Sailing in Antigua and Barbuda
One of the superyacht haunts during the winter months, Antigua and Barbuda are said to have a beach for every day of the year! The wonderfully atmospheric Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour harkens back to a bygone era of pirate ships and olde world charm. The deserted white sands of Barbuda make for a refreshing contrast to the busier anchorages of the main island.
Getting There and Away
Sailing holidays in Antigua and Barbuda start and finish in Jolly Harbour Marina which is a short hop from Antigua’s International airport in St John’s. There are regular direct flights from Europe and the East coast of America & Canada. Those travelling from elsewhere will need a connecting flight.
With 365 beaches Antigua has no shortage of anchorages and sailing between them is fun and easy. Waters are generally protected from large swells and the area is great for beginner sailors. Those with more experience will enjoy a longer passage to the sister island of Barbuda.
Low and flat, Antigua and Barbuda aren’t the most topographically picturesque islands away from the coast. Their beauty is to be found in pristine white sand beaches, clear blue water and great snorkelling spots.
Vibe / Ambience
Under British rule until recently, Antigua has a Caribbean vibe and a rich maritime history. Popular for decades as a beach holiday and honeymoon destination, Antigua sees most of the tourism dollars, whilst Barbuda is way off the beaten path, quiet and remote.
Things to Do & See
The stunning Nelson’s Dockyard in English Harbour is a favourite stop and it’s easy to imagine how things were in a bygone era. Otherwise, plan to enjoy the beaches, swim and snorkel the reefs. Barbuda has a large central salt pond and is a twitcher’s heaven.