Antigua Cruises

Nestling in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean lays a little patch of heaven. This is Antigua. Boasting 365 sun-kissed beaches, one for each day of the year, you will never tire of Antigua’s island paradise.

St. John’s is the largest town on the island and it is to here you will sail, right into the heart of town, when you cruise to Antigua. The legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson established Antigua as a strategically important naval base back in 1784 and whispers of his early influence still exist.

Highlights

The biggest draw must be this tropical island’s beaches. There are simply acres of pink and white sand washed by the mainly calm waters of the Caribbean. Each beach has its own character so it is worth exploring a few. If it is a typical resort experience that you favour, the North Western Coast with Fort James and Deep Bay beaches are perfect and most convenient for St. John’s town.

Location

Towards the south western coast the beaches are more rugged and hilly, offering more tranquil seclusion to soak up the sun. However, there is much more to the island than beaches. It has a rich culture steeped in a history which has shaped the warm, welcoming island population.

Back in the early 18th century, slaves fashioned cooking vessels out of local clay and a cottage industry of hand-made pots still exists in Sea View Farm Village. Fired in the open fires of the potters’ back yards under layers of fresh grass, you can purchase a pot directly from the village or from one of the many art and craft stores around the island.

In the town centre of St. John’s the architecture is dominated by the white baroque towers of St. John’s Cathedral. When cruising to Antigua you can spot them from the sea. The shopping is great with some small exclusive boutiques and very special jewellers. You will find a stunning range of prestige watch brands alongside pretty impressive jewellery. Antigua is a duty free port so you can stock up on your gifts and souvenirs.

Menus abound with the plentiful local supply of seafood and gastronomic specialities of lobster, red snapper, conch and mahi mahi. As well as local specialities there are several international restaurants if you are not too full after sampling the delicious street food.

 On Friday and Saturday mornings there is a busy farmers market on the southern edge of the town selling all kinds of folk crafts. Street food vendors sell patties and dumplings as well as exotic fruits. Try the extra sweet black pineapple so famous in the Caribbean.

Climate

The weather is warm, balmy and relatively dry throughout the year with temperatures ranging from lows of 22°C to highs of 40°C. October to January is the hottest time averaging around low to mid 30°’s C. Between June and November there are rain showers most days but humidity is quite low so nights are cool and comfortable.

Useful information

The official currency is the Caribbean dollar fixed to the US dollar. Most major credit cards are accepted and many establishments will accept US dollars. Tipping is usual at about 10%-15%. Dress code is informal but conservative with beachwear reserved only for the beach. 

Ports we visit in Antigua