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 considering feeling the wind in your hair, you will find 4 businesses that can help make it happen. To learn more about bike and scooter rentals, visit this page.

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 in the area. You can go to this page regarding scuba diving in this area if you want to learn more details.

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.

Avid fishermen love this area, as indicated by the presence of 6 charter fishing services that operate from this area. Click on this link to visit our guide to this topic.

Golf

Antigua Golf

Like to play golf? You might be pleased to learn there are a few golf courses in this area. The area courses are Jolly Harbour Golf Course, Cedar Valley Golf Club, and Cedar Valley Golf Club. Simply click on the course name for a detailed article concerning the course, including location, number of holes, and more. Readers who want to get more information about golfing throughout the Caribbean can do so by following this link.

Sailing and Boating

Adventure Antigua Day Sails

Glance through this table for a listing of firms that will enable you to spend some time out on the open 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
Life's A Beach A Water Sports, Cruises & Taxis (268) 784-1406 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
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
Sailing Yacht Ivy (268) 464-6327 0.5 mi. Northwest of Central English 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 want to read about nearby marinas and charter operators click here.

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 window shopping in your group, they can browse a few of the 67 retail shops in the area. If you want to find out about shopping on Antigua, you can do so by clicking here.

Sightseeing

Dockyard Museum

Yet another great option for visitors is to discover the area's sights and natural environment. The area features 12 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Those visitors who like being outside will frequently have a good time at the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. For a more detailed look at this specific topic, visit this article about area sightseeing opportunities and attractions.

Be sure to look through the following table for details on a firm that will guide you to some of the most interesting local sights.

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 Freeman's Village, Central Antigua
Freestyle ATV Tours Excursions and Sightseeing Service (268) 726-3572 Parham, Central Antigua
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
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 enjoy underwater sightseeing there's good news -- you can easily find places to do so along the coast of Antigua. Click to check out our extended discussion of local snorkeling opportunities.

Spas

Antigua Spas

Enjoying a spa just might be one of the most memorable parts of your entire vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, since there are 7 spas in this area. To reach our complete guide to spas, go to this article.

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

If you'd like to play some tennis during your visit you might want to stay at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 12 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The information that follows can help clarify your options. You can view the number of courts available, whether lighting is available for evening play, and some other helpful 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 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
Starfish 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
Pineapple Beach Club 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Willikies 4 check
Curtain Bluff 2.2 mi. South West of Central John Hughes 4 check check
Hodges Bay Resort and Spa 4.4 mi. Northeast of Central St. John's 2 check

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

Other Activities

Information about lots of other activities can be seen in the chart below.

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 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
Deluxe Cinemas Movie Theater (268) 562-4036 Downtown 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

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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