Antigua, AG Travel Guide

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Antigua has all the romance of the pirate era, but all the comforts of the 21st century. There are more than enough white sand beaches on Antigua (say it an-TEE-gha) for any travelers: The island likes to boast of its 365 sandy enclaves—as in, a beach for every day. But the eastern Caribbean island is also a treasure chest of history and culture: the former English colony has old forts, an Anglican cathedral and a culture that blends British and West Indian flavors. It’s pretty accessible, too: while the island has plenty of upscale resorts and has long attracted plenty of famous and wealthy types (such as Eric Clapton and Oprah Winfrey, who have winter retreats here), there are also some secluded beach hideaways that are reasonably priced. Aside from lying on the beach, when you visit Antigua you can go snorkeling, fishing, zip lining, or just take in the views from the relics of this island’s naval past. Use this Antigua travel guide to map your own adventure.

Things Not to Miss in Antigua

• Saturday Market in St. John’s
 • St John’s Cathedral
 • Nelson's Dockyard National Park
 • Hiking from English Harbour to Shirley Heights for the panoramic view
 • A day trip to the sister island of Barbuda

When to Go to Antigua

The height of Antigua travel season runs from mid-December until the end of April, as snowbirds come here to escape winter. Rates drop during the summer—as the risk of hurricanes rise—though otherwise temperatures stay pretty mild here. Things can get really sleepy in Antigua from mid-August until October when many properties actually close for the low season. Two big events in Antigua include Sailing Week in late April or early May, and the early August Carnival, full of calypso and steel drum music.

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