At first glance, the two islands of Antigua and Barbuda seem like a paradise, divided into two parts. While Antigua, larger of the two became a tourist hotspot and a favorite getaway for celebrities, Barbuda retained its natural charm and continues to attract people who want to get away from civilisation.
As a destination, Antigua has always been luring travelers from all around the world with its lovely beaches and friendly atmosphere. When in Antigua, the first thing you will notice is the warm greetings and friendliness of the locals. Start a conversation about cricket, and you will probably end up making one or two really good friends! Explore cafes, restaurants and shops at St John’s, Antigua’s capital or visit Shirley Heights lookout for sweeping views of English Harbour. Dickenson Bay and Ffryes Beach are some of the most popular beaches in Antigua, while Rendezvous Bay and Half Moon Bay are more undeveloped and remote. Although the island is primarily known for its beautiful beaches, there are plenty of historical monuments that tell the story of its colonial past – you can visit the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nelson’s Dockyard, an 18th-century British naval base to learn the history of the island.
In contrast with Antigua, life in Barbuda is quite different. Codrington is the only village here. It doesn’t have top-end resorts and lacks amenities of the modern world. What it does offer are some stunning and secluded beaches like the 17-Mile-Beach and the Princess Diana Beach. If birdwatching is something that you enjoy, visit Frigate Bird Sanctuary – one of the largest colonies of frigate birds in the world.
Located in English Harbour, the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Nelson’s Dockyard, is an 18th-century British naval base.