The water that surrounds Antigua-and makes up the 365 beaches that it's famous for-calls to you before the plane touches the ground. And that's what a place like Antigua is all about.
It's not about just lying on those glorious beaches and taking in lazy sun-filled days, although if that's the Antigua that you want to see there's plenty for you. But there also are a few options to test yourself, try something new and step outside of your comfort zone while taking in some of the most panaramic views your eyes have ever feasted on.
The Antiguan rain forest is tiny compared to, say, what you might find in Costa Rica, but a zip-lining excursion still delivered a jaw-dropping, adrenaline-pumping challenge.
There are familiar Caribbean vacation staples to savor, such as a six-hour lobster and champagne catamaran tour. You'll find excursions such as these down in St. John's, which is near where the cruise liners dock. But you'll want to venture beyond the conventional to soak up what makes the island unique, like paying a visit to Shirley Heights in the evening for a gorgeous view of the English Harbour.
Most resorts implore you to leave hustle and bustle behind as far as technology is concerned, but they do have free wireless though.
Like every other hotel guest, I had a private beach (or what felt like one; I didn't have to share it with anyone else.) And if you chselect one of these leave-it-all-behind resorts you'll be entertained by what became my favorite Antiguan show: watching the tides roll in.