It’s said that Antigua is home to some of the Caribbean’s best beaches. In fact, ask a local on the island and they might tell you that there’s a beach for every day of the year there. True or not, there’s no denying that Antigua is simply beautiful.
The island isn’t just famed for its palm-fringed shoreline. It was once the UK’s most important Caribbean naval base, and relics of its fascinating history can still be discovered today. A visit to English Harbour, at the southern-most tip of Antigua, is a must. Here you’ll be able to explore 18th and 19th-century naval buildings and artefacts, including the dockyard once commanded by Horatio Nelson
Don't miss... In early August, Antigua explodes into colour as carnival is celebrated with 11 days of festivities. But you don't have to wait for carnival to get a taste of calypso either. Just head to Shirley Heights on a Sunday, where you’ll find locals and visitors alike dancing to the local steel bands and feasting on delicious local cuisine.