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 enjoying the scenery at a leisurely pace, you will find a few rental agencies that can help you. To find out more about bike and scooter rentals, go to 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.

You'll find 6 dive services and at least 4 interesting dive sites in the area. You can go to this article dedicated to diving opportunities in this area if you want to find out 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

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.

If you have some avid anglers in your group, they're in luck -- there are 6 charter fishing services in this area. To navigate to our page about deep sea fishing, follow this link.

Golf

Antigua Golf

Hoping you can spend some time on the greens during your vacation? There are a pair of golf courses in the area. The courses are Jolly Harbour Golf Course and Cedar Valley Golf Club. For a detailed guide to the course, including the location, number of holes, and a lot more just click on the course name. If interested, you can get more details about golf throughout Caribbean can do so here.

Sailing and Boating

On Deck

Additional information about local providers that can help you spend some time on the open water can be found right below.

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 learn about charter operators and area marinas go to this page.

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 shopping aficionados in your group, they can check out a few of the 78 retail stores in the area. Make your way to this article if you want to know more about shopping on Antigua.

Sightseeing

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

Sightseeing is another great option for visitors to Antigua. The area's sights include 12 historic sites and various other attractions of interest to vacationers. Nature enthusiasts will typically enjoy visiting the area's outdoor parks and botanical gardens. You can go to this extended discussion regarding area sightseeing attractions if you'd like to find out more specifics.

Details concerning a firm that will show you the most interesting local sights can be found directly below.

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 sightseeing you're in luck -- you'll have the chance off the coast of Antigua. To find out about other snorkeling opportunities, read this article.

Spas

Indulging in a trip to the spa just might be one of the most enjoyable parts of your vacation. Spa-goers will find plenty of options, given the fact that there are 6 different spas in this area. For more information on the options, click 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 like playing tennis you might want to make your reservations at a hotel with a tennis court. Fortunately, there are 12 properties in the area that offer tennis.

The table below may help with your planning. You can view the number of courts on-site, whether lighting is available for evening play, and a few other details. Click on the names to read more about 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 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

The chart right below has some key facts regarding other activities.

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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