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Antigua Local Attractions

What to do in Antigua

Attractions on Antigua and Barbuda are varied and include everything from art galleries to festivals to beaches to a zipline tour through the rainforest. There is so much to see and do on Antigua and Barbuda that it's going to be hard for you to make a choice. You could opt for an island excursion through one of the tour groups, such as Paddles Eco Kayak Trip, or you could head to the Frigate Bird Sanctuary and see some of the island's natural inhabitants. Barbuda is known for its miles of stunning beaches, as well as snorkeling and diving at Palaster Reef. Check below for more information about attractions and things to do on Antigua and Barbuda.


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Antigua Carnival, July-August (Festival) - Antigua

Antigua Carnival, July-August

The Antiguan Carnival is a celebration of music and dance held annually from the end of July to the first Tuesday in August. The most important day is that of the j'ouvert (or juvé), in which brass and steel bands perform for much of the island's population. Barbuda's Carnival, held in June, is known as Caribana. The Antiguan and Barbudan Carnivals replaced the Old Time Christmas Festival in 1957, with hopes of inspiring tourism in Antigua and Barbuda. Some elements of the Christmas Festival remain in the modern Carnival celebrations.

It is a ten-day festival of colorful costumes, beauty pageants, talent shows, and especially good music. The festivities, which celebrate emancipation, range from the Party Monarch and Calypso Monarch competitions of Calypsonians, the Panorama steel band competition, and the spectacular Parade of Bands to the Miss Antigua Pageant and the Caribbean Queen's Competition. In addition to these major events, the nonstop revelry of this eleven-day carnival includes innumerable smaller festivities, including local concerts, food fairs, parades, and cultural shows.


Antigua Carnival

Frigate Bird Sanctuary (Parks/Gardens) - Antigua

Frigate Bird Sanctuary

Accessible only by boat, the Frigate Bird sanctuary is located in Codrington Lagoon. This lagoon is home to over 5000 frigate birds with over 170 different species. These waterbirds, also known as the man o' war, have a wingspan of four to five feet, which is the largest in proportion to its body size of any bird in the world. This is one of the most important breeding colonies of the species in the world. The male frigate is marked by its red throat pouch, which inflates during courtship with a female bird or when he's in attack-mode. These birds have few predators and the nesting site is one of the most important in the world for this endangered species of bird. It's best to visit in the mating season from September to April. The chicks hatch late in the year.



Harmony Hall (Art Gallery) - Antigua

(268) 460-4120
Harmony Hall Sugar Mill

This converted sugar mill, Harmony Hall, is an art gallery, restaurant and hotel centered in Anguilla's art's community. It's situated on the eastern coast at Brown's Bay and is part of the well protected Nonsuch Bay. This old sugar mill estate is the perfect backdrop for enjoying food, wine and art. Patrons also enjoy the breathtaking roof-top views and art exhibits throughout the year.


Stingray City (Tours/Excursions) - Antigua

268 562 7297
Stingray City

Stingrays are supposed to be dangerous, right? Not at Stingray City. You'll take a boat from Seaton's Village, Antigua to the barrier reef where you'll find 30-plus stingrays in their natural environment. Your experienced guide will take you swimming in the shallow, crystal-clear waters where you can pet, feed and even hold these usually-territorial animals. There is a coral reef encircling the area which also makes this a great place to snorkel. It's an experience that's fun for the entire family, even non-swimmers.


Antigua Adventures and Sting Ray City

"Paddles" Eco Kayak Trip (Tours/Excursions) - Antigua

268 463 1944

If you’re looking for a non-commercialized, off-the-beaten-track Eco adventure in a beautiful and pristine marine park, this trip should certainly appeal. They offer a fun-mix of fast motor boating, kayaking in mangrove alley and coastal spaces, exploring an uninhabited island, flora and fauna, white beaches, panoramic views, guided nature walk and snorkeling at an offshore reef.

