Antigua Holidays 2022/2023

Antigua is a great choice for a dreamy tropical getaway - chalky sands, endless beaches and coral reefs await! Though a teeny island, Antigua is small but mighty, and serves up a large helping of authentic Caribbean food and music.

Though only 22 kilometres long and 17 kilometres wide, Antigua has an incredible stretch of coastline to relax on while gazing out at the pale blue waters. Antigua’s low annual rainfall makes it one of the sunniest islands in the eastern Caribbean and the area remains comfortably warm throughout the year.

Antigua Holidays 2022/2023

Under The Sea

In Antigua, the fun doesn’t stop below the surface, with miles of reefs to explore and plenty of shipwrecks. Antigua’s waters are home to a wide variety of sea life and paired with the pleasantly warm waters are the perfect combination for a great snorkelling and scuba diving spot. 

 

As well as reefs, under the water you will find a number of shipwrecks that are just waiting to be explored, including the 100-year-old Andes ship. The Andes Shipwreck was a barque which had been built in England in 1874 and was on her way to Chile on 7th June 1914 when she caught fire and sank to the bottom of the ocean. One of her masts could be still seen above the waterline up to a few years ago.


Currency: XCD East Caribbean Dollar

Language: English

Flight Time: Approx. 8.5hrs

Time Difference: GMT+4

Population: Approx. 100,000

Fill Your Boots

One of the most exciting things about going on holiday will always be the chance to try delicious, authentic cuisine around the world. Antigua’s cuisine takes its influence from many different places including its Caribbean neighbours as well as European, American and Asian hints. 

 

The national dish of Antigua is fungie, pronounced foon-jee, which is a kind of dumpling made from polenta. Another favourite dish is ducana, a sweet potato and coconut dumpling, paired with saltfish.

 

One of our favourite local spots is C&C Wine Bar, St John’s, where you can enjoy starter plates of coconut shrimp and salt cod cakes or go big with platters of lasagne or seared tuna salad. As well as amazing food, there’s bottles of wine that originate from around the island and all the way to South Africa.

Basking in Barbuda

Antigua’s technically not a country by itself, and you can visit its pint-sized partner, Barbuda, by boat or plane. Despite being not as well known, the beaches here are on a par with Antigua’s best sunbathing spots. There’s only one town on Barbuda, Codrington, and it certainly deserves a visit. 

 

You’ll also find the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, which is home to the largest Frigate Bird Colony in the western hemisphere. The birds here travel between the Caribbean and Galapagos islands during the varying mating seasons. You can join a small boat tour to the sanctuary which contains over 170 species of birds in addition to the more than 5,000 Frigate birds that call Barbuda their home.

Nelson’s Dockyard

This natural harbour looks like it’s been plucked from Pirates of the Caribbean. It was once the naval base of Admiral Nelson, who anchored his ships in the sheltered network of coves and beaches. Nowadays, you can spot high-end yachts bobbing between Nelson’s Dockyard and the English Harbour. 

 

Nelson’s Dockyard was first established in the early 18th century, and is now one of the most recent additions to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The original buildings overlook the Dockyard, and are home to hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as a museum.