Discover Antigua’s exciting cruising ground with Barbuda, St. Kitts and Nevis. Montserrat and Guadeloupe are 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 frigate birds, 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 73ºF, reaching 87ºC 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 harbors to overnight and the tidal range is slight.
There are regular direct scheduled flights from the US to Antigua. North American air carriers serving Antigua are predominantly American Airlines (New York JFK, Miami and Puerto Rico), Delta (Atlanta), JetBlue (New York JFK) and Continental (Newark).
7 Day Antigua
DAY1: Arrival at Jolly Harbour Marina
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.
DAY 2: Jolly Harbour to Five Islands Harbour
Sail along the coast to Five Islands, a protected bay and snorkel the wreck of Andes at Deep Bay. You can swim at Galley Bay or hike up to Fort Barrington, which dates back to the 1700s.
DAY 3: Five Islands Harbour to North Sound
Head for Jabberwock Beach for a swim before sailing to Great Bird Island for wonderful snorkeling around reefs and for some bird spotting.
DAY 4: North Sound to Nonsuch Bay
Enjoy the secluded anchorages at Nonsuch Bay, or visit the luxury resorts for fine dining. The resorts are a great place to try some water sports, as the area is a renowned kite-surfing spot.
DAY 5: Nonsuch 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.
DAY 6: English Harbour to Falmouth Harbour
Marvel at the Pillars of Hercules as you leave English Harbour. Sail to Falmouth to try the local cuisine at the many restaurants in the harbour, or relax at Pigeon Beach.
DAY 7: Falmouth Harbour to Jolly Harbour Marina
Head back along the coast past Dickenson Bay and onto the outstanding Darkwood Beach.
DAY 8: Jolly Harbour Marina
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