Things to do in Antigua and Barbuda

Our most recommended things to do in Antigua and Barbuda

From St John's: Antigua Historical Tour with Beach Visit

1. From St John's: Antigua Historical Tour with Beach Visit

Connect with the history of Antigua while on your relaxing holiday. Discover different parts of the island on a guided journey with a local to fully sense its vibrant ambiance. Pass by quaint little villages, tour the iconic Nelson's Dockyard, and take a dip in the calm waters of a beautiful beach. Drive out of St John's and through the villages of Freemans and Liberta, for a nice overview of the local lifestyle and culture. Stop at Shirley’s Heights in the English Harbour for a quick break to marvel at the breathtaking views of the deep blue ocean and lush vegetation. Enjoy an insightful tour of the premises at Nelson's Dockyard, a cultural heritage site and marina. Finally, head over to one of the island's finest beaches to unwind after your adventure and swim in the serene waters of the Caribbean Sea.

English Harbour: Private Half-Day Boat Charter with Drinks

2. English Harbour: Private Half-Day Boat Charter with Drinks

Come onboard our 40ft Motor Cruiser, Rock'n'Rolla and explore the beautiful waters of Antigua. Whether you'd like to stay local to English and Falmouth Harbour, head over to Green Island, or along the calmer South West Coast, its totally up to you! Weather conditions permitting route of course.. Rock'nRolla is capable of taking up to 12 guests with ease and still plenty of room for relaxing in the sun or shade. There is a swim platform at the back allowing for easy access to and from the water. We have a bar onboard with some basics included plus premium options available.

Antigua Half-Day Private Sailing Yacht Charter

3. Antigua Half-Day Private Sailing Yacht Charter

You’ll meet us inside English Harbour within yards of Nelsons Dockyard at the south end of Antigua, where you’ll encounter some of the most beautiful and expensive super-yachts to be seen anywhere. After a short safety briefing you’ll sail out of the harbor on your 4-hour charter. Choose from multiple destinations including sailing inside Nelson’s Dockyard National Park, under the Pillars of Hercules and Shirley Heights. You can cruise up the unspoiled, forested, and dramatic coastline towards Carlisle Bay and stop to swim before enjoying the sail back. The crew warmly welcomes guests who want to get involved in sailing the yacht and will provide helpful instruction as required. Alternatively, if you prefer to just sit back, relax, and sip on rum punch, then why not?

Hiking Combo Tours

4. Hiking Combo Tours

Take the stress out of your holiday to Antigua and let a dedicated team of local experts plan your adventure. Choose from several options to find the combination that works best for you and your group. Hike and SwimChoose from two different routes with this option. If you're into history, hike through the historic ruins of Fort George and end with a spectacular view of Falmouth Harbour. Then, it’s over to Pigeon Beach for a nice salt water bath. This beach also sports a playground and is perfect for children. Alternatively, you can hike through the rainforest to Mount Obama, which is the highest point on the island. Then, head over to Freyes Beach for a nice salt water bath to soothe your muscles. Hike and DriveChoose from three different routes with this option. You could hike the Fort George trail with views of the Sherkley Mountains in the West and Willoughby Bay in the east. After your hike, tour Dow’s Hill Interpretation Centre, Shirley’s Heights, and Nelson’s Dockyard. You could also choose to hike the historic Fort Barrington, a brief but steep climb u where you can enjoy panoramic views of the harbor, Deep Bay, and the wide-open sea. Afterward, explore Betty’s Hope, Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Stadium, and Devil’s Bridge. Alternatively, take on the challenge of Signal Hill. Set amongst the country’s lush rainforest, this is one of the best hikes in Antigua. You’ll also get some of the best 360-degree views of the island from the top. Finish with a drive through Wallings Dam, Gracebay Moravian Church, and Morris Bay. Hike and RayChoose from a hike up historic Fort George or the rugged and isolated Carpenter's Rock. After your hike, enjoy a visit to Stingray City (all entrance fees included.) Here, get the opportunity to swim with a native stingray. Hike and ZipWith this option, enjoy a hike up Signal Hill, which is set amongst the country’s lush rainforest. You’ll also get some of the best 360-degree views of the island from the top. After your hike, enjoy a thrilling zip-line and obstacle course. Hike and SnorkelHike to Antigua's highest peak, Mount Obama, then cool off with a snorkel in the beautiful Cades Reef. Enjoy crystal clear waters, vibrant coral reefs, and breathtaking marine life.

All About Jerk

5. All About Jerk

Jerk cooking is an authentic Jamaican way to cook meat. Whether it is pork, chicken, beef or fish, the meat is seasoned and slowly cooked over an open fire or on a barbecue grill. The seasoning is made up of local/regional spices like scallions, onion, thyme, pimento (all spice), cinnamon, nutmeg, peppers and salt. The first taste of jerked food is hot with pepper, and as you eat the flavors of all the other spices mingle in your mouth giving an explosion of stunning flavor. It is for this reason why all the other islands have adopted Jerk. Jerk is now viewed as a regional food, and everyone has their own special recipe to make jerk seasoning. In Nicole’s class, Nicole will introduce you to all the jerk spices, provide a history about jerk, and discuss the various ways jerk seasoning can be used to give your food its own West Indian style when you return home.   A typical menu includes: Cocktails: A local juice, water from our cisterns, and Nicole's Old Fashioned Rum Punch Starter: A local juice, water from our cisterns, and Nicole's Old Fashioned Rum Punch Main Course: Jerk Chicken (or Tofu!) with Grilled Pineapple Sides: Plantains Wrapped in Bacon, Red Beans and Rice, and a Garden Salad Dessert: Coconut Custard Tart The goal of this class, will be to make it easy for you cook the same menu after you return home. All of this is offered from the home high on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The experience will give you a beautiful view and an opportunity to experience life the Caribbean way.

