The first settlement on the island we now know as Antigua was not established until the 1600s, when English settlers arrived. Antigua remained a part of the British Commonwealth until its independence in 1981. Today, Antigua is a popular vacation destination, attracting tourists with its ideal climate, amazing landscape, leisurely lifestyle and 365 beautiful beaches – one for every day of the year!
The One Thing You Don’t Want to Miss
Discover Antigua’s past at Nelson’s Dockyard, a restored working dockyard. In this tropical Colonial Williamsburg, you can visit many of the original colonial buildings and get a real feel for the history of the place.
Other Fun Things to Do
- Sail aboard a catamaran and take in a few hours of breathtaking scenery. You’ll depart for the northwest coast of Antigua to a specially selected anchorage, where you’ll enjoy snorkeling and water skiing. Then move on to a beautiful sandy beach for more fun in the water.
- Experience the rich history, unique culture and tropical flora of St. John’s on an informative Antigua Island Tour.
- Discover some of Antigua’s most beautiful secret spots and small, uninhabited islands by kayak. You’ll make a stop for a swim, and if you are quiet, you may spot the sea turtles, frigate birds, whistling ducks, endangered fallow deer and flying fish that inhabit the area.
- Feel the wind in your hair as you travel through Antigua’s lush rainforest via a zip line 300 feet in the air.
Take an unforgettable island safari and rugged hiking adventure through lush vegetation, and enjoy unbelievable panoramic vistas from one of the island’s highest points at 1,200 feet. This is a great opportunity to experience a part of the island that few tourists have seen – with exotic plants, animal life and more.
Get a Taste of Local Flavor
Antigua’s local beer is Wadadli, which is the Carib name for the island. You might also want to try Cavalier, a local rum used in drinks across the island.