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Secret Coves, Secluded Islands & 365 Beaches of Antigua and Barbuda

The Caribbean islands of Antigua and Barbuda together make one country with 365 beaches - one for every day of the year! These former British colonies offer year-round mild temperatures, more sun and less rain than most Caribbean islands, crystal blue waters, secret coves, mountains and hills of rainforests, abundant reefs, endemic wildlife, and plenty of diverse, pretty scenery as you venture around to learn the islands' history and even discover petroglyph cave drawings left by the Arawak people. You can find some of the best-preserved examples of British colonial architecture on Antigua and delve into history on a walking tour through Antigua's capital, St. John's City and UNESCO World Heritage Site in English Harbour.

Head to Shirley Heights Lookout, pictured above, a restored military lookout with Antigua's oft-photographed, 360-degree view of English and Falmouth Harbours - especially wonderful at sunset. Antigua is famous for mega yachts, and you'll see plenty from there and in bays all around Antigua during the season. The most recent season of Below Deck featured a mega yacht stationed in Antigua, so you may recognize some of the island's amazing views!

Antigua is extremely popular for all-inclusive, luxury resorts too, and while many are adults only, there are lots of family friendly options. The islands are wonderful for families and offer a lot of pirate history, old British forts, and engaging history in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Everyone will love exploring all the magical, uninhabited islands just off Antigua's coast.

Antigua is a small, circular island with a Caribbean side and Atlantic side, and while it only takes about 45 minutes to drive from one end to the other, you'll definitely want your own driver guide here. Cars drive the British way on the left, and the roads are safe but have a lot of potholes and aren't a great driving experience. You may notice Mt. Obama on the map because the prime minister hoped by giving their tallest peak that name that President Obama would come to visit; so far they're still waiting!

Barbuda is even smaller than Antigua and doesn't currently have a lot of accommodations options, though some new developments are coming and will be announced soon. Barbuda is beautifully wild and home to several indigenous animal species and the largest frigate bird colony in the western hemisphere. Located in the island's capital at the Codrington Lagoon, a visit to the bird sanctuary is delightful. You can only reach it by a short boat trip accompanied by a knowledgeable local guide.

Fly direct from Chicago, Atlanta, New York City, and Miami to Antigua's airport on the northern side, close to the capital, St. John's City. Antigua is great to combine with island hopping too because there are direct flights to St. Barts, Turks and Caicos, Jamaica, Barbados, and Grenada. Hope you enjoy this overview of the best resorts and activities awaiting you at Antigua and Barbuda!

Antigua Resorts & Villas

  • Jumby Bay Island, Oetker Collection is on its own 300-acre island! Set in one of the most beautiful, undisturbed places in the world, Jumby Bay is reachable only by a 7-minute boat ride, and the hotel can arrange airport transfers by boat, as well. This isle of white-powdered beaches and winding bicycle paths is a one-of-a-kind hideaway with only 28 rooms; they're newly renovated, and many have pools and beach walkouts.

  • Hermitage Bay is an all-inclusive resort nestled along one of Antigua's secluded coves that offers luxurious accommodations, fine dining, and a wellbeing spa. Its 30 rooms on the southern side are either in beachfront pavilions or perched on hillsides with plunge pools. It's adults only and offers great food and activities like yoga in an eco-chic environment.

  • Curtain Bluff Resort is a 20-acre slice of paradise where you'll be transported to a world of laid-back luxury that's been delighting elite guests since the 60's. Its 72 rooms at St. Mary's in the south are very family friendly, and the all inclusive even covers motorized water sports. Basically, anything you want to do is included here!

  • Carlisle Bay is winner of many prestigious accolades including being voted one of the top 25 hotels in The Readers Spa Awards 2011 from Conde Nast Traveler. Join guided nature hikes into the rainforest right from the hotel lobby or enjoy its gorgeous beaches.

  • Villas: We can arrange stunning villa stays on Jumby Bay Island and the northwest. Choose from massive, private villas with your own beach and tennis courts or more affordable, secluded villas for a cool, Robinson Crusoe vibe.

Exclusive Virtuoso Hotel Amenities for Nine Muses Travel

  • Upgrade on arrival, subject to availability

  • Breakfast daily, for two guests per bedroom

  • Early check-in/late check-out, subject to availability

  • Complimentary Wi-Fi

  • VIP treatment, bonus amenities & more!

Key Antigua and Barbuda Experiences

  • Caribbean cooking class

  • Island hopping day trip by helicopter

  • Private kite surfing lesson

  • Luxury yacht or catamaran day charter with gourmet picnics on deserted islands

  • Speedboat charter from Jolly Harbour

  • Pillars of Hercules adventure hike

  • Deep sea fishing charter - then dine on your catch, prepared at a local restaurant!

  • Customized island mountain or road bike tour

  • SCUBA diving expedition

  • Private horseback riding excursion

  • Family-friendly zipline canopy adventure

  • Private guided Barbuda hike and tour of Barbuda Frigate Bird Colony

Sample Itinerary

Jewels of the Northern Caribbean (10 days, 9 nights): Puerto Rico, St. Barths & Antigua

Nine Muses Travel works with exceptional tour operators who add unparalleled value for my clients.

  • Expert guides for private tours: historians, naturalists, artists, unique locals

  • Exclusive experiences

  • Comfortable, sanitized, and luxurious vehicles

  • Custom-designed routings

  • 24/7 real-time support

  • Competitive rates at four and five star properties with strict health and safety protocols

  • Deep destination knowledge

  • Flexible and worry-free cancellation policies, including 100% refunds until shortly before travel

Contact Nine Muses Travel when you're ready to play Robinson Crusoe in Antigua and to learn more about me and what I can do for you!

I design journeys that inspire by highlighting local arts and culture, history, and cuisine for intellectually curious clients longing to feel deeply inspired by exciting destinations, culinary delights, and authentic cultural experiences on a life-changing, joyful journey of discovery.

Danielle Dybiec

Founder & President


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