Life’s a beach in Antigua, a Leeward Island in the Caribbean. Mostly flat and lapped by teal waters, it is renowned for its 365 beaches – one for every day of the year. St John’s, the capital, is a kaleidoscope of classic cottages, bustling markets and stately baroque architecture. And while Antigua may be home to the beachside haunts of the rich and famous, it’s entirely possible to stay here on a budget. Here’s our pick of the best cheap hotels in Antigua, bookable via Culture Trip.
Overlooking Falmouth Harbour, these executive suites, studios and guest rooms all have balconies from which you can relish views of superyachts and blood-red sunsets. Guest perks include a fitness centre and health spa, plus proximity to the marina’s gourmet restaurants, cafes and boutiques. Mere steps away, discover historic Nelson’s Dockyard and stunning Pigeon Point Beach; the Carpenter Rock Trail and dramatic Pillars of Hercules are also within walking distance. Book early to join in the Classic Yacht Regatta and Sailing Week celebrations in April.
Antigua’s Falmouth Harbour is known as the yachting capital of the Caribbean, and this cheap hotel in Antigua, overlooking the harbour beach, is a magnet for visiting yachties. Self-caterers will appreciate the rooms with kitchenettes, while several other rooms are plus-size-friendly, as featured on the Big Body Hotel TV show. Chill on your balcony while watching your yacht bounce merrily on the surf, then grab dinner or a sundowner at the on-site Captain’s Quarters Restaurant & Bar. Steps away from the hotel, you can also visit Unesco-listed Nelson’s Dockyard National Park.
This beachfront, adults-only resort on Hodge’s Bay, a 10-minute drive from Antigua’s capital, will soothe your mind, body and soul. Spacious and bright rooms await, with awe-inspiring views of the turquoise sea from your balcony. Laze poolside or on the two white-sand beaches nearby. Have your woes massaged away while listening to the waves lapping the shore, stroll the jetty, or perfect your golf swing at the nearby Cedar Valley course. Alternatively, use the hotel as a base to delve into the island’s history in colourful St John’s.
Feel at home in this family-owned property, consisting of 11 solar-powered, self-contained apartments, surrounded by a tranquil garden. Your welcoming hosts, Lionel and Lorilyn, preside over studios and one- and two-bedroom digs that are decked out in creams, crimsons and Caribbean blues, and come equipped with kitchenettes and microwaves. Provided that beachside accommodation is not a deal-breaker, these apartments are perfect: located in the centre of the island and 15 minutes’ drive from virtually any beach or the capital of St John’s.
Sitting on a verdant hill between Antigua’s highest point, Mount Obama, and the azure waters of Morris Bay, these family-operated, ecofriendly suites and studios benefit from sea breezes, and ocean and tropical garden views. Ideal for a romantic getaway or family vacation, all exude tranquil vibes. Get close to nature and explore the nearby mangrove lagoon by kayak, snorkel the Cades Reef or stroll the 300ft (90m) boardwalk through the mangroves to a secluded beach. Sample local cuisine at several dining spots an easy walk from the cottages.
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