There’s a distinctly English flavour to this Caribbean favourite, its colonial past showcased in the bustling capital, St John’s, a well as across numerous old forts and historical highlights, which dot a dreamy coastline and verdant interior.
Away from the beach, you'll still find plenty to do, from exploring colonial-era sugar mills, Nelson's Dockyard and Fort James to lazing away the hours over a game of cricket – the national obsession. Of course, there's plenty of local rum to enjoy, as well as some truly delicious food. Packed with the spices of the region, it makes for a delicious accompaniment to the slower-than-slow pace of life.
Neighbouring Barbuda is essentially just a single, vast beach. Little more than a sand bar surrounded by coral reef and populated by frigate birds; the Caribbean's largest rookery is also here, making it a popular spot with birdwatchers.