A former sugarcane centre of the Caribbean Sea, Antigua now thrives with cultural venues, tropical cuisine, historic sites and duty-free shopping. With more than 300 pristine beaches ringing the island, Antigua showcases excellent surfing, snorkelling, water sports and scuba diving.
Things to do in Antigua
It’s all about the beaches in Antigua. Waters are warm and calm at Valley Church Beach on the west coast, while Galley Bay Beach in the north-west provides crashing ocean waves for surfers and body boarders. Look for sea turtles at Galley Bay before heading to Moon Bay for windsurfing and snorkelling.
Heritage Quay and Redcliffe Quay offer duty-free shopping, while you’ll find local treasures in St. John’s at the Saturday Morning Market, such as fragrant island flowers, handcrafted art, musical instruments, spices and souvenirs. Make a beach picnic with tropical produce, such as papaya, coconut and Antiguan black pineapples.
Discover the naval history of Antigua at Nelson's Dockyard National Park, which once served as a base for the British during the Napoleonic Wars. The Dockyard Museum showcases Nelson’s telescope, while Dow’s Hill Interpretive Center displays island culture and heritage. Tour the 1674 sugar cane plantation at Betty’s Hope to see restored machinery and a museum on the lives of plantation workers.
Dining and nightlife can be found at the Falmouth and English harbours. You’ll find authentic island-style seafood at Papa Zouk and Hemingway’s Caribbean Café on Lower St. Mary’s Street. Splurge on an elegant night out at The Cove Restaurant in Soldier’s Bay or enjoy the buffet and rum punch at Beachlimerz.
Getting around Antigua
Buses and mini-vans are available for getting around Antigua, while taxis and rental cars are also available. You can rent a car at V.C. Bird International Airport on the northern side of the island.