Antigua is part of the lush island group known as the Leeward Islands, so named for their prevailing winds which blow from the east. This is a spectacular tropical hideaway that attracts a well-heeled crowd with its stunning white sand beaches, turquoise waters and lavish resorts.
Lying east of the Virgin Islands and north of Barbados, Antigua is a thrilling place to begin an exploration of the breath-taking Leeward Island group. Exuding an energetic and vibrant island culture that travellers of all kinds are sure to enjoy, Antigua's spectacular landscapes include a dazzling coastline packed with charming harbour towns and fishing villages, a protective and nearly unbroken wall of coral reef, and a different beach for every day of the year.
Antigua is the largest, most developed, and most prosperous of the Leeward Islands. The capital city of St.John’s in Antigua is a bustling town bursting with a vibrant social scene of premier restaurants serving delicious island cuisine and an eclectic mix of nightclubs to suit the taste of every passionate night owl.
Other notable settlements on the island are All Saints, home to the ruins of a sugar-cane plantation that was built nearly 350 years ago, and Liberta, the site of Antigua’s first settlement for freed slaves, so called the ‘Village of Liberty’.
An island with a rich maritime history, Antigua boasts many attractions of note. On the south eastern coast lies the settlement of English Harbour, which takes its name from the nearby Royal Navy harbour established in the 18th century as a base of operations. English Harbour is best known for Nelson’s Dockyard which displays restored buildings and historical artefacts from the colonial period of the dockyard when it was commanded by Horatio Nelson.
Antigua Sailing Week
Antigua Sailing Week, which takes place from the end of April to the beginning of May, is a world-class regatta which brings many important vessels and esteemed sailors to the area to compete.
The Antigua Yacht Show
Antigua is among the most beautiful locations in the world and stands as one of the foremost destinations in regards to superyacht charter. Every December Antigua plays host to one of the most prestigious charter events in the superyacht industry, showcasing a fleet of the finest superyachts on the charter market.
Set against the stunning backdrop of Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina, the Antigua Yacht Show attracts scores of visitors from across the globe to bathe in the glorious sun, sea and sands of Antigua whilst taking in the sights of the most sought after yachts on the water.