So much more to do than lie on the beach !

Alison Auld on 05 June 2019

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I last visited this beautiful island in 2001 and immediately loved it. I have never seen waters so clear.

I grabbed the opportunity to return in May this year, this time to include visits to 7 hotels, experience various excursions and learn more about the island, hosted by Antigua Tourist Board.

I took lots of photos, but I still think it’s hard to capture the colours and the beauty of the island. My highlights that I would recommend were:

Sunday nights at Shirley Heights – watch the sunset whilst listening to steel bands, purchase local crafts and enjoy amazing BBQ food.

Kayaking around the Mangroves – never kayaked before, calm waters and a guide to talk about the animals and plants in the area.

Catamaran Cruise – the waters were stunning green, great atmosphere, BBQ lunch, music and opportunity for more snorkelling.

Day Tour Jeep Safari – learn all about the Island, lunch where the locals go and see some many areas that you wouldn’t normally see.

The hotels ranged from 3-5*and you can choose anything from B&B to All Inclusive. Basic rooms to luxury suites and villas. There is a hotel to suit so many different budgets and some much better catered for families, others more tranquil for couples or friends.

Travel to Antigua can also be fine in our summers. Some months are better avoided but it is not Winter only. Antigua is the driest Caribbean island. I am planning a return visit with my family as soon as I can.

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