The North Sound Marine Park is the habitat of egrets, Red Billed Tropic Birds, Frigate Birds, Humming Birds. Look out for turtles, stingray, starfish, ballahoo, conch, angel fish and a variety of tropicals at the reefs.

Back at the kayak clubhouse you’ll be treated to light refreshments, chilled aromatherapy face towels, floral footbaths, separate changing rooms and toilets.

The quaint clubhouse is a fisherman’s waterfront cottage that’s frequented by tropical birds, has a wild flower garden and a collection of Caribbean art and artifacts.


1761 Denim Company (Shop) - Antigua

268 562 1761
1761 Denim Company

French Connection, Mark Ecko, Reunion, Parasuco, Zoo York, Fossil, Pepe, Silver Jeans, Dollhouse, Unionbay, DKNY, Bob Marley, Viggos, Request & Baby Phat.


Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament - May & Nov (Fishing) - Antigua

Antigua and Barbuda Sport Fishing Tournament - May & Nov

Sport Fishing in Antigua has two main events – the Annual Sports Fishing Tournament and the Doc’s Tournament ‘Best in the West’ held in November out of Jolly Harbour.


Antigua Beaches (Beach) - Antigua

Antigua Beaches

Antigua boasts 365 beaches, one for each day of the year, the great majority resting inside the calm, protected waters of the island's Caribbean coast. Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, located along the island's developed northwestern coast, are the places to go for those who want the fully-loaded resort beach experience, complete with reggae music and busy bars. The beaches most conveniently situated near St John's are Fort James and Deep Bay, both of which offer good swimming and snorkeling. Galley Bay attracts surfers during the winter months and joggers during the evening, and the series of four crescent beaches at Hawksbill, one of which is nudist, are also highly regarded. The beaches of the hilly southwest corner of Antigua are generally less developed than those around St John's. Rendezvous Bay and Doigs Beach are especially quiet and worth the rough travel necessary to reach them. Pigeon Point, near English Harbour, is a convenient spot after a day's sightseeing at Nelson's Dockyard. On the southeast corner of the island is Half Moon Bay, now a National Park and a good choice for a family outing. Long Bay, on the easternmost point of the island, is another good choice for families, as it is completely protected by its reef.


Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour (Tours/Excursions) - Antigua

268 562 6363
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour

Antigua's Greatest Adventure Ride in the Heart of the Rainforest!

Experience it to Believe it! Please scroll down to find the tour made for you!

The Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour is a unique eco-tour through Antigua's lush rainforest where you embark on an unforgettable journey through the verdant forest, high above the trees. After being fully briefed by our experienced Rangers, who will also assist you with the required harness and equipment, your exhilarating tour of the rainforest journey can begin!

Full Canopy Tour - approximately 2 1/2 hours duration

Your guided tour of the full 21-element experience starts at the architecturally pleasing Old Pump House with a walk over an 'Indiana Jones' inspired suspension bridge, which spans the gorge to the far bank and the start of the tour.

After crossing over the gorge on the first suspension bridge, you meet 9 zip lines, some in excess of 200 and 300-feet long, criss-crossing the gorge varying from 200 - 350 feet high. Our Rangers are always there to assist and ensure absolute safety and enjoyment.

There are a series of zip lines, short trails and suspension bridges, which are completed with a unique, absolutely safe, 'Leap of Faith', a controlled 36 -foot vertical descent to descend in a fun way! A suspension bridge then leads you to the mid-way point with two magical tree houses, where you can savor the surrounding forest, hidden from the rest of the world!

This connects onto the typical ropes challenge elements which do not require much physical strength - all give you a wonderful opportunity to have a bird's eye view of the backdrop of flora and numerous bird species in the rainforest.

The geography of the gorge dictates that you are above the treetops for large parts of the exciting run - entering a corridor in the foliage at either end. Within the shaded gorge you will be surrounded by a rainforest of large tropical trees, with prominent boulders, a rock pool and small waterfall.

