ANTIGUA & BARBUDA CRICKET
Be a spectator in this venerated sporting tradition
ANTIGUA SAILING WEEK
Sail away on a carnival of fun at this premier racing event
SPORTS FISHING TOURNAMENT AND SEAFOOD FESTIVALThis popular annual tournament allows fishermen to enjoy beautiful waters and friendly competition in Antigua. A superb selection of seafood and drinks are also available.
BETTY'S HOPE SUGAR PLANTATION
A historic mill offers glimpses into Antigua and Barbuda’s past
Where historic sailing meets modern journeys
A PROUD DISPLAY OF LOCAL CREATION
Local crafts and delicacies are found on the St. Mary’s Street or High Street in St. Johns.
For many of our guests, "island life" means the myriad moments of wonder to be discovered at Jumby Bay, A Rosewood Resort — whether it's a sunset bike ride or sipping an iced frappuccino in your beachside hammock.
But for those who wish to venture beyond, a seven-minute boat ride is all that separates you from the mainland — and from some of the most evocative experiences in the Caribbean.
So named for the playful spirits of Caribbean lore, Jumby Bay Island and its 300 acres of breezy greens, beaches, and meandering paths beckon guests to explore, and enjoy the simple moments of peace, pleasure and sport. A curated calendar of summer activities offers an array of leisurely pursuits to experience, from an exhilarating sail around Jumby Bay Island in the weekly Jumby Bay Regatta, to late afternoon cooking classes at the intimate Verandah display kitchen.
For the active wellness-seekers, daily yoga and fitness options will set a refreshing pace in step with the latest training programs. For those seeking activity with a more vibrant pace, the summer season offers a near dizzying array of activity during the Antiguan Carnival season, where the local "whine" is a sultry dance rather than a glass of French red. See the activity calendar to explore the elegance of Jumby Bay, without missing the West Indies "Sense of Place."
Antigua's Carnival is known as the Caribbean's great summer festival — and for good reason. This 10-day explosion of music and color threads its way across the island every summer, starting late July, and showcases the island's rich musical traditions of calypso and soca.
The roots of this jubilant celebration go back to the abolition of slavery in 1834, when locals took to the streets to celebrate their freedom. Now, the jubilant kaleidoscope of steel bands, elaborate costumes and beauty pageants culminates on Emancipation Day or J'ouvert (the first Monday of August) in St. John, where the dancing starts at 4am and revelers paint their bodies blue and brown.
Wherever you turn, echoes of Antigua's British heritage are everywhere, from colonial architecture to afternoon tea. But it's perhaps cricket where the roots run deepest. A hotbed for the sport since the 1890s, Antigua has produced some of the great cricket players of the 20th century, including Viv Richards, whose name graces the state-of-the-art ground that is now the home of the West Indies cricket team: Sir Vivian Richards Stadium.
Cricket season runs from January to July, though beyond the big international and regional matches played at the stadium, there's plenty of local action to be found. Stop by any village green or beach on a weekend afternoon — you'll likely catch a game going on.
With a coastline of deep bays and crystal coves that sit between the serene Caribbean and windswept Atlantic, Antigua is a sailor's paradise. And every year from late April through early May, the island plays host to Antigua Sailing Week, one of the world's premier regattas for ocean-going yachts.
Since its humble beginnings in 1967 with a tiny fleet of wooden fishing boats, the six-day extravaganza is now the longest-running regatta in the Caribbean and a huge international event that draws around 200 world-class yachts.
Expect to see English Harbour, in the south of the island, speckled with sailboats of every kind, as spectators from around the world come to follow the races and soak up the party spirit.
Insider tip: come a week early to catch the Antigua Classic Yacht Regatta, which each year kicks off the sailing season with a spectacle of tall, elegant sail ships from a bygone era, many of them from the early 1900s.
NELSON'S DOCKYARD & ENGLISH HARBOUR
Nowhere in Antigua — indeed, nowhere in the Caribbean — will you find a finer example of colonial architectural preservation than Nelson's Dockyard. This historic jewel, set in Antigua's largest national park on the south coast of the island by English Harbour, is the world's only Georgian-era dockyard still in use.
Named after Britain's great naval hero Horatio Nelson, who served here in the 1780s, the dockyard buildings have been fully restored to their 18th and 19th-century splendor. Along with the park's old fortifications and military posts that line English Harbour, they form the heart of Antigua's buzzing maritime culture, and are home to Sailing Week (April/May).
