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Explore Antigua

Discover your own slice of white-sand paradise with Carnival® cruises to Antigua, where, legend has it, there’s a beach for every day of the year. When you cruise to Antigua in the heart of the Caribbean, you’ll see vestiges of this island’s British colonial past—high tea is an afternoon ritual and cricket is the local passion—but this independent nation’s sunny island vibe reigns supreme.

  • Swim in the clear, warms seas off one of the island’s 365 beaches
  • Shop for crafts and island fruit in the colorful Public Market in St. John’s when you cruise to Antigua
  • Take a tour of historic English Harbour and Nelson’s Dockyard National Park.
  • Marvel at the Antigua rainforest by taking a canopy tour.

Things To Do

Local Attractions

Beach bums, welcome to paradise. On Antigua cruises, the perfect strip of sand lies around almost any bend. Kick back to the caress of trade winds and dip your toes in the balmy seas, ringed by a coral reef necklace. Spy crumbling sugar plantations in the rolling rural landscape or ride a zipline high above the rainforest canopy.

  • Tour relics from colonial times, from Nelson’s Dockyard to Betty’s Hope.
  • Claim a secluded sea cove or powdery beach as your own.
  • Scuba dive the clear waters of the fringing coral reefs.
  • Snorkel and body surf the foamy seas of Half Moon Bay.
  • Watch Atlantic surf breaking through blowholes on Devil’s Bridge.

Fun Facts

  • The future British naval hero, Horatio Nelson, was sent to Antigua to set up the British naval facilities in 1784.
  • Most Antiguans are descendants of slaves brought to the island in the 18th century to work the sugar plantations.
  • Antigua is the big sister in the two-island nation that includes the pretty little island of Barbuda.

Within Walking Distance

Around the Port Area

Your Carnival cruise to Antigua will bring you to Sleepy St. John's, the capital of Antigua. Here the streets are lined with cobblestone sidewalks and weather-beaten wooden houses. The Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, in a circa-1750 courthouse, exhibits African-Caribbean pottery and artifacts from pre-Columbian times up through the naval, sugar, and slavery eras. A couple of blocks uphill, the 1847 St. John's Anglican Cathedral dominates the skyline with its aluminum-tipped twin spires.

Beyond the Port Area

English ships took refuge in the island’s protected harbor as early as 1671, and during the 18th century the dockyard was a beehive of privateers, pirates, and epic sea battles. Southeast of St. John’s in English Harbour, is the restored dockyard of Admiral Nelson’s headquarters from 1784 to 1787, which remains the only Georgian naval base still in use. While in the Harbour, visit the Dockyard Museum and a yachting center.

Devils Bridge

In the island’s center, you will find zip lines strung above lush treetops. Excursions from Antigua Canopy Tour and Canopy Tour & Challenge Course provide views of the Rainforest and give adventuresome Caribbean cruisers the chance to fly through the trees. For a panoramic view of English Harbour and the French island of Guadeloupe, stop at Shirley Heights Lookout or see the picturesque ruins of an 18th-century sugar mill at Betty’s Hope, on the island’s east side. On the island’s extreme eastern tip, Devil’s Bridge is one of Antigua’s most photographed natural wonders.

Beaches in Antigua

Caribbean Beaches

Antiguans claim that the island is home to 365 beaches, one for each day of the year. Closest to St. John’s, Fort James Beach, a 5-minute taxi ride from your Carnival cruise to Antigua, is popular with both locals and tourists. Scenic Beach Horseback Riding offers an equestrian ride on several beautiful beaches. For a tropical view, set sail along the beautiful coastline with a Deluxe Lobster Lunch & Champagne Cruise or Catamaran Sail & Snorkel. A short cab ride from the dock is bustling Dickenson Bay’s calm waters, and Beach Escape can provide you with umbrellas and hammocks for a more secluded and romantic island adventure.

Shopping in Antigua

Caribbean Shopping

Your Carnival, Caribbean cruise to Antigua docks near the old sugar, coffee, and tobacco warehouses at Radcliffe Quay. These historic buildings have been smartly repurposed as a shopping complex, with an array of boutiques and restaurants. For local color, head to the Public Market, where vendors sell fresh fruits and vegetables and you can browse for Antiguan pottery and baskets.

Travel Tips


  • Antigua’s currency is the Eastern Caribbean dollar, although U.S. dollars are accepted just about everywhere.
  • Antigua enjoys a warm, sunny climate, with average year-round temperatures between 75 and 85 degrees. Pack for warm days and balmy, breezy evenings.
  • Cruises to Antigua dock at Heritage Quay in the capital of St. John’s.