Antigua Caribbean Island

Antigua Caribbean Island of romance is the choice when seeking a romantic destination for your destination wedding and honeymoon. Antigua is one of the most romantic Caribbean destinations and has been voted the most romantic destination in the Caribbean by the World Travel Awards.

Antigua and Barbuda, are located in the beautiful Caribbean Sea. Antigua is recognized for its numerous coves, bays, and 365 white-sand beaches. The sister island of Barbuda is known for its natural landscape and pink and white sand beaches.

Romantic All-Inclusive Resorts

Galley Bay Resort & Spa, Cocobay Resort, Keyonna Beach Resort, COCOS, Pineapple Beach Resort, Hermitage Bay, Sandals Grande, and the soon to open Hammock Cove Resort are some of the best all-inclusive resorts in Antigua for adults or couples only.

If you are seeking a family-friendly resort for your romantic getaway or destination wedding, perhaps choose one of the following resorts Carlisle Bay,  Jumby Bay Island, The Verandah Resort & Spa, Starfish Jolly Beach Resort & Spa, and St Jame’s Club & Villas.

365 Beaches

That’s a beach for every day of the year! Antigua offers reefs, coves, and clear turquoise waters to go with the beauty of the beaches. Most of the beaches are located alongside the calm and protected waters of the island’s Caribbean side. Most popular beaches on the south and west coasts are Fort James Beach, Hawksbill Beach, Ffryes Bay, Darkwood Beach, Dickenson Bay, and Turners Beach. On the east side of the island you will find Half Moon Bay, voted the number one beach by the Travel Channel, and Long Bay, known for snorkeling.

The Beach Is Just The Beginning

With more than 125 activities along with 365 stunning beaches, there is plenty to keep you entertained.

You can swim with the stingrays, zipline in the Antigua Rainforest, take a sunset cruise, go horseback riding on the beach, take an island tour, try your luck at a casino, soar in a helicopter, and the opportunities go on. There are plenty of water sports, including scuba, snorkeling, sailing, yachting, jet-skiing, kayaking, and more.

I also suggest a day trip to Barbuda to discover the 17-mile pink sand beach and the largest Frigate Bird sanctuary in the world.

Historical Attractions

Spend some time exploring the historical Antigua including the UNESCO World Heritage Site Nelson’s Dockyard. This naval dockyard was once the home of the British fleet during the Napoleonic Wars. Get a real understanding of Antigua’s past with the multimedia presentation at the Dow Hill Interpretation Center which covers a historic overview of six periods of Antiguan history.

See restored sugar mills at Betty’s Hope the first and largest sugar plantation on the island and enjoy a panoramic view of the Caribbean’s longest continuously operational port from Shirley Heights.

The Antigua Carnival is a celebration of the emancipation of slavery in the country. Antigua celebrates with parades, music, beauty pageants, colorful costumes, and more. This celebration is held from the end of July to the first Tuesday in August.

Yachting And Sailing

Antigua is well-known for Caribbean yachting, with excellent sailing conditions and first-class yachting facilities. There are plenty of top sailing events including the Antigua Sailing Week and Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta in April, and the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club Annual Regatta in November.

Lovers of sailing can enjoy day trips while on the twin islands aboard first-class catamarans and yachts. Visit beautiful beaches and more than 40 offshore islands, swim in calm seas, and snorkel in tropical-fish filled reefs. Explore Antigua’s offshore islands with a day trip cruise that can take in such idyllic islands as Great Bird (also accessible via ferry service), Green Island and Prickly Pear. Birders should head to Rabbit Island, a breeding colony of Caribbean Brown Pelicans.

Yachts can be chartered just for two or for a group. Outfitters include Jabberwocky Yacht Charter, which offers day charters, sailing excursions and sunset trips around Antigua. Treasure Island Cruises features sail and snorkel cruises and Tropical Adventures Antigua takes off via yacht on a circumnavigation of Antigua or a trip to Barbuda. Adventure Antigua’s Eli Eco Tour explores the North Sound. Your clients can even learn to sail with Miramar Sailing.

Wildlife Experiences

Turtle watching, when hundreds of tiny sea turtles travel from the sand to the sea, is something magical to witness. The season to see the turtles in Antigua is June through November.

The Antigua & Barbuda Humane Society operates Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary which shelters more than 150 donkeys. Antigua’s Donkey Sanctuary is open Monday through Saturday with free admission. Visitors can even “adopt” a donkey for $25. The donation helps to provide food and any veterinary attention.

Barbuda’s Frigate Bird Sanctuary is a haven for birders. It is home to one of the largest nesting colonies of frigate birds in the Caribbean. Take the short trip over to Antigua’s sister island Barbuda then join a small boat tour to the sanctuary which contains over 170 species of birds in addition to the more than 5,000 Frigate birds.

Other wildlife spottings can include turtles, frigate birds, whales, dolphins, stingrays, herons, pelicans, spotted eagle rays, barracuda, osprey, terns, noddies, and laughing gulls.

Dream Destination Weddings

Antigua, being one of the most romantic Caribbean destinations is perfect for a destination wedding. This romantic island offers backdrops such as white sand beaches, tropical gardens, rolling hills, gazebos, and magnificent sunsets.

Many resorts offer destination wedding or vow renewal packages. Some of the resorts offer free destination weddings (restrictions apply).

Getting married in Antigua is easy. There are no residency requirements, unlike many other Caribbean destinations. In other words, no waiting. You can get married the same day you arrive if you’d like. Even cruise passengers can marry while in port.

You’ll need to complete an application at the Ministry of Legal Affairs & Justice and pay the applicable fees. Then confirm the date and time for your ceremony with a marriage officer and two witnesses. That’s it!

All couples need to marry are valid passports, proof of citizenship, and proof of marital status. All applicants must be over 18 years of age. If the previously married, you will need the original divorce decree or, in the case of a widow or widower, the original marriage and death certificates.

In Conclusion

Antigua Caribbean Island of romance has so much to offer. I’ve only just begun to touch on what there is to do and experience. Come see for yourself what cool looks like Antigua style.

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