Why Antigua Is The Best Holiday Destination
Ever been to an Island? Then you need to visit Antigua, an Island in the West Indies. It is one of the Leeward Islands in the Caribbean and the main Island of Antigua and Barbuda. English is the official language spoken there, but you can get small Spanish-speaking communities. Major attractions of the island are the steady but warm winds, complex safe harbors at the coastline and unbroken protective wall of coral reef.
It is safe to travel for holidays to Antigua, but hurricanes occur mostly between the months of June to November. However, the government of Antigua and Barbuda will always issue alerts at such times. The best times to visit Antigua is between the month of May to November when the rates are low, but you can visit between December and April when its peak season.
The weather in Antigua is very favorable as the sun will shine most days. The hottest month is June, with average temperatures being 28°C (82°F) while the coldest month is January with an average of 25°C (76°F) you can enjoy swimming mostly in the month of August because the sea temperature is 29°C (84°F). You can enjoy some activities such as diving, fishing, sailing, windsurfing, water sports or golfing while on the Island.
Although it is an island, some sites are top rated as major tourist attractions:
- Half moon bay beach- perfect scenery
- Johns- colonial cottages and market stalls that are piled high with tropical flowers and fruits
- John’s Cathedral- a landmark that has Baroque-style towers.
- Dockyard National Park- has historic buildings which were home to Antigua’s former British Naval Dockyard of the 18th century.
- Dickenson Bay- perfect for swimming and water sports
Antigua is best known to have a beach or every day of the year as the calm waters and salmon-colored sands, allow people have a good time in it. The top rated beaches are:
- Ffryes Beach
- Darkwood Beach
- South Beach and Jolly Beach
- Half Moon Bay
- Pigeon Beach
- Dickenson Bay
You will need a place to stay while in Antigua and also a place that will offer all that you need at affordable prices. There are various all-inclusive hotels, and their prices will range depending on the hotels’ ratings. You can check the travel sites to compare prices for different hotels. Some of the all-inclusive hotels include:
- Pineapple Beach Club
- James’s Club
- The Verandah Resort & Spa
- Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort
- Cocobay Resort
The local cuisine in Antigua is Fungie and pepper pot which is the national dish, and other local dishes are ducana, saltfish, lobster and seasoned rice. Some of these foods are served in the hotels you stay in but you could visit other restaurants that serve local cuisines such as:
- Cecilia’s High Point Cafe
- Catherine’s Cafe Plage
- Sheer Rocks
- Roti King
- Jacqui O’s Beach House
You don’t have to worry about carrying money with you to pay for anything as you can use your American credit card. The currency of Antigua is the Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). The exchange rate is as follows and is subject to change from time to time, so it is best to confirm before visiting Antigua.
1 (EC$) =0. 37 USD
1 (EC$) =0. 48 CAD
1 (EC$) =0. 33 EURO
1 (EC$) =0. 26 POUND