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Antigua is an exceptionally family-friendly island. With a beach for each day of the year, a wide variety of water sports and friendly locals, the island is ideal for exploring with children. Here are a few of our favorite activities:
1. Tour the Dockyards. Admiral Nelson’s dockyard is one of the top tourist attractions on the island, and part of a 15-mile national park that’s the only remaining Georgian-style dockyard in the world. Peruse open-air market stalls for tourist tchotchkes (pick up a bottle of the local hot sauce) or pop into the restored building (we loved the British-style telephone booth). If it’s luxury you crave, you can walk the docks and gaze at the mega-yachts that come to dock in English Harbour – some of the world’s greatest ships come in and out of this port.
2. Donkey Sanctuary. Located on the eastern side of the island near Bethesda, this small animal rescue houses more than 150 of the four-legged creatures, including many babies, called foals. Say hello to unofficial mascot Stevie, who was struck by a car before his arrival and is now totally blind – he’s a guest favorite. You can pet, brush and play with the donkeys Monday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
3. Hit the Sea. Enjoy the island with a sail, snorkel or scuba dive. Naturally protected by coral reefs, the island’s crystal clear waters make it easy to see its many types of sea life. If you’d prefer to take in the island via powerboat, tour company Adventure Antigua offers day-long and half-day tours that have an eco-component. Tour guides are well-versed on the island’s natural species and educate kids and adults alike in fun, friendly way.
4. Beach Lovers United. With 365 white sand beaches, nearly all of which are public — it’s hard to go wrong with a day near the water.
5. Devil’s Bridge. Located in Indian Town, this natural bridge with awe-inspiring water jets and blow holes is fun to see by land or sea, and it has a spooky legend that older kids will love – if you throw two eggs in to the water to boil, the devil will throw one back.