Our fourth long haul winter sun destination is Antigua; picture emerald palm trees, white sand and shallow, clear waters and you’re probably thinking of Antigua.
It’s said that there are 365 beaches on Antigua, one for each day of the year. The island is about 14 miles long by 11 miles wide, meaning that there is a lot of beach to explore on this relatively small island. Some of the most popular beaches are Half Moon Bay, Dickenson Bay, Jabberwock Beach, Long Bay and Jolly Beach. If you prefer quiet, more remote beaches then it won’t take much exploring to find a haven of your own.
The climate is lovely all year round with consistent average temperatures of around 30°C. This makes Antigua undeniably perfect as a winter sun destination; it’s probably about as far away from our dreary and dull-grey British winter weather as you can get. The island is framed by a beautiful coral reef which is teeming with all kinds of colourful marine life and exotic underwater creatures. Snorkeling is available for every level of curious holiday maker, including children, and there is scuba diving available for the more intrepid underwater adventurer.
If you’d rather be above the water than below it the island can offer you plenty of sailing and fishing trips, helicopter rides and water sports such as windsurfing and kayaking. Viewing the island from afar either at sea or in the air is a must and shows Antigua at its most breath-taking.
St Johns is the capital of Antigua and is one of the most popular resorts. It is enchanting, with vibrantly colourful buildings and plenty of both cosmopolitan boutiques and local shops. The locals sell handmade wares and fresh produce and there is a farmers’ market on Friday and Saturday mornings where you can sample tropical fruit, buy from local craftspeople and simply enjoy the delightful hubbub of Caribbean life.
Other popular resorts include East Coast, Willikies and English Harbour. English Harbour offers rich cultural history with many restaurants, bars and beaches to visit. There is also the restored Nelson’s Dockyard to see.
Cuisine-wise, treat yourself to local favourites such as souse, callaloo and pepperpot stew. Black pineapple, saltfish and plantain are all popular Caribbean delicacies that are certainly worth a try. Antigua offers a joyful, vivid experience and this includes the sights you can see, the people and culture you can immerse yourself in and the exotic tastes you can try. A truly beautiful and colourful winter-sun destination for any one seeking a little sunshine and light in their lives this winter.
*Prices based on 2 adults sharing for one night 06/12/2013. Prices correct when checked on 14/11/13.
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