English Harbour

At a glance

  • 365 exquisite beaches – one for every day of the year
  • World-class sailing and the annual Antigua Sailing Week
  • The evocative and historic English Harbour

Antigua insider review

Language:

English

Events & Festivals:

February: Super Yacht Cup – Three days of racing.

March: Antigua & Barbuda International Kite Festival – This fun festival for the whole family is held annually at Devil's Bridge. Admire colourful and creative kites, learn how to build your own kite at a workshops, and enjoy food and drink from local stalls.

18-24 April 2018: Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta – Four days of racing.
28 April-04 May 2018: Antigua Sailing Week – Commencing on the last Sunday in April every year, this week of world-class sailing and fantastic parties is one of the biggest events in the World Sailing calendar and attracts hundreds of boats from around the Caribbean.

June: Antigua & Barbuda Sports Fishing Tournament – Anglers compete against each other in this three-day event held at historic Nelson's Dockyard.

22 July-02 August 2018: Antigua Carnival – Ten days of celebrations with lively street parties, parades, pageants, dance, live music and food stalls.

04-10 December 2017: Antigua Charter Yacht Show – Showcases the world's finest charter yachts

at Nelson’s Dockyard Marina in English Harbour, the Falmouth Harbour Marina and the Antigua Yacht Club Marina. 

Beaches:

Antigua’s powdery shores boast crescent beaches and secluded bays. If you fancy a change of scene, hop on a boat to nearby Barbuda and laze on pink and white sands.

Sports:

Watch a game of cricket
Cricket is an important part of Antiguan culture, and the island has produced famous players such as Sir Vivian Richards.

Watersports
Make a splash with diving, snorkelling, fishing, kayaking, sailing and windsurfing.

Outdoor
Hike, cycle or horse-ride through your idyllic surroundings, go bird-watching for colourful species, and play tennis of golf.

Eating / Drinking:

Food
• Antiguan restaurants offer a mixture of spicy Creole dishes and international fare.
• Taste the island’s juicy and sweet black pineapple and visit one of the raw bars along the coast for freshly caught seafood such as spiny lobster, conch, oysters and red snapper.
• Signature Antiguan dishes include ‘goat water’, a deliciously spicy stew; ‘duccana’, a side dish with of sweet potato, pumpkin, coconut, cornmeal, sugar and spices steamed in banana leaves; and ‘fungi and pepperpot’, a thick vegetable stew.

Drink
• Tap water is safe to drink, but we'd advise you to stick to bottled water.
• You can't beat a taste of the Caribbean’s famous rum to wash down all those tasty delicacies.

Shopping:

Browse shops and markets for handicrafts, clothing, local produce and art, jewellery and more.

Good to know:

Visitors should be aware that it is an offence for anyone, including children, to dress in camouflage clothing, which is reserved for military personnel only. Further, guests may be asked to remove any such items, at the airport on arrival and such items, including any items found by Customs in guests’ luggage are subject to confiscation.

Religion
Christianity

Dialling code
+1 268

Tipping:

If a service charge isn’t added to your bill, tip about 15%.

Religion:

Christianity