Dining and Nightlife
Though nestled within its abundance of landscaped flora and private beach, Coral Sands Villas are not far from a variety of excellent restaurants and entertainment venues. A short walk will take you to several locations to enjoy Antigua by day or by night. AntiguaNice.com will give you some tips.
Sailing has been an integral part of Antigua’s culture for hundreds of years, and is still a very big part of the island’s attractions. Antigua’s annual Sailing Week (around the first week of May) at Nelson’s Dockyard brings together hundreds of international racing boats, recreational yachts, and classic sailboats. Check out this years dates and more information at www.sailingweek.com.
You can charter almost any kind of boat in Antigua, and you can also go on one of the circumnavigation cruises offered by several day charters. For more information and ideas click here.
Cricket is our national sports and Antigua has produced several world class, famous cricketers. Antigua contributes top cricketers to the West Indian cricket team, and to international cricket. Antigua Recreation Ground often hosts several international cricket events, such as the West Indies vs. India and West Indies vs. Sri Lanka. Our most famous cricketers are Vivian Richards, one of the greatest batsman of all times, Andy Roberts, one of the greatest fast bowlers, Richie Richardson, another great batsman, and Curtly Ambrose, a current fast bowler on the West Indies team. Cricket games are common everywhere on the island. During 2007, the new Sir Vivian Richard Cricket stadium was built for the World Cup held in the Caribbean, and the Antiguan Recreation Ground is now part of our rich cricketing history. For up-to-date information on West Indies Cricket Matches visit www.windiescricket.com
Tennis is played around the island. The annual Tennis Week brings together international competitors to the island in May.
Diving and Snorkelling Antigua & Barbuda has hundreds of reefs and wrecks to explore. Cades Reef on the southern part of the island offers excellent snorkelling or diving. Many tour companies offer excursions to reach off shore reefs. Alternatively the best beaches for off beach snorkelling are Long Bay and Freeman’s Bay.
Hiking and Birdwatching
Hiking has not been much developed as an organized activity, although Antigua has many trails and tracks that are well suited to it. Most of the popular hikes lead to one or another of the island’s many hilltop fortifications: Fort George sits atop Monk’s Hill, and Fort Barrington (captured by the French in 1666) is on the promontory at Deep Bay. The Historical and Archaeological Society frequently arranges group hikes. Much of the appeal of the natural environment in Antigua and Barbuda is the multitude of bird species to be found there. The Frigate Bird Sanctuary on Barbuda, though accessible only by boat, is the largest bird sanctuary in the Caribbean and contains over 170 species; Long Island and Great Bird Island also offer outstanding opportunities for birdwatchers.
There are several stables in Antigua. Spring Hill Riding Club is probably one of the most established. Check them out here.