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The bigger and far more populated of this two-island nation, Antigua is a hilly island with dozens of gorgeous white-sand beaches tucked away in dramatic coves. Its rather unappealing capital, St John's, is tucked into a sheltered bay about 5 miles west of the airport, while most hotels and resorts cluster north and east of here along Dickenson Bay, Five Islands Peninsula and around Jolly Harbour. The best beaches hem the west coast between Jolly Harbour and Old Road village, while the wind-swept east is sparsely settled and has only a few beaches, though historically, this is the more interesting area of the island.

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