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Dive area / region : Antigua - See the map Scuba Diving in Antigua

Best diving season : January  •  February  •  March  •  April  •  August  •  September
Recommended number of days to stay : 5 to 7 days
Number of dive sites : 11 to 15 Dive Sites
Water temperature and wetsuit advice : 26C-… : Shorty or Thin Wetsuit
Average visibility : 30 meters plus
Average dives depth : 15 Meters
Type of currents : Strong currents - drift diving
Months when these currents are present : N/A
General surface conditions : Very variable conditions
Wreck types : Old wooden ship  •  Recent world ships  •  Artificial wrecks  •  Airplane
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Type of marine life : Barracuda  •  Jacks  •  Moray Eels  •  Reef Fish  •  Softcoral  •  Tuna
Presence of caves / caverns : Yes - Semiclosed


Situated in the Leeward Islands of the Caribbean, Antigua is not yet quite as well known among tourists as Barbados and Jamaica, but is rapidly becoming so, and is visited by thousands of people every year.
The island of Antigua is always associated with Barbuda, but this article isn't about Antigua and Barbuda, but about what it is that should make you want to choose Antigua for your Caribbean Island Vacation. Antigua is the largest of the Leeward Islands in the Eastern Caribbean, north of Montserrat and Guadeloupe, and to the south and east of Nevis, St Kitts, St Barts, and St Martin. It is some fourteen miles long and eleven miles wide, totalling 108 square miles. This means with its 365 beaches, one for every day of the year, there is plenty Antigua to explore, and furthermore there is lots to see thanks to the close links with Britain and the British Navy in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century.

Beaches and Watersports in Antigua For the traveller who loves the beach, Antigua is hard to beat. It is debatable whether it really has the 365 beaches that the locals boast of, but there are certainly enough for even the most dedicated sea and sand worshipper. Some of the superb patches of sand worth visiting are Long Bay, Dickenson Bay, Half Moon Bay and Rendezvous Beach – but there are many others which are equally attractive. Dozens of hotels and restaurants of all standards and to suit all pockets have sprung up along the coastline, many of them actually on the beach. But if it’s solitude which one seeks, that too is not hard to find. There are also a number of outfits running boat and catamaran cruises, and scuba diving and snorkelling trips to the island’s fabulous coral reefs. What to Visit on Antigua For those who can drag themselves away from the beach there are a number of interesting things to see. 
Long Street in the town of St John’s has some colourful old buildings, and is a good place to wander around and watch the world go by. St John’s also has restaurants where the traveller san sample great West Indian food. When to go to Antigua The island’s tropical climate makes it a year-round holiday destination. As for most of the Caribbean, the weather is at its best during the high season, from mid-December to mid-April, when the rainfall is low and the heat is tempered by cooling trade winds. But as one might expect, prices and crowds are at their peak during this season. September and October can be hot and humid, and are also the hurricane season. November can be a month to achieve the best of both worlds – less crowds but comfortable weather.

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