Vibrant culture, stunningly blue waters, hidden coves, silky sand and 365 beaches to explore. Yes, that is not a typo. Antigua (pronounced an-TEE-ga) has 365 beaches, one for everyday of the year, and they are just waiting to be explored. Here are five fast facts about this island that truly does not get the recognition it deserves.
1. Magnificent beaches….365 of them to be exact. This is the island that is quintessential Caribbean. Pigeon Point and Dickenson Bay are two popular beaches. For a more secluded experience try the beaches north of the Bay like Prickly Pear or Johnson’s Point on the southwestern coast. Be sure to check out the point where the Caribbean Sea meets the Atlantic Ocean at Curtain Bluff.
2. So beaches aren’t exactly your thing…Antigua has something for everyone. Visit the rainforest, dive to colorful coral reefs or hike to Antigua’s highest point, the 1,319ft Boggy Peak, now known as Mount Obama.
3. Not just one but two islands. Antigua’s little sister, Barbuda, is just 27 miles north of Antigua. Take a 15-minute flight or a scenic ferry ride to explore the pink sandy beaches, like Access Beach, which was renamed Diana, Princess of Wales Beach in 2011 on the day she would have turned 50.
4. The food and drink…called the pineapple island for a reason, Antigua is home to the amazing Antigua Black Pineapples or Antigua Black for short. The Antigua Black has been declared the sweetest pineapples in the world, which some attribute to the rich Antiguan soil. Wash down the Goat Water with a Wadali (the local beer) or the Caribbean elixir, a local rum.
Are you ready to pack your bags yet? That brings us to the number five fact on our list.
5. Convenient air service from the mainland with direct flights from certain gateways. Only four hours by air from New York – this is hassle-free travel.
If these five reasons, in addition to Carnival, Sailing Week and a new terminal are not enough, know that Giorgio Armani, Oprah Winfrey and Eric Clapton all call Antigua home. So, let Nia Travel help you find out why this island should be on your list too.