Antigua - the largest Leeward Island
Antigua is part of the Leeward Islands group, which also contains St. Kitts and Nevis. The main airport, V. C. Bird International, is in the north-west of the island near the capital St John's. This English-speaking island has strong links with the early European slave trade and was a base for British Royal Navy ships in the early 18th century under the command of a rather well known gentleman called Lord Nelson. Modern Antigua is a classy beach holiday resort with a superb climate, hundreds of beautiful sandy beaches, and excellent resort facilities. Antigua is a highly rated holiday destination attracting the rich and famous from the world of business, sport, politics and entertainment, many of whom keep holiday homes on the island.
Beautiful beaches, duty free shopping and virtually guaranteed good weather make Antigua an excellent choice for a winter holiday. The superb hotels on this naturally stunning island are simply the cherry on the cake for Antigua holidays. Book flights to Antigua in the dark British winter and you will think you are in another world!
When to Go?
Antigua has a fantastic climate of hot sunny weather throughout the year. Tourist season in Antigua coincides with the bad weather elsewhere in the world, so between December and April, Europeans and North Americans tend to flock to the island in large numbers. There is more humidity and rain in the height of summer, but July and August are at least quieter. With 365 beaches in Antigua, you could try a different one every day of the year!
How to get there?
Antigua flights from London Gatwick are operated by Virgin Atlantic and British Airways. V. C. Bird International Airport is five miles northeast of the capital St. Johns. Flight time to Antigua from the UK is about 8 hours and 40 minutes. Antigua’s airport is considered to be one of the major connection hubs for the eastern Caribbean, and particularly if you want to get to Antigua’s sister island of Barbuda for example.
Attractions on Antigua include the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, which is contained in the old colonial courthouse, dating from the mid-18th century. The museum features artefacts from the colonial period as well as native historical artefacts from the island’s first settlers. Antigua sailing week usually occurs at the end of April or the beginning of May when a world-class regatta brings vessels from all over the world to compete over six days to win this highly prestigious race. Nelson’s Harbour on the south of the island is part of the Dockyard National Park, featuring a ruined fort, colonial period buildings and a restored Royal Navy dockyard.