Set in the heart of the Caribbean archipelago, the Leeward Islands nation of Antigua and Barbuda is a haven for beach lovers and sailors. Located 43 miles due east of Nevis, Antigua (pronounced An-TEE-gwa or locally as An-Tee-ga) is one of the most popular destinations for those on a Caribbean yacht charter. Just a four hour flight from the east coast of the US, this 108 sq. mile flat island of coral and limestone is often a gateway for visitors heading off to other islands. For those that chose to stay, Antigua is famous for cricket; historical sites; sparkling blue waters; a spectacular coastline with abundant coves, natural harbors and bays; approximately 365 white sandy beaches; its festivals (Carnival, International Literacy Festival, a number of indigenous food festivals, the Warri Festival, and of course the Antigua Sailing Week); its upscale tourism industry which offers offshore banking and gambling, and just about every outdoor activity imaginable. Antigua is also internationally famous as a luxury yachting destination and as a provisioning and marine supply center.
Twenty-five miles to the northeast lies the tiny sister island of Barbuda (60 sq. miles). Although less visited, those on a Caribbean yacht charter who really want to get away from it all will, like the late Princess Diana, appreciate the desert island remoteness and miles upon miles of pale pink and white sandy beaches. No matter how you spend your time in the island nation of Antigua & Barbuda, you will have plenty of experience choices to make your vacation dreams a reality.
Antigua is well known internationally amongst yachting enthusiasts for the yearly Classic Yacht Regatta in early April and Antigua Sailing Week in late April. The latter includes several classes of yacht races, and the week is filled with beach parties and other fun events.
Like any Caribbean nation, Antigua hosts a variety of lively celebrations during holiday weeks.
Enjoy the Leeward Islands nation of Antigua & Barbuda year round. These islands are part of the Caribbean region which experiences temperatures averaging 80°F and are kissed by breezy, cool trade winds year round.
While vacationers visit Antigua every month, December through April typically brings the best sailing winds, which is the reason the one of the largest Caribbean sailing regattas occur during April. The mid season months of May and June have comfortable winds and good weather with typically mild rain, plus less people.
June begins the region’s hurricane season, which continues through November. Rain showers are more common in the summer and early fall. While some charters still enjoy cruising the waters during this time, conditions can be riskier between mid-August and mid-October. The Virgin Island Sailing® charter experts can assist you in choosing the best season to sail in Antigua.
|Temp Max (°F )||Temp Min (°F )||Avg. Water Temp (°F )||Avg. Rainfall (in)||Avg. Wind Speed (kts)|
|January||82||72||80||2||E / NE 10-25|
|February||82||72||80||2||E / NE 10-25|
|March||84||73||79||2||E / NE 10-25|
|July||88||77||83||3||E / SE 15-25|
|August||88||79||84||4||E / SE 10-25|
|September||88||77||85||5||E / SE 10-15|
|October||88||75||84||6||E/ SE 5-15|
Antigua is a pretty simple Caribbean island to travel to. The V.C. Bird International Airport (ANU) is accessible from the mainland of the US, Puerto Rico and various European countries.