Luxury caribbean holidays - antigua
“The beach is just the beginning”
Antigua island has warm, steady winds, a complex coastline of safe harbours, and a protective, nearly unbroken wall of coral reef. It would make a perfect place to hide a fleet. And so in 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain's most important Caribbean base. Little did he know that over 200 years later the same unique characteristics that attracted the Royal Navy would transform Antigua, and Barbuda, into one of the Caribbean's premier tourist destinations.
Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Martin.
Antigua is one of the top Caribbean holiday and vacation destinations with 365 white sand beaches, and a huge choice of things to do, place’s to stay and services.
St. John’s, the island’s animated main town, rises from the harbour, backed by a twin-spired cathedral.
Visit the Antigua and Barbuda Museum and view artefacts like ancient stone pendants and flint knives, displays on cassava, and for sports lovers the cricket bat of Sir Vivian Richards, a beloved island athlete.
Stop in Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine for a moment’s respite.
At Redcliffe Quay, a series of historic buildings have been transformed into a little retail village. Originally a slave-trading yard, the buildings were used by merchants and innkeepers after emancipation.
In the countryside, almost a hundred towers that are the remnants of Antigua’s sugar mills dot the countryside where over 150 sugar-producing plantations once stood.
At Betty’s Hope, founded in the 1650s, twin mills have been restored to working condition.
If it’s utter peace and quiet you’re after, then head to drowsy Barbuda, the lesser-known of the two islands. It feels untouched by progress, with the principal inhabitants being the graceful frigate birds.
Take a boat ride through the Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Codrington Lagoon and see these unique birds, which spend most of their time in the air because they can’t walk or swim.
On Barbuda, you’re unlikely to see more than a dozen other human beings during your repose.
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Antigua Useful Information:
- Time difference is -4 GMT
- Flying time 8¾ hours from London
- Airport V.C.Bird International
- Currency US Dollars widely accepted
- English is the official language, most locals speak French Creole
- Average summer temperature 85°/77° F Average winter temperature 82°/75° F
- Dining - Usual practise for tipping is 10% if no service charge has been added. Restaurants range in a wide variety of prices, locations and cuisine.
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