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Jolly Beach Resort & Spa

Nestled on the islands best white-sand beach amidst 40 acres of lush gardens, Antigua's Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is an exceptional Caribbean Experience, featuring friendly Antiguan hospitality, excellent all-inclusive value and convenient amenities. Two pools – one quiet, one the center of activity – are a refreshing escape under the warm Caribbean sun, and our picture postcard white-sand beach will be sure to make you smile and jump for joy. Whether you are looking for peace and quiet or fun-filled days, Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is the perfect Antiguan all-inclusive beach vacation for you.

Bolans Village St Mary’s , 268-462-0061

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Coco's Hotel and Restaurant

Nestled into the cliffside overlooking the crystal blue waters of the Caribbean, Cocos Hotel provides the most exceptional personal service in an authentic Caribbean setting. This romantic boutique resort features 26 individual wooden Caribbean chattel style cottages, each offering a private balcony with spectacular views and showers opening to the sea. Cocos is situated between two powdery secluded white beaches reserved for our guests.

Valley Church , (268) 460-2626

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Royal Antiguan Beach Resort

Surrounded by iridescent seas, tropical gardens and sandy beaches, The Grand Royal Antiguan Beach Resort is a reflection of the island's magnificence. We invite you to indulge in the luxury of our 40-acre, tropical garden estate-a secluded hideaway bordered by a protected cove and ½ mile of glistening beach. This Caribbean beach hotel sits on Antigua's western coast, nestled into a hillside at breathtaking Deep Bay.

St. John's , (268) 462-3733

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The Villas at Sunset Lane

The Villas at Sunset Lane is Antigua's Exclusive Boutique Hotel located on the beautiful island of Antigua. Nestled on a hillside above one of Antigua’s most scenic Beaches, Dickinson Bay, this 10 Room Boutique Hotel is just minutes away from St. John's (Antigua’s Capital). From the villas, it is a 5 minute stroll to either one of the most attractive beaches on the northwestern side of the island or a newly constructed casino. With its many balconies, the villas offer guests the opportunity to enjoy the tropical Leeward breezes as well as witness the spectacular evening sunsets. There is also the ever-present view of the tranquil turquoise Caribbean Sea.

St. John's , (268) 562-7791

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Curtain Bluff Spa

72 rooms and suites run along the Atlantic “surf” beach and up the rocky bluff. All have gaze-all-day views, and either open directly on to the sand or are just a few steps from it. Breakfast and dinner are served in the main restaurant on a tiled courtyard shaded by a spreading tamarind tree; lunch, in the beach restaurant on the Caribbean “swimming” beach. An intimate, tranquil spa sits amid gardens, feet from the sea.

Antigua , 268-462-8400

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Siboney Beach Club

A romantic, intimate, suite hotel located on the turquoise waters and white sand beach of Dickenson Bay, Antigua, it is set in an amazing tropical garden – the most luxuriant in Antigua. With a fresh water swimming pool hidden away amongst verdant foliage, palms and brilliant flowers the accommodations in exceptionally comfortable one bedroom suites are furnished in Caribbean style.

St. John's , (268) 462-0806

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Palms Wellness Centre

Jolly Beach Resort & Spa is the Caribbean’s perfect blend of beach vacation and spa hotel. A tranquil haven offering pampering treatments from stone therapy and soothing wraps to body scrubs and deep tissue massages; the Palms Wellness Centre is a luxurious addition to your holiday at Jolly Beach Resort & Spa. Spoil yourself with an outdoor massage on the beach or in the Gazebo.

St Mary’s , 268-462-0061

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Anchorage Inn Hotel

The Anchorage Inn, a small hotel in Antigua, is a charming, colourful, Caribbean 40 room inn, standing impressively en route to the main hotel belt "Dickenson Bay" in the North West of Antigua in the Caribbean. Anchorage Inn offers affordable hotel rooms in Antigua and consists of 12 waterfront/beach condos, 7 self contained apartments, 9 standard rooms and 24 Superior Ocean View rooms.

