Thinking about a trip to Antigua? If you are thinking about a Caribbean vacation, then I hope this post and video will help you learn a little more about the island of Antigua.
Antigua is just a 3 hours plane ride from Miami and 8 hours from our friends in London. Antigua is the largest island in in the two island nation known as Antigua and Barbuda.
Let’s start your mental vacation in St. John’s, a port town and the capital. You’ll find everything from history and shopping down by the city’s quays, where old shophouses have been given new life as cafes, bars and duty-free boutiques. Be sure to visit the old Courthouse, which is now the home of the national museum. Walk the ramparts of the harbor’s colonial fortifications and think back what to the time when explorers and pirates sailed the waters.
North of St. John’s, you’ll find Runaway Beach and Dickenson Bay, home to some of the nicest beaches and finest resorts in Antigua. Speaking of beaches, did you know that some say that Antigua has 365 beaches, one for every day of the year? I don’t know about you but it makes Crystal and I want to spend a year there, exploring a new beach every single day.
On the island’s eastern side, you can find the historic sugar plantation, Betty’s Hope, and then a few miles east, explore nature at Devil’s Bridge, a natural arch carved by Atlantic waves.
And that’s just the beginning of the all thing things to do and see on Antigua. Give the below video a watch an you’ll see even more Antiguan beauty.
Antigua has a land area of 108 sq. miles located at latitude 17° 5′ North and longitude 61° 45′ West in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean.
Antigua is about 13 miles across with a coastline peppered with numerous coves and bays, many with beautiful white-sand beaches. The south-west corner is hilly, rising to 402 meters at Boggy Peak, the island’s highest point.
Barbuda, a low-lying coral island is located 32 miles north of Antigua and has a land area of approximately 64 sq. miles. Barbuda encompasses the expansive Codrington lagoon, which is bound by a long undeveloped beach.
The country’s boundaries also include Redonda, and uninhabited rocky islet less than 1 sq. mile in size which lies 32 miles south-west of Antigua.
Have you been to Antigua already? If so, hit us up on Instagram at @CaribbeanCastaways and tell us what you liked most about the island. Was it the beaches? The people? The shopping? The rum? Can’t forget about that good Antiguan rum!
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