AN ISLAND WITH 365 BEACHES – ONE FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR!
Mix activity, culture and nature with plenty of relaxing beach time: Antigua’s bright white sand collects appealing in the curves of the island’s coastline and reflects the tropical sunlight from the sea bed in shades of blue and green. Some beaches are lively with beach bars but there are deserted coves to discover, too.
Due to Antigua’s location and extraordinary natural harbours, the island has been an important centre since the 1700’s, when it was a British naval base riddled with defensive forts. Nowadays, a well-developed tourist infrastructure welcomes visitors. In recent times the government has paid plenty of attention to roads and medical care, so it’s a safe island and easy to explore, too.
Antigua covers 108 square miles and, inland, low lying rolling hills and open land lie waiting to be explored. The plantation history of the island is clearly visible here. Most present day Antiguans are descended from slaves brought to labour in the sugar fields.
Antigua has plenty to offer solo travellers, families, water sports fans, history lovers and those simply wanting to relax on a sunny tropical beach. Styles of accommodation vary from magnificent hotels to stunning villas and, of course, Inspirational Travel knows all the classiest places to stay and the best things to do. Simply let us know of your interests and we would be delighted to tailor make the perfect luxury holiday for you.
Flight Time: Approx 8 hours
Time Difference: GMT -4 hours
Language: English & Antiguan Creole
Currency: The Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Area: 108 square miles
Total Coastline: Approx 100 miles
Population: Approx 90,000
Capital: St John’s
Antigua has a pleasant year-round climate, ranging from the mid-70’s in the winter (December to March) to the mid-80’s in the summer. The island is fairly dry through most of the year with the average rainfall being only 45 inches, making in the sunniest of the Eastern Caribbean Islands. The rainy season is mid-September to November when daily showers can be expected and the hurricane season runs from June to November. The island has a low humidity year-round.
BEST TIME TO TRAVEL
The best time to visit Antigua is between December to July, although you can travel anytime. In the wetter months of July to November you will find the prices very attractive but you are likely to experience heavy showers, although these are often just short and sharp.
Health & Vaccinations
We recommend that you are up to date with all of the usual vaccinations – Typhoid, Polio, Hepatitis A & B, Tetanus and Rabies. Please contact your local GP for full advice at least 3-4 weeks before travel.
Passport & Visa
British passport holders must be in possession of a full 10-year passport and must have at least 6 months validity beyond the date of the return journey. In addition we also recommend that you have a minimum of 2 consecutive blank pages in your passport. British passport holders do not require a visa to enter Antigua.