Paradise Found in Antigua | NJ Photographer

On a cold Friday in New Jersey with the weather forecast predicting 4- 6 inches of snow, I thought it would be fun / torture to rewind just one week ago when we were vacationing in amazing Antigua.

For our winter break, my family visited this beautiful island in the Caribbean. From the golden sand to the fresh fish to the lush rainforest to the bustling harbors, there was so much to do and see. We snorkeled, paddle boarded, tubed, kayaked - it was an outdoor water paradise. We never got bored and enjoyed the warm, friendly culture of the local people. My inner #islandgirl was in heaven. Plus, the island of Antigua is still very natural and not overly commercialized, making it even more of a special place. 

Where we stayed? We chose Curtain Bluff and this property went beyond our expectations. It felt more like a private country club then a hotel because everyone knew your name. The staff was courteous, the food was delicious and the grounds were immaculate. They had two beautiful beaches, pool, tennis courts, water sports, kids club, spa, tea time and even a library of books. The place was not huge so it was safe for the kids to roam on their own. The best part was ALL the rooms opened up to the beach. I could go from my bedroom to the sand in seconds.

Where we ate? Since Curtain Bluff is an all inclusive, we ate the majority of our meals on the property. But the one day we did go out, we tried OJs Beach Bar & Restaurant.  The restaurant is right on the beach so you can take a dip in the ocean while you are waiting for your food. The view was spectacular, the fish fresh and tasty and you can't beat the ocean breeze. 

What we did? Again, it was hard to leave Curtain Bluff because it had everything at your fingertips. But we did take a few excursions in Antigua including a trip to Shirley Heights. Located on one of the highest points of the island, this lookout has a spectacular view of the hills and English harbor. The best time to visit is on a Sunday during sunset. Not only will you be mesmerized by the colors of the setting sun, but the steel drum music and local cuisine make for a festive and fun atmosphere. 

We also took a trip into St. John, the capital city of Antigua, to enjoy some shopping and a break from the sun. You can find the duty free shops along with the local craft market. 

Our favorite activity over vacation was chartering a private sail boat. This is a must do to the see the island from a different perspective. We saw sea turtles, soaked up the sunshine and viewed a glorious sunset up close and personal. Our captain was a local who shared stories and history of the island. We felt like explorers. Another remarkable experience!

Overall, we had a relaxing yet active vacation. We all fell in love with the beauty of Antigua and appreciated the slow vibe of island life. Would we go back? Everyone agreed YES! We would all definitely go back even as early as next year because Antigua and Curtain Bluff are both special places.

Hope you enjoyed the visual journey. Do you visit the Caribbean often and what is your favorite island?