The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Antigua

Hello Antigua! This tropical island sports many relaxing beaches to be sat on, adventures to be taken and great local art to buy! Perhaps, the best island to encompass everything you want when you think “VACATION.”Bikini’s and flip flops is literally all you need, so pack light and make room for some pretty awesome authentic purchases in your luggage bag!

1. Discover Stingray City

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Calling all adventurers! Get up close and personal with these docile creatures – and of course it’s safe!!  These fantastic creatures are the puppies of the sea and yes you do really get to hold one and they are heavy! Swimming with these beauties is a once in a lifetime experience, they come right up to you asking for food and how many people do you know can say they dined with the stingrays of the Caribbean?

2. Relax on Valley Church Beach

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This beach is a dynamic duo of heavenly waters!! The right side of the beach is deep with rolling waves and the left side is more shallow with lapping waves – what more can you ask for right? The water is turquoise clear and absolutely stunning no matter which side you choose. Rent the jet ski’s and make your way over to the little islands not to far from Valley Church. Picture perfect day if you ask us – don’t forget the snorkel gear!

3. Enjoy Dancing and Drinks at Shirley Heights

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Shirley Heights is a must see in Antigua! Enjoy live music, drinks, dancing and food overlooking the English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard as pictured here. What a great way to end your day after swimming and relaxing on the beach eh? Your best night for all the activities is Sunday night so be sure to add this to your trip itinerary!

4. Check Out Galley Bay Beach

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A wonderful resort that is highly recommended on TripAdvisor and we can totally see why! This is a great place to leave your troubles behind and spoil yourself for a few days. Once you arrive at Galley Bay, all of your needs are taken-care-of. The staff is very personable the meals are exceptional and the drinks are always top shelf.

5. YES to the Spring Hill Riding Club

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Ok, horse back riding on the beach – how can you not? You can enjoy the ride on the beach as well as the water and these horses love every bit of what they call “their job.” Prepare for an unforgettable experience for both beginner riders as well as experienced ones.

6. Buy Something at the Zemi Art Gallery

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Yes to local art – you can’t buy this kind of creativity anywhere else and this gallery has a TON of it!  If you’re a collector of original one of a kind art, this will be the place for you! This is a great find for anyone looking to buy some gifts for the family before returning home from vacation orrr you can just buy some stuff for yourself, you deserve it. You can find dishes, jewelry and fish wall plaques all made from recycled materials. How fun!

7. Make it to Hell’s Gate and Back

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That’s right we said it – Hells Gate. Who knew it was so pretty right? There is quite a lot to see and do here! We don’t want to spoil the story for everyone, because there is a story here, but we will say this – it is a definite must see! Also, you can see how the Caribbean mixes with the Atlantic ocean and makes for a great photo op!

 

  1 comment for “The Ultimate Guide to Exploring Antigua

  1. Frederique Bonfils
    August 21, 2016 at 3:53 pm

    I do not see anything about Barbuda!
    How to go Antigua without a day out in Barbuda? Impossible
    Some of the best beaches in the whole world

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