Ten minutes’ flight from Antigua and easily reached by boat, Barbuda is the sort of Caribbean island you only read about in old storybooks. Beautiful, flat and fringed by miles of unique pink coral sand the island sports a sleepy town at Codrington with a post office and police station. There are just under 1400 inhabitants.
Bring your snorkel gear – the opportunities here for both are excellent. There are plenty sand beaches to choose from, so just explore! Weekends see Barbudans taking picnics to the beach – a serious business with lots of food and drink and a festive atmosphere, or local fish fry’s where you can find everything from barracuda to lobster.
Barbuda is a bird lover’s paradise, especially with its huge Frigate Bird colony in the north of the island…
Antigua boasts a beach for every day of the year – numerous small sandy bays around its 108 square miles will quickly tell you this claim is not far off!
You’d be missing out if you didn’t sample the activities on or in the water. Diving and snorkeling conditions are good, and if you like fishing, well, there’s plenty of that too with the speed merchants for the deep like Swordfish, Marlin and Dorado in the offing.
Cruises are a great way to se Antigua – and a good way to wind down! If you like surfing and winsurfing, conditions are good on the Northeastern parts of the island…
The National Parks of Antigua covers only about 12 square miles from Mamora Bay to Carlisle Bay, but in them lie a great deal of Antigua’s history and some of its most beautiful coastline. The area is a good example of restoration and preservation; it is also easily accessible, both mentally or on your own two feet. To gain entrance to the main highlights of the National Park is only US$5.00 per person. For this fee you get access to Dow’s Hill Historical Centre with its multi-media show to put you in the picture on Antigua’s culture, heritage, history and nature plus a guided tour of Nelson’s Dockyard and museum. It helps greatly in understanding the historical significance of the entire area of English Harbour.
Now one of the premier sailing regattas in the world, the Stanford Antigua Sailing Week sees participants from all corners of the globe each year competing for the chance to win this prestigious race. Five challenging days of racing in some of the best sailing conditions in the world combined with the famous Antiguan hospitality make this a regatta not to miss.
As exciting as the racing are the parties and festivities surrounding the regatta, making the event popular with more than just the crews!