Immersed in Antigua and Barbuda

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Megan Harris

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  • Antigua

  • All-Inclusive Travel

  • Adventure Travel

  • Couples Travel

  • Honeymoons

  • Off-the-Beaten-Path Travel

  • Island

  • Foodie

  • Sightseeing

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Curator’s statement

Antigua and its sister island, Barbuda have so many wonderful reasons to lure guests to their pink sand and powder white shores. The islands are well known for their 365 white-sand beaches, being the heart of the Caribbean sailing community, the UNESCO World Heritage site Nelson’s Dockyard and its superb cuisine (a true foodie island!). The island's heritage is steeped with much UK & Afro-Caribbean culture. Barbuda is also home to the largest Frigate bird colony in the Eastern Caribbean. You can jam pack your days on the island or opt to just lime the local way. Gentle, balmy, beach-filled days are so very important in the islands' beautiful, vibrant and wide-open-hearted community.

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Where to stay in Antigua and Barbuda

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Blue Waters Resort

Nestled in the North West Corner of Antigua in a private bay, this family-owned resort has roots dating back more than 40 years.

Hermitage Bay

All-inclusive resort with 30 eco-luxury suites, a fine dining restaurant and an infinity pool in Antigua and Barbuda.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

Curtain Bluff Resort

A luxurious all-inclusive resort nestled between two beautiful beaches, offering unrivaled ocean views and world-class amenities in Antigua.

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  • $100 hotel / resort credit.

  • Breakfast daily.

  • Upgrade & extended check-in/out whenever possible.

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Things to do in Antigua and Barbuda

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Antigua is an island that has so much to offer. Rent a car and adventure! It's not a resort its a real place!

  • Nelson's Dockyard - Antigua's UNESCO World Heritage site. It's the worlds oldest working boatyard. Loaded with historical architecture, sail lofts, a museum, hotels, shops & cafés.

  • Betty's Hope - A fully restored sugar mill on a plantation dating from 1650.

  • Shirley Heights - A restored military lockout & gun battery. Absolutely stunning views over Galleon Beach, English Harbour and reaching to Falmouth Harbour. Thursday and Sunday sunset parties are a must. Starting with traditional pan bands, into reggae sets and then a real Soca dance night. Local rum punch and bbq is always available.

  • Half Moon Bay is one of the best of the 365 beaches. Natural coves, refreshing surf and one of the best beach bars on island, Beach Bum Bar, which serves the best local lobster.

  • Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour and zip line in the lush Fig Tree drive area.

  • The Pillars of Hercules - A natural limestone rock formation at the mouth of English Harbour, lovingly created by the deep, blue Caribbean Sea of thousands of years. Its a fabulous snorkel spot full of sea turtles and rays.

  • Take a boat out to Green island, Antiguas uninhabited powder white off shore island part of The famous Mill Reef Club. Snorkel the reef, swim in the crystal clear anchorages and try local lobster on the beach.

  • Hike to The Mermaid Gardens and discover natural, free form limestone pools to cool off in.

  • Go to barbuda by ferry, bespoke yacht charter, plane or helicopter. Its not to be missed. The pink sand beaches twined with Nobu lunches are calling....

Day trips

  • Happy Days Charter - Private, bespoke, luxury day charters for up to 12. Includes snorkelling, seadoos, open bar and more.

  • Barefoot Antigua - Custom private boat charters that can include fishing, snorkeling, wakeboard and kitesurfing. Great way to get to Barbuda and restaurants by boat. Super fast, fun, young crews!

  • Guided rainforest tours with Dasa - Stunning hikes and superb local knowledge for all abilities.

  • Pigs Paradise - Exclusive beach piglet experience. Frolic and feed piglets whilst paddling in secluded waters.

Places to eat & drink in Antigua and Barbuda

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  • Colibri, English Harbour - French & Créole cuisine, exquisite wine & cocktails.

  • Loose Cannon Beach Bar - Great food, service and vibes located right on Galleon Beach.

  • Abracadabra, English Harbour - Authentic Italian Cuisine, tropical bar and THE island disco since 1985.

  • Sheer Rocks, Valley Church - Tapas, A la Carte, testing menu, cocktails, plunge pools and daybeds.

  • La Brasserie Restaurant/Bakery - The Slipway English Harbour. Antigua's waterside French restaurant. Breakfast to dinner.

  • Cecilia's High Point Cafe - Beach lounge & bar, lunches and dinners. The perfect stop before your flight home. Close to the airport and such a tradition!

  • Catherines Cafe - French inspired Restaurant on the beach at Pigeon Point in Falmouth Harbour. The ultimate, luxury beach club vibe and the best cocktails. Jump in the sea with a proper Antiguan old fashioned rum punch.

  • Papa Zouk, St John's - The place for fish and rum and zouk music, an island icon

  • Casa Roots - West Indian French Cuisine on the beach near Dickenson Bay.

  • Skullduggery Cafe - AYC Marina's perfect spot for coffee, carib, the best breakfasts and the most amazing espresso martini's in the Caribbean.

Need to Know

For more travel tips, check out Fora Advisor Diamond Durant’s guide, Best Things to Do in Antigua & Barbuda.

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