St John’s is the Capital and has some charming and colourful old buildings and streets to wander around. The lively market and duty-free shopping make it a good place to hunt for a bargain.
English Harbour & Falmouth
This natural harbour attracted Britain’s most famous sailor, Nelson. He founded English Harbour and it became a strategic point on the globe. Today it is a centre for sailing and popular with expats as a base – it has a good variety of bars and restaurants.You could take a vacation rental (bungalow and villas or all kinds) here though you probably need a car.
Although this may not be the best trip with a baby or toddler, it has to be mentioned. Here, you can take a boat and swim with the stingrays. Sea Wolf Diving School offering a range of dives plus childcare for kids too young to take the plunge.
Take a Subcat
Subcat Antigua offers a submarine adventure departing from Carlisle Bay on the island’s south coast. This allows you to take in the marine life without getting wet.
The Donkey Sanctuary
A feel good attraction where donkeys are taken care of by this RSPCA affiliated sanctuary.
There are plenty of restaurants here as well as some excellent villa and holiday home rentals. There is also a supermarket with an ATM.
Shirley Heights has some amazing views out over the harbor. On Sundays you can enjoy a barbecue here with live music.
There are some incredible beaches here which have powdery sand and are ideal for babies and toddlers. Some of the best known and loved include; Pigeon Beach, Dickenson Bay, Half moon Bay (although watch out for strong currents) and Runaway Beach (quieter and popular with locals). Long Bay which is further North is another great option where kids can seek out coral reefs in waters so shallow you can walk out to them.
Take a Trip to Barbuda
If you are staying in Antigua you can opt to visit Barbuda. The island lies north of Antigua and it takes 20 minutes to get there by seaplane or 3 hours by boat. There are loads of stunning, quiet beaches in Barbuda and a fantastic bird reserve which toddlers will enjoy.