Held each year just before Sailing Week, the Classic Yacht Regatta brings a host of beautiful, traditional sailing yachts to Falmouth Harbour. There are four days of racing and also parades of classic boats – which look magnificent from onshore. There’s plenty of evening action ashore too. www.antiguaclassics.com
Sailing Week – End April
The Caribbean’s major yachting regatta, with hundreds of boats from around the islands. There are five days of formal racing and then other events such as the Guadeloupe to Antigua race and the Round-the-island race. And of course plenty of after-race action (there is even a ‘Party Schedule’). There are chase boats, or you might even find yourself taken on as crew. The Antigua Yacht Club (antiguayachtclub.com) and the Jolly Harbour Yacht Club also run other smaller regattas during the year. www.sailingweek.com
Antigua Carnival – Late July into August
Ten days of steel band music, calypso competitions and parties that culminate in street dances and parades through the island capital St John’s, and thereafter in the Antigua Recreation Ground. After a weekend of festivities and competitions (in which the calypso monarch is selected), dancers spill out onto the street for j’ouvert morning (on the first Monday in August) and then rig up with their carnival costume for the street parade. Held over the anniversary of emancipation from slavery, the carnival is an explosion of revelry and well worth attending if you are on the island. J’ouvert is a public event, but for the street parade you can pay a few tens of dollars to join a ‘band’, wear the costume and join in the dancing. www.antiguacarnival.com
Antigua and Barbuda Independence Festival – November 1
In celebration of Antigua and Barbuda’s independence in 1981, the island holds a ceremonial parade, with marching bands and fetes, along with a series of other formal celebrations over about 10 days toward the end of October. You may see the streets of St John’s bedecked in black, red, blue and yellow drapes, the colours of the national flag. As a public event it is free to spectators. independence.gov.ag
Looking to dine out in Antigua? Is the Caribbean island beach your thing?
A variety of local restaurants are within a five minute drive from your location. Why not try charming Falmouth Harbour or take a visit to historical Nelson’s Dockyard, whatever you decide you’ll be taken care of by the island’s fine hospitality. We’ve got you covered…just a short drive from your home away from home you’ll find white sandy cays ready to be explored! Pigeon Beach or Windward Beach are just a few of the getaways that are famous for making the islands a premier holiday destination. Alagana House is just a 5 minute drive from the Marinas at Falmouth and Nelson’s Dockyard.
Sailing – Antigua is home to Antigua Sailing Week, Antigua Classic Regatta and RORC Caribbean 600 race.
Scuba Diving & Snorkeling
Sundays at Shirley Heights with the world famous Shirley Heights Steel Drum Band
Walk up Monks Hill & around the historic forts located in Antigua
Duty Free Shopping in St. John’s
Fine Dining abounds in our restaurants serving traditional and international flavours
Your tropical Caribbean vacation awaits you and there is more to the West Indies than swaying palm trees, stunning beaches and turquoise waters…
But luckily for you not much more and with Alagana House as your base, in mere moments you will discover the rest of what Antigua has to offer!
You are never far from a beach on an island and as there are over 365 of them this island is perfect for your getaway vacation. With both the Atlantic Ocean and Caribbean Sea to play on or in, you may wish to try some of the other activities on offer; sailing, snorkelling, windsurfing, diving and sundowners to name a few 😉
Private day sailing or group Eco tours are available and Alagana House will be happy to make arrangements at your request. See the island from the water and snorkel places not accessible from land; Zip-line through Antigua’s corner of rain forest Fig Tree Drive; Take a mate and canter into the sunset with a horse riding tour.
You may wish nothing more adventurous than turning the next page in your book. Alagana House Antigua is suitable for mature families, groups of friends, couples, and honeymooners so why don’t you inquire today and start planning your dream retreat!