SHIRLEY HEIGHTS LOOKOUT
Across the bay from Nelson's Dockyard you'll find Antigua's most iconic destination for sunset cocktails. Now converted into a charming restaurant and bar, this old military lookout atop a bluff commands spectacular panoramic views over English Harbour. If you're here on a Sunday to watch the sun sink into the sea, then stay for the cocktails, barbecue and live steel band that fuel the famed Sunday night party — a festive Antigua institution that's now in its third decade.
Many Jumby Bay guests are struck by the rustic charm of our 18th-century sugar mill. What they may not know is that it was directly inspired by Antigua's first sugar plantation, just outside the village of Pares, where sugar cane was processed into sugar, rum and molasses. Built in 1674 by Sir Christopher Codrington and named after his daughter Betty, the site today is a picturesque ruin and comprises of a distillery and two stone windmills — one of which has been fully restored.
On the northeastern corner of Jumby Bay Island lies an archaeological site of floor flints dating back 7,000 years.
CEDAR VALLEY GOLF CLUB
Designed and built by Ralph Aldridge, Cedar Valley is Antigua's sole 18-hole championship golf course. The setting of this par-70, 6,157-yard course near St. John is as exquisite as it is challenging — with tight, hilly fairways and plenty of sharp doglegs. The tee at the fifth hole in particular opens up to superb vistas of the Caribbean Sea.
JOLLY HARBOUR GOLF COURSE
For the more casual golfer, Jolly Harbour offers a flatter Florida-style layout. Designed by Karl Litten with lots of lush tropical vegetation and seven lakes, this par-71, 5,587-yard course accommodates all levels, including novice golfers, who can take private and semi-private lessons.
ANTIGUA RAINFOREST CANOPY ZIPLINE
Antigua's top adrenaline fix can be found high above the treetops of the island's southwestern rainforest valleys. Set in the lush Fig Tree Drive, this circuit of interconnected zip lines, aerial walkways and vertical descents isn't for the faint of heart — especially if you choose to unleash your inner Tarzan and take on the aptly named "Screamer" and "Leap of Faith" courses. Both the company and its "rangers" are ACCT certified but if you're acrophobic or physically unfit you might want to sit this one out.
BARBUDA'S FRIGATE BIRD SANCTUARY
The northwest coast of Antigua's sister island, Barbuda, is home to the largest nesting colony of frigate birds in the Caribbean. And with over 5,000 of them, this sanctuary at Codrington Lagoon is one of the great natural wonders of the region.
Known for their aerial prowess, these huge magisterial birds snap up other seabirds with ease, earning the nickname "Man o' War," while the males are identified by their red throat pouches that inflate to cartoonishly large proportions during mating season.
The only way to reach the preserve is by boat, and Jumby Bay's private TK boat can shuttle you there straight from our dock in just over an hour. Then, your Barbudan guides will whisk you across the lagoon and through the mangroves in their smaller skiffs to get up-close and personal with the world's oldest surviving avian species.
KITEBOARDING AT JABBERWOCK BAY
Antigua's warm trade winds and dramatic turquoise bays make it a top Caribbean destination for kiteboarding. Jabberwock Bay on the north coast is home to Kitesurf Antigua, the island's sole kiting operation, with over a decade's experience. Conditions here are a huge draw, providing side-on wind within a safe cove for beginners, and more adventurous "bump and jump" opportunities further upwind for experienced riders.
MONTSERRAT VOLCANO TOUR
Among the great one-of-a-kind experiences of the West Indies is the opportunity to witness the region's notorious volcano by air. Caribbean Helicopters can air-chauffeur our guests directly from Jumby Bay across the emerald waters and over the breathtaking topography of Antigua and its neighboring island, Montserrat.
Here, from the safe distance of a Bell helicopter, you can take in the panoramic, otherworldly vistas of Soufriere Hills, the volcano that in 1995 razed Montserrat’s former capital of Plymouth (the area is now abandoned and blanketed in ash), and has remained active ever since.
Jumby Bay Island's stylish boutique located at the Verandah features the best in fashion-forward resort wear for men, women and children. The boutique conveniently carries travel essentials preventing the need for unnecessary trips to the island. Home goods, jewelry and accessories are curated for the lighter side of island living, and designed to provide guests with memorable keepsakes of their time enjoying the Jumby Bay Island experience.
ST. JOHN'S, ANTIGUA
Guests can visit the colorful shops and local vendors located on St. Mary’s Street or High Street in St. Johns. From English woolens and linens to Antiguan goods such as local pottery and hand-printed fabrics, Antigua offers a rich heritage of local goods and delicacies.