The 'Stairway to Heaven', being the final part of the tour, will finally bring you to all the facilities of our gorgeous bar/cafe. Here you can relax on the viewing veranda with a refreshing drink, visit our gift shop, and collect your personal action photo as a memento and souvenir of your exciting day! Overlooking the Antigua Rainforest and the Antigua Canopy Tour, our broad gallery is also where you can watch others enjoy their exhilarating 'zip'!


Beach Stuff (Shop) - Antigua

268 462 3610

Swimwear and accessories including Point Conception, Ritchie, Pan Dulche, Ripples. Surfwear including Quicksilver, Hiho. Surf and boogie boards, masks and snorkel sets.


Beaches of Antigua and Barbuda (Beach) - Antigua

Beaches of Antigua and Barbuda

There are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. The great majority rest inside the calm, protected waters of the island's Caribbean side. All are open to the public, and so the challenge posed to a visitor is not how to gain access to the best of them but simply how to locate the beach that suits one's taste. Exploring on your own is the best way to do this, although it is wise to bring a companion along to particularly isolated locations.


Betty's Hope (Sightseeing) - Antigua

269 462 1469
Betty's Hope

Betty's Hope is located in the limestone district of Antigua's tranquil rural area, with beautiful vistas over the rolling landscape to the distant ocean. Like other large plantations, Betty's Hope was an agricultural as well as an industrial enterprise, and home to a large number of people. Supervised by a handful of European managers, hundreds of Africans lived out their lives on this and similar plantations, first as slaves, then as laborers after emancipation in 1834. Enduring the hardship of cultivating and processing the sugar under exhausting conditions, they developed great skills as craftsmen, boilers and distillers.

Today an active restoration of Betty's Hope is under way. A visitor center has been created by converting a former cotton house storeroom into a museum. This includes various aspects of the plantation's history and shows early estate plans, pictures and maps, artifacts and a model of the central site to giving an overview of the of "Betty's Hope".

One mile (1.5km) east of Pares and ten miles (16km) east of St John's.


Club Colonna Spa (Spa) - Antigua

268 462 6263
Club Colonna Spa

Club Colonna’s luxurious Spa comes complete with jacuzzi, steam room and sauna, and four treatment rooms have each been given a different theme Far East, Moroccan, Modern or (staying local!) Caribbean, so you can choose whichever suits your mood. The friendly, expert staff, offer a wide range of treatments from sailing specific massages to facials and manicures.


Colombian Emeralds International (Shop) - Antigua

268 462 3462
Colombian Emeralds International

Significant savings. International guarantee of authenticity. Certified appraisals. Free 90-day replacement plan.


Creole Cruises Lobster lunch/snorkeling tours (Tours/Excursions) - Antigua

268 460 5130
Bird Island Lobster lunch cruise

Creole Cruises Antigua offers a lobster lunch cruise to Bird Island and Prickley Pear Island- a day cruise to relax, snorkel and to enjoy a small intimate cruise around the northeast of Antigua. We also offer half day cruises to Cades Reef for snorkelers of all ages and private charters. Snorkel equipment is provided on board.


Deluxe Cinemas (Shop) - Antigua

268 462 2188
Deluxe Cinemas

Antigua's premier air-conditioned movie theatre with new releases every week.


Devils Bridge (Hiking/Walking/Exploring) - Antigua

Devils Bridge

One of the most beautiful sites in Antigua and a geologist's dream, this natural limestone bridge crosses the raging surf. Keep a respectful distance: stepping out on the bridge is treacherous as a sudden wave can send you flying into the sea. Hence the name? Near the bridge is a natural blow hole that periodically sends out a vertical spray of seawater and air. Stop for a swim off the small adjacent beach. There are no admission hours or fees.


