Enjoying An Amazing Road Trip In Antigua And Barbuda

shirley heights, Antigua & Barbuda

Charolette Danzig

Release Date

Friday, May 31, 2024


Thinking about exploring Antigua and Barbuda by car? Driving along Antigua’s roads reveals the claim it has 365 beaches or one beach for each day of the year, according to a report on CNN, is not a lie. The carved coastline on this lesser-known island in the Caribbean seems never-ending, with pockets of sandy beaches and buried coves on each turn. From scenic coastal drives to the vibrant streets of St. John’s, you’ll find the charm of visiting Antigua is best enjoyed by road tripping. Curious on how to turn your holiday into a memorable experience of road tripping? Below is a short guide on how to enjoy an amazing road trip in Antigua and Barbuda. 

Invest In A Reliable Car

Should you take a taxi or rent a car for your road trip? Taxis and car rentals on this island are costly. So, investing in a vehicle is more economical for road tripping. One challenge you'll face, is choosing the right road trip vehicle. What car features should you look for? Should you choose a van, SUV, or a 4x4? Such questions will run through your mind. Considering the island’s narrow roads, selecting the best vans and minivans rated by customers makes sense. After all, top-rated minivans and vans are safe, fuel efficient, and comfortable. Plus, with a van or minivan you can drive without worrying about destroying the chassis or bumper, as you'll be passing on dirt roads less used and speed bumps on side streets.  

Plan For Breathtaking Views

Spontaneous road trips sound exciting, especially in a region of about 108 square miles, right? But a lack of planning could mean missing out on the best attractions. Therefore, prepare a list of must-see spots in Antigua. For the best views, drive to Shirley Heights Lookout. What you'll find here are gorgeous views of forest-covered islands, a quaint harbor full of ships, and turquoise sea water that blends perfectly with the sky. What about a visit to Nelson’s Dockyard National Park? Here you’ll learn more about Antigua’s history and culture.

Do you need to take a break from driving and enjoy local cuisine? Head to Art Cafe Barbuda, for a mix of awe-inspiring art and delicious homemade food. While coastal drives are captivating, don't miss a trip to St. John’s, for splendid views of rainbow-hued neighborhoods and memorable experiences at the farmer’s market, museums, boutiques, and snack shops. Other places to include on your bucket list include, The Devil’s Bridge, Betty’s Hope, Ffryes Beach, Frigate Bird Sanctuary, and Pigeon Point Beach.

Engage In Thrilling Activities 

You can't explore Antigua and not take a dip in the turquoise waters. What does this mean? Set time for swimming, snorkeling, scuba diving, jet skiing, kayaking, and windsurfing. If water-based excursions are not your thing, hike at Shirley Heights Lookout or stop by Antigua Rainforest for thrilling Zipline tours. Does art fascinate you? Explore art galleries or exhibits at museums in Antigua and Barbuda. Or take a boat ride to Frigate Bird Sanctuary, learn about frigate birds and other species like herons, pelicans, and cormorants. 

A road trip in Antigua and Barbuda means exploring countless beaches, enjoying picture-perfect views, and doing exhilarating activities. But how do you make your Antigua car trip memorable? Plan. Take time to know which car is best for driving around the island. Then identify must-visit places and plan for unlimited adventure. 

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