Guest Post by Abire Mansoor
The year 2021 is expected to give rise to “vaxications,” a term that denotes the need for people who have been vaccinated against the “Rona” to celebrate and go on a holiday.
With people from different parts of the world getting vaccinations and travel restrictions easing up bit by bit, vaxications may indeed end up becoming a trend worldwide.
If you plan to celebrate getting your “rona” vaccination by going on a holiday, you might want to consider heading to Antigua and Barbuda.
Antigua and Barbuda is a twin-island nation in the Caribbean. Its pride lies in the number of beaches you can find here: 365, one for each day of the year.
The numerous beaches are an excellent reason to go to Antigua and Barbuda. However, there are more reasons why you should visit this country this year.
Here are the best five ones:
It is the perfect spot for a Caribbean holiday.
Antigua and Barbuda’s many beautiful beaches make it a tropical paradise.
The country has several beaches with fine white sand and clear, azure water. However, there are also coastal areas with black, salmon, and pink sand and blue-green water.
Nearly all these beaches are open to the public. Moreover, you can enjoy various water sports and activities in these areas, such as snorkeling, scuba diving, jet-skiing, kite surfing, sailing, and swimming.
These picturesque coastal areas are also the perfect places to get some rest and relaxation.
Antigua and Barbuda’s most famous beaches for these activities and more include:
- Bird Island Carlisle Bay
- Deep Bay
- Dickenson Bay
- English Harbour Wreck
- Half-Moon Bay
- Long Bay
- Nonsuch Bay
- Paradise Reef
- Princess Diana Beach
- Shoal Bay
The country offers a Citizenship by Investment Program (CIP).
If you have been thinking of getting a second passport for years, while visiting Antigua and Barbuda, take some time to look into their Citizenship by Investment Program or CIP.
The CIP allows foreigners to own a second passport issued by Antigua and Barbuda. You can obtain one by donating to the government or investing in a business or real estate property.
The Antigua and Barbuda citizenship application is pretty straightforward. If you want to make a donation, simply make sure you donate the required minimum amount.
If you want to invest in a property, choose one that is government-approved and meets the required amount. The upside to this option is that aside from getting a passport, you will have a second home here.
Aside from having a place where you can stay whenever you are in Antigua and Barbuda, you can turn it into a holiday rental whenever you are out of the country and have an additional stream of income.
Other benefits of obtaining an Antigua and Barbuda passport is that you can enjoy visa-free entry to more than 130 countries, and you won’t have to renounce your current nationality.
While in Antigua and Barbuda, speak with citizenship consultants to know more about the CIP. If you want to buy a property, you can also start looking at different houses or apartments.
Antigua and Barbuda offer different adventures.
Aside from engaging in various water sports and activities, this Caribbean country also has plenty to offer to adventure seekers. You can do many of these on dry land too. These include:
- Hiking – Antigua and Barbuda have several hiking trails, which have different difficulty levels. These include the Jones Valley Trail to Carpenter’s Trail Loop, the Middle Ground Trail, Mount Obama and Ridge Trail, and Pillars of Hercules.
- Eco-tour – If you want something more exciting and enjoy going on eco tours, sign up for the Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tour. Aside from exploring the Fig Tree Drive rainforest, you can ride the zipline.
- Wildlife watching – Antigua and Barbuda is also home to a variety of fauna. If you like bird watching, head to Long Island, Great Bird Island, and the Frigate Bird Sanctuary. If you want to catch a glimpse of Hawksbill turtles, visit Jumby Bay.
Some more exciting water activities here include swimming with the stingrays at Stingray City and scuba diving in Cades Reef.
It is the perfect place for relaxation.
Antigua and Barbuda also have plenty of places where you can get some rest and relaxation.
If you want to get a massage and other aesthetic treatments, there are different spa and wellness centers you can choose from. These include the Curtain Bluff Spa, Red Lane Spa, Sugar Ridge Resort, and Spa Indulge.
Antigua also has its own glamping site: Wild Lotus Camp. Campers can enjoy a night under the clear sky and a dip anytime at Valley Church Beach.
The large luxury tents are equipped with antique solid oak furniture pieces and double bed, features similar to those you can find in hotels. You will also get the best dining experience and services.
There are several quiet beaches in Antigua where you can relax by the beachside. These include Carlisle Bay, Hawksbill Bay, and Morris Bay.
Antigua and Barbuda is a gastronomic paradise.
Because of Antigua and Barbuda’s location, the country is abundant in fresh seafood, fruits, and root vegetables. These are heavily featured in the country’s most delectable dishes.
Grouper, mackerel, snapper, wahoo, and rock lobster are some of the most popular seafood you can indulge in here.
When eating authentic local dishes, be prepared to be hit by a variety of spices and herbs. Antigua and Barbuda food is heavily flavored with peppers, garlic, onions, and thyme.
If you are thinking about which food to order first, go for fungie and pepperpot, Antigua and Barbuda’s national dish. Fungie is made with cornmeal and is similar to the Italian polenta.
Antiguan pepperpot, on the other hand, is a soup with salted meat, eggplant, pumpkin, spinach, and squash.
Ducana, a sweet potato dumpling or pudding, is another side dish often served with the mains in restaurants offering authentic Antigua and Barbuda cuisine.
You will also get your fill of fresh fruits in the country. Bananas, coconuts, guavas, mangoes, papayas, soursop, and tamarinds are cultivated widely in Antigua and Barbuda.
However, the country’s most popular fruit is Antiguan black pineapple, which is the sweetest and rarest variety of pineapple in the world. Make sure you sample this delicious gem before leaving the island.
If you are thinking about where to go for a holiday with your family this year, with these reasons, you won’t go wrong with choosing Antigua and Barbuda as your destination.
Abire Mansoor is a Director and Licensed Agent at Citizens International, a white-glove specialist firm offering private client services necessary for citizenship, residency and investment into the Caribbean, North America, and Europe. Based in her home country of Antigua & Barbuda, she is an experienced consultant who works directly with many professional partners and advises clients worldwide.