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

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 will find a large selection of beaches to consider visiting on the island. Regardless of whether you prefer people watching, or you prefer a more secluded spot, you can find a beach that appeals to you. Click on the name of the beach for more detail concerning that particular location.

Attractions Map

If you like to snorkel, a place offering that option is Green Island Beach. You can only reach Green Island by boat, but many charter services from Antigua make frequent visits here.

Another good option for visitors who enjoy snorkeling is Runaway Beach. Runaway Beach has calm waters for swimming and a beach bar where you can grab a beer. Its spotted with hotels, but usually not too crowded.

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.

The island offers a nice selection of beaches to choose from. For a more thorough discussion of this topic, go to this article.

Landmark Attractions

Dockyard Museum

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

One popular destination is Dockyard Museum. It is a part of 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.

Another landmark worth visiting is The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda. It is located within 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.

Shirley Heights Fort: Shirley Heights is one of the most popular attractions in Antigua. Once a military lookout, the property is now home to a restaurant and bar that is famous for hosting a party every Sunday night as well as a handful of historic relics.

But that's not all -- you will find additional places to visit. For more information about landmarks on Antigua, visit this page.

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 natural attractions that's a popular stop for vacationers. 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.

Another place you might want to 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.

Fortunately, you will find plenty of additional choices too. To get more information on natural attractions on the island, visit this page.


Antigua Casinos

Feeling Lucky? Guests wanting to try their luck in some gaming action have several places to go on the island.

King's Casino, which is on the premises of Heritage Quay Shopping Center, is located 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.

Paradise Casino is situated in downtown St. John's. 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.

The table just below provides a few details concerning the casinos on Antigua.

Gambling On Antigua
Name Located At Phone Location
King's Casino Heritage Quay Shopping Center (268) 462-1727 Downtown St. John's
Paradise Casino -- (264) 562-1728 Downtown St. John's

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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