Sunday Special – Antigua

The Caribbean Sea holds many gems, some of which I have been fortunate enough to visit. In the sea’s Leeward Islands is the country of Antigua and Barbuda, two small islands that appear to pack quite a punch for sun-seekers. Today will focus in on Antigua, the larger of the two isles. I have yet to make my way to this West Indies island, though with 365 beaches – one for each day of the year – I could be tempted rather easily.

With so many beaches one would imagine that the island is rather large yet in fact it is only about 281 sq km/ 108 sq miles. It’s circumference is a mere 87 km/54 miles. Driving around an island this size, stopping to take in those beaches and the landscape surrounding you sounds like a great way to spend a day or two. The number of activities to fill your days are plentiful. Here are just some of the ways to spend you sunny days in Antigua:

Jolly Bay, Antigua – Photo credit: Original uploader was User: (WT-shared) Tsandell at wts wikivoyage, Jolly Bay AntiguaCC BY-SA 4.0
  • Diving & snorkeling
  • Deep sea fishing
  • Sailing and yacht charters
  • Windsurfing, kayaking
  • Bird watching
  • Hiking to Monk Hill and Deep Bay
  • Scooter and bicycle rentals
  • Island tours
  • Explore the capital city of St John’s including its Saturday morning market and the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

The activities don’t stop when the sun sets. Antigua has a plenty of restaurants and cuisines to satisfy your foodie cravings. From fine dining to fast food with everything in between, often with a Caribbean zest. After dinner you can tear up the dance floors at numerous bars and clubs featuring all sorts of music from pop hits to soca, dancehall, reggae and more.

I have to say, while writing this post Antigua has caught my attention with all those activities and beaches. The sun may be calling me.

Capital city St John’s, Antigua and Barbuda – Photo credit: Luigi RosaSt. John’s, Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda (32022291934)CC BY-SA 2.0
One of 365 beaches of Antigua – Photo credit: dalbera from Paris, France, Une plage au sud dAntigua (7090902881)CC BY 2.0

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