Your tropical holiday doesn’t have to end at the beach. Although many people are happy spending a day or two of their vacation there, it can quickly grow boring. Even if you do want to spend most of your time relaxing in the sand, when you’re visiting Antigua, there’s no point in sticking to one beach when there are 364 other public beaches you could be enjoying.
The mild temperatures and lovely coral reefs are just a few other attractions Antigua offers. There are geographical highlights that you can only reach by boat, mangroves, and even zip-lining tours available. Here are a few tours on offer for visitors to Antigua.
Explore the coast!
Staying inland is hard on this small island, but making an effort to explore more of the coast than you might be able to walk around is smart. You can easily take a tour that allows you to circumnavigate the coastline of Antigua within a day trip on a motorboat. Boats can easily bring you to the Devil’s Bridge, the Pillars of Hercules, and other Antiguan geographical highlights. They can be a little choppy to ride on, though, so those who are prone to sea-sickness might prefer a catamaran tour that sticks to one specific area. You can also take an excursion to a reef or smaller island, off the coast of Antigua, by boat.
Look at historical sights inland.
The small island is easy to see by land, too. You can easily take tours by a small bus or taxi to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park and other historical sights. If you’ve never been on a Segway, try taking a tour by Segway to the forts and beaches of Antigua – you’re sure to have a blast, and they’re much safer and easier to ride than they seem. If you prefer to get physically active and you’re missing the gym at home, try a biking or hiking excursion. For the highlight of your trip, you can even take a canopy zip-lining tour that offers you thrilling heights, giving you views of the natural environment that you won’t get any other way, and a healthy dose of adrenaline.
Try an off-island tour.
Many Caribbean package holidays focus on Antigua itself, but the nearby islands are just as interesting and tend to be less packed with tourists. Barbuda and Montserrat are two great options for naturally beautiful islands. Barbuda is a 90-minute ferry ride away and offers horseback riding tours, snorkelling, scuba diving, and more. Montserrat can also be reached by ferry and offers taxi and bike tours, or even an active Soufrière Hills volcano.
No matter which tours you decide to try, make sure you book them well in advance through your package holiday provider or the tour operators. Resorts will also help you book tours, so make sure you do it on the first day you arrive. Some tours only operate once or twice a week, and others have limited spots that fill up fast. Antigua is too beautiful an island not to spend a day or two exploring!
Steve Gott is a retired librarian who loves to travel every chance he gets. He also enjoys sharing his experiences on various blog sites.