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Welcome to Antigua

For visiting sun-seekers, Antigua offers the expected Caribbean splendors—white-sand beaches, elegant resorts, and colorful reefs—alongside a generous dollop of history. Admiral Nelson resided here in the 18th century; explore that naval heritage at the UNESCO-listed Nelson’s Dockyard National Park. Meanwhile, one of the top things to do in Antigua every spring is enjoy the internationally regarded Antigua Sailing Week, which brings in yacht regattas and jetsetter types. For the rest of the year, life runs on island time—expect relaxation and rum punch in between snorkeling trips, rain forest ziplining, and tours of the capital, St. John’s.

Top attractions in Antigua for Spring

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Fort James

Fort James

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If you want to see fantastic views of the Caribbean waters, one of the best places to go on Antigua is Fort James, which sits in an ideal position overlooking St. John's Harbour. Built by the British in 1706, the fort was intended to prevent the French from invading the island. Today, see its remains including the cannons, gunpowder magazine, and foundation of the wall.More
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Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

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One of the best historical sites on Antigua, Nelson's Dockyard National Park has been at the center of Antiguan activity since the first settlers arrived in 500 BC. Today, the centerpiece of the park is the actual dockyard itself, originally developed as a base for the British Navy in 1725. It is now home to old ships and numerous historical artifacts.More
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St. John's Anglican Cathedral (St. John the Divine)

St. John's Anglican Cathedral (St. John the Divine)

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Finished in 1848, St. John's Anglican Cathedral, an impressive freestone structure, serves as a reminder of Antigua's European roots. Built in the neo-baroque style, the cathedral seems out of place on the Caribbean island, with its iron fence, stained-glass windows, and two lofty towers with cupolas on top. The cathedral remains an active place of worship, with services taking place throughout the week.More
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Devil's Bridge National Park

Devil's Bridge National Park

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Despite its ominous name, Devil's Bridge National Park is one of the most unique must-see sites, a natural arch carved by the sea out of the soft and hard limestone ledges of the cliffs along Antigua. As enormous breakers from the Atlantic repeatedly hit the rocks throughout the years, the ocean waters eventually eroded away a soft part of limestone to create a bridge-like arch.More
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Shirley Heights

Shirley Heights

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With panoramic views of the small island and the vast Caribbean, Shirley Heights is Antigua’s most popular lookout point. Visitors often go up for views of the sunset and stay for live music and drinks at the on-site bar and restaurant.More
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Heritage Quay

Heritage Quay

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If you’re in the mood for duty-free and high-end shopping on Antigua, Heritage Quay is the place to find good prices on luxury items. This shopping complex has dozens of shops selling everything from Rolex watches and diamond jewelry to duty-free cigars and liquor, not to mention designer clothes, cosmetics, electronics and more. Throughout the shopping center you’ll spot troupes of local performers playing steel pan music. You’ll need to show a passport and travel documents to take advantage of the duty-free shopping. There is also an arcade where vendors sell T-shirts, souvenirs and local arts and crafts, and can negotiate deals if you’re willing to haggle. A food court features a wide-range of bars and restaurants, from pizzas and island dishes, to seafood.More
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Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

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Located in Antigua's capital city, the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is the place to learn more about the nation's history and cultural legacy. The museum is housed in the Colonial Court House, built in 1747, making it the oldest building still in use in the city. Through its numerous engaging exhibits, the museum tells the story of the nation, from its geological birth to political independence.More
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Cades Reef

Cades Reef

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Just off the coast of Antigua sits Cades Reef, an underwater park and one of the island’s best snorkeling and diving spots. With clear visibility and a wide variety of sea creatures, a trip to the reef makes an exciting family-friendly break from the beach.More
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Betty's Hope Historic Sugar Plantation

Betty's Hope Historic Sugar Plantation

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On the Caribbean island of Antigua, Betty’s Hope is a former sugar plantation established by Sir Christopher Codrington in the 1600s. Now a museum and historic landmark, the site is dedicated to the memory and lives of the slaves who endured inhumane hardships on the island.More
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Stingray City Antigua

Stingray City Antigua

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With hundreds of gigantic stingray gliding amid vibrant coral reefs and schools of tropical fish, Stingray City is the best place in Antigua to spot wild stingrays in their natural environment. Dive into the warm Caribbean waters to swim and snorkel in an area known for its southern stingrays and learn more about the magnificent creatures and their conservation.More
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English Harbour

English Harbour

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Situated at the southernmost point of Antigua, English Harbour is one of the island’s oldest and most historic landmarks. Buildings along the waterfront date back to the colonial era, while the harbor itself is an internationally acclaimed sailing location.More
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Dickenson Bay

Dickenson Bay

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The blazing-white sands of Dickenson Bay are home to a handful of Antigua’s larger resort hotels, including Sandals, Halcyon Cove and Antigua Village. Along the beachfront you can also find a hub of restaurants, beach bars, and water sports operators renting kayaks, windsurfing boards, snorkeling gear and more. The bay is known for having consistently calm waters, which makes it a great place for families with kids to play in the water, or for snorkelers who want to visit the mile-long stretch of reef that runs along the shore. The one thing you won’t find at Dickenson Bay is a secluded stretch of sand, as it’s one of the most popular beaches on the island, but if you want get away from the crowd, head south to the next beach over along Runaway Bay.More
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Prickly Pear Island

Prickly Pear Island

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You can spend a day on an uninhabited Caribbean isle with a boat tour to Prickly Pear Island. This tiny islet sits off the northeast corner of Antigua, and it’s a popular destination for day-trippers and cruise-shippers looking to lounge on its sugar-sand beaches. Beneath the crystal-clear waters lie fields of shallow reefs loaded with tropical fish, and you can grab snorkeling gear to fin your way among the fishes. The only man-made structure on the island is a shack beach bar and restaurant where you can satisfy a craving for rum drinks at the open bar, and have a lunch of chicken, conch and lobster. Snorkeling equipment and a guide are usually included in the trip, and when it’s time to relax, you can find beach chairs, umbrellas and picnic tables on the beach.More
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Antigua Cruise Port (Heritage Quay Terminal) Tours

Antigua Cruise Port (Heritage Quay Terminal) Tours

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Located in the West Indies, Antigua is the main island that makes up the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda. The region’s history and geography have made it internationally known as a sailing and yachting destination, and Antigua Cruise Port is one of the most popular stops on cruise itineraries. Ships dock in the capital city of St. John’s.More
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Coolidge Cricket Ground (Stanford Cricket Ground)

Coolidge Cricket Ground (Stanford Cricket Ground)

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If there’s one thing Antigua locals love, it’s the sport of cricket. The Coolidge Cricket Ground (a.k.a. Stanford Cricket Ground hosts matches with Antigua’s lush hills and sugar mills as a backdrop, and it pays homage to the sport as the home of the West Indies Cricket Hall of Fame, which chronicles the Caribbean’s most famous players.More

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