"A Billionaires Playground"
Oprah Winfrey once referred to the Caribbean island of Antigua as a billionaires playground, so it isnít surprising that celebrities like Eric Clapton and Georgio Armani have homes there. Once you set foot on the sugary white sands of Antigua it isnít hard to see why so many people treasure this scenic island. With a beach for every single day of the year, Antigua is filled with places to explore and things to do.
Things to KnowThe roads in Antigua are not in the best shape. Many of the roads have potholes and are in grave need of repair. It can also be quite difficult to find parking in the capital city of St John. Most people opt to use public transportation, or taxis when traveling in Antigua to avoid these problems.
When to GoThe weather in Antigua is nice year-round, but the heaviest time for tourism is between mid-Decemeber and April. Between August and October many places close so it is advisable to avoid traveling to Antigua during this time. For good rates try visiting Antigua between November and mid-December, or from May through July.
Things to DoBeach-going is the number one thing to do while you are in Antigua. Dickenson Bay is a popular choice for beaches in the northwest and Johnsonís Point, near Jolly Harbour, is great for people who want to do some snorkeling. When you get off the beach check out the Nelson Dockyardís National Park near English Harbour, or St Johnís Cathedral in the capital. If you are looking for some delicious Caribbean food check out Papa Zoukís in St Johnís. The seafood is mouthwatering and the place offers both intimate dinning in back and family-style seating in front. For a less expensive adventure in Caribbean dining try Russellís in Fort James. This place has an amazing view and romantic ambiance, but it is the local specialties, like the conch fritters, that keep this place popular.
Things to AvoidStay away from the dock area in St Johnís on days when cruise ships are docked. The area becomes crowded and overrun with vendors. If you need to go try early morning, or late afternoon to avoid the hustle and bustle.
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