Dickenson Bay (Beach) - Antigua

Dickenson Bay

This strip of fine white powdery beach is home to several good hotels: Sandals, Rex Halcyon. All beaches on Antigua are public however some areas are dominated by the bigger hotels. This beach is particularly suitable for children as the waters are usually calm. Rent water sports gear here and dine at fine restaurants nearby. There's even a small grocery store just behind the beach at Antigua Village. For more privacy, settle at the far end near the dive operation.


Dive Antigua on Dickenson Bay (Snorkeling/Diving) - Antigua


when you desire to scuba, snorkel or simply rent a hobie, go see the guys at Dive Antigua next to Halcyon Resort on Dickenson Bay.

if you want to see what Antigua diving has to offer, you need look no further than Ashton at Dive Antigua/Big John's.

He and Mercedes are the absolute tops at showing you the best that Antigua has to offer, and make you feel safe and confident during your dive.


Heritage Sports (Shop) - Antigua

268 462 2809

Performance athletic clothing and accessories. Resort wear including Fresh Produce, Columbia, Reef and Cotton Connection. Dancewear, ballet, jazz and aerobics. Located in Heritage Quay in St. Johns.


Hermitage Bay (Beach) - Antigua

Hermitage Bay

You can reach this beach by going South from St. John's on the road to Jolly Harbour. Then 1.5 miles before getting to Jolly Harbour, at the end of a village named Jennings, make a right turn and follow the road for about 2.5 miles, all the way to the ocean. An offroad type of car is a great idea as there are quite a few pot-holes. This beach is really undisturbed and good for swimming; if you can also swim for about half a mile and reach Maiden Island.


Hermitage Bay Spa (Spa) - Antigua

268 562 5500
Hermitage Bay Spa

Hermitage Bay Spa is a small cottage-like spa that sits high off the beach at the island's luxe new retreat, Hermitage Bay. It is included in Conde Nast Traveler 2008 Hot Spas. "Lush foliage provides privacy without hindering the delicious sea breezes. The streamlined menu has only a few offerings, including the Sun Soothers Wrap ($90), which alleviates the effects of Caribbean rays with cooling cucumber and aloe." Massages $115 - $145.


Independence Day festivities - Nov (Festival) - Antigua

Independence Day festivities - Nov

Antigua gained total independence on November 1st 1981, when for the first time in 328 years the Union jack was lowered and replaced with the Antiguan Flag, and then the Antiguan National Anthem was sung.

The celebration consists of a week of competitions, parades, expos and food fairs – for all Antiguans living both home and abroad and residents of Antigua, as well as visitors. A fantastic week of celebrations for all the family in both Antigua and Barbuda.

About two weeks before Independence Day local businesses, schools and government buildings will be decorated in the traditional and distinctive yellow and red check of the National Dress used for clothing, and as decoration with a yearly Heritage National Dress Day.


Jolly Dive Center (Snorkeling/Diving) - Antigua

268 462 8305
Jolly Dive Center

Jolly Dive has been operating from Jolly Beach in Jolly Harbor for over 25 years. Learn SCUBA diving from their professional team of PADI and NAUI certified SCUBA instructors at the Antigua diving school and take your first dive in the blissfully warm Caribbean sea.

For first time divers they offer a discover scuba diving course. The discover scuba diving course is a one day course which allows you to quickly and safely experience for yourself the wonders of SCUBA diving. They start you off with a short yet intensive course that explains everything you need to know about the theory of scuba diving and the proper techniques to dive safely.

For certified divers we offer daily dives and 3 day and 5 day packages with or without equipment rental. And yes, they can certify your open water dives.


King's Casino (Casino) - Antigua

King's Casino

King’s Casino is located downtown St. John’s Antigua at the duty free shopping center, Heritage Quay overlooking the cruise pier. Just about everyone that visits Antigua will want to visit Antigua’s Capital City and of course the duty free shopping plaza as well as the restaurants and Casino.

King’s Casino is Antigua’s largest Casino with 16 table games.


