What to do in Antigua
Beaches: Antigua has 365 beaches in total and we think that the best way to find your favourite is to explore them yourself on foot. Some of our personal favourites include: Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, in the north west; the four crescent beaches at Hawksbill; the undeveloped beaches in the south, such as Rendezvous Bay and Doigs Beach; and, for families, the safe beaches of Half Moon Bay and Long Bay on the eastern coast.
Watersports: Snorkellers will be astounded by the abundant coral reefs here, and scuba divers can glide over amazing shipwrecks whilst surfers will love the waves at Galley Bay in winter. Antigua's prevailing winds also make this a fantastic destination for wind sports – sailors can charter a catamaran at Blue Waters or you could learn to windsurf at Dutchman's Bay.
Team and racket sports: Antiguans are more than a little devoted to cricket, and the Antigua Recreation Ground is one of the best places in the Caribbean to see a local, regional, or international match. Tennis and golf are also very popular on this Caribbean island, with excellent facilities for the practice of both.
Culture and History: Start in St John's and visit the Cathedral and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. Next, head to Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour, one of the world's finest Georgian naval ports, and while you are there climb the hill to take in the spectacular view from Shirley Heights. Falmouth is another important landmark, and reveals the island's colonial past. The restored sugar mill of Betty's Hope and the Gunthorpes Sugar Factory are also well worth a visit.
Nature and Adventure: Choose from a range of eco walking tours or go for a trip to the uninhabited neighbouring island of Redonda. Go kayaking at Shirley Heights, zip line through the Antiguan rainforest, or take a helicopter ride around volcanic Montserrat. Bird-watchers should take a day trip to the island of Barbuda, home to the Caribbean's most amazing bird sanctuaries.
Nightlife: Antigua has a good choice of bars, clubs and casinos, which are mainly concentrated around residential areas and resorts such as Jolly Beach, English Harbour and St John's.
Excursions and Attractions
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The Caribbean island of Antigua is open for business following the devastating Hurricane Irma earlier this month. Many of the island nation’s attractions, activities, restaurants and hotels have reopened to the public, and many more will reopen over the next couple of months before the peak winter season begins. The island’s airport and cruise berths have also re-opened to travellers.