The twin islands of Antigua and Barbuda sit just north of Guadeloupe. Antigua, the larger of the two is the main tourist destination and better suited to families with no shortage of resorts and plenty of activities to keep visitors entertained. St. John’s, the vibrant capital of the island, is a spectacular day visit with colonial buildings, shopping malls and weekend farmer’s markets while the Nelson Dockyard or Falmouth provide a bit of history and outstanding views. Antigua boasts 365 dazzling sandy beaches including the popular Fort James for watersports and seafood and Gallery Bay attracting surfers as well as more peaceful areas such as Rendez Vous Bay and Doigs Beach which are more secluded. The food in Antigua is a blend of authentic Caribbean seafood and international cuisines, and don’t forget to try the popular local rum!
Barbuda is well suited to couples seeking a romantic break, the secluded pink sand beaches from crushed coral, shorefront seafood restaurants and local marketplace are largely unspoiled by tourism infrastructure. The island has limited accommodations with a few hotels and guesthouses making for the perfect, private getaway. Dine in a handful of restaurants serving deliciously fresh fish and barbecues or wander down to the several shops and bars to get a break from hotel amenities.