Antigua and Barbuda is one country with two main islands. The dreamy independent Commonwealth country, located where the Atlantic and Caribbean meet, has many smaller islands to explore. You can expect lovely beaches, thriving rainforests and tourist attractions and luxury resorts galore. The food is excellent and sunny days are the norm. No wonder this is one of the Caribbean's most popular destinations.
Let's take a closer look at Antigua and Barbuda and hopefully, you can make book a long vacation to spend time on both charming islands.
Arriving in the capital of St John, you will see well-preserved colorful buildings built by British traders. The town is a nice place to go shopping, sample local food, and the locals will let you know the best off-the-beaten-track restaurants, bars, and beaches to try.
Before you go to the beach, see Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church (Tyrells Church) or ask where the pink church is, and everyone will know what you mean. The photogenic religious site is the prettiest little church you will ever see.
Dickenson Bay gets our top beach vote and you can laze on the beach or go paddle boarding, snorkeling and kayaking. Hiking is another great outdoor activity for Antigua holidaymakers with many great trails to enjoy.
Locals and tourists head to Shirley Heights to explore the restored military lookout and gun battery and epic views and sunsets. The most popular night is Sunday, with a party vibe going on.
Barbuda is the smaller and much quieter island. Jump on a ferry at St John's dock and the locals will be waiting to welcome you to Barbuda with warm hospitality. The Martello Tower (or River Fort) is one of the most picturesque sites on the island. It is worth leaving your 5-star resort to see the historic fort and take a tour of the island.
Antigua and Barbuda is a top vacation destination, and you are bound to fall in love with the place on your first day.