The Caribbean Island of Antigua offers a laidback relaxed vacation in a stunning environ, with beautiful white sandy beaches, crystal clear waters and spectacular natural wonders. It is the perfect place for casual style destination weddings, for honeymooners and for beach lovers who wish to combine their vacation with exploring outstanding spots of natural beauty. It is easy to explore Antigua by taxi or hire car, or by taking a boat trip that includes the chance to snorkel and discover the colorful delights of the coral reefs. Here we take a closer look at some of the most popular scenic sights including Devil’s Bridge, Galley Bay Beach, the Pillars of Hercules, and snorkelling paradises for scuba divers.
The natural wonder of Devil’s Bridge is a must see spot, a bridge carved out of a limestone cliff by the Atlantic. The limestone arch was created from the waves crashing into the rocks, demonstrating the natural power of the elements. Set amid the rugged terrain of Antigua’s eastern shore, Devil’s Bridge is always flanked by tempestuous waters. The bridge is to be admired but not crossed, as it is a dangerous slippery spot, but certainly a site of natural beauty, surrounded by natural blowholes, The name was inspired by Antiguan stories of slaves leaping to their deaths into the sea, to escape bondage.
Pillars of Hercules
Guarding the entrance to the English Harbour, the Pillars of Hercules is a magnificent limestone rock formation, once again demonstrating the force of nature as the pillars were formed from the waves and elements eroding the limestone. The site is most easily reached by boat, an arrival promising a spectacular view. A boat trip to the Pillars can be combined with a snorkelling or scuba diving expedition
Scenic Underwater Diving
Explore the amazing coral reefs surrounding the Island of Antigua, perhaps taking in an underwater look at one of the many shipwrecks in their watery graves off the island. Snorkelling opens up opportunities to view marine life up close and swim with blue tang, stingrays, batfish, spadefish, jacks and sea turtles. The reef itself is a glorious mix of sea fans, sponges and sea grass, and colorful corals. Popular snorkelling spots include Green Island, Cades Reef, Paradise Reef, Long Bay and Half Moon Bay.
Galley Bay Beach
Boasting 365 beaches, Antigua has a beach for every day of the year. All of the island’s beaches are public but some are more accessible than others. Galley Bay beach is considered to be one of the best on the island, with white sands and iridescent turquoise waters. It has particular appeal to nature fans as the beach is a natural habitat for sea turtles to leave their eggs. Relax in the shade of a palm tree and drink in the romance of the setting.
Couples tying the knot can consider marrying on the pristine white sand, with a wedding package arranged by the Galley Bay Resort. Set in lush Caribbean gardens this luxury boutique resort promises a stress free wedding in a spectacular setting.