Although the island of Antigua greeted us with a hurricane upon our arrival, we immediately fell in love with its charm.  While many of the countries that dot the map across the Caribbean are filled with that laid back island vibe, Antigua seemed to stand out from the crowd.  It’s a small island of about 80,000 people and somewhat lesser known to tourists when compared to mainstream destinations like Jamaica and Puerto Rico.  Head here to enjoy less crowded spaces and some of the most beautifully clear, warm, turquoise waters you will lay eyes on.  The island is known for its beautiful beaches; all 365 of them!  With plenty of options to choose from you don’t have to worry about overwhelming crowds as you soak up the sun. 

Antigua also boasts impressive shorelines where you can spot anything from the remains of historic sugar mills to natural geological formations of which the names are more akin to something from the underworld (like Hell’s Gate and Devil’s Bridge) than a paradise island.  You’ll also catch glimpses of haunted resorts and massive mansions of the rich and famous!  If jungle adventures are more your thing, head inland for exhilarating activities like ziplining where you can blast your way though the tropical canopy!  St. John’s offers that special touch of city life that many crave, but the towns that cover the island all have a great deal of charm and warmth. Because we wanted to see as much of this beautiful island as possible, we thought taking an extreme circumnavigation boat tour one day would be a perfect way to see what Antigua has to offer! 

First off, be sure not to confuse Antigua the island with Antigua, Guatemala!

This high-speed tour takes a full day from start to finish, but it’s a perfect way to take in the sites while jetting across the water at full speeds!  We left from Dickenson Bay, and made our way clockwise around the island. During our ride, we saw and did so many great things!   Here’s a glimpse of what you can look forward to:

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Hell’s Gate

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English Harbor and Nelson’s Dockyard

Stingray City

Private beach lunch on Green Island

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Houses of the rich and famous

Sugar Mills

Fortress Ruins

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Devil’s Bridge

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Beautiful secluded beaches with stunning surroundings

We easily fell in love with Antigua and were so glad we got to see so many different views of the island’s exterior.  If you’re looking for a tropical paradise, plus some of the most spectacular sunsets we’ve ever seen, Antigua is the place for you!

 

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  1. Antigua looks like such a beautiful, low key destination, and surprisingly not one we’ve heard much about! We plan to visit all the Caribbean islands though, so it’s definitely on our list (especially considering its many beaches)!

  2. We sadly only had a day in Antigua on our Caribbean cruise but it was one of our favourites – we picked one of the world’s picturesque beaches (apparently, although the Caribbean is full of these claims lol). We loved it here, the people were friendly and it’s just so stunning, we would love to return and looking at your photos it’s certainly whetted our appetite! Pinned for the future #feetdotravel

  3. Antigua seems like paradise Jenn and I’m so glad the hurricane didn’t prevent you from getting there. Love that sunset pic, that colour wow! I haven’t seen many Caribbean islands but would love to when I get the chance and I think Antigua is worth putting near the top of my list.

    1. We loved it there and I’m sure you will too!! You’ll have to let us know if your travels take you to Antigua one day!

  4. Antigua looks so amazing from the exterior with your great photos. I have never been but after reading your article I would love to visit. It has such a wide diversity from lush tropical land to wonderful beaches. A little something for everyone. My favorite are your sunset photos! I will definitely pin this for later. Thanks for sharing 🙂

  5. This place looks amazing. I love the harbor and the secluded beach – hope one day I will get here and experience this for myself. The hurricane seems scary, glad you make it there safe. The sunset photo is my favorite, there is nothing more calming than watching a beautiful sunset.

  6. We stayed in Antigua for a week for our honeymoon. I couldn’t believe how turquoise the waters are. Absolutely loved the laid-back vibe. Want to go back soon!

  7. A little piece of paradise for sure. Looks beautiful! It’s amazing how different the islands can be and each has it’s own personality. Glad you overcame the hurricane and had a nice time anyway.

  8. I visited Antigua years ago and loved it, beautiful island. Great photos makes me want to go back! ~ Carole #feetdotravel

    1. It is one of our favorite places for sure – so incredibly beautiful! You’ll love it when you get there!

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