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This heavenly tropical island is 14 miles by 11 miles of pure bliss. Luxuriate in the laid-back vibe of this Eastern Caribbean gem, and explore the bays, reefs and coves that await you. Antigua holidays are an ideal choice for those who want to kick back and relax in idyllic surroundings. However, the island also has plenty to offer those with a little more taste for adventure. Leave the sun lounger behind and spend some time exploring the rainforests, crystal clear warm waters and cultural highlights of this spectacular island. Direct Holidays offers package holidays to Antigua which combine affordability with an amazing choice of accommodation. Choose your perfect place on the island and look forward to a holiday to remember.
The capital of Antigua, St Johns, is well worth a visit to get a real feel for the island's heritage and history. Hit the ground running at the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, before exploring historic sites Betty's Hope, Fort James, Fort Barrington and the Cathedral of St John the Divine. Pillars of Hercules The Pillars of Hercules are just one of the island's stunning natural wonders, a spectacular limestone rock formation that looms over the entrance to Antigua's English Harbour district. The Pillars are best seen by boat, and the warm waters that they plunge into are popular with divers and snorkelers. Barbuda Antigua's smaller sister island, Barbuda is easily reached by boat and boasts pretty pink sand beaches. You can explore the island easily in a day, by car, bike or boat. If you're lucky you might even find complete seclusion on one of Barbuda's quiet, stunning beaches!
The 'English Harbour' is a historic district in Antigua which encompasses the Nelson's Docklands National Park. This Georgian dockyard has been completely restored and boasts many sites of interest for visitors, including the regal Clarence House residence. As well as wandering on dry land, the English Harbour is a popular spot for sailing excursions. Why not take a trip on a gleaming yacht for a real taste of the high life? Hike Shirley Heights Also in the English Harbour area is Shirley Heights, a hillside lookout offering spectacular views over the harbour area and out to sea. Go on a Sunday for live music, hillside BBQ's and a buzzing atmosphere, or choose a quieter day to enjoy the views in relative peace. Party at Carnival Festival If August sounds like a good time to holiday to you, it just got even better! This is when the Antigua Carnival brings the island to life, with al fresco parties, club nights and much more for fun-loving holidaymakers to enjoy. If you fancy a little more spice with your island escape, August is the month to travel!
Dian Bay is a quiet spot on the island, ideal for romantic retreats. Hide away from the rest of the world on the fauna-flanked coves, or take a trip to the Indian Town National Park, a nearby nature reserve boasting lush trails and crystal clear bays. Dickenson Bay The Dickenson Bay beach is one of the island's best, with the softest powder sands to sink into. This Antigua holiday hotspot is near the capital St John's, so an ideal base for those who want to explore the heart of the island from an idyllic coastal retreat. Jolly Beach Jolly Beach holidays in Antigua are a good choice for those who like their beaches long and with lots to do. Jolly beach has soft white sands that stretch on for miles, with watersports, snorkelling trips and boat excursions galore. Mamora Bay Mamora Bay is another popular beach resort, with plenty to keep you busy when you fancy a break from the sun lounger. The horseshoe shaped shoreline and calm waters make this a great destination for families with children and watersports are readily available. At just two miles from English Harbour, Mamora Bay also makes an ideal beach base for those who want to spend time exploring this cultural highlight of the island. You'll be spoilt for choice for beautiful beaches on a getaway to Antigua, but the island also has more than enough to hold your interest away from the sands for a week or two. Book an affordable Antigua holiday from Direct Holidays and you could soon be jetting off to this tiny slice of paradise, floating in the Caribbean Sea.