Northern Antigua Attractions
Almost half the island's population inhabit the northern region of Antigua, mostly in the capital of St John's. While that city is the focus of the north, the rest of the island it has many beaches and water sports activities to offer.
Dickenson Bay is fronted by a long, white-sand beach with good swimming conditions. Dickenson Bay's activity is centered here, where a fun scene of water sports booths, vendors, open-air restaurants, and reggae music can be enjoyed. Dickenson Bay is the center of all windsurfing activity on Antigua.
Antigua - Great Bird Island
Great Bird Island is a tiny islet lying 3km/1.9mi north-east of Antigua. Apart from many rare species of birds found on the island it houses the world's population of the Antiguan racer snake. Rare lizards, brown pelicans, West Indian whistling ducks and red-billed tropic birds are other endangered creatures who make the island home.
The peninsula of Five Islands offers a number of beaches which are known for being less busy, and much quieter than other areas of the island. This is a great area for swimming and snorkeling.There are a number of nearby hotels and guests frequent these beaches, particularly during the high season.
Parham, Antigua and Barbuda
Parham, a village near the north-east coast was Antigua's first settlement. Parham Harbour is a well-protected anchorage and the village has small shops for supplies. The church architecture is worth a stroll through town.
Mercer's Creek is a preserved colonial home in Parham and one of the areas local attractions.
St Peter's Church
Located in Parham, Thomas Weekes created this octagonal, Italian-style church, St Peter's Church, in 1840.
Parham Hill is a preserved colonial home and a local attraction around Parham.