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Antigua Destination Guide

Silken sands. Captivating coves. Secluded shores. There are 365 beaches in Antigua, one for each day of the year. Tucked along the bays of the island amid the all-inclusive Antigua resorts, these beaches are considered to be some of the most beautiful in the Caribbean. If you can tear yourself away from the beaches on your Antigua vacation, a visit to Nelson's Dockyard at English Harbour promises a delightful day with its quaint mix of shops, restaurants and English taverns. Half Moon Bay and Long Bay are both known for unforgettable snorkeling and diving, while the perfect end to any day awaits with views of spectacular sunsets from Fort Berkeley and Shirley Heights.

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There are a variety of lodging options for your stay in Antigua including: all-inclusive, B&B, self-service apartments, and sprawling seafront resorts with more than 100 lodgings. Or, stay on an exclusive retreat on a private island where relaxation and tranquility are all yours. Whatever your preference, you’ll be sure to find a lodging option that fits your vacation needs.

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Nightlife in Antigua

From Steel bands, limbo dancers, calypso signers, folklore groups- there’s always something happening by night in Antigua. 

The Grand Princess Casino – This casino is located in Jolly Harbour and offers more than just gambling. This building is spread across three floors where you can choose to dine in the first-class Bellagio Restaurant, patronize an internet café, dance the night away in a club, enjoy flashy Las Vegas entertainment or work out at the rooftop fitness center.

Coast – This is said to be Antigua’s hippest nighttime venue located in Heritage Quay, St. Johns. This club draws both islanders and visitors where they are entertained by Antiguan live bands and techno music.

Abracadabra Restaurant & Disco Bar – This Disco Bar is located in Nelson’s Dockyard and offers homemade pastas and fresh seafood. This bar becomes a dance party by night. There’s always something happening here including live jazz, reggae performances and even costume parties!

Admirals Inn – This is a laid back place where you can always play a game of darts or listen to live music Thursday and Saturday nights. Try one of Norman’s daiquiris (the islands best) and ask the bartender about the famous guests he’s served.

18 Carat – This is the most popular and sought-after dance club and night bar in St. John’s. There is an indoor-outdoor format that opens to a view of the night air of downtown St. John’s.

Beaches & Adventure in Antiqua

Dickenson Bay is in the Northwest of the island and a favorite for its wide strip of powder-soft sand and tranquil turquoise waters. This beach is perfect for families with small children.

Johnson’s Point offers solitude, schools of rainbow-colored fish and white sand beaches that greet you at this beach near Jolly Harbour.

Or visit Barbuda, the sister island of Antigua. Take a ferry to “the last frontier of the Caribbean” for secluded lounging on pink and white sand beaches.

Rainforest Canopy Tour – Experience the best and most thrilling eco-adventure in Antigua. Think Tarzan in a harness in a high-altitude, vertigo-challenged transit on an interconnected series of twin cables high above the island’s treetops. This tour is only recommended for those who are physically fit due to the 170 steps to climb back to your original point of departure and also those who do not have a fear of heights.  There are four options to choose from ranging from 30 minutes to 2 ½ hours.

For a little less nerving adventure, Antigua Adventures is a tour that takes you around the island in air-conditioned comfort, visiting a sugar mill, national parks, Nelson’s Dockyard, Falmouth Harbour, and Shirley Heights among other attractions.

Or take a cruise on the Pirates of Antigua ship, which is a romanticized replica of a pirate ship and is fun for all ages!

Golfing, parasailing, scuba diving and snorkeling are all among the other must-dos on this island of adventure!

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Weather in Antigua

Temperatures generally range from the mid-70s in the winter to the mid-80s in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches and the northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September. Low humidity year-round.

Tipping in Antigua

10-15% depending on the service. Some restaurants & hotels will automatically add a 10% gratuity.

Wedding Requirements for Antigua

Visit the Ministry of Justice located on lower Nevis Street in downtown St. John's with your valid passports, complete the application and pay applicable fees. Confirm a date and time for the ceremony with a Marriage Officer. One day waiting period.

Airport Information for Antigua

Travel to and from Antigua uses the VC Bird International Airport.

Rental Cars in Antigua

The cost is about US$40-50 per day. In addition to a valid driver's license from your country of residence or an international driver's license, a permit to drive in Antigua is required. The rental agency can assist you in getting this temporary license, which costs approximately US$12 and is valid for six months.