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, 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 1700s, 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.