Levis Tropic Wear (Shop) - Antigua

268 462 6251

Wide selection of Levis and Dockers clothing for men, women and children at excellent duty free prices.


Luxury Brands (Shop) - Antigua

562 5612 (local only)

Carries 14K and 18K gold jewelry, diamonds and leather accessories. Chanel, Christian Dior, Roberto Cavalli, Laura Giagiotti and Alviero Martini.


Miramar Day Sailing Excursions (Sailing) - Antigua

268 770 6172
Miramar Day Sailing Excursions

Miramar keeps their day charters to 4 people giving you the ultimate space to enjoy your day in comfort. They can take 6 guests by arrangement. Your Skipper and Hostess will deliver professional, personal and attentive service at all times.

There is nothing quite like the experience of being aboard a yacht under sail, particularly when it is sailing the beautiful coastline of a Caribbean island. For a few hours at the start of your day this experience will be yours.

Around lunchtime they slip lazily into a secluded bay and drop anchor. While your Hostess prepares your lunch, what happens next is entirely up to you! You may wish to use their snorkeling gear, drop into the beautiful blue water and explore the wonder of sea life beneath the surface that is a coral reef. If water sports are not your thing then just remain on the yacht, have a drink, and chill - your choice. They also have fishing equipment on board for those who dream of telling stories of the one that got away!

Lunch will be served at your convenience and you will be offered a delicious array of fresh local specialties and your choice of wine from the selection on board.

You choose what you would like to do after lunch. You may wish to continue your waterborne activities, explore and relax on the beach, or go sailing.

If you opt for a "Super" Day Cruise, your day will end with canapés and cocktails on board as you watch the sun go down - with maybe a glimpse of the famous "green flash"! - before we head home.


Nelson's Dockyard National Parks Authority (Museum) - Antigua

268 481 5027
Nelson's Dockyard National Parks Authority

His Majesty's Antigua Naval Yard at English Harbour was built starting about 1725. Its function was to maintain the Royal Naval warships that captured valuable sugar islands of the Eastern Caribbean thus cutting off enemy trade and increasing Britain's own wealth. By 1889, the Yard had been abandoned by the navy, and was released by the Admiralty to the Colonial Government in 1906.

From the beginning of restoration in 1951, the yard became known as Nelson's Dockyard in honor of Admiral Horatio Nelson who had served as a Captain in the Leeward Islands from 1784-87.

The DOCKYARD MUSEUM in the Naval Officer's House interprets the story of English Harbour and of the people that toiled in this famous Georgian Royal Naval Yard. It also explains the 20th century return of sailing ships and the aims and aspirations of Nelson's Dockyard National Park. There is also a small "Nelson's Room" with a life sized portrait of Nelson researched through archaeological means.

A LIBRARY, with copies of original documents and a database of Caribbean naval history, is available for researchers.


Newgates (Shop) - Antigua

268 562 1626

Offers a wide selection of top designer brands: Calvin Klein, Plo ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfilger, Lacoste at duty free prices.


Obsession Fishing Charters (Fishing) - Antigua

268 462 3174
Obsession Fishing Charters

Obsession is a 45' Hatteras Convertible with Twin Detroit-Diesels 8V-71, Rupp Outriggers, International fighting chair, custom built rods from 20-80 lbs with PENN Spinning reels and ALUTECNOS single and two speed reels. She's fully air conditioned, equipped with the latest electronics and safety equipment, fully licensed and comprehensively insured. I.G.F.A. certified Captain.

Obsession is conveniently located at the Catamaran Marina, Falmouth, on the south coast of Antigua. Falmouth is a center for sailing and fishing boats, particularly in the winter months, and fishing starts right outside the colorful harbour in the DEEP blue waters south and east of the island.

