The island of Antigua offers a complex coastline of idyllic harbours, coves, and secluded white powdery-soft sand beaches. Inland there is even a small rainforest with exciting zip-line adventures. The saying goes that there are 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. We won’t be able to take you to all of them - but to as many of these gems as we can! A protective wall of coral reefs scattered around the island makes it a perfect snorkel haven. Scuba divin, on wrecks and to the south of the islands underwater cliffs, makes it an attractive site for enthusiasts from all over the world. Antigua is steeped in history with remnants from the British Royal Navy and sugar mill industry. It has become a highly sought-after destination in the Caribbean, yet still offering a low-key, relaxed atmosphere - where ‘liming in Da Caribbean’ is very much the motto of the day, every day!
Flying to Antigua
V.C. Bird, Antigua International Airport (airport code: ANU), is located on the northeast corner of Antigua. There are many daily direct flights and connections from the U.S. and Canada as well as from Europe. Scheduled and charter service is available to many of the neighbouring islands.
Airlines Serving North America
Reservations and Information: + 800 744 2225 (toll free)
(268) 480-5601 Extension 5704
(800) 622 1015
Airlines serving the U.K. and Europe
Caribbean Airlines Reservations: 020 8577 1100
British Airways (daily)
Reservations: 0870 850 9 850 (24hrs).
Antigua (pronounced An-tee'ga) and Barbuda are located in the middle of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, roughly 17 degrees north of the equator. To the south are the islands of Montserrat and Guadaloupe, and to the north and west are Nevis, St. Kitts, St. Barts, and St. Maarten/St. Martin. Antigua, the largest of the English-speaking Leeward Islands, is about 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, encompassing 108 square miles. Its highest point is Boggy Peak (1319 ft.), located in the southwestern corner of the island. Barbuda, a flat coral island with an area of only 68 square miles, lies approximately 30 miles due north. The nation also includes the tiny (0.6 square mile) uninhabited island of Redonda, now a nature preserve. The current population for the nation is approximately 68,000 and its capital is St. John's on Antigua.
Antigua is an all-year destination, with daytime temperatures ranging between 82F (28C) and 88F (31C). When the sun sets around 6.30 pm (consistently throughout the year) the temperatures drop to a comfortable 77F (25C) to 82F (28C). The hurricane season is officially between June and November, with possible activity taking place in September. TradeWinds has an excellent safety and weather preparation record, should a named storm approach, yachts will be redirected and guests assisted with alternate arrangements on land. The upside to traveling in the summertime and autumn in the Caribbean in general is that the weather is truly great and the waters are as gorgeous as ever. There are no high seas to talk about and the waters are calm with a great breeze for sailing. Water temperature is steady year round and averages 81F (28C)so no need for divers to bring wetsuits.
What to bring
Please pack as lightly as you can. Most of our guests wear only a fraction of what they bring! All you really need are shorts, tee shirts and beachwear. In addition to this perhaps something a little more dressy for the two evenings you will be dining ashore. Soft luggage is preferable if you have it. We have some limited storage onshore for your empty bags, but please bring as little as you are comfortable with. Between meals, fresh fruit is available. If you like to eat more between meals, please feel free to bring snacks with you.
It is advisable to bring a change of clothes and toiletries in your carry-on. If your baggage gets lost en route it may not be able to be delivered to you until a few days later.
What shoes shall I bring?
You only need sandals or other shoes for the nights on shore as you will be barefoot whenever you are aboard. Good sturdy sandals, like TEVA-style models are preferred as they are very comfortable. If you are a runner, bring your sneakers, as there could be an opportunity for a run here or there.
You will be around water for the week. If you are concerned about getting your purse, wallet or watch wet, bring a small dry bag. These can be purchased from sports and outdoor vendors. Some of them roll up and trap the air inside which has the added benefit of making the bag float.
All of our yachts carry a fishing rod onboard - we usually troll a line when sailing from island to island and will often catch yellow fin, wahoo, mahi-mahi or similar ...... which might become lunch, served fresh from the yachts barbecue or perhaps as a sushi/ sashimi!
Travel insurance We strongly advise that all guests cruising with us have fully comprehensive travel insurance which will cover all eventualities such as hotel accommodation, lost baggage, changes to flights etc.
Part of the island is 110 volts, the remainder is 220 volts. Most hotels have both voltages available.
Official currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar which is fixed to the US dollar. The exchange rate is US$1.00 = EC$2.67. US currency, travelers checks and major credit cards are welcome everywhere.
If you wish to stay for one or more days prior to sailing please see this link http://www.antiguanice.com.
Visas and restrictions
For U.S., Canadian and European Community citizens, a valid passport, a return/continuing ticket and a confirmation of accommodation on land or on a yacht is required.
For other countries, please confirm with the Antigua Tourist board.
There is a 15% VAT charge on goods.
Antigua and Barbuda tourism board
Please click here to read more about a sample itinerary for a crewed sailing charter out of Antigua & Barbuda.