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What to see in Antigua And Barbuda

Antigua And Barbuda Attractions

Antigua may be small, but the coastline seems to stretch forever. Famous for its 365 beaches, this corner of the Caribbean has many other attractions in store. The first port of call is usually the capital of St John's, where tourists will alight to vibrant local markets, steel drum music, the restored Georgian-era marina of Nelson's Dockyard, and Shirley Heights Restaurant, housed in an old military lookout. The Heights host famous barbecue parties on Sunday evenings, with plenty of rum and live music.

Among the most spectacular beaches are the remote crescent of Half Moon Bay, and the secluded Rendezvous Bay, reached by hiking through the rainforest. Deep Bay is home to a coral-encrusted wreck, and is a great site for snorkelling. Away from the beach, Betty's Hope great house hints at the colonial past of the island, while the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is a great way to learn about island history.

There is incredible natural scenery to be enjoyed. The Pillars of Hercules, guarding the entrance to English Harbour, are stunning when viewed by boat approaching the island. On the east side of the island, the dramatic limestone arch of Devil's Bridge makes for the perfect picture at sunrise.

Barbuda shows the wild, undeveloped side of the Caribbean, home to Codrington Lagoon National Park with its spectacular colony of Frigate birds. Visitors can also leave from Codrington, the capital, for scuba diving and snorkelling on the reefs surrounding the island.

Antigua Rum Distillery

No drink sums up the spirit and flavour of the Caribbean better than rum, and a must-see while in the capital of St John's is the 75-year-old Antigua Rum Distillery. While Antigua was once overrun…

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Barbuda has been left in its pristine natural state and is renowned for its long empty beaches, where it is still possible to leave footprints in virgin sand. The breathtaking pink-sand beaches of…

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Betty's Hope

Betty's Hope was one of Antigua's first sugar plantations. Established in the 17th century, the site is now slowly being restored. Visitors can see the restored stone windmill, and the distillery.…

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Devil's Bridge

On the eastern corner of the island lies another natural phenomenon; Devil's Bridge. This natural arch is surrounded by rugged terrain, with imposing cliffs, several powerful blowholes that shoot up…

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English Harbour

English Harbour, Antigua's graceful and evocative historic district, is focused on the 15 square miles (39 sq km) of Nelson's Dockyard National Park. Developed as a base for the British Navy in the…

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Museum of Antigua and Barbuda

The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is housed in the oldest building in St John's. The colonial courthouse dates back to 1747 and was built on the site of the city's first market. The museum explores…

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Pillars of Hercules

Standing sentinel at the entrance to English Harbour in the south is the remarkable natural phenomenon that is the Pillars of Hercules. These columns of rock have been…

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The outcrop known as Redonda lies 35 miles (55km) south west of Antigua in the Caribbean, and may be the world's smallest island kingdom. The little island went up for grabs simply because no-one wanted…

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Shirley Heights

Once a military guardhouse, Shirley Heights now plays host to a restaurant that has become famous for its Sunday afternoon barbecue parties, complete with live bands. There are crumbling ruins to explore,…

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St John's

Antigua's capital city is a bustling cruise ship port, replete with old colonial buildings, colourful markets, museums and restaurants, and a whole load of friendly,…

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St. John's Cathedral

St John's Cathedral has been destroyed and rebuilt time and time again since it was erected in 1683 and has seen its fair share of earthquakes and hurricanes. For years the cathedral had negative connotations…

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The Beaches

Antigua boasts 365 beaches, one for each day of the year, the great majority resting inside the calm, protected waters of the island's Caribbean coast. Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, located along…

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