It’s common knowledge, which, in Antigua and Barbuda, the beach is just the beginning. Added to that, the beautiful twin island nation has well established champions, phenomenal opportunities and numerous historical attractions.
From every direction, brilliant turquoise waters, lush scenery and Cool Ocean breeze is charming.
What’s more, you can say, “I Do” on a voyage of romance, or choose to undertake business and adventure. Either way, the interpretation is unchanged. Antigua and Barbuda is precisely the destination of choice, flourishing trends and great hospitability.
Barbuda, just about 28 miles away (depending on point of reference), is both the deepest retreat into solitude you could dream of and an untouched world of legend for you to explore its pink sand and Frigate Bird Sanctuary, located in the island’s north-western lagoon. The sanctuary contains over 170 species of birds and is home to over 5,000 frigate birds.
Getting around Antigua and Barbuda’s many historic sites and landmarks is hassle free. Ease of access complements an abundance of beauty. Talent inflow is justifying the quality and pace of change, an exceptional measurement of what makes the twin island nation, a dynamic and diverse destination.
From coast to coast, in the suburbs or around urban settings, there are pleasant memories. Dickenson Bay, Nelson’s dockyard, Ffreyes Point, or Crabbes Peninsula is an unforgettable experience. And that includes taking a hike to the highest peak on the twin island, Mount Obama, formerly Boggy Peak.
You simply cannot pass Fig Tree Drive without the urge to visit the expansive and expertly designed zip line and rope challenge course and lush rainforest.
Antigua and Barbuda’s adventure is incomplete without sampling local cuisine and interacting with the people.
Big Banana in Historic Redcliffe Quay is cool for shopping, lunch and a tropical rum punch. After that, exploring St John’s tranquil surroundings popping in and out of boutiques and taking in the history of the capital and points of interest is unforgettable.
For an authentic experience chill-out at Papa Zouk Fish ‘N’ Rum to a full size crispy fried snapper served with garden salad, or steamed, either way, it’s succulent. Try the Ti–Punch, day or night.
And, who wouldn’t want to experience the knowledge, aptitude and lasting memories Antigua and Barbuda offers? To add comfort, simply Ask Cleo, tour director, hospitality consultant and destination management.
Antiguans are taking ownership of the tourism product and guarding their interest with astute guidance. The South Coast mangroves, the rainforest, multiple small and midsize locally own properties, villas and condos offer countless selections to meet the traveller’s desires. Currently, farmers are exploring the British market to export pumpkins, peppers and sweet potatoes. Cultural linkages, quality products and service excellence are evident in the quest to maximize town and village tourism. Preserving the mangroves and surroundings is a major priority.
On the horizon is Sailing Week, “where sailing comes first”. This is a premier sailing and international event that gets on the way from April 23 to 29. Events and features are planned all week as Antigua’s SMEs, local vendors, the yachting industry, Falmouth Harbour, Nelson’s Dockyard and Catamaran Club, to name a few, will showcase Antigua and Barbuda’s splendour.
The week long atmosphere is expected to feature Luciano, a mega reggae artist – Your World and Mine Concert – Tuesday, April 26, in Nelson’s Dockyard. http://www.sailingweek.com/v4/
Another great adventure is “Mas in Antigua” July 22 to August 2, frequently referred to as “The Caribbean’s Greatest Summer Festival.” This year Antigua and Barbuda’s 60th Carnival promises to be the greatest spectacle of fun and creativity, in celebration of the country’s heritage.
Visitors can expect an adventure of a life time, fete after fete, delicious food, and uninterrupted beverage refill, to the beat of soca and calypso music. Post Carnival is on the sister island of Barbuda, a natural paradise, where you can explore nature or simply rejuvenate.
For all of this and more, it is with confidence that Antigua and Barbuda ministry of tourism, economic development, investment and energy, and the Antigua and Barbuda Tourism Authority are “committed to ensuring the well-rounded development of the tourism sector” as they prepare to host for the first time, the Caribbean Tourism Organisation’s eighth annual tourism human resources conference, from May 11 – 13, 2016.
Certainly, Antigua and Barbuda is the Caribbean destination of choice, where the possibilities are endless 365 days a year, in the company of 365 lovely beaches … and great ambiance.
Melanius Alphonse is a management and development consultant. He is an advocate for community development, social justice, economic freedom and equality. He can be reached at: [email protected]