Life keeps bringing me back to Antigua. I don’t mind, either. This is my third trip to the Caribbean island in four years, and I’m just as excited to be here as I was on my first visit. This time it’s a little different from the others since I’ve been invited for an influencer conference, but I still have plenty of time to find all the best things to do in Antigua. And 5 of them stand out.
Things to Do in Antigua
I’m spending a week in Antigua for the first conference of this kind in the Caribbean. My hosts are Traverse, the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority, and Elite Island Resorts, and they’ve put together a range of activities for over 40 of us content creators from around the world. Each day I find more to love about the island.
1. Discover the Best Beaches in Antigua
At the top of my list is the beaches. On my last trip I discovered 9 of the best beaches in Antigua, and this time I find more.
My hosts have put me up at The Verandah Resort and Spa, which has two pretty beaches of its own. Next door I discover an even bigger beach at Pineapple Beach Club, and later in the trip I soak up the sun on beaches at St James’s Club and Villas and Galley Bay Resort and Spa. As if that’s not indulgent enough, I get a massage overlooking the beach at the St James’s Club spa, and it whisks me off to an even higher level of paradise.
2. Watch the Sunset at the Shirley Heights Lookout
Speaking of higher levels, another of my favorite things to do in Antigua is watch the sunset from the Shirley Heights Lookout. There’s a barbecue here every Sunday evening, and my group heads over to it while we’re on the island. The place is buzzing with yachtsmen—it’s Antigua Sailing Week—and rum punch, and the smell of grilled food fills the air. The sunset itself is spectacular, what with the glowing sky and views over the bays and harbors below.
3. Sing in a Choir
I also discover that one of the most unique things to do in Antigua is sing in a choir. Elite Island Resorts has teamed up with celebrity vocal coach Mike King to run Caribbean Choir Workshops at Pineapple Beach Club. During my stay I spend several mornings rehearsing with other volunteers. Under Mike’s guidance, we learn four songs and perform them in front of an audience at the end of the trip. It’s a lot of fun, and a great way to add something special to the travel experience.
4. Go Hiking in Antigua
Equally special is a hike. Every Sunday morning a local group called the Wadadli Trail Blazers goes hiking in Antigua. Visitors are welcome to join, and on this particular Sunday they’re doing a hike from Galleon Bay to the Shirley Heights Lookout. Along the way we find everything from stunning cliffs to cactus plants shaped like pincushions. Waves splash up to greet us on the shore, and when we reach to the top of the climb, we’re rewarded with great views.
5. Find Balance in Antigua
Perhaps the most rewarding thing about my week in Antigua is finding balance. I’m here for a conference, after all, so it’s not all sightseeing. But the conference is focused on business and wellness, and for every talk on how to build a brand there’s another on how to thrive personally. There’s yoga every morning, and there’s enough free time to get my work done and enjoy my leisure hours without being stressed.
Which means my third trip to Antigua might never end. I could get used to this kind of lifestyle, and I certainly wouldn’t mind a bit more sun in my life. Plus there are a lot more things to do in Antigua—snorkeling, reggae concerts, and cooking classes are just a few of the things I missed—and a lot more rum punch to be had. So if you don’t see me back in London soon, you’ll know where to find me.
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