Visit Antigua and Barbuda for the perfect family holiday

25 April 2013

Explore Antigua as a family with a jeep safari tour across the islands rugged countryside, journey through the rainforest on a zipline or explore the beaches on a segway, visit the local villages and photograph the many picturesque spots along the way.

Antigua and  Barbuda Tourism Authority

Antigua Rainforest Zip Line Tours run over the top of the rainforest canopy and afford stunning views with 9 zip lines, some in excess of 200 and 300-feet long, criss-crossing the gorge varying from 200 - 350 feet high The Obstacle challenge course is the perfect way for active family’s to bond or if parents would rather sit out and let the children have all the fun there is also a bar on-site to relax at!  

Segway Antigua tours are another option for a truly unique way to experience the Island together as a family. These eco-friendly tours ensure visitors to Antigua move efficiently around the island in a fun, exciting and a refreshing way

The Dows Hill Interpretation centre provides an educational alternative for the whole family and is the only one of its kind in the Caribbean. The audio-visual presentations at the centre are geared towards children, taking them through various phases of Antigua’s history with the parents sure to learn a thing or two also! Continue on to the only working Georgian dockyard in the world at Nelson’s Dockyard National Park with a museum, nature trails and a sight-and-sound show that presents Antigua & Barbuda’s detailed history. While keen sports fans can enjoy a family day out at the national Sir Vivian Richards Stadium and take in a cricket test match amongst the infectious excitement of the Antiguan spectators.

A boat trip to Barbuda is also a fantastic way to spend the day. Its unique pink-sand beaches and the Frigate Bird Sanctuary, the largest of its kind in the western hemisphere home to over 170 species of birds will delight young budding wildlife experts.

For those keen to learn to sail, what better place to do so than the sailing capital of the Caribbean? Many resorts offer complimentary windsurf and kayaking lessons, while sailing and diving lessons are also available for novices through to experts, ensuring the whole family can learn together in a group. To see the coastline without having to do any of the hard work, take the family out on a catamaran tour of Antigua where the crew can point out all the notable sights including Devil’s Bridge, a natural limestone arch.

Nesting season for the Hawksbill turtle runs from June to October with turtle tours running every Friday from July to the end of nesting season. Witnessing a mother turtle laying her eggs or newly hatched babies making their way to the water’s edge is a truly memorable childhood experience.

Resorts that offer free kids clubs and family entertainment and/or all inclusive packages include: Nonsuch Bay’s new EpicTeen Challenge, the Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts, The Verandah Resort and Spa, Carlisle Bay, and Jolly Beach Resort and Spa.


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Nonsuch Bay is launching the Epic Teen Challenge exclusively for teenage guests at the resort. The challenge is broken down into two categories, 13-15 and 16-18 year olds. The challenge involves a two mile single-handed sail in a dinghy around Mongoose Island before switching to a kayak or stand-up paddle board to paddle 150 metres and back to a marker buoy in the Bay, then a 100 metre swim from the beach and back again. Everyone receives a prize for participating with a leader board of the top ten times updated throughout the summer. The resort will also hold beach chill outs for teenagers with non-alcoholic drinks around the beach fire pit. The challenge will take place once a week from 06 July to 31 August 2013.

Grand Pineapple Beach Resorts is offering seven nights all inclusive accommodation and return flights from London to Antigua at the Grand Pineapple Beach Antigua for travel in September 2013 with Virgin Atlantic. Prices start from £3,379 for a family of four (two adults, two children).

Jolly Beach Resort and Spa is offering seven nights on an all inclusive basis including scheduled flights with Virgin Holidays from London Gatwick direct to Antigua. Prices start from £1,429 per adult and £799 per child and are based on two adults and two children (under 12) travelling and sharing a superior room. and e.g from £4,456 for a family of four.

Segway Antigua

Example tour: ‘Ffryes Bay Fiesta’ is a tour that takes in three of Antigua’s most beautiful beaches on the south side of the island, running 3 times a day on Sundays Tours are for 13 years and older with prices starting at £51.


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