If you’re engaged and currently in the process of planning your wedding, I think it’s safe to say that you’re probably thinking of taking a honeymoon that involves relaxing on a golden beach with your partner. That’s not to say that it’s something you have to on your honeymoon, however, and if you both enjoy action sports you should consider visiting Antigua.
OK, so the sun-drenched island holds great appeal for those eager for a traditional honeymoon lazing in the sun but it offers so much more than that. Indeed, by coming here on an alternative honeymoon break in the Caribbean you will have the chance to try a fantastic variety of activities in each other’s company. Here are five of the best pursuits Antigua has to offer.
The wonderfully clear sea surrounding the Caribbean isle provide fantastic conditions for a variety of water sports, among them scuba diving. Many of Antigua’s best dive sites are located along the southern shore and include Cape Shirley, where you will find giant boulders, turtles and tiger groupers upon dipping below the waterline.
Visit Barracuda Reef, which lies just off English Harbour, and you’ll come across nurse sharks and giant lobsters.
I also recommend you give windsurfing a while on holiday in Antigua. The island is famous for having 365 beaches (you can visit a different one every day for an entire year!) so you won’t be short of places to try this fantastic pastime, though Jabberwock Beach is widely viewed as the best location.
Head to the north-east beach and you’ll find a number of schools that offer lessons for people of all ability levels and, with the onshore wind speed averaging between 12 and 18 knots, you should be able to stand up on your board and ride the waves in next to no time.
Don’t worry if you and your partner would prefer not to get wet on your honeymoon, as the island has lots of fantastic activities that involve you staying firmly on dry land, among them hiking.
Walking through Antigua’s verdant rainforest won’t only give your legs a good workout, but you’ll have the opportunity to take in the country’s rich flora and fauna.
Trek along Fig Tree Drive, for example, and you will come across guava and coconut trees, while hiking up Signal Hill offers the opportunity to spot the likes of geckos and tree frogs.
Admittedly, golf won’t be every couple’s dream activity for a honeymoon but I think it’s worth considering doing. Visit the 18-hole Cedar Valley resort and you’ll have arrived at the island’s sole championship-quality golf course.
While completing a game on the par 70 green will challenge even the most experienced golfer, I recommend that you take a little time to appreciate the beautiful scenery that surrounds you as you play. The course is lined with tropical trees, while the gorgeous Caribbean Sea can be seen in the background.
Visit the Antigua Equestrian Centre in Falmouth and you’ll have the opportunity to learn how to ride beautiful steeds before taking them for a gentle trek along one of the island’s many golden beaches or through a forest trail. If you’re already a competent rider, meanwhile, you may want to think about booking private lessons in show-jumping and dressage.