Antigua has a flight time over just over 8 hours from the UK which is one of the shortest flight times of the major caribbean islands. Also the time difference is just 4 hours behind the UK and so jet lag is not a huge problem.
Most of the hotels in Antigua are based in the North (where the capital St John's is) or on the West coast. In these areas you are close to activities such as helicopter tours of Montserrat and trips to Barbuda. There is also the unique Segway Tour which is fantastic fun!
Although the South has fewer hotels there are still lots of things to do, including sting ray feeding, rainforest zlipling and sea kayaking. You also have easier access to English Harbour and Shirley Heights.
You don't need to worry too much though if you want to experience everything as it only takes around 30-40 minutes in a taxi to travel from one end of the island to the other. In very general terms I would say if you like to get out and about stay in the South and if you are looking for relaxation then the North/West is best.
Like all Caribbean destinations it is best to avoid the wet and huricane seasons which runs from late July to early October. The rest of the time there is usually fantastic weather and when it does rain it's usually in short, sharp bursts.
For the chance to see whales around Antigua March/April is best. Then in April/May Antigua hosts its famous sailing week. The Antigua carnival is Jul-August and 1st November is Independence Day.
If you are looking for more real time Antigua travel information then we can also recommend Antigua Nice. Their website is full of the latest useful information.
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