Antigua is located in the middle of the leeward islands of the Caribbean. While it is the largest of the English speaking islands, it is only fourteen miles long and eleven miles wide with a population of seventy thousand. The capital, St. Johns, is located in the north-west. It has a deep harbour which can take the large cruise ships. The island's major source of revenue is from tourism and every effort is made to make your holiday one to remember.
Antigua has numerous sheltered bays and inlets, as well as being surrounded by an almost unbroken coral reef, which combine to give protection to the beaches from the ocean waves. The island's beaches are everyone's image of a desert island; sugar soft sand sparkling in the sunshine, framed by gently swaying palms and lapped by the clearest of emerald water. If you are looking for a peaceful hideaway, an Antigua holiday would certainly fit the bill. The busier beaches offer a range of water sports and of course, the fertile reef is a great attraction for divers and those who snorkel. Half Moon Bay is particularly good for both windsurfing and snorkelling. Sports on land include golf and tennis. Cricket is the national sport, and the great cricket hero from the island is Sir Viv Richards. You can explore the island by bus, taxi or car. If you wish to visit the more remote beaches, the latter is recommended. Taxis don't have metres so if you use the service be sure to get a price before you set off. A number of tourist attractions include trips to old sugar plantations. Betty's Hope, near the village of Pares, is a plantation that dates from 1670. Another interesting historic sight is Nelson's Dockyard. For an exciting day out, take the Zipline Canopy Adventure through the rain forest. It includes zipping across a three hundred foot gorge. Your Antigua holiday can be as relaxing or as active as you wish.
Antigua hotel and villa accommodation reaches very high standards and service is excellent. You are assured of a warm and friendly welcome. Restaurants provide for all tastes with a wide range of international and local cuisine. Shoppers can go to the mdern mall in Heritage Quay to find duty free shopping. Since it is aimed at the cruise ship market, prices can be rather high.
While Antigua holidays can be enjoyed at any time of the year, the high season is from December to the end of April. The temperature lies in a very pleasant mid seventies in the winter and in the mid eighties in the summer. With an annual rainfall of forty-five inches, humidity is low. September is best avoided as it is the peak hurricane season. There are flights to Antigua from some regional airports. You can check on the Cheekytrip website for the availabilty of holidays from your local airport.
If you are looking for a cheap holiday in the sun, trips to exotic islands such as Antigua do not spring to mind. Antigua is marketed as a luxury destination and this is reflected in the price. While we may not find you a low cost Antigua holiday, we can find you the one that costs the least. Cheekytrip is a price comparison site with access to the best offers from more than three dozen travel companies, all of whom are competing for your custom. With such competition, we can find you the holiday that gives the best value for money. All it takes is one quick search. Simply enter your point of departure, your dates and your destination and within a matter of seconds, we'll show you the Antigua holiday that offers the best value. Since offers change on a daily basis, to avoid disappointment, ring and book today.