The Caribbean region has always been a favorite holiday destination for the rich and famous. Around Christmas time, entertainment magazines are filled with paparazzi images of Hollywood celebrities and other prominent personalities holidaying in the West Indies.
And among the nations in the West Indies, one of the top picks of high-net-worth individuals for their holiday is Antigua and Barbuda.
This makes perfect sense because not only is the twin-island nation a natural marvel, it’s also one of the safest countries in the region for tourists and expats. It’s worth mentioning, too, that compared to neighboring countries, Antigua and Barbuda is noticeably more progressive.
What’s more, the country offers a myriad of fun activities for everybody. If you and your family are interested in coming here for a holiday, gear up for a memorable experience.
To provide you with a better idea of the adventures you can have in Antigua and Barbuda, rounded up below are 10 must-try experiences here.
There’s nothing novel about beach-hopping, but the thing is, Antigua and Barbuda boasts 365 beaches — one for every year. No two beaches are alike.
You will find that some beaches are more secluded than others. There are also beaches that are surrounded by lush green nature completely and serve as sanctuaries for exotic marine animals. Meanwhile, some might feel like your own backyard, especially if the beach is right next door to your place..
Suffice it to say, there’s beach-hopping and then there’s beach-hopping in Antigua and Barbuda, which is a genuinely unique experience.
Sailing is one of the most loved activities in Antigua and Barbuda. There are sailboats for rent if you know how to sail, or better yet come aboard the Guiding Light in February 2021 for a week hopping around this amazing island. Many find this activity exciting, yet also relaxing. Plus with the barrier reef it is almost possible to sail in protected waters all the way around Antigua.
If you’re visiting Antigua over a long weekend, bring the family over to Shirley Heights on Sunday. A sunset party is held here regularly. This is a social extravaganza with entertainment, abundant choices of food, cocktails, and even novelty items to buy.
A sunset party is an excellent activity to try if you want to get close to the locals and also make friends with other island visitors. Plus, if you enjoy photography, for sure, you’ll be able to take a lot of beautiful sunset pictures to serve as souvenirs of your trip.
For a fun workout to start your day, join a hiking group. Antigua and Barbuda has many hiking trails and groups to lead tourists who want to see some of the country’s most majestic views.
Mt. Obama is a popular hiking destination, and it is the highest point of the Shekerley Mountain. Despite its elevation, the trail leading to its peak is easy enough for most people.
Another fantastic hiking destination is to the top of the Great Bird Island. True to its name, you’ll find many birds here, aside from the amazing mountain with impressive sea views. If you’re an avid bird-watcher, this experience is guaranteed to delight you.
You can visit exclusive communities in Antigua and Barbuda to check out the luxury properties on offer. This may seem like a non-holiday activity, but it has proven to be quite fun for a lot of people, even for those who are not even considering to invest in a property or apply for Antigua and Barbuda citizenship (which, by the way, is one of the most affordable citizenship programs in the Caribbean).
Marvel at the different stylish beachfront villas and cozy family homes for sale. Who knows, it may inspire you for the future and find a vacation or forever home for your family.
You can’t come to Antigua and Barbuda and not go snorkeling. Even the shallow waters have magnificent marine life to offer. Swim around a few meters from the shore and see colorful tropical fish, corals, sea turtles, and even stingrays (the east and north coast seem to be a favorite spot of stingray and manta rays).
But, if you want a more enchanting underwater view at greater depths, there are sailboat and yacht tours that include snorkeling way out in the open water.
Parasailing is one of the popular activities for tourists in Antigua, and you can do it if you spend some time on Dickenson Bay. Grab the chance to soar in the air and observe the island from above.
It can be a tad scary for first-timers, but it’s totally safe for both young and old. Also, the companies that offer this type of adventure are not only highly trained to facilitate the activity safely, but they are covered by insurance as well.
Caribbean cuisine is known for being colorful, nutritious, and rich with flavor. If you love the local dishes, you can learn to make them for yourself and your family by signing up for cooking classes.
Nicole’s Table located in St. John’s Harbour is the best place to learn how to whip up a Caribbean fare. With a few sessions, you’ll have a solid foundation for making your own authentic Antiguan dishes and be able to bring back the flavors of the islands with you.
Reef riding is another highly recommended activity for adventurers. It’s a lot like riding a jet ski, except that a reef rider is a motorized inflatable boat for two. Most people like to take this ride to get to a popular snorkeling spot.
The different accommodations by the beach offer reef rider journeys. Included in this service package are snorkeling equipment that you can use for some underwater sight-seeing.
Antigua and Barbuda has lush rainforests excellent to view from the top, so try to give zip lining a go. You can have this adventurous experience through the Antigua Rainforest Company.
The 12-course zip line isn’t that long, which is perfect if you’re unsure if you can handle a longer course. Prepare to be treated to spectacular nature views as you go around the rainforest to get to the zipline.
Antigua and Barbuda is a fabulous country to visit if you are looking for more adventures and a different pace and way of life.
Some visitors end up having the most fun in their lives here in the middle of nature, so they come back and never leave.
The same thing can happen to you, and if it does, the Antigua and Barbuda citizenship program can make staying for keeps easy. You can make an investment toward your citizenship, and it only takes three to four months for the government decision to be finalized.
Kal Kennard is the Managing Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship investment into the Caribbean, North America and Europe. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.