Antigua makes one of the most scenic options for your wedding destination. Within the Caribbean, you’re treated to warm weather and beautiful sun throughout the year. You may hear of the island being called Wadadli or Waladli by the islanders. The words simple mean “out own” to the Indian people. It was named Antigua after the Spanish took the island, which refers to the Santa Maria de la Antigua and means “ancient.”
Tourism is an extremely important thing for the island, so you will be treated like royalty when you get married. There is even a deep harbour for cruise ships, which you could opt for your honeymoon afterwards.
Why Antigua for Your Wedding Destination?
Tourists and wedding parties find the island extremely popular. The mild and warm weather is certainly a reason to choose it for your wedding day. There are a number of great areas to choose between once you are there, depending on the type of wedding is your dream.
If you want something a little more sheltered, the southeast of the island is the place to choose. It has Nelson’s Dockyard and is full of the history of the British colonial naval station. For those who enjoy sailing and boating, English Harbour and Falmouth are the places to choose. You could get some excellent photos with the ships in the background.
When you visit Antigua, you will hear the phrase “life’s a beach.” That’s because there are 365 beaches within a 14 mile distance! There are beaches for everyone, whether you like the lively ones or you want a secluded spot for your wedding ceremony. There are also a range of coves available for those who want something a little different.
It can be difficult to choose the beach for you. Valley Church Beach is a popular option for those who want calmer waters. This could be great for your romantic wedding photos or the perfect spot to say “I do.” Hell’s Gate offers a scenic view but the hike to the area isn’t favoured by all. What you will see is the joining of the Atlantic and Caribbean waters, giving a view that you will never see anywhere else.
For those who love wildlife, Darkwood Beach is an excellent option. This would make a great stop as part of your honeymoon after your destination wedding.
Famous Sights and People From Antigua
Since cricket is so popular on the island, it makes sense that a cricketer is one of the most famous people to come from there. Sir Vivian Richards played for the West Indies team and was even captain at one point. He is best known for his record-breaking Test century for speed at the Recreation Ground.
However, when it comes to sports, the country is best known for its fishing and sailing. The Sailing Week is an extremely popular event if you get the chance to be there for it. Hundreds of yachts come to take part in the numerous sailing events.
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General Information About the Island:
- Area: 108 square miles
- Population: 80,161, based on the 2011 census
- Most popular city: St. John’s
- Currency: East Caribbean dollar (EC), but will show prices in US dollar