Antigua Hotels & Info | Rex Resorts
If you love beaches then Antigua is your dream destination. With 365 different beaches, there's one for every day of the year. Antigua's gentle plains and low rolling hills are dotted with old mills that used to service the sugar plantations. The scenery changes quite suddenly as you travel around. The roads will lead you through mango and pineapple groves and on into a tropical, semi-parched landscape before plunging you into lush rainforest.
Capital: St. Johns
Telephone Code: 001 268
Electricity: 110 Voltage
Size: 108.5 sq miles
Airport: VC Bird International
Departure Tax: EC$70.00
Time Difference: GMT -4
Public Holidays: 01 Jan, 18 & 21 Apr, 05 May, 09 June, 04 & 05 Aug, 01 & 03 Nov, 09, 25 & 26 Dec
Discovered first by Christopher Columbus in 1493, Antigua was colonised by the British in 1632. You can see why the colonists felt at home. The hills are almost rolling like good ole' English countryside - in fact if it was not for the weather you could be in Cornwall - well, almost! English Harbour, frequented by Nelson and other famous (and infamous!) seafolk, takes you right back in time to the colonial days of the Caribbean.
The capital St John's offers a good selection of duty-free shopping in its quaint streets and along the harbour front.
Roads in Antigua are not well sign-posted, to say the least, so driving a hire-car can be something of an adventure. An easier option is to take a catamaran cruise and discover the many beautiful and secluded beaches for which Antigua is famed.
There are a number of good private restaurants worth trying - many off the beaten track.
With beaches aplenty, lots to see and do and a spirited approach to daily life, Antigua's hard to beat if you are looking for the quintessential Caribbean holiday.
Things to see and do
If you love the beach, Antigua is the place for you as it’s reputed to have a beach for every day of the year. Unlike our other four islands, the white-sand beaches and scalloped shoreline are breathtakingly beautiful.
Antigua is almost completely surrounded by coral reefs so it’s a great place for exploring beneath the waves, with a snorkel or scuba, and its also a great destination of sailing, hosting the Caribbean’s largest regatta at the end of April each year.
Take taxis or hire a car. The Reception staff will be happy to organise this for you.
Nelson's Dockyard, English Harbour
This British naval dockyard located in the English Harbour was once one of the most important British bases in the Caribbean. Its buildings have been restored to give an impression of what it must have been like in its heyday. This is also the location for Antigua's yacht marina.
Antigua's capital has not only a wide selection of duty-free shops, restaurants and bars it also has an interesting cathedral, along with botanic gardens and a distillery.
You won't need to go far to see a cricket match in Antigua but the Recreation Ground near St John's is the best place to see the bigger, organised matches.
Second only in size to the huge Trinidad carnival, Antigua's carnival is a major national event centred around Carnival City at the Recreation Ground, not far from the centre of St Johns. A huge outdoor stage becomes the focal point for colourful, noisy and highly entertaining shows, staged every night for a week, starting from the first Monday and Tuesday in August
There is a wide range of trips on offer locally if you want to explore the neighbouring island of Barbuda, or the deserted beaches of some of Antigua's 30 offshore islets. Antigua's Sailing Week is held in late April and based at Nelson's Dockyard.
Diving courses can be booked through your hotel and will allow you to explore Antigua's fabulous coral gardens. The reefs off neighbouring, undeveloped Barbuda are particularly recommended.