Shirley Heights

Destination

Antigua Holidays

Holidays in Antigua

Holidays in Antigua are a paradise seeker’s dream; it offers warm golden beaches decorated with looming palm trees, clear blue seas and tropical sunshine all year round. The shores are lined with beautiful coral reefs and marine wildlife, which is hidden just beneath the waves. In the capital of St John’s, you will find candy coloured houses and a cruise ship port, as well as a Public Market on Saturdays.

Honeymooners and couples in particular should head to Shirley Heights before sunset, for a romantic view over the island. The end of the week has become an institution here, so be sure to attend the Sunday evening party for a truly local experience.

Discover true paradise on a holiday in Antigua

With Hayes & Jarvis you can experience a holiday that is tailormade just for you. We combine over 65 years of experience to offer holidays to more than 60 luxurious destinations.

With so much to do in the Caribbean, you may want to take advantage of one of our many multi centre holidays. You can pair your holiday in Antigua with the British Virgin Islands as part of an island hopping adventure. After a week of exploring Antigua, we’ll take you to St Lucia for an indulgent week of spa pampering and relaxation. Alternatively, if you love the great outdoors, try adding a visit to Barbados to your trip for golf, watersports and long walks.

Destination Highlights
  • Discover the Beach Bar Trail
  • Sail to Barbuda
  • Visit historical Nelson’s Dockyard
  • Uncover the island’s nautical history
  • Trek through the rainforest
  • Encounter stingrays in Stingray City
Essential Information
See Practical Information
  • Time Zone GMT -4 hours
  • Currency XCD - Eastern Caribbean Dollar
  • Visa Information British Passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Antigua and Barbuda.
  • Language English
  • Flight Time Approx 8hrs 30mins; direct flights from the UK are available.
  • Health Information No vaccinations required

Top Tips from our Experts

Indianna

Sales Performance Leader

“Be sure to attend the sunset party every Sunday at Shirley Heights. With stunning views over English Harbour, watch the sunset as a live steel band play, serving great BBQ food and a great atmosphere.”

Melissa

Destination Specialist

“Barbuda is Antigua’s lesser known sister. However, a visit is a must with its stunning pink sand beaches. Home to an abundance of wildlife, it’s perfect for a honeymoon or a couple looking for something special.”

Jas

Destination Specialist

“Antiguans are passionate about their food. Join our Nicole’s table excursion to pick your ingredients, prepare and cook them, and create a real local dish for you then to enjoy.”

Our favourite hotels

Our favourite places to stay are below. We know everyone is different, so if you can’t see something you like, we'd be more than happy to help.

Blue Waters and Cove Suites

Antigua

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£2,529 pp

Blue Waters and Cove Suites

Carlisle Bay Antigua

Antigua

H&J Rating

Guide Price

£2,899 pp

Carlisle Bay Antigua
Unique

COCOS Hotel

Antigua

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£2,499 pp

COCOS Hotel

Curtain Bluff

Antigua

H&J Rating
Average: 4.5 (1 vote)

Guide Price

£2,839 pp

Curtain Bluff

Types of Antigua holidays

Antigua Multi Centre Holidays

Multi Centre Holidays

Frequently Asked Questions

The island of Antigua is around 11 miles wide and 14 miles long and covers an area of around 108 square miles. It forms a dual-island nation with Barbuda which covers an area of 62 square miles.  

It’s possible to fly or take a 90-minute catamaran trip from Antigua to the sister isle of Barbuda. There are also various flight options with LIAT airlines and British Airways to pair Antigua with trips to other Caribbean islands such as Grenada, St Kitts, and Barbados.

You might also like these

We think you might also like to take a look at these destinations. If you'd like some advice, our Destination Specialists will be able to find something that is right for you.
Sea Turtle

Caribbean

Barbados

Barbados
The Pitons in the evening

Caribbean

St Lucia

St Lucia

Caribbean

British Virgin Islands

British Virgin Islands

Caribbean

Tobago

Tobago