Antigua Travel Guide

Antigua is a beautiful place to travel to in the Caribbean Islands. Below is our full Antigua travel guide. We go over everything from which charger to buy, money to use, where to stay, things to do, transportation, and how to book your flight.

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My Upcoming Trip: I am going to Antigua on November 11th to the 15th. This travel guide is to prepare me for my trip, but also to help you out if you ever want to go to Antigua.

Tips:

  • Money to use: Antigua uses Eastern Caribbean Dollars; however, Antigua accepts U.S. dollars. 1 US Dollar is equivalent to 2.70 Eastern Caribbean Dollars.
  • Charger: You can use the same charger as a US charger.
  • Where to stay? All Inclusive Hotels | Beachfront Hotels | Airbnb We recommend staying at a beach front view near St. Johns, the capital city of Antigua.
  • Where to book your flight? We recommend booking all flights on Hopper to save you money especially if you are on a budget! Download the app on your iPhone and start searching for the specific dates you want to go.
  • Transportation? The most common form of transportation within Antigua is by Taxi or renting a car. The taxi fare ranges from $6.00 to $31.00.

How to Spend 5 Days in Antigua:

Tip: Try to watch the sunrise at least once and the sunset every night!

Day 1:

  • Arrive at your hotel, unpack, and settle in.
  • Relax by the hotel pool with a pina colada in hand.
  • Go to the beach closest to you: Antigua is home to 365 beaches and offers a diverse experience. Antiqua is beautiful year-round with perfect weather. The best beaches to visit are Halfmoon Bay, Dickenson Bay, Fort James Beach, Honeymoon Cove, Sea Grape Beach, Eden Beach, and Royal Palm Beach.
  • Participate in any watersport activity: Jet Skiing, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, parasailing
  • Watch the sunset: The best place to watch the sunset is at Galleon Beach!

Day 2:

stingray in blue water
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  • Stingray City Tour– This tour picks you up at St. Johns. Not only will you be able to feed stingrays, but you will explore the island of Antigua. Food and transportation are included in the tour fee.
  • Visit the Natural Caves- If you are up for a bit more exploring, head to Antigua’s natural caves. 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.
  • Dinner on the Water– We list restaurants to try out in Antigua below.

Day 3:

  • Self-Drive Boat Tour- We recommend this self-drive boat tour! The boat is inflatable! Snorkel gear is provided in the tour.
  • Red Cliff Bay- Redcliffe Quay is a cozy district that appeals to art lovers with tons of souvenir stores to go shopping.
  • Boggy Peak- 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. 

Day 4:

  • Guided 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, as shown in the photo above. You will also go to Blockhouse, Shirley Heights, Nelson Dockyard, and Fig Tree Drive, which is an art gallery. A waterfront lunch is served and included in the price. Shirley Heights is a military complex that sits at 492 feet above sea level and is also a lovely place to go hiking.
  • Antigua’s Market– Antigua’s Market is in the heart of St. John’s. We talk more about everything to eat and drink in Antigua below.

Day 5:

  • Relax at the beach
  • Check Out of Your Hotel
  • Donkey Sanctuary- The Antigua Donkey Sanctuary shelters more than 150 donkeys.
  • Flight home

Things to Do in Antigua:

  • Pig Paradise: Pig Paradise is where you can pet, feed, play, and swim with pigs on the beautiful beaches of Antigua
  • Watersport Activities: Jet Skiing, surfing, kayaking, paddleboarding, kitesurfing, parasailing
  • Hiking to Boggy Peak or Shirley Heights
  • Snorkeling with stingrays, sea turtles, tropical colored fish
  • Renting a self-drive boat
  • Visiting Devil’s bridge
  • Antigua’s Market
  • Relaxing at the beach: Halfmoon Bay, Dickenson Bay, Fort James Beach, Honeymoon Cove, Sea Grape Beach, Eden Beach, Royal Palm Beach
  • Donkey Sanctuary
  • Shopping at Redcliffe Bay
  • Darby Dave’s Cave and Two Foot Bay
  • Fig Tree Drive Art Gallery
  • Nelson Dockyard

Where to Eat in Antigua:

  • Seafood:
    • Sheer RocksReserve Table This Caribbean seafood restaurant has a beautiful waterfront view and delicious list of cocktails.
  • Local Food:
    • Hemingway’s Caribbean Cafe & RestaurantReserve Table Hemingway’s has everything from lobster to pasta dishes and excellent reviews on TripAdvisor.
  • Street Food/ Market:
    • Antigua’s Market– Always give street food a try when traveling. You might be surprised. You have to visit the Antigua Market in St. John’s to get a sense of what it is like to eat like a local. You will find everything from fresh fish, vegetables, meat to traditional clothing and shoes. You can also buy souvenirs.
  • Brewery:
    • Antigua’s Brewing Company- Learn more about the company on their website!

Have you ever been to Antigua? Please comment down below about your experience.

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