Imagine Antigua

Antigua Beach & Palm Tree

Imagine a spending a day on a beach, each day a different beach, a different beach on each day of the year. Your dreams can come true on the Caribbean Island of Antigua, home of 365 different soft sand beaches.

Antiqua was first discovered in 1493 and named after the Spanish saint Santa Maria de la Antigua by Christopher Columbus. The island wasn't settled until much later, 1632, due to a lack of fresh water and hostile Indians. The 13 by 10 mile island finally ended up as a part of the British Empire in 1667, and in 1981 it became independent. During the early years sugar cane powered much of the islands development.

Now Antigua is now more known for it's tourism, attracting both Americans and a growing group of Europeans. The northwest beaches and resorts are the islands most popular destinations. Some of it's most popular beaches are the mile-long Dickenson Bay and Runaway Bay, Half Moon Bay, Deep Bay, and Hawksbill.

Note: On Sunday nights go to Shirley Heights near English Harbour, this rebuilt military fort has great views and on Sunday nights is home to a great party. For Details call 268-460-1785.

Antigua Island Coastline


Anitgua Islands Coastline

St. John's Harbor on Antigua


St. John's Harbor on the Island of Antigua

Old Dock on Antigua


Old Dock

Sunset from Shirley Heights overlooking English Harbor


Sunset as seen from Shirley Heights overlooking English Harbor For more information visit the Antigua & Barbuda website.

Rita Marley Opens Marley Resort & Spa

Cable Beach, Nassau

Cable Beach, Nassau

Rita Marley, the widow of Reggae legend Bob Marley, has opened a new, 16-suite Marley Resort & Spa in Nassau. The resort is located on Cable Beach in what had been the Marley family's summer home.

They say a stay here will be an experience of art, history and spiritual sensibility. Suites are named after the legends songs, while the properties boutique sells daughter Cedella Marley designed clothing. Visit the resorts website: Click Here


On the Island of St. Martin

St Martin Beach

Saint Martin is an wonderful island located in the northeast Caribbean, and is governed by two governments divided between France and the Netherlands.  That is why you may find it called Saint Martin, and Sint Maarten.

The island offers a wide range of hotels and resorts, budget and luxury.

WESTIN ST. MAARTEN DAWN BEACH RESORT - A large luxury resort.

LE PETIT HOTEL - Small hotel on Grand Case Hotel

HOTEL L'ESPLANADE - Considered a "Hidden Gem".

FLAMINGO BEACH RESORT - Condo Hotel

While on the this caribbean island what should you see and do???  The best way to see the 37 suare mile island is to rent a car.  Remember the French side (St. Martin) of the island is to the north and the Dutch side (St. Maarten) is to the south.  Don't worry about a controled border crossing....it doesn't exsist.

As you might suspect, the northern French side has better shopping and dinning.  The Dutch southern side has more nightlife and casinos.  Beaches and scenic sights about, ask at your hotel and they will guide you to what interests you.

I suggest you investigate the ferry schedule to nearby islands.  Anguilla and St. Barthelemy have great beaches, and Saba island has great hiking and scuba diving spots.

Looking for food???  Well head to the French side of the island and you won't be dissapointed.  The cost may run a bit high, but you will love it.  La Vie en Rose has views of Marigot's harbor.  In Grand Case check out Le Tastevin and La California.  Note that paying with credit cards may result in a higher cost.

For more information on Saint Martin click here.