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My career in travel has taken me to over 30 countries, yet there are still Caribbean islands I haven't explored. First-hand experience is crucial for serving my clients, so I decided to visit a new Caribbean destination each year. This time, Antigua was the chosen place. As travel agents, we have opportunities to take certification courses from tourism boards and meet with resort and hotel managers to better serve our clients. Antigua had frequently come to mind for various requests, prompting me to visit and answer the question: Should Antigua be the next Caribbean destination for my beach-loving clients?

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Destination Insights

Facts about Antigua

Antigua, part of the twin islands Antigua and Barbuda in the Eastern Caribbean, is known as the Island of 365 beaches. The name Antigua (pronounced ANTIGA) is inspired by a church in Seville, Spain, and attributed to Christopher Columbus. A former British colony, Antigua gained independence in 1981 and retains English influences. Locals call it "Wadadli," also the name of the local lager beer.

To reach Antigua, you fly into ANU airport in St. John's. Direct flights from the US are limited to cities like Miami, Atlanta, Charlotte, New York, and Newark. Despite initial concerns about logistical challenges, the connection through Miami proved enjoyable. The island's view from above, with its green and aqua-blue hues, was mesmerizing, showcasing its beaches and small mountain range with the highest peak at 1,319 ft.

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Ideal Visitors

Who is this destination ideal for?

Antigua is perfect for those seeking a relaxing, secluded, and quiet vacation. It's ideal for couples' getaways, honeymoons, and anniversaries. The island offers intimate settings due to its smaller hotel sizes and layouts, with limited nightly entertainment focused on live music and beach BBQs. While Antigua does have all-inclusive resorts, it primarily features boutique hotels catering to adult vacations.

For families, Antigua offers villa-like accommodations and a few all-inclusive properties. However, the children's activities may not match the scale of mega resorts in Mexico, Jamaica, and the Dominican Republic. The shallow, clear waters and white sand beaches are perfect for beach-loving families, with many resorts including non-motorized and some motorized watersports.

Accessibility

Mobility considerations

Boutique resorts in Antigua range from 20-50 rooms or bungalows, often situated on hillsides. These properties may require navigating stairs, but golf carts and personal concierge services are available to assist guests. For those with mobility issues, choosing the right accommodation is crucial. Disclose any mobility concerns to your travel agent to ensure a suitable and enjoyable stay.

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Beaches

Are the beaches really "all that"?

Antigua's beaches live up to their reputation and are often even more impressive in person. While some resorts boast expansive white sand beaches, others have smaller man-made coves. During the qualification process, we ensure clients' expectations align with their chosen resort. The island's beaches are a significant highlight, providing stunning and unforgettable experiences.

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Recommendation

Do I recommend Antigua?

Yes! Despite the connecting flights, Antigua is a Caribbean gem worth exploring. Its world-class restaurants, top-notch beaches, vibrant culture, rich history, and variety of watersports and activities make it an ideal vacation destination. Events like the Annual Sailing Week, Restaurant Week, and Carnival offer unique opportunities to experience Antigua's culture and heritage while enjoying a relaxing stay at its beautiful resorts.

Ready to explore Antigua? Reach out to start planning your next getaway or visit our next blog post to learn more about the 10+ hotels and resorts I visited during my trip with the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Board as one of their hand-selected travel agents on their yearly FAM trip.

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

Is Antigua On Your Travel Radar?  Discover Why You Should Not Miss This Caribbean Gem

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