Sail through the Caribbean Islands of Antigua & Barbuda

With the Antigua Sailing Itinerary, there is never a dull moment. While Antigua is famous for its gorgeous beaches, there’s so much more to this Caribbean island.

Enjoy the best of both worlds. Explore Antigua’s 365 soft white sand beaches, or it’s capital, St. John, which has a great shopping scene. Play a game of cricket or tour sugar plantation ruins. Whatever your dream vacation is, Antigua is sure to deliver.

Our Guide to the Antigua Sailing Itinerary

Each of the Caribbean islands is renown for their own distinctly unique cultures, and Antigua and Barbuda do not disappoint! We've carefully designed the Antigua Sailing Itinerary to show you the best of Antigua. 

Initially one of Great Britain’s sugar colonies, Antigua flourished. Over the years the island’s landscape, rule, and industries have changed, however - it’s beauty, charm and character have remained.

With an intricate coastline, made up of bays and inlets, scattered with coral reefs and shoals, Antigua is the perfect spot for a sailing holiday. The beaches are gorgeous, the weather is some of the best in the world, and it’s blended creole heritage adds an interesting twist. In Antigua, you will find African influences and European influences, combined to give Antigua its own personality. These influences have had huge impacts on Antigua’s language, food, and music. During your time on this lovely island, take some time to uncover it’s deep and rich history to fully immerse yourself in its present-day culture.

Getting There

Good news, travel to and from Antigua is relatively easy! The best way to get to Antigua is by flying to the VC Bird International Airport (ANU), which is about 5 miles outside Antigua’s capital - St. John.

Direct flights from many North American cities are available via Delta, US Airways, United Airlines, WestJet, JetBlue, CanJet and Air Canada. If you are coming from the UK you can fly direct with British Airways and Virgin Atlantic. For other European countries, Alitalia has direct flights from Milan and Condor flies direct from Frankfurt.

If you can't get a direct flight, you could choose to fly into Puerto Rico, Sint Maarten, or the Dominican Republic and use LIAT, a regional airline, to get a connecting flight. Find more information on air travel to Antigua, here

Weather

The best sailing weather for the Antigua Sailing Itinerary is between December and May. This is the period where there is the least rain, however, it is also peak travel time. But still, Antigua is a Caribbean island! Even in the off-season, June to November, the weather is normally around 80°F. You should be wary of hurricanes in the offseason, but the odds remain low.

Mooring

For mooring on the Antigua Sailing Itinerary, you will find many options, varying from simple anchorages to full resorts and marinas. Dickenson Bay is perfect for overnight stays. It’s got a protected anchorage and with plenty of stores and shops ashore, you will find the amenities you need. When you get to Barbuda we recommend you anchor at Low Bay, where there are ten moorings at Palmetto Pint. Nearby, during your stay in Coco Point, you will find sixteen moorings.

Moving on to Nonsuch Bay, you will find a beautiful anchorage. It’s tough to navigate the narrow passes and reefs into the bay, but Nonsuch Bay is safe, sheltered and ranked among Antigua’s top Anchorage. For your stay in English Harbor, we recommend Nelson’s Dockyard, which in addition to its historical significance, is a full-service marina. However, if you’d prefer to free-swing, you can also anchor off of Galleon Beach in a protected bay. Lastly in Carlisle Bay you can anchor off the shore in a beautiful palm-lined anchorage. Here you’ll find calm and clear waters.