The graceful and welcoming contours of Antigua inspired Columbus to name the island in honour of a statue of the Virgin in Seville Cathedral, Santa Maria de la Antigua. With its reputed 365 white sand bays and beaches, Antigua is the island for beach lovers!

    Antigua’s shape is made up of headlands branching off in all directions, enclosing superb bays, used so successfully by navies and smugglers over the centuries and now more peaceably by sailors.

    Take a drive to Shirley Heights and enjoy the spectacular views and a stroll around English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard. Antigua sailing week, which takes place at the end of April, is the event of the year and is a mecca for sailors from far and wide.

    Antigua is the main island from which to connect to many of the smaller ones – the Virgin Islands, St Kitts & Nevis, Anguilla, St Martin and St Barths – so is the perfect choice as part of a two-centre holiday.