Antigua: Scenic Jeep Tour with Lunch from Saint John's

6. Antigua: Scenic Jeep Tour with Lunch from Saint John's

Learn about Antigua’s history on a guided tour of the island in a Jeep with hotel pickup in Saint John's. See the highlights of the island including Devil's Bridge and Nelson Dockyard. Snap some great photos, pick up insights into the area from your guide, and enjoy lunch with a view. Embark on an extensive sightseeing tour including popular sights such as Devil’s Bridge — a remarkable example of sea-water erosion. See Blockhouse and Shirley Heights, where you can take the most beautiful photos. Discover Nelson Dockyard, Antigua’s largest national park. Cruise down Fig Tree Drive where you’ll pass a rainforest, see massive banana trees, and more. Afterward, settle in to enjoy lunch at a waterfront restaurant with alfresco dining on the harbor side. Return to Saint John's for hotel drop-off.

Antigua: Guided Morning and Sunset Hikes

7. Antigua: Guided Morning and Sunset Hikes

Spend the morning or afternoon spotting colorful birds and tropic fruits on a guided hike through the mountains of Antigua. Both novice and experienced hikers will enjoy the lush trails and views of the tropical waters below. Pickup is provided from your accommodation or cruise ship pier. Ride in a comfortable, air-conditioned van to the starting point, where the adventure begins. Choose the route that best suits your interest and fitness level: Sugar Apple (easy)Mango (medium)Tamarind (challenging)Stinking Toe (very challenging)Sunset tour

Rum Cooking Class & Tasting with Lunch

8. Rum Cooking Class & Tasting with Lunch

Join a cooking class in a local home high on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. This gives you a beautiful view and an opportunity to experience life the Caribbean way. The class is more of a local experience than a simple cooking class. Classes are taught hands-on or can be as laid-back as you wish. Your host and teacher, Nicole, teaches her classes in a very informal way explaining the history of the food and telling stories about living in the West Indies. Nicole will discuss the various uses of rum in the starter, the main and dessert and then you will enjoy a three-course lunch that includes all the recipes for the class. The history of rum starts in the Caribbean around the 17th century. During this cooking class, you will learn from a local about the history and influence of rum on the Caribbean, its culture and its cuisine. Enjoy a tasting of six different Caribbean rums, and learn about how various rums can be used to flavor foods whether you are using a classic dark rum or a filtered white. A typical menu includes: Cocktails: a local juice and Nicole's Old-Fashioned Rum Punch Starter: sweet potato soup with rum Main course: rum and brown sugar marinated flank steak and onion jam Sides: plantains wrapped in bacon, red beans and rice, and a garden salad Dessert: bread pudding with rum-soaked raisins and a butter rum sauce or a butter rum cake 

Antigua: Full-Day Sailing Charter

9. Antigua: Full-Day Sailing Charter

Come onboard our 40ft Motor Cruiser, Rock'n'Rolla and explore the beautiful waters of Antigua. Whether you'd like to stay local to English and Falmouth Harbour, head over to Green Island, or along the calmer South West Coast, its totally up to you! Weather conditions permitting route of course.. Rock'nRolla is capable of taking up to 12 guests with ease and still plenty of room for relaxing in the sun or shade. There is a swim platform at the back allowing for easy access to and from the water. A local lunch will be provided as well as a bar with premium options available. As with all Ondeck trips we try to get you involved so if you would like to try some boat handling and maybe a training course the opportunity is there Great value at $1080 for a day up to 6 people [+$120pp above this] and $680 for a half day [+$100 above this]

St. John's: 4-Hour From the Sea Cooking Class

10. St. John's: 4-Hour From the Sea Cooking Class

“What's available today?” is always the question during the morning of a seafood class, This means that the menu is determined by what was recently caught based on the season and sea conditions. Whether it is mahi-mahi, snapper, tuna or grouper, a delicious lunch using a local fish will be the end result. Be prepared for a menu that adjusts from the one listed above based on what’s fresh and off the boats. But also be prepared to have fun as what you will eat is adapted, created and prepared. The goal of this class, like all of your classes will be to make it easy for you to cook the same menu after you return home. All of this is offered from a home high on a hill overlooking the Caribbean Sea. The experience will give you a beautiful view and an opportunity to experience life the Caribbean way. A typical menu includes: - Cocktails: A local juice, water from the cisterns, and Nicole's Old Fashioned Rum Punch - Starter: Garlic shrimp in a crispy wonton cup with avocado - Main course: Grilled ginger lime mahi-mahi with pineapple salsa or blackened fish tacos with a spicy slaw or baked stuffed whole snapper - Sides: Basmati rice, and a rainbow salad - Dessert: Mini cheesecakes with passion fruit

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What people are saying about Antigua and Barbuda

Overall rating

5.0 / 5

based on 2 reviews

Nicole was amazing, they opened their home to us and it turned into a personal cooking lesson. Food was delicious, drinks refreshing and view spectacular. Can't wait to try this at home and maybe connect for another lesson on zoom about curry. Fantastic

NICOLE IS FANTASTIC!!!

she opened her home to us. the class was interactive, sanitary, and just down right good food! adam, her husband, is also a hoot as well. plus i didn't pay nearly what the others paid that booked through the cruise ship.

This was a wonderful relaxing day trip with our friends.

Shyann and Ryan sailed the boat with no problems. They took us to a good snorkel spot and helped us get equipped to have a good experience. We all loved it.