Antigua is of course a paradise for beach lovers – with 365 of them it is hard to find at least one you don’t love. However, as I recently discovered there is a lot more to do than just sunbathing. This is an island with history, culture, a colourful way of looking at the world and the charming laid-back attitude of the locals living on island time.
For me, one of my favourite days out on my recent trip was a catamaran cruise and from here we could view the beautiful island of Antigua from the sea. Throughout the day it was hard to resist jumping off the boat into the gorgeous Caribbean Sea but my real highlight was being spoiled by a lobster barbeque lunch which made me feel like I was living the dream! Nothing beats bobbing about on catamaran being served freshly cooked lobster with traditional Caribbean rice n’ peas and a rum punch to wash it down!
Back on land, there are so many activities to keep you busy and for a day away from the beach. In the jungle, you can go zip lining for thrill seekers or go kayaking in the mangroves. I would really recommend exploring the island with a local, who will show you the sights and sounds in a fun safari- tailored to your interests, food, culture and local life all combined in a scenic tour of the island!
I was surprised by how many great local restaurants there were to try. I loved the beachfront fine dining at Annas on the Beach and the more casual beachfront vibes and Denis’s Beach Bar (watch out for his hot sauce!) We also tried Papa Zouks which is a seafood and rum shack, the owner comes and sits with you and explains everything on the menu which is so hard to choose from!
All in all, I would recommend Antigua to anyone – honeymooners, families and for special occasion trips as there is so much to do to keep everyone as busy or as carefree as you want. Who isn’t happy with constant rum punch and Caribbean smiles!