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
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
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
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
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.
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!”