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A Beach for Every Day of the Year
Known for having a whopping 365 beaches, it is possible to visit a different a new beach every day of the year in Antigua. And what better way to explore this variety of beaches than by boat?
The Beach is Just the Beginning
There is so much more to this idyllic island getaway than just the stunning beaches (as if that’s not enough!) Visitors go wild with water sports. The island is excellent for snorkelling and scuba diving and the perfect place for thrill seekers keen to windsurf, water ski, surf or jet-ski. With the great selection of beaches, there are several places from which to launch a kayak or Hobie cat. The local bird sanctuary is accessible by boat and is a spectacular sight, especially during mating season which is from September to April.
A History Buff’s Delight
History buffs will enjoy sights like Highland House, a former estate run by Sir Christopher Codrington and St John’s Cathedral, a dramatic cathedral originally built on the island in 1945. The cathedral has been restored several times after being damaged by hurricanes. Don’t worry, the last hurricane to hit Antigua was in 1999! One of the most famous historical landmarks on Antigua is Nelson’s Dockyard. Dating back to 1745 when Admiral Horatio Nelson resided in it, the dockyard has been lovingly restored and now sports a marina, hotels, souvenir shops, a restaurant and a museum.
The best time to sail to Antigua is between May and November, during the island’s off-season. As always, you can expect to cruise through the Caribbean in the company of dolphins and sea turtles. The heavily indented coastline offers a massive selection of overnight stops and anchorages. Sailing conditions are generally light and fresh and it is relatively easy to plan a range of overnight stays just about anywhere around the island. Be prepared for warm temperatures during the daytime and enjoy the crystal clear waters and gentle Caribbean breeze.