Top 5 Rated Tourist Attractions in Antigua and Barbuda
The former British colonies have some of the most stunning beaches in the world
Antigua is famous for being the island of 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. For its part, its sister island, Barbuda, is blessed with pristine stretches of rose-tinted sand dotted with chic resorts.
1- Half Moon Bay, Antigua
Bordered by one of the best beaches in the Caribbean, the southeastern tip of Antigua, Half Moon Bay is protected by a reef. With white sand, blue sea and natural foliage, ideal for snorkeling on calm days. For a relaxed day, you can rent chairs and umbrellas and enjoy snacks in a small adjacent restaurant.
2- Stingray City, Antigua
A five-minute fast felucca ride off the east coast of the island is Stingray City. A shallow pool with a sandy bottom in the middle of a tropical reef, home to one of Antigua's most popular activities: hundreds of friendly southern stingrays. They glide through the crystal clear waters waiting to be fed by visitors and, depending on your level of comfort, you can get close to them to see their smooth and satiny bodies.
3- 17 Mile Beach, Barbuda
It is a most dazzling stretch of coastline. Lapped by seas of pale water, this magnificent stretch of floury-soft pink sand impresses each and every one of its visitors. A walk along these sublime shores is one of the most popular activities in Barbuda. You can access the beach by boat and combine the appointment with a stop at a nearby frigatebird colony and thus spend a whole day of enjoyment. It is important to note that this beach has no facilities, and no shade, so if you are not on an organized ride, you should bring your own food and water, as well as plenty of sun protection.
4- Nelson's Dockyard National Park, Antigua
It stretches over 15 square miles of Antigua's south shore and is the island's heritage, environmental and boating hub. There visitors will find scenic views and historic sites. Nelson's Dockyard National Park is a fashionable stretch for tourists and is packed with multiple attractions. Its main draw is that it remains the only continuously operating Georgian shipyard in the world – it is home to the 18th-century Old English Naval Dockyard, which was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in July 2016. Shipyard Museum in the former Admiral's House.
5- Dickenson Bay, Antigua
It is one of the most popular and beautiful beaches, located in the extreme northwest of the island. Here visitors will find everything they need for a splendid day by the sea. It is an ideal place for swimming and water activities such as wet skiing, snorkeling and kayaking. The bay is still the center of the windsurfing scene in Antigua. To end the day, a feast with fresh seafood in one of the restaurants overlooking the beach is a great option. Dickenson Bay is still home to some of the island's most popular resorts, including Sandals Magnate Antigua Resort & Spa and Siboney Beach Club.
Because of these highlights and many more, it's no wonder so many world celebrities travel to the islands to swim, surf, sunbathe and swoon on these dazzling shores.