With a white, sandy beach for every day of the year and waters licked by the steady northeasterlies these islands, set in the heart of the Caribbean, are haven for beach lovers and sailors.
The Islands have warm steady winds , a complex coastline of safe harbors, and protective , nearly unbroken wall of coral reef. Just about perfect place to hide a fleet. And so in 1784 the legendary Admiral Horatio Nelson sailed to Antigua and established Great Britain's most important Caribbean base. Little did he know that over 200 years later the same unique characteristics that attracted the Royal Navy would transform Antigua and Barbuda into one of the premier sailing destinations.

   The signs are still here, they just point to different things. The Trade Winds that once blew British men-of-war safely into English Harbour now fuel one of the world's foremost maritime events, Antigua Sailing Week, Classic Yacht Regatta and RORC Carribean 600. The expansive , winding coastline that made Antigua difficult for outsiders to navigate is where today's visitors encounter a tremendous wealth of secluded powdery soft beaches. The coral reefs, once the bane of marauding enemy ships , now attract snorkelers and scuba divers from all over the world. And the fascinating island of Barbuda - once a scavenger's paradise because so many ship's wrecked on its reefs - is now home to one of the region's most significant bird sanctuaries, herds of wild donkeys and horses and let's not forget miles and miles of uninterupted pristine beaches.