L ocated in the West Indies with beautiful weather year-round, Antigua is the perfect place for a relaxing getaway or an exciting adventure down south. With sheltered bays, steady winds and calm shores, Antigua is an adventurer’s playground with some of the best water sport conditions in the Caribbean. Plus, with Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Antigua from Toronto and Montreal, its easier than ever for vacationers to explore this picturesque island. Travellers can even bring their own water sport equipment on board Sunwing Airlines*, so they won’t have to worry about renting on the island.

Kite surfing

The island of Antigua is home to some of the best kite surfing conditions in the Caribbean, making this a destination suitable for kite surfers of all experience levels. Beginners can learn how to kite surf in one the island’s sheltered coves where the side-on wind conditions, calm waters and long stretches of unobstructed beach create a perfect environment for learning. Jabbawock Beach is very popular for kite surfing and is also a great spot for newbies to the sport since the beach has its own kite surfing school where visitors can take lessons. More experienced kite surfers can head to one of the island’s beaches that have strong trade winds like Half Moon Bay Beach, where wind speeds can reach up to 25 knots, ideal for expert surfers. Best part? The water is always warm in Antigua, so surfers won’t need to worry about packing a wetsuit.

Sailing and yachting

Antigua has been a favourite destination for sailors since the 17th century, when Nelson’s Dockyard was frequented by naval ships, cargo ships and even pirate ships. That tradition has continued to modern days, with Antigua remaining a popular destination for sailors and yachters. Each year, the island hosts the prestigious Antigua Sailing Week which takes place at the end of April and the beginning of May. The famous sailing and yachting regatta is held at Nelson’s Dockyard and attracts over 1,500 participants and 5,000 spectators from around the world. Sailing and yachting enthusiasts can plan their getaway to Antigua at the end of April and beginning of May to watch the famous event or even participate.


Antigua’s crystal-clear waters make it an ideal destination for snorkelling, with plenty of magnificent sites around the island. Most of the beaches around Antigua are surrounded by shallow coral reefs, so vacationers can easily don their snorkelling gear and explore the underwater world right from their resort’s beach. Popular shore snorkelling spots around the island include Half Moon Bay Beach, Pigeon Point Beach and Dickenson Bay. One of the island’s most popular snorkelling spots is Cades Reef, which is only a 20-minute boat ride off the coast. The ride out is well worth the it as the reef stretches over two miles and is home to a wide range of exotic marine species including eagle rays, reef sharks, nurse sharks and more. Snorkellers can easily explore Cades Reef on a Sunwing Experiences excursion.

With Sunwing’s convenient direct flights to Antigua from Toronto and Montreal, it’s easier than ever for Canadians to Vacation Better on this island paradise.

*additional fees may apply

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