We think our white sands and turquoise seas are the perfect remedy for the 2020 blues. With 365 beaches around Antigua and Barbuda, you will be sure to find the best one to help you unwind. We’ve also curated a list of five self-care activities designed to cater to your mind, body and soul.
1. Grab your hiking boots – There are many trails and tracks available for exploration. Most of the popular hikes lead to one or another of the island’s many hilltop fortifications such as Fort George or Fort Barrington, to scenic views such as Signal Hill, or secluded beaches like Rendezvous Bay. Pick the one that suits your needs and take to the hills for this incredible and uplifting experience: Book with: www.wallingsnaturereserve.org or www.trektoursantigua.com or www.antiguahiking.com
2. Birdwatching in Barbuda – Journey to Barbuda and visit the largest Frigate Bird Sanctuary in the western hemisphere, at the Codrington Lagoon. Off Antigua, the offshore island, Great Bird Island also offer outstanding opportunities for birdwatchers as well as the chance to spot the Antigua Racer Snake. If you prefer to stay closer to home, in Antigua, the Wallings Nature Reserve located in the island’s picturesque rainforest also presents lots of opportunities for birdwatching.
3. Beach Meditations – A mindful exercise is a great way to unwind in these current times. Creating a brand focused on holistic health, Yoga Antigua offers classes for all individuals and experience levels. Workshops are operated year-round and strive to provide both mental and physical health benefits to participants. www.yogaantigua.com
4. Luxury Camping – Experience Antigua’s great outdoors when you camp out at Valley Church Beach. Grill your dinner under the stars, revel in a late-night swim, and enjoy the sounds of nature from your luxurious camping accommodation. Book your camping trip with Wild Lotus Camp and also choose from a range of programming to include relaxing yoga retreats, fascinating snorkeling and scenic walking tours. www.wildlotuscamp.com
5. Visit the Farmer’s Market – Within the heart of St. John’s City is the colourful public market, open seven days a week but busiest on a Saturday. Visit during the week for a relaxed browsing experience. Take your time and move through the stalls, sampling fresh fruits and produce ranging from the refreshing, fresh coconut water, to the sweetest Antigua Black Pineapple. Staying at a private villa, make sure to stock up on the locally grown produce, perfect for creating a healthy farm-to-table meal.