ANTIGUA is a gem in the Caribbean; a holiday paradise.

With a beach for every day of the year, Antigua is a sunny white sand island with picture-perfect seascapes and a tranquil refined style. Centrally located within the Caribbean, this island offers an array of activities that allow you to explore the wondrous landscape.

Sailing is a big part of the Island – Admiral Horatio Nelson ventured here in 1784 and British colonial history is apparent, from Nelson’s Dockyard with its impressive sailing ships, to handsome plantation houses, sugar mills and quaint churches. Be part of world-famous yacht regattas, charter yacht shows and Antigua sailing week. In addition to the catamaran and sailing trips to the rich yachting scene there are plenty of ship wrecks for keen scuba divers to explore and fantastic snorkelling opportunities.

Inland, visit the rainforest, embark on the scenic Fig Tree Drive or take a kayaking trip through the magical mangroves. The varied local cuisine is well worth sampling: mouth-watering Creole seafood; fungi and pepperpot, a delicious stew; and the freshest indigenous fruits including mangoes, papayas and pineapples. A weekly ‘not to be missed event’ is the Sunday barbecue party at Shirley Heights, as well as the flamboyant carnivals in July and August.

With superb hotels to suit all and flights available from Manchester or London Gatwick this is a perfect place to escape and relax.

For more ideas and information contact Embarque Travel on 01759 301613 or email