Weddings in Antigua
Although he never landed here, it was Christopher Columbus who came bobbing by during his second Caribbean voyage in 1493, proclaiming this tiny tropical utopia to be known (after a Spanish saint) as Santa Maria la Antigua from that point on. It seems nobody objected, and so the last word stuck! Today, this Caribbean pearl of a destination offers visitors the very best that the region has to offer - and in abundance.
’Abundant’ is certainly the adjective that applies to Antigua’s beaches - there are, it is thought, 365 of them; one for each day of the year, then, and all of fine, powdery white sand. Caressed by year-round warm breezes and lapped by crystal-clear azure waters, Antigua is one of the world’s great beach destinations, offering as it does just about perfect tanning weather. Although the largest of the Leeward Islands, it is only 14 miles long and 11 miles wide, so you can see that a large proportion of the coastline consists of these fantastic beaches . As a natural consequence, water sports are big news in Antigua, with sailing, yachting, windsurfing, scuba diving and snorkelling high on the list of must-do’s for many visitors.
Just 9 hours from the UK, Antigua is an English-speaking destination with temperatures ranging from mid-70s in winter to mid-80s at the height of summer, but as humidity is low, it is always comfortable. So, if you are searching for a wedding destination where you intend to do little else after your big day than lounge around sipping cocktails in the sun, with perhaps a little splashing about in the sea and sightseeing when you can summon the strength to peel yourselves from the beach, then Antigua is most certainly the place for you !
White Sand Weddings can offer you the opportunity to create the wedding of your dreams in beautiful Antigua, a destination usually (though not entirely accurately) considered the preserve of the rich and richer. You deserve nothing but the very best on your wedding day, and there is no doubt that both White Sand Weddings and Antigua can help you fulfil your fantasies of a Caribbean paradise wedding as you start your new life together.
Time Difference - GMT - 5 hours
Flight Duration from UK - Approximately 9 hours
Currency - East Caribbean Dollar
Language - English and local Antiguan Creole dialect
Visas - British passport holders do not require a visa however, you must have at least 6 months remaining on your passport on your date of return.
Things to See and Do in Antigua
Antigua Sunset Cruise
An exhilarating experience of a breathtaking Caribbean sunset. Sip Champagne while swaying to rhythmic Caribbean melodies.
Sail and Snorkel - Cades Reef Cruise
Enjoy a relaxing sail to the pristine waters of Cades Reef, Antigua’s best snorkelling location. Here currents are almost non-existent, and visibility extends down to 140 feet.
Land & Sea Antigua Adventure
This exciting tour offers the chance to see Antiqua two very different, yet equally breathtaking vantage points. Explore Antigua’s south island by 4x4 and its west coast by sea!
Island Safari Eco Kayak Tour
Combine off-roading and kayaking around Antigua’s North Sound National Park before heading to uninhabited Bird Island for lunch, swimming and snorkelling.
Deep Sea Sport Fishing in Antigua
Experience the excitement of fishing for Blue Marlin, Dolphin, Sailfish, Tuna, and Wahoo on this first class Deep Sea Sport Fishing experience.
Island Safari & Stingray City
Enjoy an off road 4x4 adventure through the scenic Antiguan countryside before heading forthe crystal clear waters of North Sound and Stingray City where adventurers will have an opportunity to feed and pet rays and snorkel and swim with them and many other tropical fish.
Shirley Heights Sunset Party
The place to be as the setting sun slowly sinks below the horizon - the most dramatic sunset in Antigua. Join in at the Shirley Heights Jump Up with live steel band music.
Antigua Rainforest Canopy Adventure
A natural high on ziplines will have you traversing the glorious rainforest gorge at Fig Tree Drive. Adventurers will then dare to conquer the ’Challenge Course’ or take the ’Stairway to Heaven’ that leads to the Canopy Café with views of the rushing zipliners.
Adventure Antigua Eco Tour
This expedition takes adventurers by catamaran to the secret spots of Antigua’s North Sound, a large unspoiled area with twenty two little islands, countless reefs, flats and mangrove nurseries.
Barbuda by Sea
The luxury power catamaran ’Excellence’ transports guests to Antigua’s sister island, Barbuda. At Codrington Lagoon guests see the largest colony of Frigate birds in the world. After lunch on ’Excellence’ there is time for a swim in the crystal blue waters of Low Bay Beach.
Best of Antigua Sightseeing Tour
A journey of discovery through the island’s villages continues at the National Park for a tour of historic Nelson’s Dockyard, Clarence House, and visit to the Interpretation Centre. A stop at Shirley Heights offers the best panoramic view in Antigua.