There’s a lot more to green-listed Antigua and Barbuda than beaches, crystal blue waters and laid-back luxury – although, after the last year or so, most of us would be happy with just that.
Antigua is popular with Brits and famously has a different beach for each day of the year. Lesser-known Barbuda, the smaller island, is an eco-lover’s paradise, secluded and untouched.
If clients want to get out and about, here are some suggestions…
Take a rainforest canopy tour
The Antigua Rainforest Company is located in the heart of the island’s Fig Tree Drive rainforest just past the village of John Hughes.
It is Antigua’s only zip line and rope adventure operators and have been in successful and safe operation for over 10 years. Embark on an unforgettable journey through the verdant forest high above the trees.
Visit Stingray City
Make a splash with ‘the brightest rays in the Caribbean’ and find out more about one of nature’s most amazing and captivating creatures.
The Stingray City Antigua Snorkel Adventure is a unique experience of interacting and feeding these gentle creatures, together with snorkelling amongst magnificent coral reefs and colourful tropical fish.
Take the Island Escape Ferry to Barbuda
Barbuda, the smaller island, is an eco-lover’s paradise, secluded and untouched. It’s home to the largest frigate bird colony in the western hemisphere.
This colony is located in the capital of Barbuda – Codrington – in the Codrington Lagoon, and is only accessible by a short boat trip with a knowledgeable tour guide. Barbuda is famous for its mysterious caves. They can be found in Two Foot Bay National Park on Barbuda’s wild north-eastern coast.
Visit the nature reserve
Nestled in the south-western side of Antigua, in the Wallings Forest area, Wallings Nature Reserve is the destination’s first community-managed national park. The reserve is being used as an international case study to garner the impact that a local community can have in making a difference in the fight against climate change while empowering women, youth and vulnerable communities and promoting gender equality.
As well as booking a tour to discover more about Wallings Nature Reserve, visitors to Antigua can also take advantage of several new hiking routes that are available.
Ride the reef
Situated in the picturesque Jolly Harbour Marina, a 20-minute taxi ride from St Johns Port, Antigua Reef Riders gives visitors the opportunity to captain their own 10-foot two-seater inflatable Reef Rider.
Hold on tight and explore the beautiful west coast of Antigua out to the stunning Cades Reef. Snorkel, masks and fins are provided and the boats are small enough to moor inside the reef lagoon to get closer to stingrays, lobster, parrotfish, surgeonfish and wrasse, as well as the corals.
Discover the island on horseback
Springhill Riding Club is a small friendly yard, very close to several beaches and to the historic sites of English Harbour and offers some wonderful trail rides through the hills with scenic views, or treks to the beach with the opportunity to swim with your horse in the sea.
The most popular ride is an hour’s gentle trek around the surrounding valley, with a splashy wade through the water in Falmouth Bay. All rides are private with a maximum of four riders.
For the more adventurous and competent saddle rider, the wild Rendezvous Bay with its glorious unspoilt beach is an unforgettable option.
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