Antigua & Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda

Country in the Caribbean

Antigua and Barbuda is an independent Commonwealth country comprising its 2 namesake islands and several smaller ones. Positioned where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, it's known for reef-lined beaches, rainforests and resorts. Its English Harbour is a yachting hub and the site of historic Nelson's Dockyard. In the capital, St. John's, the national museum displays indigenous and colonial artefacts.

North of downtown St. John’s is Dickenson Bay, a wide beach backed by hotels and bars. Antigua’s other sandy strips include Half Moon Bay, popular for windsurfing, and Darkwood Beach, noted for snorkelling. Additional activity highlights are boating, zip-lining through rainforest canopy and hiking from English Harbour to Shirley Heights, a former British military lookout known for panoramic views and sunset parties with live music. Also known for its beaches and reefs, laid-back Barbuda Island is the site of Frigate Bird Sanctuary, a habitat for striking, red-pouched frigate birds and more than 150 other bird species.

Nelson's Dockyard

Naval heritage, dining & shopping

1700s–1800s site with a naval history museum & restored buildings with shops, restaurants & bars.

Nelson's Dockyard is a cultural heritage site and marina in English Harbour, located in Saint Paul Parish on the island of Antigua, in Antigua and Barbuda. It is part of Nelson's Dockyard National Park, which also contains Clarence House and Shirley Heights, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Long Island

Turtle, beach, and honeymoon

Long Island also known as Jumby Bay is an island off the northeast coast of Antigua. It is located off the northern tip of the Parham Peninsula, about 2.5 km from Dutchman Bay on Antigua. It is the fifth largest island of Antigua and Barbuda.

Dickenson Bay

Seaside spot with local vendors & bars

Dickenson Bay is located on the northwestern coast in Antigua, close to the Cedar Grove. While Dickenson Bay is not the most secluded beach in Antigua, its white beaches and tranquil seas attract many visitors. A string of large resort hotels give Dickenson Bay one of the island's largest collections of rooms.

Fort James, Antigua and Barbuda

Historic fort ruins with cannons & views

Fort James is a fort at the entrance to the harbour of St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. The fort was built to guard St. John's harbour and is one of the many forts built by the British in the 18th century. Fear of a French invasion prompted the construction.

Prickly Pear Island

Snorkeling and beach

Prickly Pear Island is an islet approx. 650 metres off the north shore coast of the much larger island of Antigua, West Indies. The island measures approx. 50 metres north to south, and approx. 50 metres east to west. The island is uninhabited, but frequently used for recreational excursions.

Stingray City Antigua

Swimming & snorkeling with stingrays

Nature guides providing aquatic encounters with southern stingrays, including snorkeling & feeding.

Redonda Island

Mountain and beach

Redonda is an uninhabited Caribbean island which is legally part of Antigua and Barbuda, in the Leeward Islands, West Indies. The island is about 1.6 kilometres long, 0.5 kilometres wide, and is 296 metres high at its highest point.

Falmouth Harbour

Harbor and marina

Falmouth Harbour is a horseshoe-shaped bay and natural harbour on the far southern coast of the island of Antigua in Antigua and Barbuda. It is located within Saint Paul Parish.

Boggy Peak

Island's highest point & national park

A 1,319-ft. forest-covered island hill & national park named after former US president Obama.

Boggy Peak is the highest point of the Shekerley Mountains on the island of Antigua. It lies in the southwest region of the island at 17°2′31″N 61°51′4″W, and rises to a height of 402 metres.

Galleon Beach

Picturesque beach known for snorkeling

Peaceful, scenic beach set in English Harbour, known for its snorkeling & turtle sightings.

Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Exhibits on the history of the island

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is a museum in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda. It is housed in the colonial Court House, constructed in 1747 on the site of the first city market, and is the oldest building still in use in the city.

Fort Barrington

Historic fortress with scenic views

A hiking trail leads to the stone remains of this centuries-old hilltop fort offering bay views.

Devil's Bridge

Devil's Bridge is a natural rock arch in eastern Antigua. It is located on the Atlantic coast at 17°6′1.7″N 61°40′42.2″W, near Indian Town Point to the east of Willikies. The area around the arch features several natural blowholes which shoot up water and spray powered by waves from the Atlantic Ocean.

St. John's Cathedral

St. John's Cathedral also known as the St. John the Divine, the Cathedral Church of the Diocese of North Eastern Caribbean and Aruba, is an Anglican church perched on a hilltop in St. John's, Antigua and Barbuda.

Great Bird Island

Great Bird Island is a tiny islet lying almost three kilometers north-east of Antigua. Measuring just 20 acres, it is smaller than most city parks. It is a private island but open to the public.