Antigua has too many beautiful beaches to even count. The coasts of the island are lined with beguiling blue water, while the sheltered bays have provided refuge for Admiral Nelson from pirates in the 18th century. Nelson’s Dockyard is a restored Georgian-era marina that has been operating since 1745. It was once home to the British Royal Navy and now the Dockyard Museum, in the old naval officers’ residence, displays the history of the island, the dockyard and the life at the forts. For a taste of history, check out the island’s oldest church, St. Paul’s Anglican Church, and the interesting colonial-era gravestones. Take a walk through the Public Market where you’ll find mountains of bananas, limes, mangoes and other produce. It’s a covered market that is especially busy on Friday and Saturday mornings. Make sure to try some of the produce that you can’t find back home, such as, black pineapple and black tamarind pods. It’s a fun place to stroll, snack or people-watch.
With so many beaches and bays to choose from, the crème de la crème has to be Rendezvous Bay. You’ll have to trek the 90-minute hike through the rainforest to get to one of Antigua’s loveliest beaches. It is definitely the best place to relax in solitude. Some honorable mentions are Jumby Beach, Half Moon Bay and Long Bay. A fun activity is snorkelling with the stingrays at Stingray City, where you’ll discover these cute and loveable creatures. Finally, Shirley Heights is the best spot on Antigua and one of the top spots to watch the sunset in the Caribbean! To accompany the stunning view is a party every Sunday, drinks, a barbecue and local bands playing Caribbean music and well-known international hits. Antigua is a quintessential Caribbean island with narrow roads, brightly coloured villages, fine historic sights and memorable sights.