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Antigua

Antigua is the quintessential Caribbean island, caressed with warm, steady winds, fringed by a complex of safe harbours and protected by an almost unbroken fringe of coral reef.

Like so many of the islands in the region, Antigua was settled by tribes from Central America but it was the arrival of Spanish conquistadors in 1493 that brought the first contact with European conquistadors – indeed the name Antigua means ’old’ from an ancient icon that resided in the Cathedral in Seville from which many of the settlers came. The English harbour, famed for its shelter at times of storms, was Nelson’s principal naval base in 1780s making Antigua Britain’s gateway in and out of the Caribbean.

This historical legacy is seen today in restored dockyard areas teaming with recreational and business activity, former slave plantations that can be visited, and an annual world class sailing regatta of international importance – and of course cricket, the national sport followed assiduously by the islanders.

If you can tear yourselves away from your villa there is much to see and enjoy on the island, with distances conveniently compact. There are countless sun drenched beaches of white sand such as Cades Reef or Falmouth Harbour from which you can swim in crystal clear aquamarine water even perhaps hiring a sailing boat with a skipper and exploring the coastline and other islands.

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Antigua's proximity to the equator means the island enjoys a tropical climate with long days of sunshine throughout the year. Read More

Antigua's proximity to the equator means the island enjoys a tropical climate with long days of sunshine throughout the year. With little seasonal variation, there isn't one best time to visit Antigua because the island enjoys a beautiful, warm climate all year round. Summer and autumn see hurricanes hit the island, so heavier rains and increased rainfall are to be expected during this season. For the warmest weather, the best time to visit Antigua is during August.

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