capital St John’s with colonial-era Redcliffe Quay shopping and restaurant district.


For families, there are a variety of activities such as swimming with stingrays, zip-lining through the rainforest and turtle watching.

 

Peak months are November to April, while the best prices can be found between June and September, when exciting Summer Carnival festivities occur.


Direct flights to Antigua’s new terminal at the V.C. Bird International Airport with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic from London Gatwick and Thomas Cook from Manchester.

Airlines

British Airways

Fly to more Caribbean islands from Europe than any other airline. Whether customers are looking for a calm island retreat, an action-packed adventure, or a place to get away from it all, the Caribbean has something for everyone. Spotlight topic

 

Antigua & Barbuda is also served direct by Thomas Cook Airlines and Virgin Atlantic flights. Regional services into Antigua are operated by Air Antilles Express, LIAT, Montserrat Airways, Rainbow International Airlines, Trans Anguilla and VI Airlink.

 

More information in the Guide to the Caribbean (pages 56-57).

Cruise

Carnival Cruise Lines are pleased to offer cruises across the world to exciting destinations such as the Caribbean, Mexico, Hawaii, Alaska, Canada and Panama. Spotlight topic

 

Most cruise lines serving the Caribbean include Antigua calls. The Caribbean Tourism Organization has other cruise line members covering the Caribbean region.

Hotels

Sandals Resort:
Scattered amongst the tropical islands of Jamaica, Antigua, Saint Lucia, the Bahamas, Grenada and our first and newest resort in Barbados are 15 incomparable Luxury Included® Sandals resorts. Spotlight topic

 

Elite Island Resorts:

Elite Island Resorts is an impressive collection of seven unique beachfront resorts and provides the best in Caribbean holidays. Spotlight topic


Antigua and Barbuda offers a wider range of hotels including boutique resorts and luxury villas. More details to follow.

Tour Ops

Some 19 CTO-member tour operators serve Antigua and Barbuda. See pages 58-59 of the Guide to the Caribbean.

Itinerary

I always have butterflies when I get my first sight of Antigua.  There’s something special about a place that’s warm all year round, has crystal clear water and white sandy beaches and such hospitable people. For me, getting into island style mode involves slowing my pace down and spending lots of time at the beach with friends and family, kiteboarding, boating, going for hikes and fishing. Kiteboarding in Antigua is a hidden gem most tourists don’t know about. If I just want to hang out then I love Half Moon Bay’s natural beauty or I play golf or hike. My favourite place to eat is Papa Zouk’s in St John’s and I love to hang out at the Lime Bar at English Harbour. I miss the laid-back lifestyle when I’m not in Antigua.

Andre Phillip, Professional Kiteboarder, born in Antigua