Travel by Lesley

Antigua

Although he never landed here, it was Christopher Columbus who first of all came upon it in 1493, proclaiming this tiny tropical utopia to be known (after a Spanish saint) as Santa Maria la Antigua.  It seems nobody objected and so the last word stuck! Today, this Caribbean pearl of a destination offers visitors the very best that the region has to offer – an in abundance.

‘Abundant’ is certainly the adjective that applies to Antigua’s beaches – there are, it is thought, 365 of them; one for each day of the year, and all of fine, powdery white sand. Caressed by year round warm breezes and lapped by crystal-clear azure waters.Antigua is one of the worlds’ great beach destinations and a perfect choice for your Caribbean holiday.

Although the largest of the Leeward Islands.  At only 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, you can see that a large proportion of the coastline consists of these fantastic beaches, as a result water sports are big news in Antigua, with sailing, yachting, windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling high on the list of must-do for many visitors.

Antigua is an English-speaking destination with temperatures ranging from mid-70’s in winter to mid-80’s at the height of summer but as humidity is low, it is always comfortable. So if you are searching for a perfect destination where you intend to relax, lounge around sipping cocktails in the sun, with perhaps a little splashing about in the sea and sightseeing when you can summon the strength to peel yourselves from the beach, then Antigua is most certainly the place for you!

Useful Information

GMT                    -5hrs
Flights Time         9hrs
Currency              Eastern Caribbean Dollar
Language             English