One of the more beach-heavy destinations the Caribbean has to offer, the irresistible duo of Antigua and Barbuda is said to have one stretch of sand for every day of the year! And while no one’s quite sure if the count is accurate (we doubt anyone’s managed to check out all the beaches), there’s no question that some of the little coves and inlets are among the most beautiful in the world.
They run from the shimmering powder of 17-mile Beach on far-flung Barbuda to the secluded reaches of Rendezvous Bay, with oodles of palm-backed sunbathing spots and snorkelling opportunities along the way.
But these islands are about more than just sea and sand; there’s history and adventure too.
Visitors can check out everything from stingray-packed coral beds to crumbling English fortresses, see where naval frigates would have docked in the 1700s and wonder at colossal cliff faces carved from the rocks.
Let’s explore the best things to do in Antigua and Barbuda:
1. Take in the history at Nelson’s Dockyard
For more than 250 years, ships of all shapes and sizes have been drifting into the waters of Nelson’s Dockyard, from the old cannon-topped frigates of the colonial British forces in the 1700s to the sparkling white yachts that billow down from Freeman’s Bay today.
The undisputed historical gem of Antigua and Barbuda as a whole, the site is now a listed heritage attraction.
Visitors can see the aged naval capstans lining the water’s edge, see a huge anchor left over from the great English naval warships that came this way, and wander between the ruins of the old Boat House and Sail Loft.