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Antigua and Barbuda Holidays & Hotels
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Holidays to Antigua and Barbuda consist of not one, not two but dozens of spectacular Caribbean islands. Of those, Antigua and Barbuda are of course the two largest islands, featuring stunning beaches, coral reefs and historical landmarks. Temperatures remain warm throughout the year, although you’re best off visiting between December and May when the hurricane season is over.
With direct flights landing at the international airport on Antigua, this is the island where you’ll find much of the available accommodation. Hotels span the length of the island, offering up intimate 3* hotels, all-inclusive 4* resorts and beachside rooms. Whether you’re travelling with the whole family or looking for a romantic getaway with a loved one, a holiday to Antigua and Barbuda will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Where to stay
Colourful buildings and cultural going-ons can be found at St John’s, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda. This city is no stranger to tourists; with large cruise ships pulling in throughout the year, St John’s features a number of bustling cafes, shops and historic sights to accommodate everyone. Many of St John’s accommodation sits on the city’s outskirts, close to the sweeping Dickenson Bay and Galley Bay beaches.
Expect to find everything from 3* mid-budget rooms to 5* romantic resorts in St John’s. Much of the accommodation sits close to the beach and includes family friendly leisure facilities including outside pools and water sport facilities.
Found on the west coast of Antigua, Bolands is a hub of tourist activity. It’s located close to Jolly Harbour, a coastal resort village that’s home to an 18-hole championship course, restaurants and stunning beaches.
Bolands hotels include a wealth of 3 and 4* hotels, many situated in close proximity to the beach. There’s everything from all-inclusive luxury rooms to family-focused hotels complete with on-site babysitting and a kids’ club.
What to see
No matter which pocket of Antigua and Barbuda you stay at, you’ll never be far from the sights. In fact, on Antigua it’s possible to drive from coast to coast in every direction in under an hour, showing just how accessible everything is.
Popular island sights include Nelson’s Dockyard on the south coast of Antigua. It’s the only continuously working Georgian dockyard in the world, with its 18th and 19th century buildings including everything from shops to a Dockyard Museum. Beach lovers won’t be short of spectacular beaches to sunbathe on; the white-sand beaches of Dickenson Bay are a popular choice for locals and tourists alike, while an excursion to Prickly Pear Island just off Antigua’s coast gives you the opportunity to sunbathe, take part in water sports and enjoy the feeling of being in paradise.
Stingray City Antigua offers aquatic encounters with stingrays, giving visitors the chance to snorkel and feed stingrays in the sea. An alternative animal experience on dry land is Angtigua’s Donkey Sanctuary Humane Society where guests are encouraged to help by brushing the donkeys. Meanwhile, nature lovers can enjoy several hiking trails across the island, including at Mount Obama National Park and Shirley Heights. From the top of Shirley Heights, a restored military lookout, you’ll be treated to spectacular views over the English and Falmouth Harbours.
Nightlife in Antigua and Barbuda varies from town to town, but there’s plenty to keep you ticking over. Most of the nightlife is centred in the north of the island, close to Runaway Beach. There are several bars and restaurants which stay open until late, while beachside bars keep the party going after sunset. Sports bars, clubs and bustling cafes are all centred around a small lively pocket in St John’s, while in Bolands you’ll find wine bars, al fresco restaurants and cosy lounges. Down in the south of the island the English Harbour has a number of bars and restaurants too, all a short walk away from each other.
What to eat
Antigua’s national dish is saltfish and fungi - fungi being a cornmeal and okra paste that’s rolled into balls and served with saltfish, a salt-cured white fish. Unsurprisingly, much of Antigua and Barbuda’s food focuses around seafood, with another favourite being conch - served in everything from chowders to ceviches. Away from the aquatic food scene, you’ll find a varied selection of sweet and savoury meals. Be sure to try Antiguan Butter Bread that can be paired with almost any topping, as well as the islands’ locally produced sweet pineapples.
In Antigua and Barbuda, the focus is mostly on local craft shops, boutique stores and quaint art galleries. This means that your shopping will be one-of-a-kind and you’re guaranteed to find something unique to bring back as a gift - or a memory-stirring souvenir for yourself. St John’s is the place to be if you want some serious shopping: with the Heritage Quay Complex, there are over a dozen shops selling everything from electronics to women’s fashion and souvenirs. For something a little more authentic, take a trip to Redcliff Quay where you’ll be able to meander around the local shops.
Fast Facts about Antigua and Barbuda
- Direct flight time: 8 hours 45 minutes from London
- Time Zone: GMT -4
- Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar
- Language: English
- Average price of a domestic beer: 5 EC$
- Average price of a bottle of wine: 19 EC$