Antigua and Barbuda
Antigua and Barbuda are centrally located in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean and combined consist of approximately 175 sq miles of pure tropical beauty. Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands and has a long history and rich heritage.
When to go
The weather is among the best you will find in the eastern Caribbean. Antigua's temperatures typically are in the 80's during the summer and moderate to the 70's during the winter months.
Sun, Sand, Sea, & Shopping
If its beaches you love, then Antigua is the place. Antigua boasts some of the most beautiful beaches in the Caribbean with many nestled in the island's protective coves. There are 365 different, sun drenched beaches for you to visit...one for every day of the year if you choose. Some of the island's most beautiful beaches are remote and may best be reached by a relaxing and tranquil kayak trip...WELL WORTH IT!
Snorkeling is also pretty good here, as the water is very clear (50-150 feet of visibility) and has year round water temperatures that average 80 degrees Fahrenheit. Both the southern and eastern shores of Antigua are bordered by shelves which provide excellent snorkeling for those looking for shallow waters. There are plenty of reefs to explore and at nearby Barbuda you can choose one of many wreck dives that are real historical sites to see!
One of the Caribbean's real historical jewels can be found in Antigua at Nelson's dockyard. Named after Admiral Horatio Nelson and built beginning in 1725, today it reminds us of its former glory and importance as a military post for the British fleet patrolling the West Indies. Unlike so many other historical landmarks of that age, the Nelson's dockyard buildings have been very well maintained and provide a glimpse for it visitors of what it was like in the Caribbean during the eighteenth century. That is perhaps why it is Antigua's most popular tourist destination today.
Dining & Nightlife
Shirley Heights Lookout is a must see and do for those looking for a little fun. Clearly the most spectacular view on the island and every Sunday you can watch the sun set over the island as it sinks into the Caribbean Sea while listening to the island sounds of calypso music. While there enjoy some of the best barbeque the island has to offer.