Discover Antigua’s exciting cruising ground with Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis. Montserrat and Guadeloupe within easy reach. Head to Half Moon Bay for a swim, take a hike to Rendezvous Bay, beachcomb at Hermitage Bay, spot the Pillars of Hercules at English Harbour and stroll the 17 miles of soft sand at Palm Beach on Barbuda, a true itinerary highlight. For marine life, sail to Prickly Pear Island where the water is so shallow you can walk out to the reef, or swim at Great Bird Island. To see frigatebirds, head to Codrington Lagoon. For those who are looking for a charter with a difference, why not enter the world famous Antigua Sailing Week and compete against the best yachts and crews who return year after year!
Antigua is so close to the equator, there is little difference between the seasons. Temperatures are above 23ºC, reaching 31ºC in August, and it has the least humidity of the Caribbean islands. You can benefit from the warm trade winds year-round, which blow in from the northeast at 15 to 20 knots between November and May. You’ll find plenty of quiet harbours to overnight and the tidal range is slight.
In the UK, fly direct to Antigua from London airports with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. During the high season you may find some charter flights out of Manchester.
7 Day Antigua
Day 1: Jolly Harbour to Deep Bay, Five Islands Harbour
Join your yacht at our base for a briefing. Explore this sailing hub, stock up at the supermarket and enjoy dinner at the local restaurants. Sail along the coast to Five Islands, a protected bay, and snorkel the wreck of Andes at Deep Bay.
Day 2: Five Islands Harbour to North Sound
You can swim at Galley Bay or hike up to Fort Barrington, which dates back to the 1700s, before sailing to Great Bird Island for wonderful snorkeling around reefs and some bird spotting.
Day 3: North Sound to Dickenson Bay
Head for Dickenson Bay for a swim on the beach where the luxury resorts are based. This is a long stretch of sand, surrounded by bars and restaurants. You can try out the many water sports on offer.
Day 4: Dickenson Bay to English Harbour
Retrace Nelson’s steps, as this is where he kept his fleet. The dock has been restored to its former glory and is well worth the visit with plenty of places to drink and dine. If you visit on a Sunday, head up to Shirley Heights for a BBQ and to hear the local steel bands play. The view from here is fantastic.
Day 5: English Harbour to Nonsuch Bay
Marvel at the Pillars of Hercules as you leave English Harbour. Enjoy the secluded anchorages at Nonsuch Bay, or visit the five-star resorts for fine dining. The area is a renowned kite-surfing spot if you want to give it a go.
Day 6: Nonsuch Bay to Carlisle Bay
Head back along the coast and stop off at Rendezvous Bay, before heading for Carlisle Bay’s smart resorts.
Day 7: Carlisle Bay to Jolly Harbour Marina
Head around the coast to Morris Bay, Turners Beach and the outstanding Darkwood Beach.
Day 8: Jolly Harbour Marina
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