Antigua Attractions

Sister islands Antigua and Barbuda provide vacationers with twice as many reasons to visit

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The islands of Antigua and Barbuda offer two completely different vacation experiences for visitors. Fortunately, this means that travelers will be able to choose the style that's perfect for them, be it modern and convenient or low-key and secluded.

Most people who visit Antigua find it to be a perfect blend of Caribbean beauty and modern comfort. It's also a great place for travelers with a variety of interests – more than 300 world-class beaches surround the island, protecting an interior dotted with nature preserves, historical sites, and unique island culture. Vacationers looking to get a real feel for the island will find no shortage of attractions to keep them busy.


Green Island Beach

There are an abundance of beaches to visit on the island. Whether you're looking forward to people watching, or you'd rather have more of the beach to yourself, you can find what you want. Click on each beach name for a detailed guide to that beach.

If you are hoping to go snorkeling, a place providing that option is Green Island Beach. One of the many small islands off the Antiguan coast, Green isle is a privately owned island, which has belonged to the Mill Reef club since 1947. If you visit, you will discover several beautiful, secluded beaches.

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Another good option for snorkeling fans is Runaway Beach. Runaway Beach is on Antigua's western coast and features rocky Corbinson Point on it's north end and a salt water pond on it's inland edge. It's the perfect beach for a sunset stroll.

Galleon Beach: This beach is inland on the coast of Deep Bay. The water has a lot of boat traffic and the beach has some boat docks as well.

These are just a sample of your choices. Click on this link to read our article concerning beaches for Antigua.

Landmark Attractions

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

An interesting landmark worth visiting is The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is situated in downtown St. John's. Exhibits at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda include models of sugar plantations and steam engines, paintings and prints of Antigua and Barbuda, and a display of precious island stones.

Many travelers also choose to visit Dockyard Museum. It can be found at Nelson's Dockyard National Park and English Harbour, in southern Antigua. Exhibits at the Dockyard Museum include displays of ship models and tools, a collection of Admiral Nelson's personal items (including his famed telescope), and other naval items excavated from the area. The grounds also offer a well stocked gift shop and a research library.

Admiral House: As visitors explore the museum, they will come across artifacts that all have a story to tell, including some personal possessions of Admiral Horatio Nelson, one of the most influential Naval officers in British history, and namesake of the Dockyard.

That's not all -- you will find a nice selection of other choices. Click here to visit our page regarding other sites worth visiting on the island.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

Nelson's Dockyard National Park is one of the outdoor attractions that's enjoyed by many visitors. Nelson's Dackyard is more than just a national park. It is also is a historical site and commercial center that attracts visitors from around the world, who spend time exploring the many museums, forts, and ruins along with boutiques, small cafes, and gift shops. For a peaceful afternoon, take some time to walk around the marina and enjoy sun, the water and the boats.

Another local attraction worth a visit is Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour is a unique way to view the rainforest of Antigua. On one of nine zip-lines or two canopy bridges you can experience a fully guided and exhilarating tour of some of the most beautiful land on the island.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find other choices too. To learn about more natural attractions on Antigua, click this link.


Antigua Casinos

Looking for some action? Travelers hoping to try their luck in some gaming action will find lots of alternatives on the island.

King's Casino, which is part of Heritage Quay Shopping Center, is situated in downtown St. John's. King's Casino has been keeping vacationers in Antigua entertained since 1988, and is considered to be the most popular casino on the island. The casino is located in downtown St. John's, Antigua at Heritage Quay, and features hundreds of slot machines as well as a few live table games.

If you like to play the slots, you might like Casino at Jolly Beach. Two blackjack tables, Caribbean Stud Poker, and roulette are just a few of the table games available at King's Casino, or you can spend some time playing the slots. There are 22 here, set in a colorful bank of bright lights and cheerful sounds.

Grand Bay Casino offers a selection of games for patrons to enjoy, including Baccarat, Baccarat - Mini, Big Six , Blackjack, and Craps. Come play at one of the largest Casinos on Antigua. Grand Bay Casino has all of the popular games like poker and blackjack, and then some of the more rare ones.

Needless to say, you'll be able to find other choices too. Click here to find our extended discussion of gaming on Antigua.

From plants and animals to military fortifications, there are a number of great attractions waiting for you on the islands of Antigua and Barbuda. Decide which options fit your interests and vacation style and then get busy soaking up the beauty and culture of two of the most enjoyable destinations in the Caribbean.


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