where the beach is just the beginning W
ith a firmly grounded democratic political system since
independence from the British in 1981, Antigua and its sister island Barbuda, have made big strides in the tourism sector, yet has kept her beauty and innocence in tact. The advantage of this is that you can holiday on a safe, pristine destination yet enjoy all the amenities you have become used to. With island wide internet coverage your holiday pictures and videos are available instantly and you don’t have to wait for your return home to make your work colleagues jealous.
With an international airport (airport code; ANU) and cruise ships docking in the capital, St. John’s on a daily basis, Antigua & Barbuda is easily accessible. Direct flights come In from London, New York, Miami, Milan (www.edenviaggi.it) and Frankfurt daily, and local Caribbean airlines connect from the neighboring islands with ease. Antigua is 20 mins flying time from Guadeloupe and 30 minutes from St.maarten.
Antigua & Barbuda is a destination that will keep you occupied, regardless of the time of year you choose to visit. Activities like sightseeing, the national museum, hiking, horseback riding, zip lining, swimming with stingrays, catamaran cruises, quad tours, cricket test matches, carnival, local fetes, concerts and snorkeling and diving will keep you entertained, active and engaged. Needless to say you don’t HAVE to do anything. 365 beaches say you can be as relaxed as you want to be and the warm water and white sands will be very inviting for a well deserved rest.
Historically Antigua & Barbuda stands out as well. After the French invasion of 1666, the British built numerous forts and strong points to ensure Antigua & Barbuda would remain THE naval hub of the eastern Caribbean. The remains of those forts are still visible today and make a great day tour for those adventurous enough to go and have a look. Local tour guides are available and will ensure you will take some historical knowledge home as well as an unforgettable experience. Why unforgettable? Because you will experience views like the one from Fort George on Monks Hill (http://anbanet.com/antigua/fortgeorge.html#sthash.8mozlihr.dpbs).
And what about Shirley Heights at sunset? Preferably enjoyed with a glass of local rum and great company. As you can see the views are breath taking. Besides that there is a wealth of history attached to this lookout and a great party happening every Sunday. (http://shirleyheightslookout.com/index.php)