Antigua and Barbuda Adventure Travel Guide
Roughly 17 degrees north of the equator, a warm climate makes Antigua and Barbuda accessible all year round. Temperatures generally range from 25C in the winter to 30C in the summer. Annual rainfall averages only 45 inches, making it the sunniest of the eastern Caribbean islands. The northeast trade winds are nearly constant, flagging only in September.
The coasts of Antigua are ideal for yacht cruising and racing, with constant warm trade-winds and many safe harbours for exploration. The island hosts 'Race Week' in April every year, a major event in the worldwide yachting calendar. Competitors from all over the world flock to Antigua year after year for this once local event to enjoy the party atmosphere and non-stop social scene. The boats involved are packed with Olympic and round-the-world sailors, so it’s a chance to compete with the cream of the crop. Boats are always available for charter; you could easily spend a week cruising around this picturesque Caribbean island! Sister island Barbuda has beaches so long that they dip below the horizon.
The two islands may be in easy reach of each other, but they could be a world apart when it comes to lifestyle. Antigua’s steel drums and lively locals make for an exciting party atmosphere. Here you can dance all night as well as enjoy duty free shopping and watersports. The unspoilt sister island of Barbuda, with its picturesque, pink, sandy beaches and wild bird sanctuaries make this a tranquil paradise for rest, relaxation and complete solitude. No trip would be complete without sailing between the two on the beautiful waters of the Atlantic.
Antigua prospers almost solely on its tourism industry, so there is no shortage of activities for sports enthusiasts, nature lovers, families, or culture-buffs. The country’s coral reefs are famous for their beauty and wildlife. Tourists can snorkel, scuba dive, and fish at any of its beaches. Other watersports include windsurfing, kayaking, and swimming with sting rays! On land, tennis and cricket are popular sports among the locals. Tourists can also visit the beautiful golf courses or bird watch at the island’s many bird sanctuaries. Discover Antigua’s eco-system on one of the popular ‘Seafaris’, and visit off-shore deserted islands, discover hidden caves, capture amazing scenery, and perhaps even get the chance to see a dolphin or a whale!