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 like the idea of seeing the sights with the wind in your face, there are 3 places that can help you. Those wanting to find out more concerning this topic can do so here.

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 6 dive operators and at least 4 different dive sites to choose from. You can read this extended discussion which is all about diving opportunities in this area if you want to get more facts.

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

Nightwing Sports Fishing

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.

Plenty of fishermen frequent the area, as suggested by the existence of 6 charter fishing services in this area. You can go to this page concerning fishing in the area if you want to find additional details.

Golf

Antigua Golf

Enjoy playing golf? There are a pair of golf courses in this area. The courses are Jolly Harbour Golf Course and Cedar Valley Golf Club. Just click on the course name to get additional information concerning the course, including the location, number of holes, and a lot more. If you need to find more details about golf courses throughout Caribbean can do so by going to this page.

Sailing and Boating

On Deck

The table just below lists more details concerning local providers that will enable you to get out on the open water.

Boating Opportunities On Antigua
Name Phone Location
Adventure Antigua Day Sails (268) 726-6355 6.1 mi. North of Central All Saints
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 read about nearby marinas and charter operators click this link.

Shopping

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 people who enjoy exploring new shops in your group, they can "discover" a few of the area's 78 retail shops. If you want to get information concerning shopping on Antigua, you can do so by clicking here.

Sightseeing

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Another popular activity is to see the area's sights and natural environment. Among other sights, the area has 12 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to travelers. Visitors who enjoy being outside are likely to enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. Anyone needing to find out more about area sightseeing opportunities can do so by following this link.

The chart below shows more information about a firm that can help you enjoy some great sightseeing.

Sightseeing Services On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
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) 4774-0206 Downtown St. John's
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
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 2.9 mi. East 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 beauty you're in luck -- you'll have the chance along the coast of Antigua. Go to this extended discussion which is all about snorkeling if you'd like to discover additional information.

Spas

Going to a spa could be the highlight of your vacation. Finding a spa that you'll like shouldn't be hard, given the fact that there are 6 spas located in this area. To read a more complete discussion of places to relax in this area visit this page.

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 like playing tennis your best bet is to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 12 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table summarizes some key facts. You can view the number of 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 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
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
Pineapple Beach Club 0.9 mi. Northeast of Central Willikies 4 check

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

Other Activities

Information about lots of other activities are displayed 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 Athletic Club Fitness Centers and Instructors (268) 460-2582 3.5 mi. East-Northeast of Central St. John's
Antigua Recreation Grounds Sporting Event Venue -- 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Downtown St. John's
Caribbean Cinemas - 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
Sir Vivian Richards Stadium Sporting Event Venue -- Central Antigua
Sweets Cricket Ground Sporting Event Venue -- 6.2 mi. Southeast of Central St. John's
YMCA Fitness Centers and Instructors -- 0.3 mi. Northeast of 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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