Welcome to the Antigua Resorts section. Here you will find information on Antigua and Barbuda Resorts. First a brief overview of this beach lovers island and then you will find a list of Antigua Resorts to discover the perfect Caribbean resort getaway!
Antigua has an intriguing coastline full of safe harbours. Add this to a nearly unbroken wall of coral makes it an ideal beach destination. In fact with 365 beaches you could spend an entire year here and enjoy a different stretch of white and pink sand beaches everyday. Among the most lively beaches are Dickenson Bay, Runaway and Pigeon’s Point. Fort Bay Beach is a great place to join a game of beach volleyball or cricket. Half Moon Bay, a national park, and Long Bay offer calm waters that many families enjoy.
Nelson’s Dockyard is steeped in history. It’s name dating back to Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson who in 1784 saw Antigua as the perfect place to hide a fleet of ships in the many safe harbours. He established the headquarters of the British Royal Navy Caribbean fleet at Nelson’s Dockyard. It now houses craft, souvenir and nautical shops. There are also charming restaurants and bars. Sunday evenings brings a weekly sunset barbecue at Shirley Heights, with live steel band music and panoramic harbour views.
Snorkeling and diving are favourite past times for visitors. Atigua and Barbuda has numerous shipwrecks, coral reefs, shelves, ledges and walls for fantastic underwater adventures. What adds to this is that the underwater visibility is up to 140 feet. Many Antigua resorts offer snorkeling and diving packages.
The near constant trade winds create ideal conditions for yachting and all types of sailing and wind surfing. On the last Sunday each April Antigua hosts one of the worlds premier sailing regattas, the Antigua Race Week. Participants come from all over the world for 5 days of challenging events, parties and fun in the sun.
Adventures on the land include golf, tennis and horseback riding. Bird watchers will recognize Antigua and Barbuda as world class for the 170 plus species they can spot. Great Bird Island, an uninhabited isles, offers the chance to see endangered species including West Indian whistling ducks, red-billed tropic birds and the Antiguan racer snake, found only here. The Frigate Bird Sanctuary located on Barbuda is the perfect spot for bird watching. Barbuda also offers licensed hunting of deer, boar and various game fowl.
Antigua is also a great Eco-adventure destination with zip-line canopy adventures, kayaking through mangroves, swimming with rays and exploring Indian Town National Park. Indian Town National Park is thought to be a former Arawak site and is home to Devil’s Bridge, a natural limestone arch that has been carved by the sea.
History is everywhere on Antigua. In addition to Nelson’s Dockyard which I mentioned above there are the remnants of more than 100 sugar mills around the island. Two of these are located at Betty’s Hope Plantation, which operated from the 1650’s to around 1900 and is now an open air museum. Redcliffe Quay, another historic site, houses restaurants and specialty shops on the grounds of a former slave compound. Friday and Saturday mornings offers a unique experience in St. John’s, the capital, as the farmers market comes to town.
Here are some of the resorts to visit while in Antigua and Barbuda;
Blue Water Antigua Resort
Carlisle Bay Resort
Galley Bay Resort
Grand Pineapple Beach Resort
Hawksbill by Rex Resorts
Jolly Beach Resort
Sandals Grand Antigua Resort and Spa
St. James Club
Verandah Resort and Spa