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AN ISLAND WITH 365 BEACHES – ONE FOR EVERY DAY OF THE YEAR!


Antigua, set in a stunning blue sea and circled by furls of pearl white sand, is a place to kick back, drink coconut juice and relax amongst friendly locals. If you can persuade yourself away from the beach (of which there are 365 of them – one for every day of the year), there’s plenty to do and see: this is the biggest and most sophisticated of the Leeward Antilles islands. Antigua is one of the heartlands of Caribbean sailing, you’ll find plenty of history in Nelson’s Dockyard, nature lovers will enjoy the wildlife in the national parks and there’s Devil’s Bridge, too: a natural phenomenon of colliding Atlantic and Caribbean surf.
 
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.


 

CARLISLE BAY

With a ravishing beach in a secluded bay, set in a sweeping bay against a backdrop of rolling hills and lush tropical rainforest, two outstanding restaurants, an exceptional spa and a philosophy founded on generous service, Carlisle Bay is simply stunning.
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GALLEY BAY RESORT

The homely Galley Bay Resort & Spa is a lesson in elegance, and remains one of Antigua's most sought after boutique accommodation options.
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BLUE WATERS HOTEL

Blue Waters nestles on the northeast corner of Antigua, where crystal clear Caribbean waters lap gently onto secluded white sand beaches and the Blue Waters comprises everything an island paradise should be.
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Speak to any of the team at Inspirational Travel to get ideas for your holiday or honeymoon to Antigua. Call us on 01778 382764.