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The Colourful Caribbean Island Of Antigua

Everyone knows the Caribbean is a vibrant part of the world, but Antigua was something else. So I feel like it’s time to give you a colourful tour of this stunning island. Warning: you might want to grab sunnies for some of these!

A lot of you will know by now that my wanderlust and my love of colour are pretty much intertwined. Hello colour, hello travel, hello Chloe! It started when I was a kid, dragging around my giant panda toy, my bright red Fireman Sam backpack and wearing as many clashing colours on my dress, shoes and tights as possible! Needless to say, this passion to live in a vibrant world has stuck… and thankfully my dress sense has marginally improved!

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The turquoise water of the Caribbean

We spent a day on a catamaran taking in all the action of Antigua Sailing Week, and it was on this trip that I saw water a different shade to anywhere else in the world. It sparkled, like a bright aqua gemstone, and I kept taking my sunglasses off and putting them on again, unsure if what I was seeing was real!

Enjoying being out on the water in Antigua
Enjoying being out on the water in Antigua
Beautiful beaches in Antigua
Beautiful beaches in Antigua

The deep blue water of the Atlantic

Just moments from the bright waters mentioned above, was a shade of blue that was so deep, so dark, so rich and mysterious. It was in this water that the boats competed in Antigua Sailing Week.

Antigua Sailing Week 2017
Antigua Sailing Week 2017

The colourful cocktails

Bright yellow mango daiquiris, pastel shades of passion fruit smoothies, bright orange rum punches and more – Antiguans inject colour into everything they make.

Passion daiquiris in Antigua, Caribbean
Passion daiquiris in Antigua, Caribbean
Pina colada in Antigua, Caribbean
Pina colada in Antigua, Caribbean

The white sand

Ok, white isn’t exactly fitting into the colourful theme of this post, but I think it counts when you’re faced with this view. Bright white, contrasting with the cool aqua shade of the sea. Just perfect!

Antigua's beaches are some of the best in the Caribbean
Antigua’s beaches are some of the best in the Caribbean

The bright sails of the boats in Antigua Sailing Week

Bright coloured sails made this a super photogenic week to be on the island. I loved the brilliant turquoise sails this boat used.

Antigua Sailing Week 2017
Antigua Sailing Week 2017

The multi-coloured beach umbrellas  

Welcome to Jolly Beach – home of Castaways (a very cute beach bar with umbrellas on the sand). This was a great spot to sunbathe, relax and of course take a dip too! The bar looked like it served great food.

Colourful beach umbreallas in Antigua
Colourful beach umbreallas in Antigua
Beautiful beaches in Antigua
Beautiful beaches in Antigua

The lush green rainforest

No doubt, many think of Antigua and just think about the paradise beaches… but there’s a whole other side to this mountainous island. In the middle is a large area of rainforest, home to wildlife including mongoose, broad winged hawks, lizards and more. One of the most fun ways to explore it is by zip lining through it at Antigua Rainforest Canopy Tours.

Antigua Rainforest Ziplining Tours
Antigua Rainforest Ziplining Tours

The bright colours of the buildings in St John’s

Antigua’s capital was like a technicolour dream! I absolutely adored the bold block colours of the buildings, particularly down by the water. Some were weathered, some were freshly-painted, but it didn’t matter, they all added that bit of vibrancy to the city!

Enjoying Antigua's colourful capital St John's
Enjoying Antigua’s colourful capital St John’s
Enjoying Antigua's colourful capital St John's
Enjoying Antigua’s colourful capital St John’s
Enjoying Antigua's colourful capital St John's
Enjoying Antigua’s colourful capital St John’s
Exploring the market in St John, Antigua
Exploring the market in St John’s, Antigua

The red of Susie’s Hot Sauce

A worthy addition to every dish I ate in Antigua, Susie’s Hot Sauce has some serious fire to it! While out shopping I discovered there were several varieties – including pineapple pleasure. scorpion and teardrop!

Susie's Hot Sauce - an Antiguan favourite
Susie’s Hot Sauce – an Antiguan favourite

The yellow of freshly grilled sweetcorn

Grilled corn is one of the easiest, tastiest snacks to pick up as you drive around Antigua. Often there were people setup in the most random spots along a big road… but it was certainly worth the pit stop!

Grilled corn in Antigua
Grilled corn in Antigua

The contrasting colours of the fruit shacks

When I saw this shack, I thought I’d walked into an Instagram photo! The weathered wood of the shack, combined with the smallest pineapples I’d ever seen – adorable!

Colourful fruit shack in Antigua
Colourful fruit shack in Antigua
The tiniest pineapples ever!
The tiniest pineapples ever!

I hope you enjoyed my colourful tour of Antigua! What was your favourite spot I visited?

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The Colourful Caribbean Island Of Antigua
The Colourful Caribbean Island Of Antigua

 

10 thoughts on “The Colourful Caribbean Island Of Antigua”

  1. Hey Chloe!

    Besides the colours and the vibrancy of course, I loved the pictures from the Antigua Sailing Week! I’m sure it was a delight to experience that! =)

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