An English-speaking island in the Eastern Caribbean’s West Indies, Antigua is a beautiful destination to visit with wonderful weather that ranges from the mid 70’s to the mid 80’s. It’s considered the sunniest island in the Eastern Caribbean, with only 45 inches of rainfall each year.
The history of the island starts with explorer Christopher Columbus who named the island in 1493 in honor of the Virgin of the Old Cathedral, located in southern Spain. If you’re interested in learning more about the history of Antigua, visit the Antigua Museum, which tells the story of Antigua and its sister island Barbuda from their geological birth through the present day. Here, you can see historical memorabilia as well as the bat of the Caribbean’s greatest cricket player of all time, Viv Richards.
Check out Antigua’s Harmony Hall, in Brown’s Bay at Nonsuch Bay, the center of the Antiguan arts community, where you can see various art exhibits throughout the year.
There are so many beaches in Antigua that if you were to stay on the island for a year, you would only be able to visit each one once. Yes, there are 365 powdery soft beaches here. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Antigua as #11 in Best Caribbean Beaches and with good reason. The island also is home to beautiful coral reefs where snorkelers and scuba divers can drop under water and get up-close-and-personal to the beauty.
Antigua’s striking waters also make it an ideal home for one of the top regattas in the world, Sailing Week. The event is six consecutive days of challenging racing and social activities. The 2018 event, held under the auspices of the Antigua Hotels and Tourist Association, will take place from April 28 through May 4.
While you are there, you must try the island’s official fruit, the black pineapple, considered to be the world’s sweetest.
If you love to hike, make sure you tackle Antigua’s Shirley Heights because, on a clear day, you are 492 feet above sea level and you’ll have an amazing view of Guadeloupe and the active volcano Montserrat. There are also parties that are held at Shirley Heights, where you’ll hear Caribbean music and enjoy a barbecue, but it does get busy, so plan accordingly. Admission to Shirley Heights is included in the admission fee to Nelson’s Dockyard, a cultural heritage site and marina.
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