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Things to do in Antigua

Apart from lazing on the beach, Antigua offers a host of adventures for active couples from various watersport activities to hiking unspoiled nature reserves.

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Hiking in Antigua – Image courtesy of hikingantigua.com


What to do in Antigua

Beyond the beaches, Antigua offers a wide range of sights and activities, including…

Eco and hiking

Savour the rainforest from above on a choice of thrilling rainforest canopy tours at Wallings, where a series of high-altitude cables stretch high above a gorge.

Alternatively, explore the island on a guided open-jeep safari or by foot on a 3-hour guided tour through tropical rainforest on the south side of Antigua.

Or try the nature trail from English Harbour to Shirley Heights and be rewarded with a beautiful panoramic view. Several hiking trails exist around Indian Town Point with views over Long Bay, where you can also cool of with a dip and go snorkelling.


Golfing

Antigua’s best course is the 18-hole, par-70 Cedar Valley Golf Club on Friar's Hill Road, around 5km east of St John's, where you can enjoy panoramic views of Antigua's northern coast.

Or try the Jolly Harbour Golf Course at Jolly Harbour, a par-71 18-hole course that ranges over a hilly landscaped setting.


Scuba diving and snorkelling

The surrounding waters and reefs of Antigua offer coral gardens teeming with rainbow-hued tropical fish – most lie just a short swim from the beach.

Try Dickenson Bay and Pigeon Point for some of the best snorkelling and diving on the island. Both hotels and concessions provide snorkelling and diving equipment.


Sailing

Sail a Hobie Cat off the beach into Dickinson Bay, charter a bareboat yacht to cruise the islands from English Harbour, board a motorised replica of a pirate ship for sunset and night cruises and sail a catamaran to neighbouring Barbuda Island.


Game fishing

Hook up a charter with a knowledgeable owner-skipper to chase down dolphin fish, shark, barracuda, wahoo, tuna and marlin.


Island hopping…


Barbuda Island – Take a day trip to neighbouring Barbuda Island where you can make your own footprints on famous Pink Beach, a 13km-long strip of pink-hued sand stretching from Spanish Point to Palmetto Point, with turquoise waters and coral gardens that are perfect for snorkelling and scuba diving.

Look out for indigenous wildlife such as wild deer and see frigate birds at the Frigate Bird Sanctuary.

Explore huge underground caverns at Two Foot Bay to see ancient cave paintings, visit colonial-era sugar plantations and climb to the top of the islands highest point – the 35m-high Highland.

Stroll the streets of the island’s village capital, Codrington, named after the English family that once leased Barbuda from the British Crown for the price of 'one fat pig per year if asked for'.

Barbuda is just 42km north of Antigua, a 15-minute flight or half-hour ferry ride from St John's.

Redonda Island – Discover the smallest of the island group, an uninhabited rocky islet just 56km southwest of Antigua. Try to spot indigenous burrowing owls, a bird now extinct on Antigua.


Latest update Antigua honeymoon destination: 10 November, 2017


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