They call Antigua the land of 365 beaches. That’s one for every single day of the year! They range from hidden coves to long runs of golden powder. Some sit out on the Atlantic side of the island, where it’s altogether more rugged. Others unfold beneath the coconut groves on the western coast, where the light blue waters of the Caribbean Sea wash the sands.
Luxury villas in Antigua can offer a place to stay just steps off this sun-kissed island’s shoreline.
That could mean bedding down to the sound of the waves lapping against Half Moon Bay, the most celebrated beach around, where a horseshoe of beige sand runs between two craggy headlands. It might mean settling in for hammock swings between the stooping palms of Jolly Beach, a ribbon of pure white powder that lines the south coast. Or it could mean somewhere perched on the cliffs above Ffryes Beach, a cove known for having the most vibrant turquoise waters around.
With all the beach hopping and relaxation that happens in Antigua, it can be easy to forget that the place is steeped in history. Head down to the Nelson’s Dockyard National Park deep inside English Harbour on the south shore. Now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it was the home of a certain Admiral Horatio Nelson throughout the 1780s. Visitors can tour enthralling naval exhibits and see the fortified dockyards that date back all those centuries.
Back up north, the vibrant island capital of St. John’s is home to the impressive St. John’s Cathedral and lively markets where you can shop for souvenirs and Caribbean rum. Beyond that are the haunting remnants of the old sugar mills at Betty’s Hope, where you can see the ruins of one of the earliest plantations in the region.
Luxury holidays to Antigua are perfect for sun-seekers who want to explore one of the Caribbean’s most beach-rich islands. Villas here will put you right on the doorstep of talcum-powder sands and clear seas. But they’re also great for more than that, whether you’re after rich colonial history, scuba diving, deep-sea fishing, sailing – the list goes on.
- Gorgeous Half Moon Bay
- The historical sites of Nelson's Dockyard National Park
- The colourful island capital of St. John's
- Sail from cove to cove – there are 365 beaches to explore
- Hike to the lookouts of Shirley Heights
- Head to Antigua Carnival, the biggest local festival of the year