About Antigua

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Welcome to the Island of Sun, Sea and Sand

Paradise on Earth


Antigua is part of the sister island nation of Antigua and Barbuda located in the heart of the Caribbean. Renowned for its 365 white sandy beaches and turquoise waters, Antigua experiences an average temperature of 25 degrees Celsius all year round, perfect for your next tropical getaway.

Antigua is also a melting pot of the Caribbean. From one trip to Antigua, you can meet and experience various cultures and cuisine from other islands in the Caribbean. The people are friendly and welcoming, and there are lots to do and see on our little rock.

A few quick facts about Antigua Capital: St. John’s
Population: 91,295 (2014)
Time zone: UTC-4
Area: 108 square miles
Main language: English
Currency: East Caribbean Dollar
International airport: V.C Bird International
Tallest point: Mount Obama (formally Boggy Peak) 1319 ft., 402 metres

How do I get to Antigua?
There are many direct flights to Antigua from the USA, Canada, UK, Europe and other Caribbean islands. When booking your flight, our airport code is ANU.

What To Do In Antigua...

There's Plenty To Do!

Sailing Week   April- May

From small beginnings this sailing regatta has developed over the past 47 years to become one of the preeminent yacht racing events in the Caribbean and one of the most prestigious in the world. Over 100 yachts participate every year ranging in size from 24 feet to over 100 feet. The Regatta attracts everything from serious racing boats including state-of-the-art, high-tech racing machines to a variety of performance cruising and cruising boats.

For those not racing, the sight of more than 100 yachts racing off the south coast of Antigua from vantage points on the shore and from spectator boats on the water is unforgettable. Antigua Sailing Week’s history and reputation allow it to attract a large variety of boats including bareboats, race charter boats, small cruisers, sport boats, multihulls and performance racing and cruising boats. Classes are divided such that there is competitive racing for everyone, regardless of what type of boat you choose to race in.

Carnival   July-Aug

A ten-day festival of colorful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, and especially good music. The festivities, which celebrate emancipation, are exciting and extensive, ranging from the Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions of Calypsonians,

the Panorama steel band competition, and the spectacular Parade of Bands, to the Miss Antigua Pageant and the Caribbean Queen's Competition. In addition to these major events, the nonstop revelry of this carnival includes innumerable smaller festivities, including local concerts, all inclusive fetes, food fairs, parades, and cultural shows.

Sights Around The Island

Shirley Heights

Shirley Heights is a restored military lookout and gun battery. The Lookout is a high point (about 490 ft.) affording a superb view of English and Falmouth Harbours, the best view in Antigua. The view is spectacular, especially at sunset and early evening when all of English Harbour is all lit up.

Every Sunday evening from 4:00pm the sweet pulsating rhythms of the steel-band accompany mouth-watering smells of the barbecue. Spectacular sunsets are standard party fare and the much talked about green flash really can be seen! At 7.00pm the entertainment changes and some of the island's finest party bands are featured until 10.00pm.

Betty's Hope

Betty's Hope is located in the limestone district of Antigua’s tranquil rural area, with beautiful vistas over the rolling landscape to the distant ocean. Betty’s Hope was a sugar plantation which provided livelihood for many generations of Antiguans from the time it was established in 1650 during the British Colonial rule. It flourished as a successful agricultural industrial enterprise. It was the first large-scale sugar plantation to operate in Antigua.

Betty’s Hope is not operational now as a plantation, instead a programme of restoration of the heritage status of the Betty’s Hope estate, as a major West Indian heritage monument, was initially started by “The Friends of Betty's Hope", between 1987 and 1990, which eventually was institutionalized as a trust called the Betty’s Hope Trust, in 1990. A visitor centre has been created by converting a former cotton house storeroom into a museum. This includes various aspects of the plantation’s history and shows early estate plans, pictures and maps, artifacts and a model of the central site to give an overview of the of Betty’s Hope.

Nelson’s Dockyard National Park

Fully restored to its original splendor, the eighteenth- and nineteenth-century buildings of the Dockyard house modern amenities such as shops, hotels, and marina businesses. Outside the dockyard, historic forts dot the landscape of the park accessible by hiking trails which allow visitors to enjoy the park’s scenic and natural beauty.

There is endless opportunity to capture the beauty of the parks. With many glorious boats in the dockyard, the beautiful harbour, the historic sites and the unforgettable views from places such as Shirley Heights, bring your camera or have regrets that you didn’t.

Devil’s Bridge

Composed of limestone rock, the rugged terrain of Devil’s Bridge is the result of millions of years of ancient reef formation. For hundreds of thousands of years, the Atlantic’s waves have crashed into the east coast of Antigua creating a natural arch, or bridge. Numerous geysers and blowholes surround the arch as waves continually break against the coastal rocks.