St. John's , 268-462-4065

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Hawksbill by Rex Resorts

The Hawksbill by rex resorts is set on 37 acres of landscaped tropical gardens, Hawksbill by rex resorts is one of those Antigua hotels that you’ll never want to leave. This resort Antigua has four secluded beaches to offer its guests, including, for budding naturists, the only ‘clothing optional’ beach in the whole of Antigua. This hotel Antigua offers a wide range of accommodation options, including detached cottages nestled amongst the palms which look out to the sea.

St. John's , 268-462-0301

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Tranquility Bay

Tranquility Bay Antigua features 64 fully furnished suite accommodations. Each private suite features a full kitchen, separate living room and bedroom, expansive balcony and in-room laundry. Tranquility Bay Antigua sits along a one-mile stretch of breathtaking white sand beach and calm turquoise waters that are protected from winds.

St Mary’s Parish , 268-562-5183

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Sugar Ridge Hotel

Sugar Ridge Hotel is on the wonderful west coast of Antigua and is nestled into a natural hillside bordered with sugar cane. Sugar Ridge is a new luxury boutique hotel and with its elevated position captures the most stunning and panoramic views of palm lined beaches,the turquoise Caribbean Sea, and the neighboring islands of Redonda, Nevis and St. Kitts which sit like gems upon the horizon.

Jolly Harbour , 268-562-7700

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Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort

Set on a 300-acre private island, Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort casts a spell of serene enchantment. Nestled two miles off the coast of Antigua, the exclusive resort is a naturalist's haven noted for its lush landscape, stately palm trees and three superb, white sand beaches. A secluded hideaway accessible only by boat, the luxury resort is known worldwide for providing discerning travelers with world-class service and distinguished amenities.

St. John's , 268-462-6000

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Blue Waters Resort

Blue Waters is a brilliant blend of old and new where classic Caribbean style meets contemporary amenities. From hillside rooms surrounded by inviting gardens to beachfront accommodations renowned for their spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea, our luxuriously appointed rooms and suites cater to the sophisticated needs of today’s traveler without compromising the enchanted appeal of the Caribbean.

St. John's , 870-360-1245

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Sandhaven Hotel

Sandhaven Hotel sits on one of the best beaches in Antigua and offers all the facilities that you need to make your experience relaxed and fulfilled. When visiting for just a day you want the best facilities at the nearest point and at the most reasonable price. There's no fee to come to Sandhaven and it's the lowest fare in a taxi from the pier. Beach facilities include chairs, loungers, sun-umbrellas, fresh-water showers, waiter service on the beach, disabled access, bathroom facilities, jet-skis, and horse-back riding. Life-guard service is available on cruise ship days.

St John's , 268-771-6803

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Dove Cove Hotel

Dove Cove Hotel is a secluded, informal, all-suite apartment hotel set amongst manicured tropical gardens and complemented with an attractive swimming pool. Just minutes from the form warm clear waters of two of the island’s most beautiful beaches – Fort James and Runaway Bay and a 5 minutes drive to popular Dickinson Bay, this is the perfect base for a relaxing beach holiday.

St. John’s , 268 463-8600

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Buccaneer Beach Club

Located directly on the beach, Buccaneer Beach Club combines the class and elegance of the best resorts with the charm, grace and relaxation that you only find in the Caribbean. Our rooms are designed for a tropical, vibrant Caribbean feeling and each one has its own verandah or balcony to help you relax and enjoy your vacation. Ideally situated on Dickenson Bay, Buccaneer Beach Club is idyllic Antiguan accommodation for people who want to be close to bars, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, but still only steps away from the beach.

St. John's , 268 562 6785

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Trade Winds Hotel

Beautifully situated on a hillside overlooking the spectacular Dickenson Bay, this idyllic hotel exudes a soothing sense of tranquility and seclusion. The stunning fifty room hotel provides guests peaceful surroundings to relax in with lush landscaped gardens and an attractive fresh water swimming pool. Trade Winds is renowned for its' restaurant, The Bay House, rated as one of Antigua's finest.

Dickenson Bay St. John's , 268-462-1223

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I have never stayed in Anitgua in a resort but i know they have a lot of really nice ones. You should try to find one around a nice beach of course and Dikenson Bay has many resorts right on the beach. Dickenson Bay is a popular tourist destination with great restaurants and bars and has great sunsets in the evenings.

Jun 10, 2014
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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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