Activities in Antigua

From water sports to a bustling nightlife, Antigua offers it all

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When vacationing in Antigua, the availability of thrilling activities seems endless. From snorkeling and diving to casinos and golfing, this Caribbean destination knows how to keep the excitement flowing.

Whether you’re a land-lover or eager to make a splash in the sea, this island has a buffet of activities to appeal to your lifestyle. Choose one, or sample a variety of different activities like gambling, water sports, fishing and more – it’s all up to you.

Bike and Scooter Rental

If you are intrigued by the idea of seeing the sights with the wind in your face, there are a few rental agencies that can help make it happen. Anyone needing to find out more about this topic can do so by going to this page.


Indigo Divers

Many guests will find themselves with a yearning to get in the inviting waters that surround Antigua. A great way to explore the underwater landscape is to choose either snorkeling or diving. Companies throughout the island offer a variety of packages and excursions designed to immerse guests in the beauty of the Caribbean Sea. Snorkeling is an excellent choice for any traveler, while diving requires more equipment and training. However, both activities will dazzle you with spectacular sights of vivid marine life and unbelievable coral reef formations. Excellent underwater destinations like the sunken freight ship of Jettia’s Wreck are fantastic places to take in everything that Antigua’s waters have to offer.

There are 6 dive services and at least 4 different dive sites in the area. To learn more about scuba diving, visit this page.

Events and Festivals


Throughout the year, Antigua hosts a slew of different events and festivals that cater to a range of interests. Many events involve sailing and boating, which is a great way for fisherman and water enthusiasts to celebrate their love for the ocean. Festivals like the Mango Festival and Antigua’s famous Carnival are excellent ways to absorb the local culture and learn about the island’s heritage while having a great time. Many events are family-friendly, such as the International Kite Festival and National Dress Day. With so many events occurring during the year, you’re sure to have a reason to celebrate during your next Antigua vacation. Read more about the various events by clicking here.


Another way to embrace the water is fishing and chartering. Both options allow guests a wonderful way to enjoy an adventure out at sea. Fishermen will appreciate the large selection of vessels, fishing styles and other services provided by local Antigua businesses, such as the Antigua Fishing Company. Vacationers can catch different species of fish, from wahoo and tuna to kingfish and even shark. Those looking to spend a day out on the water sans fishing will be interested in the charters and cruises available in Antigua. Choose to either privately charter a vessel, or book a ticket on one of the island’s popular day cruises. You’ll never forget the experience of watching a breathtaking Antigua sunset while sipping on fresh cocktails as an experienced captain navigates the sea.

If you have some avid anglers in your group, they're in luck -- they can catch some fish with one of the 7 charter operators in this area. Those wanting to get more details about fishing in this area can do so by following this link.


Antigua Golf

Hoping to spend some time on the greens? There are a pair of golf courses in this area. The courses are Jolly Harbour Golf Course and Cedar Valley Golf Club. All you have to do is click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more. Furthermore, you can make your way to this extended discussion if you want more details regarding golfing throughout Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

Additional details for local providers that will help you spend some time on the open water can be seen below.

Boating Opportunities On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Adventure Antigua Day Sails (268) 726-6355 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Antigua Ocean Adventures (268) 464-7576 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Life's A Beach A Water Sports, Cruises & Taxis (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Miramar Sailing (268) 721-3456 0.2 mi. East of Central Jolly Harbour
On Deck (268) 532-6696 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
Pirates Of Antigua (268) 562-7946 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Treasure Island Cruises (268) 461-8675 Downtown St. John's
Wadadli Cats (268) 462-4792 Antigua
West Coast Tours Antigua (268) 728-5239 Jolly Harbour

If you want to learn about marinas and charter operators use this link.


ZEMI Art Gallery

Many of the shops in Antigua are locally owned, which is great for visitors who are looking for something unique to bring home as a souvenir. Some such local handicrafts include shell curios, batik, woven hats, and jewelry crafted from rare jewels. You will also find an abundance of discounted items from overseas, such as china and perfumes. Many of these items are duty-free, but there is a national sales tax associated with most items you will want to take home. Click here to read more about shopping in Antigua.

