All-Inclusive Getaway on Quiet Private Beach
On a map, Antigua is a secluded speck—it’s only about 100 square miles in area, and the closest metropolises are hundreds of miles away. But what it lacks in size, it makes up for in scenery—the lush, green hills of interior Antigua flank sheet-white sandy beaches and turquoise waters in the town of St. John's, which resides on the northwest side of the island. Much like its mother country, the Coconut Beach Club is small, private, and tranquil; its 38 guest rooms reside on a tucked-away swath of beach about 3 miles outside of town, helping foster an intimate experience of the surrounding natural beauty.
Just steps from the three-story resort, a turquoise pool is flanked by bright green palmettos, with thatched-roof umbrellas and blue lounge chairs dotting the environs. In junior suites, there’s a cheery Caribbean decorative scheme: floral-patterned bedspreads and curtains, textured walls, and bright accents such as terra-cotta-hued lamps. The suites spill out onto breezy balconies or patios, each outfitted with a hammock and a pair of adirondack chairs, ideal for absorbing seaside views and heckling slow sea turtles for causing ocean traffic.
The all-inclusive package sates lodgers with a daily breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner, and local beverages, including beers, nonpremium spirits, and house wines by the glass. Massage specialists await to knead sore musculature in the thatched-roof cottage that houses the spa.
St. John's, Antigua: Historical Port Island with Stunning Beaches
St. John's is the capital city of Antigua, a small island nation surrounded by the warm tropical waters of the Caribbean Sea. The city is dotted with the remains of mills and plantations from its past as a center for the sugar and rum trades. Today, St. John's is frequented for its postcard-ready beaches, and visitors tour around St. John's harbor and coastline during daylong sailboat cruises, plunging into the waters to snorkel and bathe with sea sponges.
After a short, easy hike one can see Fort Barrington, once an important British military station guarding St. John's harbor that has stood since 1779. The open main building and run-down gun platform look out over the glittering waters below. Back on lower ground, the busy streets of St. John's feature bright, painted buildings, some of which house popular local eateries and shopping districts with handmade pottery, accessories, and souvenirs.