Top 10 Things to Do in Antigua:
Antigua is home to 365 turquoise color beaches, palm trees, and amazing people. Antiqua is beautiful year-round with perfect weather. The best things to do are to go jet skiing, swimming with stingrays or pigs, and trying the local food. Don’t forget to book a reservation at SHEER ROCKS! We also recommend snorkeling and scuba diving! Below are the top 10 things to do in Antigua.
1. Swim in the Beautiful Beaches-
The best turquoise beaches to visit in Antigua are Honeymoon Cove, Sea Grape Beach, Eden Beach, and Royal Palm Beach. The beaches closest to St. John are Dickenson Bay and Fort James Beach.
2. Underwater Adventures-
You can do almost EVERY underwater adventure in Antigua including, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, surfing, parasailing, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Jet Skiing- Jet skiing is SOOOO much fun anywhere you go; however, it is more exciting in Antigua at sunset!!! The crystal-clear WARM water is spectacular, and the views are even better at sunset. Visit Dickenson Bay to go Jet Skiing.
Surfing- Surfing at Half Moon Bay is a beautiful stretch of water outlined by soft white sand. The beach has large waves perfect for surfing and sits against a backdrop of luscious hills and palm trees.
3. Stingray City-
Book your tour to swim with stingrays and explore the island of Antigua! Swimming with stingrays was the ultimate underwater adventure. We were scared shitless, BUT it was worth it. The professional tour guides calmed us down completely. Stingrays are HARMLESS. Stingrays won’t sting you if you feed them or swim with them. You can even hold one, and it won’t hurt you!
4. Climb up to Boggy Peak or Shirley Heights-
Reach the most elevated point in Antigua at Boggy Peak, which sits at 1,300 feet. It is a great hiking spot with an expansive view of the tropical vegetation below. Shirley Heights is a military complex that sits at 492 feet above sea level and is also a lovely place to go hiking.
5. Shopping at Redcliffe Quay-
Redcliffe Quay is a cozy district that appeals to art lovers and is home to tons of souvenir stores to go shopping. The colorful buildings are SOOOO cool, and you can buy everything from a coffee to a cocktail or a watch to souvenirs.
6. Caves to Explore-
Antigua is home to Darby Dave’s cave and Two Foot Bay. The Dark Cave is an interesting one where you will find rare amphipods and blind shrimp.
7. Devil’s Bridge-
Devil’s Bridge is an arched limestone bridge near Indian Town. You need to visit with caution and be vigilant. Children must go only at a distance for safety reasons. It is difficult to walk across due to the slippery limestone that coats the bridge.
8. Snorkeling with Sea Turtles
Book your adventure to go snorkeling with sea turtles, visit natural rock formations, tropical fish, and shipwrecks! We even saw an octopus!
9. Self-Drive Boat Tour
We recommend this self-drive boat tour! The boat is inflatable! Snorkel gear is provided in the tour.
10. History Tour of the Island
This guided tour will teach you about Antigua’s past and present. You will be driven all over the island and see Devil’s Bridge, Blockhouse, Shirley Heights, Nelson Dockyard, Fig Tree Drive. A waterfront lunch is served and included in the price. Shirley Heights is a military complex sitting 492 feet above sea level. Fig Tree Drive is an art gallery.
Fort James- We recommend also visiting Fort James. Did you know? The Pirates of the Caribbean was filmed at Fort James. There is also a beautiful stretch of white sand and turquoise water called Fort James Beach nearby.
#11: Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary-
The Antigua Donkey Sanctuary shelters more than 150 donkeys.
#12: Rent a Plunge Pool at Sheer Rocks
YOU NEED to make a reservation to rent a plunge pool at SHEER ROCKS! The FOOD is delicious, and the desert is EVEN better. We ordered the chocolate lava cake. It melted in my mouth and had ice cream on the side. The best dish to order is the lobster and shrimp ravioli.
#13: Swim with Pigs
YOU CAN SWIM WITH PIGS! Did I say pigs? YES, I said pigs. My boyfriend did not want to do this adventure; however, I would add it to my itinerary if he did. You can even feed the baby pigs.
Antigua is the perfect place to relax. OKAY, if you do not want to do anything but RELAX, then Antigua is the place to travel. You can enjoy Pina Coladas and relax at the beach or pool ALL day long. Does LIFE get better than that? You can book an hour-long massage too. Have you ever been to Antigua? We would love to hear about your experience.
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