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Getaway on an Antigua yacht charter and immerse yourself in the magic of sun-kissed days and champagne nights. 365 dazzling sandy enclaves—one for every day of the year—await your discovery on this awe-inspiring island.
From its lush tropical rainforests and rich cultural heritage to the allure and glamor of Antigua Sailing Week, the all-inclusive island of Antigua and Barbuda offers a fascinating array of options for everyone lucky enough to visit its sparkling blue shores. Cruise in luxury complete with the first-class service of your crew. Dock in English Harbour and explore the enchanting maritime history of the island. Trek up to Shirley Heights, where you can party with locals and other tourists until sunrise. Hop on a waverunner and tour the sandy coves of Antigua, or have your captain take you to your own private beach, where you’ll enjoy total seclusion and privacy, along with a gourmet meal prepared by your personal chef.
Here, your choices are endless. Whatever you wish, your expert yacht crew will make it happen. Indulge in paradise and find pure bliss aboard your Antigua yacht charter.
Explore- With 95 miles of pristine coastline and the bluest waters you’ve ever seen, this stunning utopia welcomes adventure and exploration. The first event you can’t miss is Antigua Sailing Week, held at the end of April every year. The most spectacular yachts in the world flock to the island to spectate and compete in this thrilling week full of races and parties. Another exciting event is Antiguan Carnival, which takes place every year at the end of July. Locals and tourists fill the streets to celebrate emancipation with local music by brass and steel bands along with dancers in intricate, colorful costumes.
Spend the day shopping on the island. For a unique trip, visit the little shops at the Artisans Antigua Traveling Market, which offer everything from crafts to locally made beauty products. Stop at Redcliffe or Heritage Quay for duty-free shopping in interesting boutiques. If art is your passion, browse the intriguing art galleries, like the Fig Tree Studio Art Gallery, which is nestled in the lush rainforest and features a wide range of brilliant Caribbean artists.
To get in some cardio, hike the Shirley Heights Lookout Trail to marvel at the Pillars of Hercules, a limestone rock formation sculpted by the sea. Called by many the “best day hike in the world,” you’ll get a wonderful view of Galleon Beach’s shimmering waters and the historic buildings at Nelson’s Dockyard. You can also visit them via tender. Swim with stingrays at Stingray City, and if you are up for it, you can actually hold one. Fly to Frigate Bird Sanctuary in Barbuda to view over 170 species of magnificent birds, one of the largest in the world. You’re sure to have action-packed exploits on your Antigua yacht charter.
Diving- Plunge in the clear, warm waters of Antigua and Barbuda to uncover a vibrant underwater world. Dive at Cades Reef, a popular diving spot, which stretches for miles and bustles with lively marine life. If you love wreck diving, there are several wrecks on the sea bottom, such as the Andes, a merchant ship sitting in shallow waters. This is also a great site to take photos. Seabob with the turtles and their hatchlings on Barbuda’s coast. From parrotfish and angelfish to nurse sharks and black tip reef sharks, you’ll see a wide variety of active marine life here. Whether you are looking for shallow diving or something more advanced, there are countless opportunities to traverse brilliant aquatic scenes on your Antigua yacht charter.
Beaches- With a beach for every day of the year, Antigua is world-renowned for its gorgeous beaches. Anchor near Dickenson Bay and jet ski around the sparkling coast. This is the perfect spot to get out all the water toys. If you’d rather go someplace more low-key and quiet, stroll the white sands of Ffryes Beach. This beach is hardly ever crowded and one of the best known on the island. Here, you can also snorkel on the southend of the beach at Darkwood Bay. For complete isolation and privacy, have your captain take you to Rendezvous Bay Beach. Watch a romantic sunset on the pink sands of 17 Mile Beach, or get a bird’s eye view of the sprawling sands with a helicopter tour. The verdant green hills contrast perfectly with the white sands and turquoise waters. Sip champagne as the waves crash on the shore. Among the 365 beaches, you’ll find the perfect spot to dig your toes in sand on your Antigua yacht charter.
Fishing- Antigua and Barbuda are a fisherman’s paradise. Dark Water Lagoon, near Jolly Harbour, is a great fishing spot with small bays, sandbars, and plateaus. Here you can catch tarpon, snook, or mullet. Your expert captain will take you to the best deep-sea fishing locations off the coast of Antigua, where you can reel in a colossal white marlin or wahoo. You may even spot a playful dolphin or majestic whale. If you’re confident in your angling skills, don’t miss out on the Antigua and Barbuda Annual Sport Fishing Tournament, which is held in May every year. Aboard your Antigua Yacht Charter, forget all your worries and experience the fishing trip of your dreams.
History- You’ll be captivated by the rich cultural heritage of Antigua and Barbuda. Tour Betty’s Hope, one of the oldest sugar plantations dating back to 1651, where you can learn more about Antigua’s sugar history. Visit the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, which is said to be one of the oldest buildings in St Johns, dating back to the 1750s. Dock at the infamous Nelson’s Dockyard to soak up the island’s prolific maritime. Don’t forget St John’s Cathedral, where you’ll marvel at the detailed architecture. From there, hike to Shirley’s Heights, a restored military lookout with an intoxicating view. In Barbuda, trek through the mysterious caves which house intriguing history. At Indian Cave, view the petroglyph drawings on the cave walls, made by Arawak Indians. From forts and estates to a variety of interesting relics, you’ll find much to appreciate on your Antigua yacht charter.
The Best Time To Go- Escape the freezing temperatures and book your Antigua yacht charter in December to April. To avoid crowds, visit in May to November.
Weather- In January to February, the average temperature is around 77°F, increasing to about 82°F in June to September during hurricane season.
Airports– You can travel to St. John’s International Airport using major airlines such as British Airways, Virgin Atlantic, Delta, American Airlines, and United.
Marinas– Antigua Slipway Boatyard & Marina accommodates yachts up to 140 feet. Antigua Yacht Club Marina & Resort offers accommodations to yachts of all sizes as their website states, “all shapes and sizes welcome.” Falmouth Harbour Marina focuses on superyachts and provides dockage for yachts up to 330 feet. Nelson’s Dockyard Marina, a world-class superyacht facility and UNESCO Heritage site, accommodates yachts of up to 180 feet.Catamaran Marina provides accommodations for yachts up to 200 feet.
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TOP 10 THINGS TO DO
- Attend Antigua Sailing Week
- Visit Nelson’s Dockyard National Park
- Snorkel at Half Moon Bay
- Party at Shirley Heights
- Swim with stingrays at Stingray City
- Take a helicopter tour of 17 Mile Beach
- Jet ski at Dickenson Bay
- Hike to the Pillars of Hercules
- Go deep-sea fishing for white marlin
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TOP 10 RESTAURANTS
- Jacqui O’s BeachHouse
- The Cove Restaurant
- Sheer Rocks
- Le Bistro Restaurant
- Catherines Cafe
- South Point Restaurant & Lounge
- 5 Senses Restaurant
- The Fox House Restaurant & Bar
- East Restaurant
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