Attractions in Antigua

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

The reason Antigua has so many different beaches is simply the unique shape of the island.  The coast undulates back and fourth around numerous different peninsulas, outcroppings and bays, creating an amazing array of completely unique stretches of sand.

You'll find an abundance of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Whether you prefer people watching, or you like having more of the beach to yourself, you're likely to find what you want. You can click on the name of each beach for more detail concerning that particular stretch of sand.

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If you are looking for a place to snorkel, a location worth considering is Green Island Beach. You can only reach Green Island by boat, but many charter services from Antigua make frequent visits here.

Another good choice for snorkelers is Runaway Beach. Next door to popular Dickinson's Bay, Runaway Beach is easy to get to and open to the public.

Galleon Beach: Galleon Beach is on Deep Bay, which is home to several marinas, so it's usually heavily populated by boats. It also has a good number of close by accommodations, several which surround the beach itself.

These examples are just some of the options that are available. To read our complete page about beaches, click this link.

Landmark Attractions

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

On your way to or from one of Antigua's many beaches, you will find plenty of other interesting places to visit.

If you are looking to do some sight-seeing, visit The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is located in downtown St. John's. Puruse this museum and discover the fascinating history of Antigua, from before European settlements to cultural experiences today. It may provide you with a new lens with which to view this tropical paradise.

If you are looking to do more sight-seeing, 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.

But that's not all -- you'll be able to find a range of other choices as well. Take advantage of this page about other enjoyable places to visit on the island if you're interested in learning more information.

Natural Attractions

Nelson's Dockyard National Park

The remarkable natural beauty of the island is a draw for many travelers, and it's not hard to see why. The Botanical Gardens, located in Antigua's St. John's, offer an array of tropical plants, flowers, and native wildlife. A hurricane destroyed the gardens in the late 1990s, but a speedy restoration has brought the gardens back and better than ever. Those interested in learning more about the animals found in the region should make a point of visiting the Hawksbill Turtle Preserve. Consider a brisk hike up Mount Obama (once Boggy Peak); this highest point on Antigua offers stunning views.

Nelson's Dockyard National Park is one of the local attractions you might consider visiting. 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.

Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour is a second place to consider visiting. 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.

Of course, you will find a full range options too. Anyone who needs to find more details concerning natural attractions on Antigua, can easily do so by clicking here.


Antigua Casinos

In the mood for some action? Visitors wanting to test their luck in some gaming action can find a few opportunities to do so on the island.

Grand Bay Casino is Dickenson Bay, in northwestern Antigua. Step into Grand Bay Casino and you'll find the walls lined with slot machines and the floor covered in table games. Luckily, the floor is big enough that it does not feel cramped, and gives spectators plenty of chances to take a look at the tables.

If slot machines are part of your plans, you should check out King's Casino. King Casino is open everyday of the week. On Monday through Saturday, it is open from 10:00am until 4:00am.

Paradise Casino: Paradise Casino features a collection of state-of-the-art slot machines as well as Black Jack and Caribbean Stud Poker out on the floor.

These are only a few of the choices you'll find. Click this link to view our 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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