Six Plus: Reasons You Should Never Travel To Antigua

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I was sitting at a bar this weekend (which is typically the case) when the subject of travel to Antigua came up with a couple that was sitting next to us. My newfound friends were considering a spring break escape to somewhere they could sit on the beach and drink rum and after mentioning some islands, my better half piped up (which again is typically the case) and said “What about Antigua?” After contemplating this for a while over the latest daiquiri incarnation I was sampling, I informed the island-hopping rum-sipping couple that I would send them an email and let them know why they should really consider Antigua for their spring break getaway. Then I remembered that I had a travel blog and could just write an article about it … but with a twist. So here’s your advice, you two young love birds I just met this weekend, for why you may or may not want to travel to Antigua in the only semi-serious way I can think of that might or might not be mildly entertaining to someone somewhere.

Reason 1 – Too Many Beaches
Beach at Carlisle Bay, Antigua
Antigua has 365 beaches – that’s one for each day of the year. This is a fact the people who run the tourism shop in Antigua are proud of and something you’ll be confronted with in your travels throughout this island. Driving down the road – “Oh look, another beach we have to stop at.” Contemplating your plans for the day – “Busy beach or empty beach? Sunrise or sunset? Wavy or smooth? Ugh, too many choices.” All those beaches – what’s a person to do ….

Reason 2 – Polite People
Hanging with Charles at Antigua's airport
They’re singularly British in Antigua (they gained their independence from the United Kingdom just 35 years ago) which means they’re extremely polite and well-mannered – personality traits that will lead you to believe they’re up to something subversive. If you don’t want to spend your whole week paranoid about why they’re so damn nice, steer clear.

Reason 3 – The White Powdery Sand and Crystal Clear Blue Water
antigua, ocean, boats, sailboats, yachts
Sure, they have a lot of beaches but they’re all covered in this white powdery sand that will only peeve you off when you realize the only sand you encounter back home is what your kids drag home from the playground. And yeah, I know “crystal clear blue water” is an overused cliché in travel writing but that’s the only way to describe water so clear it will make you hate ever diving into a lake anywhere again … ever.

Reason 4 – All the Harbors and Bays
One of the many yachts in Antigua
There are harbors and bays all along the coastline filled with beautiful yachts acting as a constant reminder that you’ll probably never be on one of those unless you’re a stowaway. Somehow my 22 ft. pontoon just doesn’t measure up anymore.

Reason 5 – Beach Bars

Of course they have beach bars whose sole role is to remind you that life at home sucks when compared to sipping rum on a beach all day. Paradise is awesome. Real life – not so much.

Reason 6 – Shirley Heights Sunset Party

You’ll not only have to deal with embarrassing pictures reminding yourself of how much fun you had, you’ll also have the best sunset view you’ve ever experienced anywhere which will lead you to filling up your memory card with sunset pics. Plus, you’ll probably wake up with a hangover, sore muscles and ringing ears from all the rum, somewhat questionable dance moves and music you experienced throughout the night.

Plus ….
Still not convinced? How about the unique view of Montserrat with its active volcano (“That thing could blow at any minute and fill my rum punch with soot!”)? Did I mention the mountainous rainforest interior that will tempt you to actually be active on vacation? “I don’t need a reminder that I need to exercise more!”

You’re welcome.

View from Shirley Heights of English Harbour. Courtesy Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority

Author: Tom W.

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  1. I agree totally with this article. I have been to Antigua at least five times. I’ve lost count. But you forgot the ridiculous amount of food and cultural events depending on the time of the year. Also there is a supermarket called “Epicurian” hope I spelt it right. The supermarket has everything. Look it up your first day there. It’s close to town n well known. There is a food van in town literally parked on the street after 5pm serving local cuisine – yum just can’t remember the name. I could go on but you just have to experience it yourself!

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    • Thanks for the kind comment! Great information, by the way. This article was just a glimpse at how wonderful Antigua is – looks like I need to round 2!

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    • Thanks for all the big ups…we could NEVER afford this kind of advertising.

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      • You’re more than welcome and thank you for your comment!

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    • I have been to Antigua twice and loved it. The people are lovely, the food is delicious, all in all a wonderful place. My daughter was married there, her father in law lived in Antigua until his death. I hope to return there sometime in the future.

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      • Thanks for the comment, Ruth! Here’s to hoping your return to Antigua isn’t too far off in the future!

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    • You are probably referring to honey cutter food van lol

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  2. Lmao I’m not sure this will lore anybody away from this beautiful island I call home

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  3. I went to Antigua it is a beautiful island. A place that should be seen.

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    • Glad to hear you liked it, Vera! Thanks for the comment!

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  4. Love it!!! Dis ya mek me day (This made my day)

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    • Thank you … and thanks for the translation! 🙂

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  5. This is awesome. I think I wanna live there. Antigua here I come

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    • Appreciate it, Jason! Have fun in Antigua! 🙂

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  6. The only thing is, we aren’t completely British. We are completely friendly Africans and we’re friendly from birth. Give thanks for the promo.

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    • Excellent point! Thank you!

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    • The writer mean culture. We are certainly neither complete British nor African

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      • Apologies for any confusion.