If there are some folks who enjoy window shopping traveling with you, they can browse some of the 78 retail shops in the area. To read about opportunities for shopping on Antigua, click this link.


The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Sightseeing is also a great activity for visitors to Antigua. Area sights include 12 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Tourists who like the open air are likely to enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. For more information about this topic, navigate to this page, about area sightseeing opportunities and attractions.

Information concerning a firm that will show you the most interesting local sights can be found in the following chart:

Sightseeing Services On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Adventure Antigua Eco Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 726-6355 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Antigua Nature Adventure - Cat's Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 560-4362 Downtown St. John's
Antigua Paddles Eco Kayak Tour Kayaking Service (268) 463-1944 Willikies, Eastern part of Antigua
Elvis George & Son Tours Travel and Tour Operators (268) 774-8020 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Footsteps Rainforest Hiking Tours Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (268) 460-1234 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Freestyle ATV Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 726-3572 Parham, Central Antigua
Heavenly Tours Travel and Tour Operators (268) 460-7086 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Historical Harbour Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 736-8846 Downtown St. John's
Island Safari Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 480-1225 Downtown St. John's
Pelican Safari Tours Travel and Tour Operators (268) 728-2969 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Regal Travels & Tour Travel and Tour Operators (268) 562-0211 Downtown St. John's
Scenic Tours Antigua Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 764-3060 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Suntours Caribbean Travel and Tour Operators (268) 462-4788 2.9 mi. East of Central St. John's
Tropical Adventures Antigua Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 480-1225 Downtown St. John's


If you are thinking about snorkeling you're in luck -- you'll have the chance off the coast of Antigua. For a more thorough discussion of snorkeling, read this guide, which discusses snorkeling possibilities.


Relaxing in a spa just might be the highlight of your entire vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 6 spas in this area. To reach our detailed page about spas, go to this article.


Golfers will be pleased to learn that while Antigua isn’t known for their golfing facilities, there are two courses on the island that provide a way to spend a day on the greens. At the Cedar Valley Golf Club in Friar’s Hill, guests will be treated to a championship course with 18 holes, a driving range and a putting green. Another option to consider is the Jolly Harbour Golf Course. This facility caters to golfers of all skill levels, and even offers private lessons. Both locations offer a great experience for non-golfers too, as they offer restaurants, shopping and beaches within walking distance.


St. James's Club

If you like to play tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 12 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following information may help with you make a decision. At a glance, you'll see the number of courts available, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on the names to learn more details concerning the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On Antigua
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
St. James's Club 0.0 mi. South West of Central Mamora Bay 6 check
Jolly Beach Resort & Spa 0.3 mi. South of Central Jolly Harbour 4 check
Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort 2.6 mi. West of Central St. John's 5 check
Carlisle Bay 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central John Hughes 8 check check
Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa 2.7 mi. North of Central St. John's 2 check
Rex Resorts Halcyon Cove 2.8 mi. North of Central St. John's 4 check
Jumby Bay 6.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's 3 check
Occidental Grand Pineapple Beach Hotel 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Willikies 4
Curtain Bluff 2.2 mi. South West of Central John Hughes 4 check check
Hodges Bay Club 4.4 mi. Northeast of Central St. John's 2 check

For example, St. James's Club offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Information concerning some other activities are shown in the following chart.

Other Activities On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Adventure Trails Horseback Riding Site (268) 461-7758 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's
Antigua Megaplex 8 Movie Theater (787) 880-7979 1.1 mi. North-Northeast of Downtown St. John's
Cassada Gardens Racetrack Horse and Dog Racetrack -- 2.2 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's
Deluxe Cinemas Movie Theater (268) 562-4036 Downtown St. John's

From water sports and fishing to golfing and nightlife, Antigua has everything vacationers need for a jam-packed Caribbean getaway. The options vary greatly, and strive to appeal to guests of all lifestyles and tastes. More adventurous tourists may enjoy diving, fishing and nightclubs, while the leisurely crowd will flock to daytime festivals, relaxing cafés and lazy days spent on a golf course. No matter what style of activities is calling your name, the offerings found on the island of Antigua promise to keep travelers active and excited.


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