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 exploring a new environment with the wind in your face, there's a place that can help. To navigate to our detailed page about bike or scooter rentals, click 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.

You'll find 4 dive services and at least 4 different dive sites to choose from. To read a more detailed discussion of scuba diving in this area read this article.

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're in luck -- 5 charter fishing services are located in this area. Read this extended discussion which is all about fishing in the area if you're seeking more facts.

Golf

Antigua Golf

Want to play some golf on vacation? You might be happy to know several golf courses The courses are Jolly Harbour Golf Course, Cedar Valley Golf Club, and Cedar Valley Golf Club. You can click on the name of the course for a detailed guide to the course, including the number of holes, location, and much more. To read more about this topic, visit this guide, which discusses golfing throughout the Caribbean.

Sailing and Boating

On Deck

The table below summarizes more information about area firms that can 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
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
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 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 charter operators and marinas 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 shopping fanatics in your group, they might be interested to know that there are at least 67 retailers in this area. You can go to this page if you want to discover more about shopping on Antigua.

Sightseeing

Dockyard Museum

Sightseeing is also a great activity for anyone visiting Antigua. Among other sights, the area has 12 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Nature enthusiasts will probably enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. To read more about this specific topic, navigate to this article about area sightseeing opportunities and attractions.

The following chart enables you to get a few details concerning a firm that can help you get the most out of your sightseeing time.

Sightseeing Services On Antigua
Name Type Phone Location
Antigua Paddles Eco Kayak Tour Kayaking Service (268) 463-1944 Willikies, Eastern part of 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
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
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 in the waters off the coast of Antigua. Go to this page dedicated to snorkeling if you're seeking better specifics.

Spas

Antigua Spas

Relaxing for a few hours in a spa just might be one of the highlights of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 7 spas in this area. Anyone who needs to find out more concerning this topic can do so here.

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 want to play some tennis your best bet is to stay at a hotel that has a tennis court. Fortunately, you can choose from 12 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The following table can help clarify your options. At a glance, you can see the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is offered, and some other details. Click on each name to read 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
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 example, St. James's Club offers all-inclusive pricing, to help simplify your vacation.

Other Activities

Information concerning lots of other activities are summarized 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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