Antigua: who could ever imagine such a pristine vacation spot? Antigua is an island in the West Indies, also known as Waladi by it’s welcoming and friendly natives. It is a land filled with culture and history that is unquestionably worth exploring. Whatever your motive is for your vacation; whether you want to relax and get a tan, go on an adventure, spend all your days in the water, or experience unforgettable nightlife, Antigua is the place for you.
Of course you would NOT want to miss a day or two to relax on the picture perfect Antiguan beaches next to your sun villa islands Resort, with turquoise waters washing up to wet your feet. But there is so much more to Antigua than that and here are a few ideas to inspire you:
Get a bird’s eye view of Antigua
With over 20 years of experience in giving helicopter tours of the island, Carribean Helicopters offers many tours to start off your Antiguan adventure. The helicopter trip will be an unforgettable memory you can have with your friends and family, and an opportunity of a lifetime!
During the tour, they arrange guided excursions and lunch so that you don’t have to worry about getting hungry. Looking from high above, you will be able to see the capital city, beautiful beaches, and historical sites you could later explore. Some examples of helicopter tours are the “Heaven and Earth Experience,” which also includes a land tour. There is also the Montserrat Volcano Tour that allows you to see ruins that the volcano caused on the island, from high above. Along with that, there is the Antigua Full Island Tour.
Now, no longer in the air, but in the water, you can also experience a dive tour all over Antigua and explore its sea life. Many tourists that have gone before you have stated that the Antiguan sea life is one of the best reasons to go visit. During this scuba diving tour, you will get to see whales (from January to April), dolphins (February, March, April), sea turtles, manta rays, and many other tropical and colorful marine creatures (lobsters, squid, eels, octopus, lionfish, puffer fish, butterfly fish, angelfish)
Go to the Jungle
Now that you’ve seen the sea animals, it is time to explore the animals on land. There are many experienced and knowledgeable rainforest guides that you can hire in the Antiguan town to help you explore the unique Antiguan rainforests.
There are many rainforests you can explore, but Signal Hill is a signature tour that you wouldn’t want to miss during your visit. You will start by seeing the Fig Tree Gallery, then hike through the rainforest to the Walling’s Dam. Then as you continue to the top of the Signal Hill Mountain, you will see a 360 degree view of Antigua and be able to take photos of this wonderful view
On a night that you are not too tired from hiking and diving, make sure that you go out to experience Antiguan nightlife. Enjoy a night in an open-air bar by the beach where you will be able to make new friends. There are also disco bars with experienced DJs and artists that will perform all sorts of international music. After some dancing and drinking, you can go win some money at the King’s Casino as well.
Going up to Shirley Heights at night is a must during your visit. There, you will be able to see spectacular views over the Harbor. At night, you can have a barbecue with your friends and family, dance to rhythmic Antiguan music, and drink some rum as you enjoy the picturesque view.