Antigua is one of the islands that make up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. It is quintessentially Caribbean, awash with candy-coloured villages, a rum-infused vibe and friendly locals that offer wide-smile welcomes. [ReadMoreMob]
Ringed with coral reefs in azure waters, Antigua is known for its sandy beaches – all 365 of them. This natural paradise is filled with vibrant flora and fauna, botanical parks and natural phenomenon, such as the Devil's Bridge, that demand exploration.
There is a distinct English accent to the island, which boasts the attractive English Harbour and the magnificently restored Nelson’s Dockyard. Admiral Horatio Nelson made his base here in the 1780s, and the colonial-style capital, St John’s, includes a marina and the Dockyard Museum. Walking trails lead up to Shirley Heights, a former military lookout with panoramic views across the islands and bays. [ReadMoreDesk]
When it comes to food, it is fish with a smattering of meat and hearty stews. And what else, other than a glass of Caribbean rum, to wash it down? The warmth of the sun and the peaceful nature of the islanders is further enhanced by their infectious steel-drum music.
For complete tranquillity, Antigua’s smaller, undeveloped neighbour, Barbuda, is literally one single, divine beach, and one of the region's most significant Frigate bird sanctuaries.
St John's, Antigua and Barbuda
For anyone looking to relax and soak up the Caribbean sunshine, Antigua offers dreamy white sand and crystal clear blue waters in abundance. There are no fewer than 365 beaches on the island – one for each day of the year, if you ask the locals!
Nelson’s Dockyard is one of Antigua’s most famous sites. The area, which was named after Admiral Horatio Nelson, who was based here in the 18th century, is the only working Georgian dockyard in the world today. The dockyard's operations date from 1745, and the buildings were used by the Royal Navy until 1889. During the Napoleonic Wars, it was the headquarters for Nelson and the British Navy. Today Nelson’s Dockyard has been restored to its 18th century prime.
Antigua maintains many links with Britain including St John's Cathedral, built of British brick, Nelson's dockyard and, of course, Eric Clapton's house.