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Destination guide

Find great holiday homes in Antigua and Barbuda

Spread between 2 big islands and a smattering of smaller coral islets on the cusp of the Caribbean Sea and the Atlantic Ocean, the archipelago nation of Antigua and Barbuda could just be the archetypal tropical getaway you've been searching for. Wherever you look there are verdant packs of palm trees dipping down to a cobalt-blue sea, little dashes of resplendent white sand and glowing yachts speckling the horizon. Throw in luxurious Antigua and Barbuda holiday lettings with glistening pools and beachfront access, sizzling fish curries, uber-fresh mangoes and an intriguing mix of Colonial history and rum-sloshing fun – only then do these enticing escapes begin to take shape.

History

Colonial touches to history in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua was first added to the map when it was spotted by Christopher Columbus, back in the 15th century. He named the main island but didn't land there, meaning modern settlements had to wait for the arrival of British colonists in the 1600s. Sugar plantations and tobacco farms soon sprang up in their wake. Then, the Royal Navy noticed the natural harbours on offer around the coast, and Antigua and Barbuda became the official home of the British West Indies fleet. You can trace that history at the UNESCO-attested Nelson's Dockyard, home to the old residence of Horatio Nelson, 18th-century barracks and big cannons aplenty.

Beaches

World-class beaches near Antigua and Barbuda holiday homes

  • Cotton-white sand, grass-green palm trees and turquoise seas make Ffryes Beach a picture postcard-perfect option
  • Galley Bay Beach, close to St John's, is a popular choice– it has soft, sloping sands and light blue waters
  • Darkwood Beach is a snorkeller's paradise, ringed by reefs and frequented by colourful tropical fish
  • 17-Mile Beach runs the whole length of Barbuda, offering total seclusion and truly pristine sands
  • Head to Rum Bus Beach to swing in a hammock and discover stunning sea-view Antigua and Barbuda holiday cottages
How to get around

Travelling around Antigua and Barbuda

Unless you plan on spending your whole trip by the cruise ship terminal and cricket grounds of St John's, it's a good idea to rent a car. There are a few local bus services that leave the capital and a number of private transfer companies that can get you to Antigua and Barbuda villa rentals in the main resorts along the coast. However, there's much more freedom in having your own wheels – empty beaches and more-off-the-beaten-track parishes await those that take that option. Getting from the main island of Antigua to smaller Barbuda means hopping on a local ferry connection or a charter short-haul flight.

Food & drink 

Foods to try in Antigua and Barbuda

A spice-packed fusion of Indian, Cajun, Latin and European cuisine imbues the Antigua and Barbuda kitchen with a whole host of taste-bud-tempting dishes. Barbecues of fresh catches are the order of the day in the little fishing shacks that line the shore, with spiny lobster topping the favourites, served boiled or grilled with garnishes of pepper and herbs. The national dish of fungie is another mainstay on the menus, made from cornmeal, topped with okra stalks and partnered with salted codfish. Those with a penchant for spice might also like to delve into realm of jerk kebabs, which bring the culinary influence of Jamaica across to the markets and street stalls of Antigua.

Essential info

Key facts to know when travelling in Antigua and Barbuda

  • The total population of Antigua and Barbuda is around 100,000
  • The dry season in Antigua and Barbuda runs from December to April
  • There's a threat of hurricanes in Antigua and Barbuda in the summer – especially between August and November
  • St John's, the capital of Antigua and Barbuda, is located on the main island of Antigua
  • The Eastern Caribbean dollar is the currency
Good for couples

Romance for couples in Antigua and Barbuda

Whether you're on meditative strolls on ivory sands or sipping evening cocktails as the sun sets, you can really get the romance flowing when staying in Antigua and Barbuda holiday lettings. The remote inlet of Half Moon Bay is a good place to go to be alone with the swaying palm trees and the white-capped Atlantic waves. Spa resorts also pepper the island, meaning a day of coconut-milk massages and aromatherapy is always an option. Then there are the acclaimed bistros, which often have special honeymoon packages – think tasty Caribbean fine-dining for 2, with a flickering candle and cabana right on the sands.

How many holiday rentals are available around Antigua and Barbuda?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 387 holiday lettings around Antigua and Barbuda. From 225 villas to 27 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Antigua and Barbuda?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Antigua and Barbuda. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Antigua: 389 holiday homes
  • Jolly Harbour: 301 holiday homes
  • Falmouth Harbour: 379 holiday homes
  • English Harbour: 310 holiday homes
  • Valley Church: 324 holiday homes

HomeAway.co.uk offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Antigua and Barbuda! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Antigua and Barbuda?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Antigua and Barbuda with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Jolly Harbour: 301 holiday lettings
  • Falmouth Harbour: 379 holiday lettings
  • English Harbour: 310 holiday lettings
  • Valley Church: 324 holiday lettings
  • St John's: 387 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to Antigua and Barbuda?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in Antigua and Barbuda are:

  • V C Bird International Airport (ANU): 392 self catering accommodations
  • John A. Osborne Airport (MNI): 25 self catering accommodations
  • Robert L Bradshaw Airport (SKB): 198 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in Antigua and Barbuda?

HomeAway.co.uk offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in Antigua and Barbuda. From HomeAway.co.uk travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Prickly Pear Island: 391 holiday rentals
  • Nelson's Dockyard: 392 holiday rentals
  • Admiral House: 391 holiday rentals
  • Jolly Harbour Marina: 391 holiday rentals
  • Dickenson Bay Beach: 389 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Antigua and Barbuda listed on HomeAway.co.uk where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.