Luxury travelers flock to Antigua and Barbuda as it has a long reputation as an upmarket destination. There is excellent scuba diving and snorkeling available off the east coast, but most of the resorts are on the sunset side of the island, and the most common activity is relaxing with maybe a bit of shopping thrown in. These islands also have some of the Caribbean’s finest beaches, with Antigua itself boasting 365 of them. This means finding an isolated beach for yourself is relatively easy.
The official language here is English so it’s very popular with wealthy Americans, Canadians, and Brits, but it draws other Europeans and a great number of famous people have holiday homes here. This isn’t one of the most expensive Caribbean islands to fly to, and there are many longhaul nonstop flights (especially in season), but it is rather expensive to stay at any of its resorts.
Where to stay
There are around 40 hotels and resorts on Antigua and Barbuda, with most being along the west coast of the larger island of Antigua. This is a rather expensive island to stay on so it’s not ideal for budget travelers, but it’s fantastic for those with larger budgets who want to stay somewhere beautiful and somewhat exclusive. The all-inclusive resorts tend to be in the mid to high range on these islands, but they do offer good value when booked as a package.
The main airport on Antigua is large enough to handle long-haul flights so you can fly directly here from many large cities along the east coast and from Europe. Others will change planes in Miami, Atlanta, or San Juan, Puerto Rico on their way.
Nonstop flights from:
San Juan, Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York JFK, Newark, Toronto, Montreal, London, Milan, Frankfurt