The island of Antigua has an abundance of beautiful beaches and as such, is a haven for anyone in search of an idyllic location for a sun holiday. It’s the biggest of all the British Leeward islands and, in addition to its white sand coastline, it is also home to a number of amazing natural harbours – one of the most renowned of these is English Harbour, where you’ll find some fascinating historical sites, including Nelson’s Dockyard, which is favourite with a lot of Dialaflight clients.
History buffs may find that the stately old buildings and cobbled lanes here remind them of eighteenth century heritage, but this dockyard is one of the primary yachting centres in the Caribbean, and is still a fully functioning marina, despite its old-world appearance. Dial a Flight customers often visit Antigua during the last week of April each year, when the island’s Sailing Week takes place. Yachts both big and small, from all across the globe, arrive into Falmouth Harbour and English Harbour to take part in what has become one of the top sailing events in the world.
This is one of the Caribbean’s longest running regattas, with this year being its 46th birthday. Due to the international status of the event, more than one hundred yacht owners participate in it and many high end racing boats can be spotted here, as well as several large cruising and performance cruising boats which are over a hundred feet long. On average, more than five thousand spectators can be found watching the races each year, and approximately twenty four countries are represented at the event. There are five races in total, each of which provides for some thrilling
If you’re visiting for a casual sailing holiday, rather than a race, we recommend a relaxing cruise around Great Bird Island, which can be found on the reef’s western end. Whilst the views of the island from a boat are spectacular, Dialaflight customers have found this to be a fantastic place to explore by foot too, as the challenging trails which line the edge of the cliffs here allow you see the expanse of the beautiful Atlantic ocean, as well as parts of the colourful coral reef which lie on the shoreline. There are two tiny beaches on the island, which are calm, pretty and peaceful – in short, perfect for a lazy afternoon picnic.