Ecotourism hotspots in Antigua and Barbuda

Antigua and Barbuda’s hundreds of beaches and steady trade winds guarantee a blissful daily dose of sea, sand and sailing along secluded coves and historic harbors.

But there are a myriad of additional ways to enjoy these sister islands’ varied and scenic landscape, on and off the beach.

From venturing inland to hike Antigua’s newest rainforest nature reserve to snorkeling off protected islets, here's how to explore the islands' most popular ecotourism hotspots.

Hop on an island safari and explore the interior

For a solid glimpse of Antigua’s diverse landscape and coastlines, sign up for an open-side safari afternoon with Charles in Charge.

You’ll go from Antigua’s breezy Atlantic Oceanside beaches and rugged cliffside all the way to the calm, palm-fringed Caribbean coastline, while passing through the island’s inland green corridor.

Unlike some safari tours in the Caribbean, there are no voyeuristic visits to schools or villages.

Instead, you’ll see the island as if you were driving in your own car – stopping at scenic points photo ops or sampling local snacks roadside, like the sweet Antiguan Black Pineapple.

Hit the hiking trails at Wallings Nature Reserve

Antigua’s newest designated protected area, Wallings Nature Reserve, opened in October 2018 and is the first community-managed national park in Antigua and Barbuda.

Located in John Hughes Village in the heart of the island’s southwestern green interior, the reserve forms the largest remaining forest tract on Antigua. Wallings is an important watershed area.

Boasting some of the most incredible views over Antigua and neighboring islands, 268 acres out of a total of 1680 are now accessible through a network of trails of varying difficulty.

On your hike, you can spot up to 40 tree species, including the coccoloba pubescens used in Antigua’s local dish ducana (sweet potato dumpling), as well as migratory birds.