5 Reasons You Should Visit The Laid Back Island Of Antigua

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It doesn’t take much convincing to book a holiday to the Caribbean – the tricky part is deciding where to go. Found just off the south east of North America, east of Central America, the Caribbean Sea has over 700(!) islands for you to choose from. Before you go dizzy thinking about hundreds of islands’ worth of sun, sea, sand, and rum, let us showcase a popular choice.

The neighbouring islands of Antigua and Barbuda sit just above Dominica and to the right of St Kitts and Nevis. A popular port of call on many an itinerary for Caribbean cruises, Antigua could be just one dreamy destination out of many in one luxury trip on a ship. So, take a look at these five amazing things that Antigua has to offer. Your destination decision might not be as hard as you think!

The incredible view from Shirley Heights

Head to this lookout point in the National Park and take in the panoramic view of the island. It overlooks the English and Falmouth Harbours and, if the sky’s clear enough, you should look out for the active volcano in Montserrat towards the south west. Join in the party every Sunday, when locals and tourists come together here over live music and fresh food.

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Image by Andrew Moore on Flickr / Creative Commons

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Head out to sea

Explore beyond the shore by heading out in the gorgeous waters. You can hop on a speedboat that will take you to top scuba diving spots. Or, swim with and feed stingrays in a shallow pool called Stingray City! The island has a huge naval presence and you can take part in the annual Sailing Week in April. Be one of the 500 spectators who cheer on the 150 boats taking part in five races, with a refreshing cocktail in hand of course.

A nautical-but-nice harbour

Put on your stripy t-shirt and make your way to Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour to visit the world’s only existing example of a Georgian naval dockyard. The 18th century warship naval yard is where Horatio Nelson was stationed as a captain back in 1784, which explains the dockyard’s name. The surrounding area is guilty of being a bit touristy, but you can just use it as the perfect excuse to stock up on novelty souvenirs and moreish street food.

Heavenly beaches

Antigua beaches, all 365 of them, are pretty close to paradise. The aptly named Jolly Beach is postcard perfect, with long stretches of white sand, cooling palms and emerald waters – a perfect quiet spot for sunbathing. Looking for where the action is? You’ll find water sports, fun bars and beach games at the popular Dickenson Bay. If you want to take along your snorkeling gear and explore a reef – Half Moon Bay is the place to do just that.

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Image by Andrew Moore on Flickr / Creative Commons

RUM!

It’s just rude to holiday in the Caribbean without sampling one of its finest produces: rum! Whether its light or dark, five or 10 years cask age, you gotta try a tipple. English Harbour is perhaps the most famous brand in this area, so ask for it in the bar to get a real feel for the island’s local life.

Do you think you know a better Caribbean island choice than Antigua? Tell us your thoughts below.

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