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Avoid Antigua's Best Resorts And Stay In Locally Owned Hotels   by Jason Law
Way Of Living In Antigua   by Jane Wyvern

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Avoid Antigua's Best Resorts And Stay In Locally Owned Hotels   by Jason Law

This is not an Antigua resort review in the typical sense of the word, but it is an Antigua vacation review, and not one where Antigua's best resorts will be the ones you expect.

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In this article I will ask you to forget the all inclusive resort, and instead look for lovely local establishments offering a totally laid back alternative. A real hideaway dream spot compared to the characterless chain resort frequented by those people who believe that where they are staying is the real Caribbean.
All over the Caribbean there are independently owned small hotels, and guesthouses offering a far more relaxed alternative, far closer to the real Caribbean experience. They may not offer an International buffet experience but you will be able to eat out in local restaurants, eat fresh caught seafood as it is landed.

There are two things in particular you should note. The first is that every dollar you spend will go into the local economy and not to the Marriott, Hilton, Meridian International Chains far away from Antigua.

The second thing which affects your personal economy is that you will pay per room, and not per person, and in this way you will save a small fortune.

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Here is a list with a brief description of some of the best locally owned hotels in Antigua.

Cocos is 12 Caribbean Style Bungalows overlooking Jolly harbour Beach, with a pool, sailing, and kayaking. A great restaurant which predates the hotel, this is very secluded with stunning views of the sunset, but no air-conditioning

Admirals Inn was built in Nelson's time, and is right by the water's edge in Nelson's Dockyard National Park Good restaurant, and close to other places to eat and drink. This is the place if you like sailing, but again no air conditioning.

Siboney Beach Club is on the beach at Dickenson Bay, and is an all suite hotel, with one of the best restaurants. It has beautiful gardens and a lovely pool, all beautifully maintained.

Country Inn Cottages is a five minute drive into the hills from Falmouth Harbour. You can choose the cottages for total privacy, or large families can choose the main house. There are restaurants close by for eating, and a pool, again with beautifully lush gardens.

Catamaran Hotel is set on Falmouth Harbour next to a marina, and has 14 rooms. All rooms have their own kitchen, and there are accessible restaurants, although there is no pool.

This is just a few examples of what can be found, so there is no need to have a bland stay in Antigua's best resorts, go local instead, it will cost you less, and you'll have more fun!!


About the Author - Jason Law has written two or three articles for and recommends it as a source of vacation destinations and hotels 

Way Of Living In Antigua   by Jane Wyvern

Antigua is a popular tropical paradise destination for vacationers from around the globe. Antigua is not all about lounging under the warm tropical sun and enjoying the balmy breezes. The island also has a rich cultural heritage, and the way of living in Antigua is a reflection of that. Antigua is well known as having '365 beaches - a beach for each day out of the year'. Antigua is not so well known though for its culture. Let's take a look at some of the highpoints below:


There is no predominant religion on Antigua, but rather, diverse representation from several religious branches. Christianity is the strongest influence and some of the Christian churches that are used today were built hundreds of years ago and offer an interesting historical perspective to the island.

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The Rasta movement has a strong following on Antigua although it did not originate there. The followers of Rasta that live on Antigua have adopted the lifestyle voluntarily. They are usually identified by the appearance of their hair and mostly live on the southern coast. The live a simple and natural lifestyle and they value the life in all things including plants and animals as well as the land upon which they live.


It should be no surprise that tourism plays a very important role in the economy and daily life of those living in Antigua. Tourists from around the globe have brought a generous income to the island and created many jobs. Being a beautiful island with both secluded beaches and 5 star resorts, Antigua has earned a well deserved reputation as one of the most popular vacation destinations in the world.


Cricket is the national sport of Antigua. The United States has its basketball, Great Britain has football, and Antigua has cricket for a national pastime. The island is very proud of its athletes and even the games of minor significance are well attended.

Antigua is a great place to spend a vacation, but it also an even greater place to explore as a local away from the resorts. Then you can enjoy food and music native to the island, and get a small taste of what day to day life is like upon the beautiful island of Antigua.


About the Author - Jane Wyvern provides articles on travel. You can find more of her work at the site


