Antigua is one of the Caribbean’s larger islands characterized by a lush hilly landscape that gives way to white sand beaches and alluring natural coves and harbors. An important naval post for the British Royal Navy in the 18th century, Antigua still bears considerable vestiges of its long-held British reign, along with a strong expat community, most visibly noted at English Harbor and Nelson’s Dockyard – the world’s only Georgian dockyard still in use.
With coastlines on both the Atlantic and the Caribbean Sea, the island offers wonderfully varied terrain. Be sure to drive between the two, pausing to take-in the charming clapboard villages found along the way as well as the local roadway stops offering fresh lime and pineapple juices. Sailing remains a main activity of the island with various day-charters available as well as numerous coves for anchorage and exploring. Antigua’s annual sailing week, held in late April, is a serious event in the yachting world’s calendar.
Know Before You Go:
1. For windsport enthusiasts, head straight for Jabberwock Beach or Half Moon Bay on the Atlantic side.
2. Dennis’ Beach Bar hosts a pig roast on Sunday that is favored by locals and tourists alike
3. The best way to see and appreciate Antigua is to rent a boat, pack a lunch and explore the various coves and harder-to-reach beaches
Getting to Antigua
Tradewind Shuttle scheduled flights are available to Antigua from St Barths (SBH) and San Juan (SJU):
Private Charter flights are available to Antigua in our local fleet of Pilatus PC-12s and from the U.S. in our fleet of Citation Jets: