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Find all the incredible tours available in the Port of Antigua here. Follow the website link and be directed to our Shore Excursion group Affiliate site.You can take a Jeep shore tour of Antigua or maybe you would like to sit back and take a sightseeing tour to learn about Antigua's culture, or you may prefer to test your competitive side by yacht racing shore excursion. At Antigua, there is something for everyone to experience. Book your cruising excursion with us today!.

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Segway Antigua

Segway of Antigua & Barbuda, the official, authorised, and top-rated Segway Tour Operator in Antigua and Barbuda welcomes you. If you are looking for a unique sightseeing tour in Antigua that is fun, put Segway Antigua tours on your list of things to do in Antigua.

, (268) 562-7433

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Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour

The Antigua Zipline Tour is a unique 13 zip and 9 element challenge course eco-tour through lush rainforest where you embark on an unforgettable journey high above the trees. After being fully briefed by experienced ACCT trained and certified Rangers, who will also assist you with the required Petzl equipment, your exhilarating tour of the rainforest journey can begin!

Wallings , 268-562 6363

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Jun 21, 2013
Antigua rainforest tour was Great.Friends staff. Highly recommended in Antigua. Better than walking around town or the beach.

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Nightwing Sports Fishing Charters

It is our wish to offer you an experience of a lifetime. We would like to take you fishing in the deep seas of Antigua. Try your luck at catching the big one. Beginners & seasoned anglers are welcomed by our professional and experienced crew. All charters can be custom tailored to suite your taste. Off the mouth of Jolly Harbour Marina, you fish for Dolphin (Mahi Mahi), Kingfish and Barracuda. This area is ideal for those who are new to game fishing and don't wish to go too far off shore. Ideal for sunning and salt water relaxation.

Jolly Harbour , 268-464-4665

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Jolly Dive

Learn SCUBA diving from our professional team of PADI and NAUI certified SCUBA instructors at our diving school and take your first dive in the blissfully warm waters of the Caribbean sea which surrounds the beautiful leeward island of Antigua. For first time divers we offer a discover scuba diving course.

Jolly Beach , (268) 462 - 8305

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Treasure Island Cruises

Treasure Island Cruises offers you a wealth of know-how, experience and most important of all... a genuine love for sailing and snorkeling! Come out with us on our catamaran, the "Caribbean Queen", for one of our sail and snorkel cruises. Experience a smooth sail along the coastline and be mesmerized by Antigua's unspoiled natural beauty. Snorkel at one of our reefs for an exotic display of marine life. Visit a pristine, white sandy beach for a sumptuous lunch and enjoy a cool swim before heading back to your ship.

St. John's , 268-461-8675

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Pelican Safari Tours

See the culture & diversity of Antigua as this adventure includes all the must see spots of Wadadli on road & off road . Areas visited: Betty's Hope,Devils Bridge, Shirly's Hights, Nelson Dockyard Rainforest & more or any way you want to design your tour.

, 1 268 728 2969

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On Deck Ocean Racing

You are encouraged to participate in our sailing events if you wish and can even drive the yacht yourself. Whether it's taking part in the Antigua Yacht Race e, sipping Champagne on a Sunset Cruise, enjoying a snorkel and beach stop on our day or half-day cruises, there is no other company like us on Antigua so take the helm and sail away out of Falmouth, the 'Caribbean Sailing Capital' .

Antigua Yacht Club Marina Falmouth , + 1268-562-6696

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Beach Escape

Enjoy the mile of soft, white sand bordered by coconut palms, sea grape trees, and inviting aquamarine water of the secluded Dickenson Bay Beach.

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Miramar Sailing Ltd

Enjoy a relaxing Day Charter away from the crowds on our 47ft sailing yacht "Hawnalea", skippered by Captain Kevin. Up to 12 guests taken on these Private & Exclusive charters that include snorkelling, a selecion of drinks, lunch plus a magical tour along our west coast and through the history of our island. Arrange for our Cruise Ship Collect/Return service in St. John's and simply ENJOY!

Jolly Harbour Marina Antigua , +1 268 721 3456

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Sep 02, 2013
Great tour. Nice boat and friendly staff. Thanks cruise port connection.

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Stingray City

Your Stingray City Antigua Snorkel Adventure will be the highlight of your vacation, and an experience that will live with you forever. Our Southern Rays are with out doubt The Brightest Rays in the Caribbean, very friendly and gentle. Come and enjoy with us this unique experience of touching and feeding a Stingray, together with snorkeling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colorful tropical fish.

St. John's , 268-562-7297

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Jabberwocky Yacht Charter

"Your yacht for the day" A day charter aboard a 50 foot crewed sailing yacht tying in with ship times. White sails against an azure sky, turquoise seas, verdant green hills combine for what is often described as "best day of our cruise" Jabberwocky offers sailing,swimming,snorkeling,sunbathing,a freshly prepared lunch and open bar for private parties of 2 to 10. Visit website for more info

, Antigua 268 764 0595

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Caribbean Helicopters Ltd.

If you want to see all the highlights of Antigua and are limited on time why not try flying over the island in a helicopter.You will see the breathtaking views of all the beach and local attraction and then be dropped back off at the cruise ship terminal. what an experience you will never forget.

Jolly Harbour , 268-460-5900

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Best of Antigua

The best of Antigua tour will indulge yourself with the magnificent colonial history of Antigua.

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Cedar Valley Golf Club

This magnificent golf course is located on the northern end of the island, minutes away from major resorts and hotels and within 3 miles from the capitol, St. John's and the cruise ship port, making it easily accessible to cruise ship passengers. You can improve your swing on the 300 yards driving range and the golf club accommodates players of all skill levels.

St. John's , 268-462-0161

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Adventure Antigua Eco Tours

The Eco Tour is a day of beachcombing, caving, guided snorkeling, exploring the reefs, mangrove forests and wildlife is disturbed only for a delicious lunch and perhaps a nap on a deserted white sand beach. Eli has called the waters of Antigua and Barbuda home for over twenty years and has designed these tours so that he and his guides will show you what no-one else can. The whole family can enjoy this boating excursion with just the right mix of adventure, education and relaxation. After taking cruise and hotel guest on our boats for over eight years we are experts at what we do and our boats are the best in Antigua without a doubt.

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Scenic Tours Antigua

If you visit Antigua why not try and experience the island on a segway!.This tour will begin in St. John’s and goes by country villages like Freeman’s Village, All Saints, and Liberta then stops at some heritage sites including English Harbour, Shirley’s Heights & Nelson’s Dockyard.

St. John's , 1-888-380-1234

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Antigua Paddles Eco Kayak Tour

Enjoy a half day of kayaking, power boating or snorkeling, paddle tranquil lagoons, uninhabited islands and protected mangroves or snorkel and hike on Bird Island that has white beachs. If arriving by cruiseship, we will "meet and greet" you by the gangway of your ship. Leaving from our capital, St. John ’s, there is a 25 minute drive through small villages and countryside to our kayak clubhouse.

Seatons , 268-463-1944

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ATV Adventure

While in Antigua why not try and enjoy a true off-road experience riding your own ATV from the northeast coast of Antigua to the center of the island.

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Spring Hill Riding Club

We would like to invite you to come and join us for a relaxed trail ride and see Antigua from a different viewpoint. The Stables are very close to several beaches and to the historic sites of English Harbour. Ride in the cool of the morning and explore the rest of English Harbour in the afternoon. We offer some wonderful trail rides through the hills with scenic views, or treks to the beach with the opportunity to swim with your horse in the warm waters of this Caribbean island. If you are coming to Antigua by Cruise ship, check on the arrival time of the ship, and you can book a taxi or take a bus from the West bus station right opposite the market (about 7 minutes walk from the Cruise Ship dock) and catch a bus to English Harbour, ask the driver to set you down at Farrell Road in Falmouth, and then it is about 7 minutes walk to the stables.

Falmouth , 268-460-7787

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Detour Bike Trails

Come and experience Antigua 'off road' with Detour Bike Trails. Taking to the trails and tracks in many cases impassable by four wheeled vehicles, you will discover Antigua seen by very few people. With our fully kitted out tour bus, we pack up the bikes, pick you up from your cruise ship, hotel, villa or apartment and head off to the start of the trail. We take refreshments along with us, so that we can stay 'off road' for as long as possible and then head for the trails.

Fort Road St. John's , 268-772-7343

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There are a lot of great shore excursions and tours to take in Antigua. You can go Sailing, or snorkeling. you can try sport fishing or go Zip Inning. Antigua has beautiful blue water so taking a water based tour is highly recommended. Of tours are not your thing then find a way to get to a beach because the beaches in Antigua are the best!

Jun 10, 2014

I have never been on a tour in Antigua before. i seem to allows go to the beach whenever i am there. I went to Jolly Beach the first time and couldn't get over how blue the water was. i had my sun glasses on and had to take them off to believe how blue the water really was. with the white sand and blue clam water, i think that Jolly beach is one of the if not the nicest beach in the Caribbean..

Jun 09, 2014

On deck racing is an amazing tour. great people. really nice boats. thanks for sharing we loved it.

Mar 21, 2014

the Segway tour looks really cool. I tried one once in Curacao and had a great time. The big wheels riding on the sand look like a lot of fun. Antigua Segway, here i come!

Aug 31, 2012

Horseback riding along the beach was a great experience. We had a very memorable day. Highly recommend it.

Jun 19, 2010
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INTRODUCTION TO ISLANDS
Antigua is the largest of the British Leeward Islands in the East Caribbean 17deg north of the equator, with Montserrat and Guadaloupe to the south and Nevis, St Kitts and St Maarten to north-west. A main business and communications center of the Caribbean. Once dependent on sugar, now relies on cotton and tourism. Capital is St John's.
 

The islands' main attractions are relaxation, historical sights, deep-sea fishing, golf and tennis, sailing, scuba diving and snorkeling, windsurfing, beautiful beaches, bicycling, horseback riding, cricket, yachting, casinos and friendly people. If you enjoy excellent beaches, food and water sports - and are not on a strict budget - Antigua and Barbuda are for you.
In fact, Antigua has 365 beaches - one for every day of the year!
 

NEW CRUISE SHIP FACILITIES

Antigua's St John's Harbour has been dredged in a US $22million project to upgrade the area and accommodate the new generation of bigger cruise ships calling since October 2001. Passenger arrivals expected to increase from 460,000 in 2001 to 600,000 in 2002.
Other plans for this project include building a new pier, upgrading and renovation of Heritage Quay dock to handle even larger vessels, extension of the boardwalk from Heritage Quay to Redcliffe Quay, a new waterfront shopping complex and an upgrade of shoreside facilities, such as parking areas and taxi stands.
 

GEOGRAPHY


Antigua & Barbuda comprises three islands - Antigua, Barbuda and Redonda. They are low-lying and volcanic in origin.
Antigua's coastline curves into a multitude of coves and harbours. Barbuda lies about 40km (25 miles) north of Antigua and is an unspoiled natural haven for wild deer and exotic birds. Its 8km-long (5-mile) beach is reputed to be among the most beautiful in the world.
 

The island's village capital, Codrington, was named after the Gloucestershire family that once leased Barbuda from the British Crown for the price of 'one fat pig per year if asked for'. There are excellent beaches and the ruins of some of the earliest plantations in the West Indies. The coastal waters are rich with all types of crustaceans and tropical fish.
Redonda, smallest in the group, is little more than an uninhabited rocky islet. It lies about 40km (25 miles) south-west of Antigua.
 

When To Go

Temperatures are usually warm in Antigua and Barbuda. Daytime range 75-80F/25-30C and nights about 10F/5C cooler. Summer temperatures are a bit hotter.
The islands are among the driest in the Caribbean and it's often sunny and arid with a pleasant breeze blowing. Exception to this is hurricane season (July-October), when it's cloudier, hotter and more humid.
 

OVERVIEW

If you're unfamiliar with Antigua, know this: Robin Leach of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous has a home there. Needless to say, the island has some of the most luxurious villas and exclusive resorts in the Caribbean and is a favorite destination for yachters.
 

Those who have yet to be either rich or famous will find that Antigua has more moderately priced hotels than its high-end neighbors, Anguilla and St. Barts.
And there's more to do than just luxuriate because Antigua boasts two first-rate historic sights - Nelson's Dockyard and Betty's Hope Estate - and Barbuda is more a bird sanctuary than a lavish resort isle.
 

The Siboney Indians originally inhabited Antigua and Barbuda and were succeeded by the Arawak. In turn, they were forced out by the cannibalistic Caribs. Christopher Columbus named Antigua in 1493 but attempts by the Spanish and French to colonize the islands failed.
 

They remained unsettled by Europeans until the 1630s, when the British established a colony on Antigua. Famous British Admiral Horatio Nelson figures large at tourist spots but it all really began with another Briton, Sir Christopher Codrington, who arrived on the island in 1684 - 100 years before Nelson - to see if it could support the sort of large-scale sugar cultivation already flourishing elsewhere in the Caribbean.
 

He soon proved it could. Over the next 50 years the industry exploded on the island and, by the mid-18th Century, it was dotted with more than 150 cane-processing windmills, each supporting a big plantation.
Nearly 100 of these picturesque stone towers still survive today serving as houses, bars, restaurants and shops across the island. At Betty's Hope - Codrington's original sugar estate - visitors can see a fully restored sugar mill.
Unlike many Caribbean Islands, Antigua and Barbuda were not subjected to numerous changes of government in the colonial period. Except for a brief period of French rule, they were held by the English from the early 1600s until they achieved independence in 1981.
 

