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 feeling the wind on your face as you move along, you will find 4 businesses that can help make it happen. Click here to view our guide to bike and scooter rentals.

Diving

Antigua Diving

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 5 dive operators and at least 4 good dive sites to choose from. For more details about diving in this area click this link.

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.

Fishing

Obsession Sportsfishing

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 there are some experienced anglers vacationing with you, they'll be pleased to know there are 6 charter fishing services in this area. To see our detailed page about deep sea fishing, click here.

Golf

Antigua Golf

Hoping you can spend some time on the greens during your vacation? There are a couple of area golf courses. The courses are Jolly Harbour Golf Course and Cedar Valley Golf Club. You can click on the course name for detailed information about the course. For a more comprehensive look at this specific topic, go to this article concerning golf throughout the Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

On Deck

View the chart below to learn more about firms that will help you enjoy some time on the water.

Boating Opportunities On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Adventure Antigua Day Sails (268) 726-6355 6.2 mi. West of Central All Saints
Eolia Sailing (268) 464-3131 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Gadaboat (268) 720-7822 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Miramar Sailing (268) 721-3456 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Jolly Harbour
On Deck (268) 532-6696 0.4 mi. Northwest of Central English Harbour
Pacific Marlin (268) 779-8317 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Jolly Harbour
Treasure Island Cruises (268) 461-8675 Downtown St. John's
Tropical Adventures Sailing (268) 480-1225 Downtown St. John's
Wadadli Cats (268) 462-4792 1.2 mi. Northwest of Downtown St. John's
West Coast Tours Antigua (268) 728-5239 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Jolly Harbour

If you're interested in reading about marinas and charter operators read this article.

Shopping

Rhythm Of Blue 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 you have some folks who enjoy shopping vacationing with you, they might be interested to know that at least 52 retailers are located in this area. If you want to discover more about shopping on Antigua, you can do so here.

Sightseeing

Dockyard Museum

Another great way to spend some of your time is to experience the area's interesting sights. Sights of interest to visitors include 12 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Nature enthusiasts will probably enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. Navigate to this extended discussion which is all about area sightseeing attractions if you want to discover more details.

Details concerning a firm that can help you enjoy some local sightseeing can be seen below.

Sightseeing Services On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Antigua Paddles Eco Kayak Tour Kayaking Service (268) 720-4322 1.6 mi. West of Central Willikies
Footsteps Rainforest Hiking Tours Hiking Tour and Trip Operator (268) 460-1234 1.8 mi. West-Southwest of Central Sweets
Gordon Tours and Travel Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 772-8738 Downtown St. John's
Heavenly Tours Travel and Tour Operators (268) 4774-0206 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
Salty Dogs Adventures Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 562-8341 Downtown St. John's
Scenic Tours Antigua Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 720-8844 0.9 mi. Northeast of Downtown St. John's
Suntours Caribbean Travel and Tour Operators (268) 462-4788 3.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's
Tropical Adventures Antigua Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 480-1225 Downtown St. John's

Snorkeling

Antigua Snorkeling

If you like the idea of going snorkeling there's good news -- you'll have the chance along the coast of Antigua. To learn about more snorkeling opportunities, click here.

Spas

Antigua Spas

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa could be the highlight of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, considering that there are 11 spas that operate in this area. Click to find our discussion of this topic.

Sports

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.

Tennis

St. James's Club & Villas

If you like playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 10 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following list can help with your decision making process. At a glance, you'll see the number of tennis courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other details. Click on the names to learn about other aspects of the property.

Accommodations with Tennis On Antigua
Property Location Tennis Courts Lit Courts Tennis Pro
St. James's Club & Villas 0.0 mi. South West of Central Mamora Bay 4 check check
Starfish Jolly Beach Resort 0.3 mi. South of Central Jolly Harbour 4 check
Carlisle Bay 1.9 mi. South-Southwest of Central John Hughes 8 check check
Jumby Bay Island 6.4 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's 3 check
Sandals Antigua Caribbean Village & Spa 2.7 mi. North of Central St. John's 2 check
Starfish Halcyon Cove 2.8 mi. North of Central St. John's 4 check
Curtain Bluff 2.2 mi. South West of Central John Hughes 4 check check
Pineapple Beach Club 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Willikies 4 check
Hodges Bay Resort and Spa 4.4 mi. Northeast of Central St. John's 2 check
Inn At English Harbour 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Falmouth Harbour 2 check

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

Other Activities

The chart right below lists a few details regarding other activities.

Other Activities On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Antigua Athletic Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (268) 460-2582 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's
Antigua Equestrian Center LTD Horseback Riding Site (268) 773-3139 2.0 mi. South-Southeast of Central Sweets
Antigua Paddles Watersports Operator (268) 463-1944 1.6 mi. West of Central Willikies
Antigua Recreation Grounds Sporting Event Venue -- 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown St. John's
AquaSports St. Johns Watersports Equipment Shop (268) 462-3474 Downtown St. John's
Caribbean Cinemas - Antigua Megaplex 8 Movie Theater (268) 562-4000 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
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- Central Antigua
Sweets Cricket Ground Sporting Event Venue -- 6.2 mi. Southeast of Central St. John's
Yoga Antigua Fitness Centers and Instructors (268) 778-6905 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central 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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