The long-anticipated redevelopment of one of the Caribbean's most lauded beaches is well underway with the appointment of a hotel management company and a date set for the opening of the new Rosewood Half Moon Bay Antigua in 2021.
This year's Antigua 360 is planned for February 16. The event is the third of its kind and is a precursor to the RORC Caribbean 600 offshore classic. The Antigua 360 was conceived by Stan Pearson and fellow sailors and in the years since the inaugural event, it has become one of the premier sailing events in the Caribbean.
A new beach bar has opened in south-west Antigua, attached to St Mary's Court Best Western Premier Hotel, which is under construction and due to debut next summer 2018. The unique Rum Bus Beach is themed around an imported London routemaster bus, and is also the official bar of the Caribbean's iconic Mount Gay rum brand.
The cruise industry in Antigua and Barbuda is thriving, according to recent figures from the nation's tourism ministry. An anticipated 459,138 cruise passengers are expected to visit the twin island nation between October and December this year. More than 220 cruise ship calls will be made during this period, including 12 new cruises from ships that have never visited the Caribbean country.
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.
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