Antigua’s pristine beaches, five-star resorts and easy access – direct flights from both the US and Europe – have made it one of the Caribbean’s most desirable getaways. From family-friendly resorts with excellent kids’ clubs to romantic escapes where couples hide away, Antigua offers something for every taste.

Cheat Sheet

  • Sleep…in a Hermitage Bay Hillside Cottage for the incredible views
  • Experience…some of the best snorkeling at Cade’s Reef and Sunken Rock
  • Splurge…on a private villa at Jumby Bay
  • Eat…delicious organic food at Hermitage Bay
  • Drink…in the views while visiting Frigate Bird Sanctuary, accessible only by boat
  • Savor…time alone while your little ones join the Carlisle Bay kids’ club
  • Visit…the local farm that supplies produce for Hermitage Bay
  • See…endangered hawksbill turtles while on a nighttime excursion at Jumby Bay
  • Read…about the Old Road Fund at Curtain Bluff

Lay of the Land

“Mangoes are in season, and literally falling off the trees—an embarrassment of mangoes to someone from the north. We feel duty bound to try as many varieties as we can. ”
~Ann Vanderhoof

Antigua (Spanish for ancient), in the West Indies, lies in the Leeward Islands and covers an area of about 108 square miles. Its capital city is St. John’s and gorgeous beaches line its coasts. Antigua is pleasant year-round, with temperatures in the mid-80s. (It feels hotter in the summer because the trade winds calm down.) Hurricane season officially runs from the beginning of June until the end of November. Many resorts close down during September, which is the worst of hurricane season. Notable residents include novelist Jamaica Kincaid, Giorgio Armani and Eric Clapton.

Antigua’s VC Bird International Airport (ANU) is served by non-stop flights from the States and Europe. British Airways flies non-stop from London. Multiple major airlines fly non-stop from New York, and most other major cities can easily connect through Miami or Puerto Rico. English is the island’s official language, and a visa is not required for U.S. citizens visiting for fewer than 180 days with a valid passport. The island’s currency is the East Caribbean dollar (XCD). In terms of time zone, Antigua is one hour ahead of Eastern Standard Time.

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