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You’ll find a wide range of bistros and restaurants in Antigua set in unforgettable locations, many around English Harbour and Falmouth Harbour. For anyone on a budget there’s a varied menu and set price at Trappas in English Harbour, and Seafood Friday at Nelson’s Dockyard makes a slap-up fish supper.
Authentic Caribbean cuisine and fresh seafood is always on the menu; enjoy it in a fine-dining atmosphere or on a beachside café, often with live music on the agenda. English Harbour is home to cafés galore or soak up the mellow and friendly atmosphere of an English-style pub at Nelson's dockyard.
Antigua has several child-friendly hotels with something for every pocket. The Verandah Resort & Spa, set next to 2 white sandy beaches with a great kids’ club, play. Here in Antigua we have to mention the Jolly Beach Resort, great value yet set on one of the best beaches in Antigua, this gently shelving beach is ideal for children of all ages and the friendly watersports and entertainment staff will ensure you have fun, whether its paddling around on a kayak, a game of impromptu cricket on the silky white sands or pool volley ball, there’s a full daily menu of activities and everyone is included. Grand Pineapple Beach is another great family resort with many activities both on land and sea to enjoy, there’s plenty to keep both adults and children alike entertained day and night. The Carlisle Bay has great suite accommodation, superb food and a kids’ club loaded with activities and a Cinema that serves popcorn with an afternoon film, not forgetting that special something for Mum and Dad there’s also a top class spa for a little R and R!
With water sports galore and glorious beaches there’s no need to move from your resort but kids might want to check out friendly donkeys, cows, monkeys, peacocks and parrots at Wadadli Animal Nature Park, or visit stingray ‘city’ to snorkel with stingrays, if you fancy taking to the waters jump aboard the Virgins Ahoy catarmaran cruise or take you seat in the Virgin Dundee Safari for an unforgettable jeep safaru around the Island.
Most of our hotels in Antigua are geared up to beach lovers and people in love, so choosing a hotel might not be easy.
How does a deep soaking tub, his and hers showers, and an ultra-modern suite with sunken living room sound to you? You’ll find luxury and romance go hand in hand in a Royal Suite at St James’s Club; the private boardwalk from the suites lead to Mamora Bay, a beautiful beach edged by palm trees, perfect for a romantic midnight stroll. Adults-only Galley Bay Resort & Spa is an exclusive hideaway located adjacent to Hawksbill and Deep Bay where you can enjoy sunset hors d’oeuvres and cocktails at the bar, followed by an intimate, candlelit dinner at a beachfront restaurant. Coco Bay is an intimate collection of seafacing cottages or plantation house accommodations set on a beautiful peninsula with infinity pools overlooking the turquoise seas. For even more suggestions see our weddings and honeymoon locations below.
As for a touch of togetherness – go on a catamaran cruise around the island, take a Virgin Dundee 4x4 off-road expedition, an exclusive sunset yacht charter Virgin Ahoy, or stroll on an isolated pink beach on Barbuda.
Looking for a honeymoon paradise or romantic wedding venue in Antigua? We’ve got the perfect place… overlooking a beautiful beach and surrounded by hills, a choice of beach, exotic garden or poolside location, and a picturesque gazebo with a backdrop of the glistening Caribbean Sea. Check out all our wedding venues including these at Coconut Beach Club, Cocobay, The Verandah Resort & Spa, Grand Pineapple and the beautiful Blue Waters. How about a resort which has been voted the ‘World’s Most Romantic Resort’ for 14 years running? Tucked away in Dickenson Bay, Sandals Grande Antigua Resort & Spa offers butler service in a Romantic Rondoval Suite which offers absolute privacy for special time together.
Get amazing views of the island that you wouldn’t normally have access to except by hiking with the 5 a.m. Hike Club on Saturdays, or the Environmental Awareness Group, normally free hikes which are open to all.
Want to be blown away? Then match your visit with Antigua Sailing Week or Carnival, two vibrant spectacles not to be missed.
Antigua is one of the sunniest islands in the eastern Caribbean and enjoys northeast trade winds that keep the humidity low. Antigua and Barbuda are consistently hot, averaging year-round 8 to 9 hours of sunshine daily, winters are a little cooler and July to November are the rainy months, so you might see some heavy bouts of rain on occasions.
For an Indiana Jones flavour take on an adrenaline-charged adventure tour in the Antigua rainforest. The two-and-a-half hour Full Canopy Tour has a scary suspension bridge walk, ropes to tackle, a ‘leap of faith’ vertical descent, and 9 aerial ziplines between 200 and 350 feet high and 200 and 300 feet long across a gorge.
The island is known for its glorious beaches but also its Martime past and you will get stunning views from Shirley Heights down onto English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard at any time of the day. If you choose to visit on Sunday, you can join their well know party as sun goes down and soak up the rum and reggae. Virgin Holidays guests will receive a voucher for complementary entrance to the site and a rum punch or soft drink. Please see your Virgin Holidays representative at your welcome briefing for times and full details. You can book local transport to Shirley Heights with them for approx $22 per person return. (Min 4 pax required).
Car Hire - Being such an easy island to navigate your way around, hiring a car is the best way to explore the island. Don’t forget to bring your driving licence! Please speak to our Concierge rep for more information.
From snorkelling with stingrays and deep sea fishing, windsurfing and boat charter, a round of golf and rainforest adventures, kayaking and eco adventures, Antigua can provide fun-filled days. There are also rainforest canopy adventures, scenic historical tours, scuba-diving, hiking, kitesurfing and sailing. Antigua’s waters are not only a magnet for boaters but also a playground for sea turtles when, from March to November, you might see them nesting.Back to top