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Antigua and Barbuda lie in the eastern Caribbean Sea, bounded by superb beaches. Many travelers visit the islands in order to relax on the pink-and-white sands and explore coral reefs and shipwrecks. Enjoy their tropical forests and bird populations as well.
Antigua is the bigger of the two islands, where international flights land and cruise ships dock. Once you have found your accommodation, head to the beach; there are hundreds to choose from. Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay on the northwest coast are popular with families, while Half Moon Bay on the southeastern coast has a good reputation with windsurfers. For a little adventure during your vacation, zip line above the trees of Antigua’s rainforests.
In the capital city, St. John’s, find the mid-19th century baroque St. John's Cathedral. Shop in the weekend farmers market and learn about the history of the islands at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda.
Elsewhere on Antigua, go to the English Harbour to see Nelson's Dockyard. It was Admiral Horatio Nelson's home for several years in the 1780s. Visit the surrounding national park as well.
Travel to Barbuda on the 90-minute ferry service, Barbuda Express. Barbuda is less developed than Antigua with fewer people and resorts. Visit Frigate Bird Sanctuary near the northwestern lagoon, home to more than 170 species of birds. Venture into the limestone caves at Two Foot Bay to see resident bats.
The water off both islands offer numerous dive and snorkeling spots. In addition to the marine life, look for many shipwrecks to explore. Other water-based activities include sailing, kayaking and fishing.
When dining out, be sure to try the islands’ specialties: extra-sweet black pineapples on Antigua and lobster on Barbuda. The national dish is fungie (cornmeal and okra dumplings) and pepperpot.
A good time to visit Antigua and Barbuda is between mid-December and mid-April. The weather is still hot, but doesn’t reach the extremes of summer. Come for the relaxed lifestyle, nature and beaches.
Nestled on the beach, this Freetown resort is within 1 mi (2 km) of Harmony Hall Art Gallery and Brown's Bay Beach. Half Moon Bay Beach and Betty's Hope Sugar Plantation are also within 9 mi (15 km).
Located in the heart of St. John's, this hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from King's Casino and within 3 mi (5 km) of Dickenson Bay Beach and Fort James. Westerby Memorial and Museum of Antigua and Barbuda are also within 5 minutes.
This family-friendly Falmouth Harbour hotel is located on the waterfront, within a 15-minute walk of Admiral House and Nelson's Dockyard. Pigeon's Point Beach and Fort Berkeley are also within 15 minutes.
Offering spacious suites and 2-bedroom villas, this all-inclusive beachfront retreat faces the calm turquoise waters of Dian Bay on Antigua's northeast coast.
Arrayed along a half-mile public beach on Antigua's Dickenson Bay; 4 miles from St John's, the Halcyon Cove resort offers activities and entertainment for the entire family. The St. John’s city center is 9 minutes from the cove. The V C Bird International Airport is 13 minutes away.
Situated near the beach, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Valley Church Beach and Jolly Harbour Golf Club. Fryes Beach and Darkwood Beach are also within 2 mi (3 km).
This Antigua resort fronts a white-sand Caribbean beach 1.5 km (1 mi) long, on the island's west coast; downtown St. John's is 10 km (6 mi) away and the airport is 16 km (10 mi) northeast.
This award-winning resort sits along the powdery white sands and calm waters of Antigua's Dickenson Bay, 10 minutes from the capital, St. John's, and 15 minutes from V.C. Bird International Airport.