Antigua and Barbuda make up a small island nation between the Caribbean Sea and Atlantic Ocean, and the country is aptly nicknamed ‘Land of 365 Beaches.’ This may be my favourite Caribbean island that I’ve visited.
Where to Stay in Antigua
My family and I had an amazing time on Antigua over Christmas 2012. Although we didn’t venture to Barbuda, we easily filled our week on Antigua with sightseeing, exploring, and relaxing. I have a ton more recommendations and stories coming, but first I wanted to talk about the FANTASTIC place we stayed on the island.
We stayed in Jolly Harbour, which you can see on the west coast of the island.
Jolly Harbour’s marina is home to dozens of villas that you can easily rent out. Whether your entire extended family or just you and your spouse are heading to Antigua, there are villas that are perfect for you.
When my family travels, the responsibility of picking our accommodation usually falls to my dad, and he did an great job with this one. We rented a villa with 2 bedrooms, and it fit the four of us perfectly. Our Caribbean checklist usually includes:
- Close enough to all the major sights (not a huge consideration on a tiny island)
- Ability to make our own food
- Excellent beach access
- Balcony or patio
This villa ticked all the boxes. I really think villas are the way to go in the Caribbean!
I mean…look at this beach. We were MAYBE a 2 minute walk from this beach.
If you’re interested in renting a villa in Jolly Harbour, don’t get scared off by the reviews on TripAdvisor! My dad used holidayrentals.com to find our rental, which he was very happy with. There was a great maid service, and our villa was clean and well-taken care of, but of course make sure you read specific reviews or testimonials before you rent any villa!