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:
English Harbor and Nelson’s Dockyard
Private beach lunch on Green Island
Houses of the rich and famous
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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