Antigua and Barbuda are a twin island state in the Eastern Caribbean; each offering their own unique and interesting experience for those who choose to visit. Alongside glorious sandy stretches of beach and crystal clear waters you will also find history, culture, fine cuisine and music not to mention the friendly islanders who will most certainly make you feel right at home.
Antigua is the bigger of the two islands and is home to the capital, St John’s. It boasts 365 beaches making it the ideal place if you want to chill out and relax and is full of charm and treasures. Admiral Horatio Nelson certainly knew what he was doing when he made it Britain’s Caribbean base. Evidence of British rule and influence is still evident particularly when it comes to sport and you will often find impromptu games of cricket taking place on the many many beaches.
Barbuda is more secluded and is the ideal place to go if you want to escape from it all and head somewhere which has been virtually untouched. This would be the perfect choice if you were looking for a romantic break and wanted to get away from the hustle and bustle of every day life.
However both islands are a diving and snorkelling paradise; they are surrounded by coral reefs, shipwrecks and walls and Cades Reef which is situated just off Antigua is a underwater haven. Cades Reef is located 20 minutes by boat from the southwestern coast of the island and is host to a whole variety of amazing sea life. Lobsters, barracuda, eagle rays and reef sharks all make appearances here on a regular basis as well as the stunning coral reef.
Another great underwater experience is the wreck of the Andes, a three-masted merchant ship which sank in 1905 and came to rest in less than 30 feet of water in Deep Bay. There are many companies on the island who will hire out snorkelling and diving equipment, provide some training and even arrange tours out to some of the most popular sights.
If being hundreds of feet under water isn’t your thing then don’t worry; Antigua and Barbuda still have much to offer visitors and tourists whether you are a family looking to enjoy a break during the school holidays or a couple hunting out the perfect honeymoon destination.
Enjoy the delights of Caribbean cuisine, wander through the museum of Antigua and Barbuda and discover the charming history of the two islands, or take a trip to the moving Betty Hope’s Sugar Plantation and delve into what was one of the island’s largest industries.
You can get active by hiking and getting up close with the spectacular scenery or try out the various water sports such as sailing, which Antigua is well known for across the world.
Temperatures vary on both the islands, but September and October are ideal times to visit; prices tend to be slightly more competitive as the weather begins to cool down but you can still expect the average temperature to be around 28 degrees. During September you can expect around 10 hours of sunshine a day too; perfect if you are looking for an exotic holiday.
From sunbathing on the beach to adventurous activities, you will find it all in these two islands with a stunning backdrop to boot.
What more could you ask for when looking for your next holiday?
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Disclaimer: This post was written in collaboration with the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority..