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How to Spend 1 Day in Antigua

How to Spend 1 Day in Antigua

Locals will tell you there’s a sugar-white-sand beach for every day of the year on Antigua. But even if you have only a day to spend in the former British colony, you’ll still be able to soak up some sun while getting a taste of the island’s history and culture. Here’s how to make the most of your 24-hour stay.

Morning: Round Island Tour

Get oriented with a round island tour. Ride around to major landmarks like English Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard, and Shirley Heights, or get off the beaten path on a 4WD safari. If you can’t wait to get out on the water, consider circumnavigating the island by speedboat. You’ll get glimpses of dozens of beautiful beaches—and many tours stop to snorkel in the Stingray City marine park and see the historic structures of Nelson’s Dockyard from the water. 

Afternoon: Beach Break

It would be unthinkable to leave Antigua without having spent at least a few hours at one of its beaches or secluded coves. For a hassle-free afternoon of snorkeling, swimming, kayaking, or just relaxing on a lounge chair, head to Runaway Beach. Alternatively, rent a stand-up paddleboard and discover the turquoise waters of Dickenson Bay—or explore the coastline on a guided jet-skiing adventure, with stops at hidden coves rarely visited by travelers.

Night: Taste of Antigua

After you’ve worked up an appetite, reward yourself with an authentic Caribbean dinner. Take a walking food tour of St. John’s, the capital of Antigua, for the chance to sample dishes from some of the island’s best eateries. And if you’re on the island on a Sunday, make your way to Shirley Heights for the weekly barbecue party overlooking English Harbour. Locals and visitors get together for live music, rum cocktails, grilled meats, and lots of dancing late into the night.

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Antigua Island Safari 4x4 Discovery

Antigua Island Safari 4x4 Discovery

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Rumble through Antigua's rugged landscape in a Land Rover jeep during this 5.5-hour tour from St. John's. Listen to your guide's narrative about the island's history and culture, then end up at Long Bay Beach for some leisure time. Lunch and round-trip transportation from St. John's accommodations are included.
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  • 5 hours 30 minutes
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Antigua Round Island Tour

Antigua Round Island Tour

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Tour the island of Antigua from one end to the other on this 3.5-hour exploration of all the area’s major landmarks. Join your guide as you check out major Antigua historical sites including English Harbor, Blockhouse Ruins, Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, Shirley Heights and the location for most the island’s yachting and sailing competitions. This overview of Antigua’s top attractions also includes round-trip transportation from your hotel or cruise ship, plus all entrance fees.
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  • 3 hours 30 minutes
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Runaway Beach Day in Antigua

Runaway Beach Day in Antigua

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Spend a relaxing day of swimming and fun in the sun on one of Antigua’s top beaches, Runaway Beach during this 4-hour beach day excursion. Whether you want to get active with some snorkeling, swimming or kayaking in the calm, crystal-clear waters, or simply want to plant yourself in a beach chair and relax, you’re sure to find your slice of paradise. Your beach excursion also includes a welcome beverage and round-trip shared transfer from St. John’s.
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  • 4 hours
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2hr Jet Ski Antigua Guided Jet Ski Tour with Cades Reef Snorkeling

2hr Jet Ski Antigua Guided Jet Ski Tour with Cades Reef Snorkeling

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Add an ocean adventure to your Antigua itinerary with a 2-hour jet ski tour that departs from Hawksbill Beach. Jet skiing with a guide ensures your comfort and safety throughout the day’s itinerary, which features swimming and snorkeling at popular beaches and hidden gem coves often missed by visitors. A small group size capped at 8 people ensures a personal experience tailored to your interests.
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