Last Updated on May 27, 2024

Guest Post by Sara at Big Adventures with Little Feet

Antigua is one of the most popular and safest countries in the Caribbean to visit.  I’ve lived here for the past three winters with my boyfriend and our kids. 

My time on the island has given me the chance to really explore the island.

From beaches to zip lines to boat rides and stingrays, there’s something for everyone on the stunning Caribbean island of Antigua.  

I’ve put together a fantastic 3-day itinerary that showcases some of the best activities and experiences that Antigua has to offer. 





aerial view of Shirley Heights in Antigua

The best time to visit Antigua is in the winter months of December through April. The weather is sunny and warm (it can get to 30 degrees Celsius) and it’s still dry. 

The peak season is great as everything is open and ready for business. These are also the busier months so you should expect some crowds on busy days when the cruise ships are in.

I’d recommend booking any activities a few days in advance to avoid disappointment.

I would suggest that you try to avoid May to September as that’s the hurricane season. Plus outside of the busy months some businesses close. 

Sara's car parked in the beach in Antigua

Car Rental

One of the most popular ways to explore Antigua is to rent a car

It offers you the freedom to be able to visit places when you want to in an order that works best for you. 

We have a car on the island and what I love is that nowhere is more than a 45-minute drive!


If you’re not staying for long, or aren’t keen on driving yourself then taking taxis is a good choice if you want flexibility in visiting attractions at your own pace. 

If you’re visiting some of the more remote places then I’d suggest that you ask your taxi driver to wait for you, because there isn’t any Uber in Antigua.


This is great if you want the planning taken out of the day for you and want to meet other visitors. 

This is an especially fun way to get around Antigua if you take a boat tour as you get to experience the island from the water.



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sea waves and beach scene with houses on a mountain in Antigua



Palm trees and colonial buildings in Nelson Dockyard in Antigua and Barbuda
panoramic view of Shirley Heights with beautiful view of ships and mountains in Antigua

If you’re in the area on either a Thursday or Sunday night then you have to head up the hill to Shirley Heights Lookout.

It is the high building above Galleon Beach.  There they host one of the most fun party nights on the island.

You need to arrive from 4:30 pm onwards to get there for drinks and to watch the sunset over the iconic lookout view over Nelson’s whilst a local steel drum band plays. 

Then once it’s dark a local covers band takes over and that’s when the party really gets started – usually fuelled by several cups of the very punchy local rum punch!

👉 Top tip from a local: Make sure to get to Shirley Heights early to bag yourself a table and order your food tokens with your first round of drinks. 

After sunset, the food token queue becomes very long.


Looking for an epic tour experience around Antigua? Check out this Adventure Antigua – The Xtreme Circumnavigation Tour! 👈



zip lining in the lush green forests of Antigua and Barbuda
idyllic tropical Turners Beach in Antigua with white sands and turquoise waters

The west coast of Antigua has some of the most beautiful beaches where almost all of them have beautiful golden sands and turquoise waters. 

The fun part about these beaches is that they offer a true Caribbean vibe.  

I’ve listed out my favourite 6 beaches on this side of the island and each one of them has either a fantastic restaurant or bar you can enjoy.

✓ Turners Beach

✓ Love Beach

✓ Darkwood Beach

✓ Ffryes Beach

✓ Coco Beach

✓ Valley Church Beach

👉 Top tip from a local: It’s only a 10-minute drive from Turners Beach to Valley Church Beach

I’d recommend that you drive this part of the coastal road and pick a few of the beaches to stop at for a sunbathe and swim.

No trip to Antigua would be complete without a visit to Sheer Rocks which is one of the best restaurants on the island. 

The menu concept is built around seasonal ingredients being combined to create Mediterranean-inspired dishes. 

Hands down it’s one of the best restaurants in the Caribbean and it has the awards to prove it!  

👉 Top tip from a local: My boyfriend and I have dined at Sheer Rocks a few times. 

I would recommend booking one of their lower terrace tables to watch the sunset before your dinner, or a hot tub experience from their higher terrace.

Learn about Antigua’s past and present on this guided tour 👉 Scenic Full Day Tour of Antigua! 



Half Moon Beach beach scene with palm trees blue waters and lush green gardens
waves splashing over the huge rocks of Devil's Bridge in Antigua



Explore the underwater wonders of Antigua with this snorkeling tour 👉 Turtle Beach Power Snorkeling Adventure! 





leatherback turtle swimming under the clear waters of Antigua and Barbuda



Sara Young

Sara Young

Sara Young is the author of Big Adventures With Little Feet, a family travel blog with the key aim to inspire parents to travel with their kids. She loves exploring the world with her sons and giving them big adventures, whether that’s hiking or skiing, sailing or surfing. She and her family spend the winters in Antigua in the Caribbean, where her boyfriend works as a yacht captain. They spend their summers travelling the world to find adventures.



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