Antigua is More Than Just Beaches

If you’ve come to Antigua to find beaches, well then you’ve come to right place. Antigua has some of the most stunning white sandy beaches in all of the Caribbean; in fact, in all of the world. But sometimes you just need to get your butt off up of that beach chair and move. For that day when it finally arrives, you might want to consider some of these other activities on the idyllic paradise of Antigua that don’t involve sand and sunscreen.

Zip Line Canopy Tour

Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour zip line

If you’re really itching for adventure, look no further than Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. Located in the hills of a lush rainforest on the south-west coast of the island, Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour takes participants through 12 zip lines, 4 suspension bridges, and a couple of controlled descent “Leaps of Faith” where intrepid souls plummet 26 feet and 45 feet respectively. There’s a bar and café at the end of the tour, so you can enjoy a well-deserved drink. If you make it to the end that is.

Horseback Riding (with a difference!)

Horse on Beach

Okay this one may involve a little bit of beach time, but not in the way you’d expect. Springhill Riding Club offers horseback riding for those who harbour an equestrian streak. The difference? It’s on the beach, it’s bareback, AND you get to swim with the horses, which are very similar to ones show at the TVG network. The easy and enjoyable 90 minute ride takes participants along the beautiful English Harbour coast, culminating in a swim in the sea with these magnificent (and well cared for) creatures.

Hike to an Old Fort

Antigua fort

If you’re up for a healthy stroll, take a look into hiking up to historic old Fort Barrington. The views of the town of St. John’s and Deep Bay are stunning and well worth the effort. While the hill doesn’t look that high at first glance, appearances can be deceiving and it’s a tad tricker than it seems. Make sure to wear sturdy hiking shoes or runners — you’re not going to make it to the top if you’re wearing just flip flops. For a bit of added exercise, hire a bike and ride to the site before the hike.

If these activities seem to require just a little too much exertion for you, check out what your resort has to offer. Many resorts offer tennis, golf, and other activities for those looking for non-beach activities. The luscious Curtain Bluff hotel even offers racquetball, squash, bocce, and shuffleboard. Or you could just lay on the beach. I’m sure there’s one around there somewhere.