By the end of the 18th Century, Antigua had become an important strategic port as well as a valuable commercial colony. It became known as "The Gateway to the Caribbean" offering control of major shipping routes to and from the lucrative colonies.
 

Thus the arrival of Britain's Horatio Nelson in 1784 to develop naval facilities at English Harbour and build what's now known as Nelson's Dockyard - a major turning point in the island's evolution.
By all accounts, Nelson was not too fond of Antigua. But serving under him was Britain's future King William IV who seemed to like it so much Clarence House was built for him!
 

It was during William's reign, in 1834, that Britain abolished slavery in its empire. Then the sugar market declined and the islands went into economic decline.
Though unproductive, the large plantations were not redistributed after slavery ended, as they were on many Caribbean islands. This helped create desperate conditions for the former slaves, which led to unrest in the early 1900s.
Today, the island nation is inhabited primarily by the descendants of the slaves and tourism has helped ease the economic hardships of some of the residents. Antigua and Barbuda remain part of the British Commonwealth.
For many years, the Bird family have dominated the country's politics. Vere Bird Snr. (known as "Papa Bird") has been powerful since the 1940s and was prime minister from 1981 to 1993, when he was succeeded by his son, Lester Bird.
Facts At A Glance
 

Area: Antigua: 280sq km (108sq miles); Barbuda: 161sq km (62sq miles); Redonda: 1.6sq km (0.6sq miles). Total: 441.6sq km (170.5sq miles).

Population: 64,612 (1996).
Capital: St. John's (pop: 22.342 at last count in 1991)
Economy: Tourism, manufacturing.
Government: Constitutional monarchy. Gained internal full independence in 1981. Head of State: HM Queen Elizabeth II, represented locally by Governor-General Sir James Carlisle since 1993.
Head of Government: Prime Minister Lester Bird since 1994.
Language: English is the official language. English patois is widely spoken.
Religion: Anglican, Methodist, Moravian, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Baptist, Seventh Day Adventist and others.
Currency: Eastern Caribbean dollar (EC$). U.S. dollar widely accepted. Most major credit cards and traveler's checks accepted in urban and tourist areas.
Time Zone: Atlantic; 4 hours behind GMT. Daylight Saving Time is not observed.
Telecommunications: Country code 1 268. No city code needed. Outgoing international code 011.
Electricity: 220/110 volts AC, 60Hz. American-style 2-pin plugs. Some hotels also have outlets for 240 volts AC; in this case European-style 2-pin plugs are used.
Airport Departure Tax: Yes.
 

POTPOURRI
Antigua's most-famous writer is Jamaica Kincaid - now a U.S. resident - but she didn't rise to that position by praising her homeland. Her book A Small Place takes a critical view of the island's government, its colonial legacy and its reliance on tourism. She has called Antigua a "monument to rottenness".


Antigua was one of the islands hit by a hurricane in 1995. About 60% of the buildings were damaged and 10% destroyed. Another hurricane struck in 1998, causing more damage.


In the waters off Barbuda, the graceful spotted eagle ray, sometimes 6ft/2m wide, may swim right up to you. Don't panic - it's just curious.


Carnival is held during the 10 days preceding the first Monday in August with great steel-drum bands, calypso music, parades with floats and dancers in colorful costumes.
Columbus named Antigua "Santa Maria de la Antigua" after a miracle-working saint whose statue graces the Seville Cathedral in Spain.
Antigua Sailing Week in late April is the Caribbean's most important yachting event and draws a world-class field.
The national game is warri, which is similar to chess. It requires considerable strategy.
Public Holidays: New Year's Day (1 Jan), Good Friday, Easter Monday, Labor Day (first Monday in May), Whitmonday, Queen's Birthday (second Saturday in Jun), Caricom Day (3 Jul), Carnival (first Monday and Tuesday in Aug), Independence Day (1 Nov), Christmas Day (25 Dec) and Boxing Day (26 Dec).
 

SHOPPING
Shopping Hours: Most Monday-Saturday 8 am-4 pm and closed on Sundays.
The cruise terminal at Heritage Quay has a shopping center with 40 duty-free stores offering clothing, perfumes, jewelry, linens, china, local artworks, liqueurs and gift items. Another hotspot is the restored Georgian-era buildings at nearby Redcliffe Quay.
Bargaining in stores is not an accepted practice on the island but street vendors are almost always willing to negotiate.

 

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