Antigua & Barbuda epitomises the quintessential tropical paradise with its glistening turquoise waters, pristine white sands and gently swaying palm trees. With its year-round ideal temperature and refreshing sea breezes, the twin islands create a vacation experience straight out of dreams.
However, these islands offer much more than just stunning beaches. History buffs can delve into the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Nelson’s Dockyard, explore historic forts and visit Betty’s Hope sugar plantation. Nature lovers can venture to the offshore islands, indulge in diving and snorkelling amidst vibrant reefs and witness the incredible Frigate Bird Sanctuary, home to the largest colony of these magnificent birds in the Western hemisphere. Yachting and sailing enthusiasts will find unparalleled opportunities here.
Additionally, the islands cater to diverse tastes, offering world-class restaurants, sumptuous spas, and the whole gamut of water sports, golf, and hiking experiences. Accommodation ranges from luxury hotels and resorts, lavish villas, traditional guesthouses and even luxury glamping right on the beach.
Unsurprisingly, Antigua & Barbuda has been the recipient of many awards, including the Luxury Destination of the Year in the 2023 Caribbean Travel Awards or the Most Romantic Caribbean Destination by the World Travel Awards, for four consecutive years.
Cruise tourism is playing an ever-increasing role in the country’s tourism product. The cruise terminal at St John’s has been expanded to include a fifth berth to accommodate the largest Oasis-class ships. This expansion is resulting in the homeporting of various vessels, providing a significant boost to the sector in the islands.
With so much to offer visitors, tourism is the main economic driver of the twin islands and accounts for over 65 percent of the country’s GDP and showing a continuous upward trajectory. In fact, 2023 is projected to surpass the previous peak of the 2019 tourist season.