Island Hopping: The 5 Best Islands To Visit From Antigua

While the island of Antigua offers 365 beautiful beaches, exceptional viewpoints and plenty of activities to keep you busy during your stay, its Eastern Caribbean location also makes it a perfect base to explore other surrounding islands. From hiking over dormant volcanoes to discovering the untouched nature reserves, the island offers a variety of day trips to help you truly get the most out of your stay.

The below islands can be reached via plane, boat or even helicopter, and your dedicated House Director at Pearns Bay House is on hand to assist with the seamless planning of your jam-packed itinerary of adventure. Simply tell us where you wish to go, and our team will arrange the rest!

Where is Antigua located and why is it a great base for day trips?

Antigua is a superb base for day trips due to sitting at the heart of the Eastern Caribbean, offering close proximity and effortless access to various other idyllic isles worth visiting during your trip to Antigua.

Antigua’s well-connected transportation options, allowing travel by sky or sea, make it easy to explore the diverse landscapes, cultures, and attractions of these must-see neighbouring islands. From the volcanic wonders of Montserrat and the pristine beaches of Barbuda to the rich history of St. Kitts and the vibrant French-Caribbean culture of Guadeloupe, each island presents a unique experience just a stone’s throw away, making Antigua an appealing central hub for many Caribbean adventures.

Antigua to Barbuda

Contrary to popular belief, Antigua and Barbuda are in fact two separate islands, though together they are considered a twin-island nation. Travelling from Antigua to Barbuda takes just a couple of hours, and Antigua’s smaller, quieter counterpart certainly measures up to the beauty of its more bustling twin.

Known for the iconic pink and white sandy beaches, largely untouched and unspoiled  terrain and Frigate Bird Sanctuary, Barbuda can be easily reached by a short boat trip or a short flight by plane or helicopter, and it is well worth spending the day exploring this quaint Caribbean island.

For nature and history enthusiasts, the island of Barbuda also offers an opportunity to explore untouched sites of natural beauty, from the limestone Darby caves to the rich coral reefs beneath the surface. Historical sites worth exploring include the ruins of the Codrington Estate and the Martello Tower fort, both apt insights into the island’s rich colonial history.

Antigua to Montserrat

Another must-see island that sits just 27 miles southwest of Antigua, is the magnificent isle of Montserrat. Often referred to as the “Emerald Isle” of the Caribbean, Montserrat offers a unique blend of natural beauty and volcanic landscapes that make for a brilliant day trip from Antigua.

In fact, on a clear day, any eagle-eyed visitors making their way up to Shirley Heights – regarded as one of the best viewpoints in Antigua – will be able to spot the iconic Soufrière Hills volcano that dominates the island. Visiting Montserrat gives you the unparalleled opportunity to view this volcano up close, and the altered landscape that has been left in its wake.

That said, it isn’t called the Emerald Isle for nothing, and this largely untouched island boasts lush green scenery and vibrant vegetation, from nature reserves to off-the-beaten-path style trails. Plus, visitors can enjoy exploring the island’s various museums, historical sites, traditional music and delicious cuisine.

Montserrat can be easily reached by a 20-minute flight from Antigua, or a 90-minute ferry, giving you plenty of time to explore the island and the very best Montserrat has to offer.

Antigua to Guadeloupe

A bit farther afield, Guadeloupe is an overseas region of France known for its lush rainforests, waterfalls, and rich French-Caribbean culture, history and cuisine that is not to be missed.

The isle of Guadeloupe is primarily split into two areas, Grande-Terre and Basse-Terre, both offering plenty of unique attractions such as the La Grande Soufrière volcano, the Jardin Botanique de Deshaies (botanical gardens) and the Jacques Cousteau Underwater Reserve. Not only that, the island on a whole offers impressive natural scenery with lush rainforests, volcanoes, waterfalls, and beautiful beaches waiting to be explored.

Guadeloupe is just 45-minutes away by plane or helicopter, making it an excellent day trip from Antigua.

Antigua to St Kitts and Nevis

A visit to the twin islands of St Kitts and Nevis offers a rich blend of history, nature, culture, and relaxation. St. Kitts boasts historical sites like Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park – a UNESCO World Heritage Site that offers a unique glimpse into the island’s military architecture and colonial history – while Pinney’s Beach on Nevis is the perfect spot for an afternoon of relaxation on the golden sands.

For keen adventurers looking to explore the best viewpoints on the two islands, hiking trails of Mount Liamuiga on St Kitts offer phenomenal views of the island’s rich green rainforests, while Nevis is best-known for its scenic Nevis Peak. Be sure to check out St Kitts’ capital, Basseterre, too, for amazing local markets, shopping and authentic Caribbean cuisine.

These two islands are situated just a 20-minute flight away and, to ensure you get the most out of your day trip, our resident House Director is on hand to help plan every element of your excursion.

Antigua to Anguilla

Just a short boat ride from Antigua, Anguilla is renowned for its stunning white sand beaches, warm and welcoming hospitality and is even considered the culinary capital of the Caribbean.

If a day of exploring and relaxing on some the region’s most beautiful beaches is what you have in mind, then you’ll feel right at home when visiting Anguilla from Antigua. Just a few of our top recommendations for the best beaches in Anguilla include the scenic Shoal Bay beach, Meads Bay and Rendezvous Bay.

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