Antigua is located in the independent nation of Antigua and Barbuda, within the Commonwealth of Nations, and is about 1k miles east of Jamaica.
What is the island known for: white sand beaches, snorkeling, windsurfing, and other watersports.
Top 5 attractions/excursions: Ffryes Beach– located at Ffryes point on the West Coast of Antigua, features powder white sand and crystal clear water for swimming, Dickenson Bay- on the Northwestern coast of the island and is the most developed beach, with hotels, restaurants and water sports nearby, Shirley Heights– is a restored military lookout and gun battery has great views at sunset when the English Harbour is all lit up, Betty’s Hope– first large-scale sugar plantation to operate in Antigua that has two sugar mill towers, which has been fully restored complete with sails, Deep Bay Beach– a bay that is surrounded by beautiful rolling slopes, and the iconic Fort Barrington which can be accessed by a 10-minute trail, also home to a popular diving spot-Andes Shipwreck, located at the entry of the bay.
Top 5 places to eat/drink: The Cove (Blue Waters Resort and Spa)- offers French/Caribbean cuisine, and is perfect for watching the sunset, Cloggy’s (Dockyard Drive Antigua Yacht Club Marina, Falmouth Antigua)- offers contemporary and Caribbean style meal options, great views of the island, Colibri (57 Dockyard Drive Opposite gas station, English Harbour Antigua)- located in a lush private garden in the heart of the historic English Harbour, offers French, Caribbean, Seafood, Cajun & Creole meal options, craft cocktails, Boom (Dockyard Drive Gunpowder House, English Harbour Antigua)- poolside restaurant located in front of Gunpowder House with its remarkable infinity edged pool overlooking Nelson’s Dockyard, great for local cuisine, seafood and Mediterranean dishes, Miracles of the Caribbean Restaurant and Bar (Valley Road, Jolly Harbour Antigua)- great location for local Caribbean and seafood dishes.
Editor’s Notes: If you are looking for a relaxing place to swim in beautiful warm water, snorkel, and eat local dishes, this is the port stop for you.