Antigua's waters produce exciting catches of blue and white Marlin, Wahoo, Tuna, Shark, Kingfish and Dolphin (Mahi-Mahi). "Obsession" is the first and only boat in Antigua to catch all 5 billfish species in our waters : Swordfish, Blue and White Marlin, Sailfish and Spearfish and we hear again and again from our guests that we gave them "The best day of their vacation."


Sailing on "Sentio" (Sailing) - Antigua

Sailing on

"SENTIO" has been serving the guests of the finest resorts and vacationers on Antigua for over 10 years. A 50-foot yacht, SENTIO specializes in personal service by chartering groups of up to 18 guests. They provide first class service and world class fun! Because they offer private yacht cruises, you set the agenda. The cruises offered are:

* Full and half-day sailing cruises along the Caribbean coastline... anchoring for a bit to walk along deserted beaches collecting shells, go snorkeling along the reefs, or just lounge back in the spacious covered cockpit over a gourmet lunch and a glass of wine.

* Champagne Sunset cruises from the premier Curtain Bluff and Carlisle Bay Resorts or the historic Nelson's Dockyard in English Harbour.

* Weddings... marry your love ON the yacht... or escape for a romantic champagne sail after the ceremony.


Segway Beach Tours (Tours/Excursions) - Antigua

Segway Beach Tours

Within minutes of an informative orientation you will be enjoying your personal Segway - a phenomenon of motion. Explore some of the most popular beaches on Antigua with the Caribbean Sea or Atlantic Ocean as your backdrop. Experience the thrill of conquering "miles of beach in minutes," where Segways carry you effortlessly through a series of sites and attractions - beach picnic parks, the ruins of historic forts, sugar mills, land marks and more


Shirley Heights (Sightseeing) - Antigua

Shirley Heights

This rambling array of gun emplacements and military buildings is best known today for the absolutely breathtaking prospect that it offers. From the Heights one can look far out over English Harbour, and on Sunday afternoons the view is accompanied by barbecue, rum punch, and the plangent strains of steel band and reggae music. The site is named for General Shirley, Governor of the Leeward Islands when the area was fortified in the late eighteenth century. Close by is the cemetery, in which stands an obelisk erected in honor of the soldiers of the 54th regiment.


Spa at Curtain Bluff (Spa) - Antigua

268 462 8400
Spa at Curtain Bluff

One of Antigua's oldest and most elegant resorts, Curtain Bluff only recently added a spa - but it was worth the wait. It is included in Conde Nast Traveler in Hot Spas 2008. "The chic, understated space is done in beige stone and pale marble. Its five treatment rooms are austere, so there's nothing to distract from the dazzling ocean beyond the little terrace. An anti-aging facial with caviar and pearl extracts ($180) lulls you with a series of calming cleanses, masks, and mists. Afterward, guests can settle into a chaise longue by the infinity-edge plunge pool on the second floor, and enjoy unobstructed views of the waves." Massages $105 - $140.


The Athletes Foot (Shop) - Antigua

268 462 9771

Carries top brands: Nike, Adidas, Reebok, Puma, Kswiss, Merrel, Columbia footwear. Shoe care and accessories.


The Best of Books (Shop) - Antigua

bestofbooks@yahoo.com and madeinantigua@yahoo.com
268 562 3198

Antigua's premier bookshop and local art and craft shop. Widest selection of books and gift items available on the island.


The Source (Shop) - Antigua

268 562 1212

Pepe, Rocawear, Baby Phat, Ecko, Parasuco, Silver Jeans, Timberland, UnionBay, Zoo York, Dickies.


Touch Therapies (Spa) - Antigua

268 562 1286
Touch Therapies

Touch Therapies has blended the ancient art of massage with advanced skincare techniques offering pure pampering. Two locations: Fort Road and Hawksbill Hotel.


Tropical Adventures (Tours/Excursions) - Antigua

268 480 1225
Tropical Adventures

Explore Antigua by land or sea. 4x4 Land Rovers, power catamaran, saiing catamaran.