The British discovered Antigua in the 17th century when a group of pioneers left St. Kitts and Nevis and established the first European settlement on the island debuting a staggering period in Antigua’s tradition. While the British considered Antigua their “gateway to the Caribbean”, it became a powerful sugar-producing colony conveniently located on the crossroads of major sailing routes… and the rest is history.
On the northwestern coast are the more developed beaches on Antigua that offer the full resort beach experience. Fort James, close to St. John’s, is a public beach popular with the locals while Galley Bay is a wonderful winter option for surfers. The beaches on the island’s southwestern coast are less developed and not as accessible by land as those on the northern coast. Visit Fryes Bay, Darkwood Beach, Rendezvous Bay, Doigs Beach or Pigeon Point near English Harbour Town, especially recommended after a day of visiting at Nelson’s Dockyard.