Antigua and Barbuda are located in the heart of the Caribbean, the coast of Antigua cradles perfect quiet coves lapped by beguiling enamel blue water. If you can tear yourself away from that towel, you’ll discover that there’s a distinct English accent to this island. Yet, Antigua is also quintessential Caribbean, full of candy-colored villages, a rum-infused mellowness and engaging locals. The island of Antigua was born out of the sea by a volcano about 30 million years ago. The population of Antigua is approaching 80,000, but the Island of Barbuda is relatively unpopulated at 1,600. Days and nights are refreshingly cooled by the gentle trade winds.
Antigua’s northwest coast is home to the popular Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay. Winding along the coast are Ffryes Bay, Darkwood Beach and Johnson’s Point. The beaches of the hilly southwest corner of Antigua are generally less developed than those around St. John’s. Rendezvous Bay and especially Doigs Beach, both located on the central southern coast, are especially quiet. The best beaches of Barbuda are protected by a barrier reef where its a great place for families to enjoy. Long Bay is a good choice for families. The most popular beaches include Redonda, Great Bird Island, Guiana Island, Prickly Pear Island, Maiden Island, and Sandy Island. Long Island is a popular choice for snorkeling, diving, fishing, and bird watching.
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With 365 beaches one for every day of the year, there are lots of water-based activities for water-lovers. Historic walking tours through St. John’s City and the UNESCO World Heritage Site in English Harbour are a fascinating experience. A horse-back ride, or a zip through the rainforest are just some of the other ways to discover the destination.