Top 10 Adventures in Antigua and Barbuda

Updated: May 3

Antigua and Barbuda are more than just ports of call for a cruise itinerary. The islands have a vast selection of activities to keep you as busy as you’d like while on vacation.


Are Antigua and Barbuda good destinations for the LGBTQ community?


The answer depends on your expectations while you’re on vacation. The penal code in Antigua and Barbuda still punishes same-sex acts, however, the code has not been enforced for some time. As of 2019, there is a legal challenge against the anti-sodomy law working its way through the court system, with the courts expected to rule that the law is unconstitutional.


For LGBTQ travelers who travel to a destination to experience the culture, the scenery, and the adventure Antigua and Barbuda are amazing destinations that will give you a mix of adventure and relaxation.


Are you ready for the best Caribbean experience of your life? Here are the top ten adventures waiting for you in Antigua and Barbuda.


Round Island Tour:


Nelson's Dockyard National Park
Nelson's Dockyard National Park

The tour consists of traveling across the island of Antigua to Nelson's Dockyard National Park. Shirley Heights and Clarence House are located there, along with Blockhouse Ruins overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Visitors can also see the infamous English Harbor on tour along with Admiral's Inn, Sailmaker's Loft, the art gallery, and more. There are numerous sailing and yachting events along with other historical attractions in the park to explore.


Antigua Shore Excursion Yacht Racing:


Past the snorkeling tours and fishing trips, yacht racing shore excursion will get your adrenaline pumping like no other. It is a great way to enjoy the open sea and engage in the Antiguan culture. You're able to either sit back and watch the action or be part of the fun.


Beach Massages Shore Excursion:


Woman getting a massage
Photo by Simply Antigua Barbuda

Enjoy a relaxing massage at the Valley Church beach. The gentle sea in the background is set to enhance the soothing experience. Soft tropical noises, and gentle breezes, reinvigorate your senses as you receive your massage treatment. It’s a great way to relax, rest, and repeat,


Antigua Zipline Canopy Adventure at St. John's:


Soar through the Antigua rainforest and get an aerial view of the fruit trees, vines, and wildlife in this action-packed experience. The canopy course will include a series of zip lines with rope challenge elements and suspension bridges. Guides will be available to assist in guaranteeing safety and maximum enjoyment. It’s a perfect way to challenge yourself and get a chance to see a view that you can’t get anywhere else.


Runaway Beach Day:


Relax or explore the breathtaking getaway trip to Runaway Beach. You can gain access to exciting activities, including snorkeling, swimming, kayaking in the bay, or just a chance to relax on the lounge chair. Enjoy a cocktail infused with Caribbean fruit while gazing at the coconut palm trees and the pearl-sanded beach.


Stingray Fantasy Antigua:


Man swimming with sting rays
Photo by Simply Antigua Barbuda

Swim with the stingrays and have the memories of a lifetime. The playful marine creatures are perfectly tame to swim with and feed. This is a fantastic way to interact with the local marine life in Antigua.


Snorkel Cruise:


Enjoy the crystal blue waters as your snorkel by the reefs. You can see much of the marine life within just two miles, including barracudas, eels, and countless colorful corals.


Safari 4x4 Discovery:


Betty's Hope Windmill
Betty's Hope Photo by Simply Antigua Barbuda

Experience the island by Land Rover Jeeps as you learn about Antigua's history. The tours will be taken to inaccessible areas around the island, granting you the best views. You'll gain historical knowledge and enjoy a breathtaking view of sights like Falmouth Harbor at Convert Hill, Pot Works, and Betty's Hope.


Cooking with Rum:


Imagine cooking with a stunning view. The infamous rum-infused cuisines will be attempted at a site overlooking the Caribbean Sea. Cooking with Rum will discuss the history and influence of Rum tied in with Antigua's culture and cuisine. Be prepared for a great view and a unique hands-on experience of Caribbean cooking.


St. John’s Sightseeing:


Discover the beauty within the city at St. John’s, the largest city in Antigua. Tours will be available taking you through the most popular spots in the capital city including Heritage Quay, the town center, local markets. There are countless vendors allowing duty-free shopping and a wide selection of local and designer products available.


There is no need to stress about how to make these experiences happen. When we book your trip to Antigua and Barbuda, we will arrange all these things for you. All you have to do is show up and get ready for the adventure of your life!


Ready to start planning your next vacation? Schedule a consultation with me today to get started. We’ll chat about what’s important and I’ll get started making sure you have the perfect itinerary for your travel personality.


Rainbow Getaways proudly help travelers of the LGBTQ community (and our allies) research, plan, and book incredible vacations where you feel confident and comfortable enjoying and exploring your destination. We plan each vacation to meet your specific needs, so you'll have an experience just as unique as you.


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