Welcome to Antigua
The beautiful island of Antigua in the Eastern Caribbean is one of the many islands that make up the Lesser Antilles. The state of Antigua also incorporates the islands of Barbuda to the north, a flat coral island only 68 square miles, famous for its spectacular pink and white sand beaches and the Frigate Bird Sanctuary which is home to over 170 different species of birds. To the south-west lies the uninhabited island of Redonda, a rocky outcrop made famous by the on-going myth of the "Kings of Redonda".
The island of Antigua is home to a stunning scenery of picture postcard beaches, lush vegetation, exotic fruits, warm and wonderful people waiting to welcome you and of course spectacular real estate and property. Antigua lays claim to having 365 beaches, one for every day of the year! Most of the best beaches are located on the west side of island where they are met with the crystal clear warm waters of the Caribbean Sea.
As well as being of strategic importance, its complex coastline of safe harbours, protected by an almost unbroken coral reef, attracted Nelson to the island in 1784. His naval base at English Harbour at the extreme southern tip of the island was the perfect place to hide his fleet and keep it protected from violent storms. It is now home to the fully restored Nelson's Dockyard, the world's only continuously operating Georgian dockyard, complete with museum, shops, hotels and restaurants.
"At night you can experience the powerful rhythm of the tropics in a complex mixture of African music, American colour and, of course, a dash of European flair!"
The island also hosts the internationally renowned Antigua Sailing Week and is fast becoming the epicentre for sailing in the Eastern Caribbean. The constant trade winds and many harbours to explore make it an ideal location for cruising or racing. It also boasts an excellent choice of fully equipped marinas offering a complete range of modern facilities and marine services.
Another major passion of Antiguans is of course cricket! Whether you watch an international match at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium or a local game on the beach it offers you another fantastic way to soak up some Antiguan culture. Whether your ideal day is spent basking in the sun or enjoying one of the many fun-filled activities on offer, be it zip-lining through the rainforest or wake boarding on the sea, Antigua can and will fulfill your dreams as a top class Caribbean destination.
If you are interested in the preservation of nature and the wonders of the natural world, find out what Antigua and Barbuda has to offer, both on the islands and around them. As well as being abundant with a variety of wildlife on land and sea, the islands have uniquely retained their unspoilt natural beauty, a quality fast becoming rare in this age of mass development.
As evening approaches you are spoilt with a fabulous choice of local and international restaurants to dine in, as you experience one of our spectacular sunsets and - if you're lucky enough - the mysterious green flash of light as you look across to the islands of Montserrat, Guadeloupe, St Kitts and Nevis.
Antigua is easily accessible with direct flights from numerous major cities, including London, Miami and New York, plus connections to many other Caribbean islands.