Antigua, with its 365 white sand beaches and coves, there's one for every day of the year. Known as the 'Heart of the Caribbean', Antigua sets the gentle rhythm for the laid back pace of the caribbean. The links with British history make Antigua a great place to explore, with historical forts, sugar mills, museums and harbours all providing a fascinating insight into a time when Nelson and the grand sailing ships were frequent visitors.
Excellent watersport conditions attract crowds during Sailing Week but, for the rest of the year, you can retreat into this unspoiled paradise of lush palm groves, tropical flowers and exotic birds.
Antigua is ideally placed for exploring the variety that is the Caribbean. Study a map of the area and see how easy it is to hop over to St Kitts, Nevis, Anguilla or the Virgin Islands and experience another side of West Indian life. You are also just a short flight away from the cosmopolitan chic island of St Barths or the French influence of St Martin.
Hire a jeep and explore Fig Tree Drive - Driving through Antigua is effortless as the island is small and relatively flat. Exploring scenic Fig Tree Drive, you'll pass through rainforest, old sugar mills and churches. But if you dont fancy driving yourself, we'll happily arrange a car and driver for you.
Nelson's Dockyard and English Harbour - Take a trip to this beautifully preserved historic site, the only Georgian naval facility still in use anywhere in the world. You will find many little cafes and restuarants, as well as a museum displaying memorabila from the time Admiral Nelson made this his base in the 18th Century.
Take a catamaran or yacht around the island - Take to the waters and explore someof the 365 beaches that the island has to offer. Your trip will take you right around the island, with plenty of time to enjoy snorkelling and swimming in the crystal clear waters and a relaxing lunch stop at Green Island.
Join the party at Shirley Heights - Every Sunday afternoon this restored garrison, with its magnificent panoramic views of English Harbour, Montserrat and Guadeloupe, comes alive with the island biggest barbecue and steel band concert. If you dont want to eat here, then simply enjoy the music and the party athmosphere.
Flying time from the UK is approximately 8hrs 30 mins
British Airways Daily departures from Gatwick
Virgin Atlantic departures from Gatwick 3 times a week.