Often referred to as the heart of the Caribbean, the twin-island nation of Antigua and Barbuda has much to offer…from the miles of uninterrupted pink sand beaches in Barbuda to the popular Fig Tree Drive and Rainforest Canopy Tour in Antigua.
In addition to land excursions, catamarans, and local tours, you may also enjoy a few of the sites and activities listed below.
The Capital City of St. John’s
Duty-free shopping in St. John’s is at its best in Heritage and Redcliff Quays. Visit Quin Farara for wines, spirits, and cigarettes; Abbott’s Jewelers and Diamonds International for excellent deals; and Lipstick for duty-free perfumes. In this same area you will come across the local vendor’s mall where you will find a variety of local souvenirs (and some not-so-local ones too!).
The local market at the south end of town at the junction of Valley and All Saints Roads is a riot of colourful fruits, vegetables, and spices, and people from all walks of life haggling for them. We recommend the delicious Antigua black pineapple – considered by some to be one of the world’s best.
The Museum of Antigua & Barbuda is housed in the old Court House at the corner of Long and Market Streets. Built in 1750, it is the oldest building in Antigua. Exhibits explore Antigua’s geological origins and political history, the culture of the Arawaks (with a life-sized house), and a model sugar plantation. The museum is also a good source of information on other historic sites dotting the island.
English Harbour & Nelson’s Dockyard
Antigua was discovered by Christopher Columbus in 1493 and was a British Colony up until its independence in 1981. As a result, it has an incredible history. English Harbour is one “must see” destination as it was Lord Horatio Nelson’s home for quite some time.
Antigua Sailing Week
Taking place from late April to early May, Antigua Sailing Week consists of intense yacht racing, music concerts and rum parties. Sailors, spectators and partygoers, from around the world visit Antigua to enjoy the racing atmosphere both on and off shore.
Antigua and nearby Barbuda are great diving spots as there is little to no current and the water temperatures average 80°F. Coral reefs, walls, and shipwrecks can be found in several areas surrounding the coasts. For those who like wreck diving in particular, the Andes merchant ship in Deep Bay is a must.
Cricket at the Sticky Wicket, Antigua Recreation Grounds or Sir Viv Richards Stadium
World-class cricket players and an electric atmosphere are just two of the reasons why a trip to one of Antigua’s cricket grounds is a must. Antigua is home to the legendary Sir Viv Richards, former West Indian cricket captain, as well as Andy Roberts, Richie Richardson, and Curtly Ambrose.