The gorgeous tropical isles of Antigua and Barbuda are almost completely encompassed by coral reefs, assets which have been utilized by the local population for centuries. The two main islands are surrounded by a smattering of smaller islands, most of which are uninhabited.
Known as the “Land of 365 Beaches” there is no question that the islands are a beach-goers dream. Tourism dominates the economy, and Antigua is particularly well known for its expansive resorts.
Aside from the beach, cricket is a hugely popular sport on the islands. Several famous cricket players have come from Antigua, giving the islands extra publicity.
Stingray City is an unmissable sight to behold. Step into the water with thousands of rays, so friendly that you can touch them, and even give them a nice big kiss on the gills.
Out of the water, head to the Donkey Sanctuary on Antigua, an unexpected yet heartwarming place to spend the day.
Come during Carnival in August, when islanders celebrate the abolition of slavery.
Fly to Antigua, then take a ferry to Barbuda. Getting around the island can be done by taxi, or by renting your own car.