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Guide to Antigua

Azure Waters meet iconic shores that wrote the pages of history

Antigua’s picture-perfect coast is home to what feels like endless stretches of powder-soft beaches with secret caves surrounded by nothing but azure blue waters. To best enjoy the areas once traveled by Nelson, and to best discover the enchanting coral reefs which historically troubled enemy ships, you'll want to be on board a charter yacht. What's more, as the winter home of A-list stars such as Giorgio Armani and Oprah Winfrey, an Antigua yacht rental offers access to some of the Caribbean’s most exclusive resorts, nestled in a myriad of bays and inlets.

Situated in the West Indies, Antigua is one of the defining jewels in the crown of the Leeward Islands. Home to the largest English-speaking community in the East Caribbean, the Montserrat islands are found south of Antigua, and to the west are the hotspots of St. Kitts, St. Barts, St. Martin and the uninhabited coral island of Barbuda. Antigua enjoys a Caribbean climate, complemented by steady winds that make it one of the world’s best sailing destinations.

Interestingly, Antigua’s harbour and surrounding coral reefs were once the Caribbean headquarters for the British Royal Navy back in the 18th century, and their most famous admiral, Horatio Nelson. Thanks to such a commanding place in history, Antigua’s Jolly Harbour remains a preferred haven for those seeking an idyllic yacht charter which promises peace and tranquility.

Surrounded by the finest restaurants and boutique shops, the marina is the perfect introduction to the island before exploring its natural beauty and heritage sites. Travel to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park to see the most iconic landmark of the Antigua’s great history. Perfectly restored to its 18th century glory, it is the only remaining Georgian dockyard in the entire world.

The island’s capital city St. John’s is the largest in Antigua, and is home to the architectural wonder of the Baroque-style St. John’s Cathedral, built with distinct towers that dominate the surrounding landscape. A vibrant city which offers exceptional shopping and fine dining experiences, a visit to St. John’s is a must when enjoying a yacht vacation in Antigua.

What's more, legend has it that Antigua is home to as many beaches as there are days in a year, meaning that a superyacht vacation in Antigua will offer more than enough adventure to keep you fully satisfied.

View all superyachts available for Leeward islands yacht charters today. In order to find out more about the best times to visit, and the kinds of itineraries which are sure to keep you fascinated whilst exploring Antigua, be sure to get in touch with your preferred yacht charter broker

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Reasons to Visit

Fine cruising grounds inhabited with dolphins
Superbly equipped and well-positioned harbors
Lively bar scene
365 beaches to explore
Safe anchorages
Long stretches of colorful coral reef to explore

Good For

  • Snorkeling
  • Nature
  • Diving
  • Volcano
  • Anchorage
  • Mountains

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