Exploring Antigua by luxury charter yacht
A winding coastline filled with powder-soft, white sand beaches, hidden coves and beautiful historic ports. Landscapes ranging from lush green vegetation to volcanic rocks surrounded by turquoise waters so clear, they seem transparent. Protected by a bright and vibrant colourful coral reef teeming with an abundance of stunning marine life, this island sounds too good to be true. But all this, plus endless days of warm sunshine and blue skies, awaits you at the tropical island of Antigua.
One of the most desirable sailing destinations in the world, thanks to its bounty of safe harbours and nearly unbroken protective coral reef, the island is home to 365 distinct beaches – one for each day of the year. Antigua is said to be paradise on earth, blessed with a warm annual climate, a welcoming culture and dazzlingly varied landscapes, making it the perfect destination for a luxury yacht charter. Spend your days sunbathing, swimming and relaxing in the most luxurious and comfortable setting onboard a motor yacht like the 63.5m MOCA. With an elevated jacuzzi, massage room and children’s playroom, she is the perfect charter yacht for friends and family to explore islands like Antigua. Located in the Leeward Islands and part of the Caribbean nation of Antigua and Barbuda, the island is home to stunningly beautiful wildlife, pristine beaches and several historic sites, including the only Georgian dockyard in the world – Nelson’s Dockyard. A UNESCO World Heritage Site and working marina located within the English Harbour, this national treasure has been lovingly fully restored to her full glory. What better way to immerse yourself in this Caribbean island’s past than by berthing in the marina to explore this national park. Nelson’s Dockyard National Park is also home to the Clarence House and Shirley Heights, a former military lookout point that offers panoramic views of the island.
To learn more about the rich history of this beautiful island, a visit to the capital city St.John is a must. The city houses the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda, which hosts regular exhibits on indigenous tribes and plantation life, as well as St. John’s Cathedral, a 19th-century Anglican church. This magnificent church is conveniently located on a hill near the famous 17th-century Government House, another must-see. To fully get a taste of life in Antigua, stop by the Public Market, which sells crafts and produce to sample some of its culinary delicacies. If time permits, rent a car and explore the historical settlements of All Saints, which houses a 350-year-old sugar cane plantation or Liberta, the first settlement for freed slaves on Antigua.
During your luxury charter around Antigua, be sure to stop by Falmouth Harbour for several additional activities on land and water. The region is rumoured to offer some of the best scuba diving in the area by the coral reef, while ashore, its hiking trails provide a challenging workout and the chance to see some of the frigate birds nesting colonies.
Whichever activities you choose to do during your luxury charter, the island of Antigua is sure to offer the chance to make memories that will last a lifetime.