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Blue Waters Antigua & The Cove Suites
Travellers in search of elegant Caribbean resorts and hotel hideaways need look no further than the Blue Waters Caribbean resort in St. Johnís, Antigua. Here, nestled into a secluded cove on 17 acres of lush tropical gardens, guests will find an intimate British-Colonial style boutique Caribbean resort designed for luxurious comfort and supreme Caribbean relaxation. With a long-standing tradition of welcoming hospitality, personalised resort service, and refined taste, travellers return again and again to our Antiguan resort paradise in the sun. We have set ourselves above all other Antigua resorts by offering our hotel guest an experience they will never forget.
Hawksbill Beach All Inclusive By Rex Resorts
The Hawksbill Beach is a tropical hotel located 8 miles from the V.C. Bird International Airport. The Hawksbill Beach is blessed with an unusually beautiful shoreline location: facing out toward the picturesque rocky islet and clustered around the beaches and extending back into the resort's thirty-seven acres of landscaped tropical gardens. The Hawksbill Beach has inviting accommodations, from quiet beachfront cottages and clubrooms to balconied suites looking out over the palms to the sea. The friendly staff at Hawksbill's water sports office offers a full range of activities and equipment range of activities and equipment. Sunfish sailing, snorkeling, windsurfing, paddleboats, water- skiing are all among the diversions available. 
Jolly Beach Resort All Inclusive, Bolands Village
Come to Antigua, in the heart of the Eastern Caribbean; an island rich in history and culture, and overflowing with natural beauty.  Discover Jolly Beach Resort, the All-Inclusive Resort jewel on this island in the sun.  Experience an island resort paradise where each day is greeted by the enchanting smiles of a warm and friendly people.  Enjoy our quality service and a distinctly Caribbean atmosphere created to awaken all your senses.  Step out of your room and into your All Inclusive Resort fantasy as the soft, powdery white sand of our mile-long beach sifts between your toes.  Feel the caress of the warm Caribbean sun and immerse yourself in our majestic Fantasy Pool or the turquoise waters of the Caribbean Sea.
Sugar Ridge, Antigua
Sugar Ridge hotel is on the wonderful west coast of Antigua and is nestled into a natural hillside bordered with sugar cane. Sugar Ridge is a new luxury boutique hotel and with its elevated position captures the most stunning and panoramic views of palm lined beaches, the turquoise Caribbean Sea, and the neighboring islands of Redonda, Nevis and St. Kitts which sit like gems upon the horizon. All of our bedrooms are grouped into sets of four, each with its own entrance and radio frequency activated door locks. The unique groupings and wonderful landscaping provide privacy, yet each has a spectacular view.
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Lime Hill Villa, ANTIGUA (Ref: 61183), Falmouth, Antigua
Nestling high and central on the rim of the 20 acre Galleon Beach Club, Lime Hill commands a spectacular view over Freemans Bay and historic Nelsons Dockyard. Completed in 2002, this quality two storey Colonial style villa is furnished in traditional Caribbean style, with each of the four air-conditioned bedrooms enjoying a truly breathtaking view. Spacious lounge/dining room, featuring large glass wide opening patio doors on opposite sides to keep the whole room cool, assisted by paddle fans, enabling tropical outdoor/indoor living. The rear patio doors open onto the walled stonework terrace giving privacy and seclusion. The pool area has plenty of sunloungers, chairs and dining furniture for eight and the whole property is surrounded by tropical gardens.   Sleeps 8.

Shell Villa, Turtle Bay, Falmouth, Antigua
Shell Villa is tucked away inside Turtle Bay on the south coast of Antigua. Enjoy utter privacy and quiet as you sit on its seafront verandah and gaze at the spectacular sunsets over gently smoking Montserrat. Surrounded by stunning vistas of ocean and the gentle slopes surrounding Rendezvous Bay, not a single building mars the view - a very private bit of paradise.  Shell Villa has 3 double bedrooms, all with ceiling fans and ensuite bathrooms, a large kitchen with fridge/freezer, dishwasher, washing machine and a spacious living/dining area.  The gardens and plunge pool (with sun deck and barbecue) are planted with gorgeous bougainvillaea, hibiscus, and palms. Shell Villa generates its own power from solar panels...  Sleeps: 6 

The Carib House, Falmouth Antigua And Barbuda
The Carib House is an airy luxurious Caribbean colonial style villa which can accommodate groups of up to 10 persons. Located on the south coast of Antigua, close to the entrance of Falmouth Harbour and only 5 minutes off the main road, it is perfect for a get-away holiday, honeymoon or a small conference. This vacation rental is also ideal for intimate wedding receptions or functions for 20-80 persons with spacious living and entertaining areas. The Carib House is available for rent for all of the annual calendar events in Antigua such as Carnival, Antigua Classic Yacht and Sailing Week Regattas.  Comprising a total of five generous double bedrooms, all screened and with ceiling fans, our luxury villa can be rented as a whole, or as a 4 bedroom villa. Sleeps 10.
Jasmine Hill, Vacation Rental Home, Seatons
Cooled by constant trades the house and its rolling grounds offers a swimming pool and wraparound views of uninhabited islands and open water. You can opt for as much or as little of the mod. cons and service as you want.  An excellent cook, maid and laundry service are all available, or you can choose to be self-sufficient. A telephone (with international line), tv (cable) and stereo are provided but the stars and total silence are an appealing after dinner alternative.  The house has 4 bedrooms and 4 bathrooms with hot water. Rental cars can be arranged for you and fresh food and produce are available (ask for fresh fish and lobster!) less than a mile away in the village of Seatons.
Yepton Estate Cottages, St Johns
This St. John's cottage property is close to Galley Bay, Deep Bay, and Fort James. Yepton Estate Cottages has an outdoor pool. The property offers wireless Internet access. The staff can arrange wedding services and currency exchange. Additional amenities include laundry facilities, a library, and gift shops/newsstands. This property is self-catering. Yepton Estate Cottages has 4 guestrooms. Televisions are equipped with cable television channels and DVD players. Guestrooms provide phones and CD players. Beds have premium bedding. Guestrooms feature kitchenettes with microwaves, refrigerators, coffee/tea makers, and cookware/dishes/utensils.
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