Looking for a luxurious secluded destination for your next vacation? Look no further than Antigua and Barbuda, twin Caribbean islands offering amazing beaches, private villas and much more! The islands of Antigua and Barbuda are located in the heart of the Caribbean, surrounded by natural beauty. Thanks to a volcanic eruption around 30 million years ago, gorgeous reefs have formed around Antigua. Barbuda, the lesser known but equally magnificent sister is located 28 miles from Antigua, offering privacy and abundant wildlife to all who visit. This newsletter highlights the privacy that one can expect when visiting the islands such as transportation, beaches, charting yachts, boat races and much more!
The private travel experience in Antigua and Barbuda is unparalleled, as the islands offer amazing properties, restaurants and activities. With hundreds of different beaches (dare we say, one for every day of the year?) and 30 offshore islands, Antigua and Barbuda are well suited for every one of your travel needs. For those looking to take in some sun, you could visit a different beach every day and not see them all. Canadian favourites, like Ffryes Beach, Jolly Beach, Half Moon Bay and Dickenson Bay are famous for their crystal-clear water and powder, white sand. In addition, Dickenson Bay is a great location for those who are looking to dance the night away, indulging in the nightlife of Antigua and Barbuda.
Barbuda, a short ferry ride away from Antigua, is ideal for those looking to relax without any prying eyes. Since the island is still largely unspoilt, Barbuda is a gem that many do not know exists. Imagine standing on a 16-kilometre-long beach, named after Princess Diana, with nothing but the sand between your toes and a view of the ocean that would take your breath away…. not to mention the sand is an astonishing pink colour! Sounds peaceful to me!
However, this is not to say there is nothing to do on Barbuda. On the contrary, Barbuda’s wild character has caught the attention of many high-profile individuals, most famously Oscar winner and internationally acclaimed actor, Robert De Niro. De Niro has generated a lot of buzz surrounding the island as he, over the next few years, develops his hotel, Nobu Beach Inn on the island. One of the most notable accomplishments of this project is installing a fully operational Nobu restaurant hidden on the island. Nobu Restaurant, the globally recognized star of Japanese cuisine, offers Barbudan patrons the opportunity to experience its delicacy while gazing upon the waters of the Caribbean!
The allure of Barbuda has been known to draw visitors to its shore on a more permanent basis. The Barbuda Ocean Club, created by Discovery Land Company, a U.S.-based real estate developer, has designed a permanent paradise community for those looking to make Barbuda their home. With a 6100ft private runway currently being constructed, visitors will land directly on the island. There are currently more than 700 acres of land and eight miles of oceanfront; the two enclaves of Coco Point and Palmetto Point offer astonishing housing and residence to choose their home. For more information on how to become a Barbuda Ocean Club member, click here!
V.C. Bird International Airport, located a short eight kilometre from the capital city of St. Johns, offers amenities perfect for those who value their in-flight privacy. Signature Flight Support is a full-service FBO (fixed-based operator) offering easy and discrete ground support for all incoming flights. Located on the former Runway 10, the Signature Flight Support team is ready to make the beginning of your vacation as seamless as possible. Some of the amenities offered at the FBO are a passenger lounge, WiFi, showers, food and beverage. In addition, for those planning to sail the beautiful Caribbean waters after arrival, the FBO is located close to the Shell Beach Marina, where yacht crews can pick up their passengers. For more information on all the services Signature Flight Support offers, click here for more information.
Dream Yacht Charter is one of the world’s leading ocean tourism companies. The company has set out to transform the industry by making sailing accessible to everyone that is interested and created new ways to help people discover their enjoyment of being on the water. Their journey started with only six boats in one location but now have over 1,000 yachts worldwide, offering their clients a wide variety of yachts to choose from. Some of the yachts include bareboat, skippered, crewed, sabbaticals, and power catamarans. No matter your preferred way of exploring the waters, Dream Yacht has handpicked a selection of the best yachts from the world’s leading manufacturers. As your trusted partner, their team of yacht brokers will go above and beyond to guarantee that you find a yacht that is perfect for you. Antigua and Barbuda also offer sailors some of the best anchorages in the Caribbean including Carlisle Bay, Dickenson Bay, Nonsuch Bay, Hermitage Bay, and Falmouth Harbour. The 30 offshore islands offer some amazing locations for remote anchorages for those looking to avoid a crowd.
Antigua offers many boat races which is a great way to pass time on the island. Whether you are on your yacht or land you are able to observe these intense races. One event, in particular, that is worth attending is Antigua Sailing Week. Over 100 yachts partake in the race each year, varying in size from 24 feet to over 100 feet. Another event that you can’t miss is the Super Yacht Challenge. It consists of four days full of breathtaking races that are sure to get you on your feet cheering.
All photos courtesy of the Antigua & Barbuda Tourism Authority