• Shirley Heights

Antigua Holidays

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

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

Time Zone

GMT -4 hours

Flight Time

Approx 8hrs 30mins; direct flights from the UK are available.

Currency

XCD - Eastern Caribbean Dollar

Visa Information

British Passport holders do not need a visa to travel to Antigua and Barbuda.

Language

English

Health Information

No vaccinations required

Things to do in Antigua

There’s so much to love about Antigua, an island of pristine white sands, layered naval history and breathtaking sunsets. You’ll find some spectacular seafood restaurants here and we highly recommend you take the island’s self-guided rum trails to get a taste of local life. Consider a visit during Sailing Week too – it’s one of the most exciting events.

  • Markets

    Nicole's Table

    Antiguans are passionate about their food and they take pride in their cooking from start to finish. On this fantastic excursion, you will visit Nicole in her favourite place - her kitchen. She will teach you the local way from selecting your ingredients, preparing and then cooking your dishes for you to taste at the end. Please contact our destination specialists to add this onto your booking.

  • Shirley Heights

    Island safari

    With an Island Safari on board a jeep, you can explore the natural wonders of Antigua in one day. The trip includes a stop at the historical sugar plantation, Betty Hope’s, where you can enjoy a delicious lunch and to absorb some of the island’s history. The tour takes you to Indian Town National Park, on the east coast, with its windswept craggy shores. After hiking through the dense hiking trail, you will reach Indian Town Point where you can cross Devil’s Bridge, a naturally formed limestone Bridgeway.

  • Naval History

    Antigua’s shores have sheltered many fine sailors and explorers, including Admiral Nelson. Learn more about the island‘s deep nautical history with a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour. From there, follow the picturesque nature trails to Fort Berkeley, a defence built by the British between 1704 and 1745 to protect the island from French invasion. Cool off in the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, where you can leisurely explore the history of the island indoors.

  • Antigua's Wildlife

    Family members both young and old will take great delight in discovering the many inhabitants of Antigua. The Antigua Donkey Sanctuary is home to more than 150 rescued donkeys. Visit the Wadadli Animal Nature Park, where you can watch the playing monkeys, lizards and exotic birds. Alternatively, don a snorkel to get up close with the local marine life, including rare turtles.

Best time to visit Antigua

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Average weather in January

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Antigua
25ºC
30mm

Average weather in February

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Antigua
25ºC
20mm

Average weather in March

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Antigua
25ºC
30mm

Average weather in April

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Antigua
26ºC
30mm

Average weather in May

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Antigua
27ºC
60mm

Average weather in June

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Antigua
28ºC
70mm

Average weather in July

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Antigua
28ºC
80mm

Average weather in August

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Antigua
28ºC
90mm

Average weather in September

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Antigua
28ºC
110mm

Average weather in October

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Antigua
27ºC
90mm

Average weather in November

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Antigua
26ºC
50mm

Average weather in December

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Antigua
25ºC
  • 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

    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

    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.”

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.

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