Antigua

A paradise for lovers of the sun, diving and many other water sports, Antigua Island is also known for its bays where you can find small harbours that used to serve as a refuge for pirates or the British fleet. Today, its bays are used for pleasure boats. Especially the port of English Harbour, which is the rallying point for yachts cruising in Caribbean waters. Above all, Antigua & Barbuda are the sunniest islands in the eastern Caribbean! Its sun will revitalise you and its almost constant trade winds will allow you to fully breathe its tropical climate.

Antigua, one of the two islands forming a single nation, Antigua and Barbuda, is located in the northeast of the Caribbean. Its coast is protected by magnificent coral reefs, and the island has many coves with no less than 365 white sand beaches, one for every day of the year!

You can come and discover its great historical heritage! In fact, the two islands first suffered Spanish and then French domination, before moving under the British flag. But it was in 1493 that Christopher Columbus landed on these islands on his second trip to the New World. The colourful capital, St John’s and its Long Street, is the perfect place to contemplate the old buildings that show the history of the city. The official language of the country is English, even if most of the inhabitants speak Creole, you can always try to communicate with the local population, ready to welcome you!

Surrounded almost completely by well-preserved coral reefs, conditions for water activities such as diving, snorkelling, sea kayaking or sailing and yachting, are excellent for spectacular sensations and unforgettable experiences!

The different traditions present on this island will help you to discover some entirely different facets of Antigua. Come and taste its sugar cane, a tradition that has shaped the face of the island since the colonisation by Westerners. Also discover their incredible Carnival that marks every summer and the steel band orchestras, dressed up for the occasion and playing Calypso and Soca. And of course, reggae concerts and folk shows!

With a British heritage still very present, the region of Antigua and Barbuda has made cricket its national sport. From January to July, cricket is practised everywhere and a huge stadium, dedicated to Vivian Richards, was specifically created to host the Cricket Word Cup.

Of course, it’s not all about sport, it’s also about food! Whether it’s dried fish, goat’s stew, fish stew or chicken stew, local dishes will certainly stir your taste buds. At the market, depending on the season, we find mangoes, guavas, pineapples, oranges, papayas, bread fruit… and all manner of seafood! There’s something for everyone! In addition, there are excellent Caribbean, French, Italian and Indian restaurants offering the traditional dishes of their country and their gastronomic creations.

So, don’t wait any longer. Come and discover this magical island full of enticing flavours and even warmer colours!

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