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Caribbean

Antigua holidays

from £999pp
Based on 2 adults departing from London Heathrow on 21 June 2021, staying for 7 nights with All Inclusive board basis

Anitgua travel guide

Visit Antigua and fall in love with the white powder sand beaches and the clear turquoise waters. Then leave your beach towel behind and discover more of Antigua, with fabulous local restaurants, zen-inducing spas, safari adventures and Caribbean carnivals to explore.

Things to do in Antigua

The Antigua know-how

  • Geography

    • Antigua is a small Caribbean island, about 100 square miles in size
    • St John's is the capital city
    • Antigua has a population of just under 100,000 people
  • Health

    • It's best to use insect repellent all year round
    • Tap water is safe to drink, but may taste different. We recommend sticking to filtered water
    • Most hotels have nurses on site, and you'll never be more than half an hour from a hospital
  • Antigua flights

    • You can fly direct to Antigua from the UK with Virgin Atlantic
    • Flights depart 4 times a week from London Gatwick and the flight time is 8.5 hours
    • Antigua is 4 hours behind the UK
  • Money, ID and entry visas

    • You don't need a visa to visit Antigua if you're a British national
    • The Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$) is the local currency and is 'pegged' to the US$ for conversion - US dollars accepted in most places
    • At most hotels, you'll have to show a valid form of ID and credit card at check-in. Also expect a pre-authorisation on your card to cover incidental purchases. This helps resorts guard against fraud.
  • Eating out and tipping

    • Corn and sweet potatoes are popular in Antigua, with fresh lobster, red snapper and shrimp also firm favourites
    • A 10% tip is standard, but not expected in all-inclusive resorts
  • Weather

    • The weather in Antigua is hot and humid all year
    • The dry season runs from January to April
    • There's a higher risk of hurricanes between August and October - all hotels have safety procedures in place, as you'd expect!
  • WiFi and electricity

    • Most hotels offer WiFi, but expect a slower speed than at home
    • Electronic devices use two-flat-pin sockets with 230 voltage
  • Out and about

    • The Antigua Kite Festival takes place on the east coast of the island in March
    • Antigua Sailing Week takes place in May and attracts world-class sailors and sailboats
    • In October you can see sea turtles nesting on the beach
  • Getting around

    • Cars drive on the left-hand side of the road, just like home
    • You can easily get around using local taxis and privately run shuttle buses, available from many hotels, as well as hiring a car

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