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Antigua, Antigua and Barbuda

Find the best place to stay — Antigua

A slice of island life on Antigua

The fringing of sparkling coral reefs and white-sand beaches that runs along the western edge of Antigua has been inducing sighs of admiration from travelers for centuries. Vacationers come to lap up the Caribbean sun along postcard-worthy Dickenson Bay _ a place of stooping palm trees and aquamarine waters, or to relax on the soft sands of Pigeon Point. Throw in the colonial relics of Nelson's Dockyard, a medley of taste-bud-tingling weekend fish fries, cricket-mad Saint John's, and a whole range of uber-swish Antigua vacation rentals, and it's easy to see why this one's the island of choice for so many.

Inland and out at sea in Antigua

Antigua's waters are some of the most celebrated in the Caribbean. Like a pirate's treasure chest, they hide gardens of resplendent coral reefs, teem with eye-opening marine life, and have excellent visibility to boot. Snorkels, scuba excursions, glass-bottomed boating outings, and yacht charters are all great ways to explore that side of the island. Others will prefer to head inland or to the cities, where you can hop between Carib seafood shacks taking culinary lessons in all things fungie, have guided tours of old English naval outposts, or cheer on hotly contested local cricket games.

Swashbuckling sights on Antigua

If you've booked yourself one of the popular Antigua vacation rentals in English Harbour on the south side of the island, then you'll be bedding down just a stone's throw from the country's colonial relics. They start with Nelson's Dockyard, where the great Admiral Nelson himself was posted, along with the might of the Royal Navy in the 1700s. Close by is the handsome colonial-era mansion of Clarence House, while the restored gun batteries of Shirley Heights sit high on the hills above, casting their gaze down over the inlets and bays just as they have done for centuries.

Tropical times in Antigua

Antigua follows the same yearly pattern as much of the rest of the Caribbean region. Hot, humid summers, between May and August, herald in a stormy period that means hurricanes can hit anytime until late September. As fall turns into winter, the temperatures become milder but the rain eases off, filling Antigua vacation rentals and the white-sand beaches here with snowbirds and sun seekers from the north. The months of November and March sit either side, offering a balance between rental rates, weather, and visitor numbers.

Between the Atlantic and the Caribbean in Antigua

Antigua sits on the edge of the Caribbean region, out where the Leeward Islands meet the vast stretch of the Atlantic Ocean. Like many of its neighboring destinations, it enjoys the same dichotomy of rugged, rocky eastern shores and more manicured, quintessentially Caribbean shores in the west. The best beaches come with the likes of Dickenson Bay and Jolly Beach, which fringe the coast with their sugar-like sands and groves of blooming palm trees. The inlet of English Harbour in the south is also worth a visit, if only for hill walks and stunning sunsets.