With 365 beaches, you won’t run out of things to do on Antigua and Barbuda’s coasts.
You can go swimming, scuba diving, surfing, jet skiing, and more. You won’t go wrong with going to this country for a holiday or setting up your second home here if you love the sun, sand, and sea.
However, Antigua and Barbuda’s beaches are not only for those looking for fun, excitement, and adventure. The country’s beautiful coastal areas are perfect for relaxing, letting go of your worries, and recharging.
Below are the best relaxing activities you have to try in Antigua and Barbuda and where you can do them:
Nothing can be more relaxing than lying on the sand and listening to the waves hitting the beach. With this simple activity, you can give your mind and body the breather they badly need.
Whether you lie on the sand or recline on a beach round chair, aside from staring at the beautiful scenery, you can read a book or take a nap to empty your mind and forget your worries.
However, don’t forget to wear sunscreen to avoid getting a sunburn. Don’t stay out too long under the sun. If you want to relax by the beach at night or near sunset, use a bug spray to keep insects from biting.
Where to do this: Any beach in Antigua and Barbuda with fine, soft sand is perfect for this activity. These include Carlisle Bay, Darkwood Beach, Deep Bay, Dickenson Bay, Galley Bay, and Half Moon Bay.
Yoga is one of the most popular stress-reducing techniques. It combines physical workout and breathing exercises to relax the body and clear the mind.
Many of the yoga studios in Antigua and Barbuda are located near a beach. As such, you will have views of the clear blue waters as you complete the session, which will help you feel calmer and achieve peace of mind.
If you already know the different yoga poses and want to do it on the beach, lay your yoga mat on the sand and do the exercises. However, you may want to do this early in the morning when the beaches are not yet crowded.
Where to do this: There are yoga studios in English Harbour, Hodges Bay, Jolly Harbour, and Valley Church Beach. If you want to try beach yoga, head to one of Antigua and Barbuda’s quiet beaches, such as Dutchman’s Bay, Green Island, and Rendezvous Bay.
Being surrounded by the sea is always a relaxing experience. The fresh air, clear sky, azure ocean, and sound of the water can instantly put your mind at ease.
When you add fishing to the whole experience, you will even get a great reward.
You can charter a boat or sign up for a group expedition for an excursion in the Caribbean Sea for some deep-sea fishing. During the tour, you will get the change to reel in barracuda, marlin, kingfish, sailfish, snapper, tuna, and other fish endemic to the region.
Where to do this: Antigua and Barbuda’s most sought-after deep sea fishing spots are off the west coast.. If you are more comfortable with bonefishing, Codrington Lagoon is the perfect destination.
Floating on the water is always a relaxing experience. Kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding offer several mental health benefits, which include stress reduction and better memory and concentration.
Kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding are popular water activities in Antigua, which means you don’t have to buy your own equipment to do them. You can rent a kayak, canoe, or paddleboard with paddles whenever you feel like forgetting your worries by escaping to the waters.
If you don’t want to do these activities, you can join a kayaking or canoeing tour, which many operators here offer.
Where to do this: Nearly all public beaches in Antigua and Barbuda allow canoeing, kayaking, and paddleboarding. However, if you want to go on a guided tour, you can join an excursion that will take you through Bird Island, Cades Reef, Guiana Island, and North Sound Marine Park, and other destinations.
If you find being underwater calming, snorkeling is an excellent activity for you.
Being surrounded by the clear waters of the Caribbean will help you let go of your anxieties. The variety of colorful and beautiful sea life you will see underwater can soothe away your worries as well.
Additionally, seeing the marine life in their natural habitat won’t fail to amaze you and boost your appreciation for nature.
Snorkeling also allows you to witness the marine life in their natural habitat. This is an experience that you will be doing over and over again and very popular for anyone who wants to see turtles swimming.
Where to do this: The best snorkeling spots in Antigua and Barbuda include Bird Island, Cades Bay Marine Park, English Harbor Wreck, Galleon Beach (excellent for turtle spotting!), and Paradise Reef.
Treating your eyes to natural views is always a calming experience. With the different hues a sunset provides, watching it is one of the best ways to relax. It is the perfect way to end the day too.
Studies show that watching the sunset provides several health benefits. These include putting you in a better mood. This natural view can also inspire and reinvigorate you mentally.
Where to do this: Nearly all of Antigua and Barbuda’s beaches can give you spectacular sights of the sunset. However, Jolly Beach, English Harbour, Galley Bay, Ffryes Beach, and Turner’s Beach are the most popular viewing spots.
Finally, enjoying a delectable meal won’t fail to put anyone in an excellent mood. And if you are dining beachside, you won’t only be treating your taste buds and tummy, your sense of sight is in for a treat too.
Antigua and Barbuda’s beachside restaurants offer a variety of cuisines so you won’t have difficulties satisfying your craving. Whether you are looking for authentic Caribbean dishes or traditional comfort food, you will find them at one of the seaside dining establishments here.
If you want to dine out for dinner, make sure you arrive before sunset so that you can get a great view as you sip your beverage or start indulging in your meal.
Where to do this: Catherine’s Café in Pigeon Beach, Colibri Bistro Bar and Lounge and the Incanto Restaurant and Lounge Bar in English Harbour, Sheer Rocks and Jackie O’s on the sunset-facing west coast, and the Coconut Grove Restaurant and Bar in Dickenson Bay are some of the go-to dining places in Antigua and Barbuda.
Whether you are going to Antigua and Barbuda as a tourist or taking up residence as a citizen through their Citizenship by Investment program, always find time to relax by the beach to get the most from your stay here.
Kal Kennard is a Partner at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship, residency and investment into the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Based in the Caribbean for the past 15 years, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.