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    • You’ll love it!

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  7. Cool,send more info,please !!

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    • I’ll email you this weekend. Thanks for the comment!

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    • BLESSINGS. ONLY. ONE. PLACE. BETTER. DAN. ANTIGUA N. BARBUDA. IT’S. CALLED. H_E_A_V_E_N. BLESSINGS

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      • Good point about Barbuda – maybe that should be the focus of my next article! Thanks!

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  8. Thank you for your honesty. Antigua has some of the best beaches, friendly people, safe, great restaurants, lots of history, duty free shopping, friendly people and simply beautiful.

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    • You’re more than welcome, Cheryl! And this article was just a taste of what Antigua has to offer. Thanks for your comment!

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  9. Excellent article!! Makes me want to go home even faster!

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    • Thank you so much! I greatly appreciate the compliments from people who call Antigua home. Cheers!

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  10. Agree with all your comments! Need to enjoy the round-the-island trip – see the beaches, snorkelling and that famous ‘rum-punch’ to get you plastered on the way back! The sea is to die for!!

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    • Thanks, Chris! Of course I can’t forget the rum punch. 🙂 Sounds like I might need to do a Part 2!

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  11. oh mi oh mi……. you just reminder me I need to get home..Left da island of Antigua in 2006 (et was only to be a short bit) But alas me still not home… Dont forget the fresh fruit every where..

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    • You’ve been gone from home for way too long! Time to go back and grab some of that fresh fruit!

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    • Antigua is the best. Thank you for your comment!

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  12. My homeland love it to death. …can I share to my page Miss. Regal Internationa Beauty contest in Antigua August 13th 2016/ 60th Anniversary of our Carnival.

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    • Yes, please feel free to share and have fun at your Carnival!

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  13. Me know! Antigua me come from….

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    • A beautiful island to come from!

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  14. thank you for putting my country on the map

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    • The pleasure is all mine! Thank you for having such a beautiful country!

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  15. I read this wondering who is bad mouthing my country. But I was pleasantly surprised! Antigua is awesome! And, one correction, we are Africans – thanks Natasha.

    One Love

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    • Thank you, Aisha!

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  16. We leave on Sat. for 2 months at Jolly Harbor Villas. This is our 9th year.

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    • Love the Jolly Harbour area! That’s one of the places I would love to retire to. We stayed at Jolly Beach Resort the last time we were there. Have fun!

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  17. Shirley Heights Beach Party…. The most fun I have had in my life….EVER!!

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    • Couldn’t agree more, Karen! Wouldn’t visit Antigua and miss that party!

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  18. I love it!!! My home!

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    • Thank you for your comment! You have a wonderful country to call home!

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  19. This is the land of my birth….Antigua nice

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    • It’s a beautiful place to call home!

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  20. While I love Antigua and agree with most of this article I think it’s important to mention that it’s not always safe. Westerners (admittedly some of them not very smart) have been victim to some really awful crimes in the last 5 years.

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    • Thank you for your comment – this is wise advice for any destination, no matter how beautiful it is.

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  21. Me Nah Lie (Antiguan dialect/Creole for “I’m not lying”) … As an Antiguan, when I saw the Title, I immediately raised my eyebrow and said “WTH?!?!?” … AWESOME article!!! LOL .. Loved it and I’m glad you had an awesome time here. Hope you return soon so you can be bothered by all those beaches, drinks and parties 😀 #ilivewhereyouvacation 😉

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    • Hahaha! Thanks for the translation – still hard for me to understand that island dialect sometimes! 🙂 And thank you for your kind comments. I can’t wait to revisit again sometime soon!

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  22. Brilliant, all so true, and now this dialogue will just keep going, eat your heart out Asott.

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  23. After tons of research, Antigua is where I decided to get married 7 years ago. Have not been able to make it back there, but as soon as I can afford it, we will be back for an anniversary with our children.

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  24. Antigua sounds amazing! We are coming for our honeymoon in August all the way from Scotland! If you could recommend a few things that we have to do, what would you recommend? We’re staying on the West coast.. Any bar/restaurant recommendations? Thanks 🙂

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    • Nicola, first of all, congratulations on getting married! You’ve picked a wonderful island to spend your honeymoon on. An absolute must is the sunset party at Shirley Heights on Sunday afternoon/evening. It’s the biggest party of the week on the island and is attended by locals and tourists alike. The view is amazing, the people are happy and the vibe is unbelievable! I’ve been twice and it would be hard for me to think of a better night I’ve spent in the Caribbean than Shirley Heights. English Harbour/Nelson’s Dockyard (south coast) is a lot of fun with restaurants and shopping plus you get a lot of the history of the island or at least the maritime aspect of it. Do a day trip to Barbuda if you have the time – it will be well worth it! As far as restaurants/bars on the west coast, a lot of that depends on what you like to eat, your budget, style, etc. A must is OJ’s Bar and Restaurant on the southwest coast – if we’re on the island, we’re going to OJ’s. The view is amazing and the foods is just as good. Send me an email at info (at) beach bar bums (dot) com and we can discuss it more. Thanks!

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