Things to Do
From world-class yachting to zip-lining through the tropical forest or swimming with sting rays, Antigua offers an abundance of experiences.
Famous for having “one for every day of the year,” Antigua and Barbuda’s beaches are known internationally as some of the most beautiful in the world. From the unique pink sands of Barbuda to the golden sands all around Antigua’s coastline, it is easy to find a spot of distinct beauty and absolute tranquility.
World Class Restaurants
Southern Antigua is blessed with an array of excellent restaurants. Popular spots include the wonderful Catherine’s Cafe Plage, Hamilton’s Wine Bar & Bistro, The Admiral’s Inn, Rum BaBa, Cloggy’s at Antigua Yacht Club, Trappas, SunRa, Cambusa, Sheer Rocks, Jackie O’s Love Beach, Boxer Shack and there are many more. In the north of the island Cecelia’s High Point Cafe is a lunch and dinner stop not to be missed.
International Cricket Events
The famous ARG (Antigua Recreation Ground) is a mecca for cricket fans around the world and the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium built in 2007 for the Cricket World Cup hosts regular regional and international events.
Helicopters are available for private charters on a daily basis. Charters might include a volcano fly-around on Montserrat, or a tour of the 50 miles of clear water reef systems and beaches that give Antigua its character. The Bell helicopter is flown by fully licensed, experienced Canadian pilots from Caribbean Helicopters.
Cedar Valley Golf Club
The 18-hole Cedar Valley Golf Club, which is a wonderful Caribbean golf course. Club hire can also be arranged.
Three-day Royal Yachting Association courses and more offered through On Deck Sailing.
A number of companies in Antigua offer sailing and motor yacht charter. Exploring Antigua’s 365 beaches, coves and historic harbours is hugely popular on sunset cruises, half day picnic charters, picnic excursions and all-day cruises to some of the uninhabited outer isles, which offer some of the best hiking and snorkelling spots. Trips might also include visits to sister island Barbuda.
Antigua Sailing Week
Made up of five days of breathtaking races, this is one of the premier sailing events in the world. Sailing Week races often begin right in front of Rendezvous Bay so future hotel guests will be able to sit back, relax and watch.
Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta
Another of the island’s main draws, and considered among the world’s premier classic yachting events, the Classic Yacht Regatta takes place mid to late April each year a week before Sailing Week.
Deep Sea Fishing
Caribbean deep sea fishing is second to none in the waters off Antigua, with Marlin, Tuna, King Fish, Wahoo and Barracuda all common catches. Various charters with exceptional skippers are available.
Kayaking the North Sound
Kayaking the North Sound Marine Park is one of Antigua’s most popular things to do. Encouraging visitors to ‘embrace it, but not invade it,’ the tours are led by local fishermen with a wealth of knowledge about the reefs, sea life, flora and fauna.
One of the first established and still the most popular today is Eli’s Original Eco Tour, a day of snorkeling, caving, sightseeing, hikes, and other adventures among the 22 little islands in the North Sound of Antigua.