Antigua is the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands. The island boasts a whopping 365 glorious beaches, a near-perfect climate and plenty to occupy visitors. The Islands capital is St Johns, with its magnificent white Baroque towers of St John’s Cathedral dominating the city’s skyline. The towers are the first sight of Antigua for the island’s visitors, many of whom arrive by boat.
With its recently completed cruise ship dock and many hotels, St John’s is a lively hub for shopping and dining. Most tourist activity is confined to the harbour-front complexes. Mainly in Heritage Quay, a favourite for cruise ship passengers, and the more traditional Redcliffe Quay. For those interested in the early history of the island, there is the Museum. This is housed in the colonial Court House (circa 1750). The museum displays artifacts from the colonial period and from the earlier Arawak settlers who lived on the islands between 35 and 1100 AD. On Friday and Saturday mornings, there is a vibrant farmers market on the southern edge of the city. This is where folk crafts, colourful tropical fruits and a buzzing crowd make for a lively morning.
What to do in Antigua
Antigua’s highest point is Boggy’s Peak, at 1,319 feet (402m), but the island is mostly flat and covered with sugar cane, tropical fruit trees, palms and exotic flowers. For those tired of lazing on the beach, there is sailing, diving, snorkelling, beachcombing and other leisurely pursuits on offer.
Climate in Antigua
The seasonal variations are not very pronounced and temperatures on the island seldom fall below 68ºF (20ºC). June to November is hurricane season so visitors are advised to keep an eye on the weather forecast during this period. The best time to visit Antigua is when the climate is most pleasant from November to February. On the coldest days a light sweater in the evenings is all that is needed. No more than five degrees ever separates the Antigua air temperature from that of the ocean, creating a perfect climate for diving and outdoor activities.
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